Thank you, thank you, thank you for organising such an amazing event. I just felt that I had to put pen to paper....which in true Jo style has taken me a while to add photos and publish :). I decided to go to Britmums back in August last year when I really was a newbie blogger - with only a matter of weeks under my belt. I thought it would be a good idea. I thought that I would learn a lot and have the opportunity to network with some of the best bloggers in the UK. The good news is, that I thought correctly.
I wasn't as nervous about going to Britmums as many of my fellow bloggers were. I'm lucky, I am very used to London as I travel there a lot. I'm lucky, I am used to talking to strangers as it's part of my job (please don't let me work colleagues know that I have caller them 'strange'). But what I was nervous about was people asking me where I blogged, and me replying 'Outnumbered Mum' and then there being silence....a tumbleweed moment. Either because they quite frankly had never heard of me or even more worringly because they would wonder what an earth I was doing at a Blogging Conference when I don't update my blog daily or every other day. Nobody laughed. Nobody judged. Some people had even heard of my blog!! Shock horror!
I have been to a number of conferences over the years - especially as a teacher and I can safely say that this is perhaps the most organised one I have attended. It ran like clockwork. The delegates were perhaps the most cheery group I have ever had the pleasure of spending a few days with - and the organisers were uber-friendly. As for the seminars - I learnt loads and came back ready to take the blogging world by storm.....well that was the plan, and then I remembered that I had to work full time and had a business to run so had to put things back into perspective.....boo!
I didn't take a mountain of photos - just a few. But the photos, the memories are inside my head. I was made soooo welcome by fellow bloggers. We had a lovely evening out, organised by Verily Victoria Vocalises (Victoria Welton) - despite knowing very few people, it was a great evening and I soon realised that many of the bloggers seemed to be ex-teachers.......we all had managed to escape from the profession in one way or another.
I was lucky - a company I know and love offered to sponsor me for Britmums very early on (and another company offered to sponsor me about a week before Britmums but I had to turn them down....but it made me feel popular!) My sponsor was Buggysnuggle and I hope that I flew the flag well for them....if fellow bloggers hadn't heard about the sofasnug before they left then they should have done now!
So thank you Britmums team. You should be very proud of yourselves. These events are not easy to organise yet you pulled it off with class and aplomb..........you should be giving yourselves a pat on the back and I hope that you celebrated with lots of champagne and cake.
I'll be back next year without a doubt....if you'll have me that is?
Jo - no longer a Britmums Virgin