It has been 15 minutes since my car door shut and I ventured into the house on my return from BritMumsLive 2013 and I’m on the laptop trying type my roundup post. My hands are still getting the feeling back after I trundled home from the venue looking a bit like a buckaroo with several bags swinging from my shoulders and my feet are longing for a soak. But I did it. I went, I saw, I learned and I felt.
I’m now editing the roundup post as I’ve been writing like a Tasmanian devil, little something here, a character there. I’ve done a few posts now and I think that I should really kick-start my blog again and publish this first. It’s the main reason I’ve started writing again. I’m still scared of my blog, as I don’t like the layout and style of it but I’ll get round to that. It shouldn’t be a reason not to blog.
From the off I was very warmly greeted by a group of fellow bloggers who said straight away come join us and I did, trying not to give away the fact that I felt a bit of a fake without an active blog in the presence of more experienced bloggers. But that’s was just me. What I soon learnt is that everyone starts somewhere and sometimes there are bumps along the way. I was anxious about going and not knowing anyone – this was a total waste of energy as everyone was friendly and the butterflies were so helpful too. Even on those moments when I was my own I looked at the sponsors stands or just bonded with a blogger over a cuppa and a very tasty biscuit!
What I regret was not thinking in advance that I should type a roundup post and therefore didn’t take my camera or make any notes about the experience, only notes about writing and taking a good ‘selfie’ from Julia Bogoio (there were many other fab tips too).
I was so pleased to hear the authors’ real experiences of how they did it (writing books and blogs) and thought – you know, I can do this. And thought I might not find the time this week or even this year I can write.
That Spencer Bloke asked the audience – what is a measure of blogging success? My measure of success is that it makes me feel good and has the potential to help me put a bit of order into my thoughts. Now I’m no Carrie Bradshaw type columnist or a Jane Austen novelist – but they had to start somewhere didn’t they?
I loved Katy Hill’s impromptu talk about her lifelong wish to be a Blue Peter presenter; she was so down to earth and a great speaker, she hit the nail on the head by describing us bloggers as ‘over sharers’ (even though in public I’m normally very shy).
Oh and thanks to Paul Armstrong’s talk I’ll be using Bitly for my links from now on, but that will be as technical as I get for now. Plus MummyBarrow and Mammasaurus have given my lots of tips for starting out on Pintrest, Googley+ and a great tip on how to avoid Kittens on roller skates.
I had decided to get the train in both days so that I’d be around if NED needed some help with the little one in the morning. On the Sunday one thing ran into another and I arrived late with just enough time for Katie Piper’s Q&A session at the end. I’m really gutted that I missed her keynote as I’d been looking forward to it. Booking into a hotel is advised!
I did manage to meet her at the book signing and say how inspirational she was so it wasn’t a total loss.
There. Is. Still. So. Much. I. Could. Write. About.
The biggest moment(s) for me was the awards, bloggers keynote and the tribute to Kerry. The bits about the bloggers. I have always kept up-to-date with what has gone on in the blogging community but I have always sat on the outside and looked in because I’ve not been blogging myself. During these really moving moments I felt sad that I hadn’t taken the time to leave a comment and share. See now I’ve been there and met the community, I know that I can be a part of it, no matter how big or small. Its really hard to put it into words without sounding a bit cliche, but its how I feel about it all.
*One other thing….I have booked for BritMumsLive 2014 – hope to see you there!