Monday, 16 June 2014

I'm going to BritMums Live - are you?

About six years ago, when I had just started blogging about life with small children in Nappy Valley, I was contacted by someone called Susanna, with a blog called A Modern Mother, who wanted to start a network for Mummy Bloggers. I wasn't sure what this really meant, but I signed up to it, and a few months later she launched British Mummy Bloggers.

A few other bloggers joined up, and I remember that they had a coffee morning in London, but I couldn't go because I had a work meeting. So I didn't get to meet Susanna. Then, just as I headed to live in the USA, British Mummy Bloggers had its first blogging conference. My little part of the blogosphere was abuzzwith this event, as hundreds of people I'd met online got to meet each other in real life, and I was really disappointed not to be able to go.

Over the years, as BMB evolved into Brit Mums Live, and got bigger and bigger and then REALLY huge, I STILL haven't made it due to living abroad and having small children who I couldn't leave. Oh yes, and in the meantime, I had introduced my good friend, Maddy, to Susanna (long story, but she was moving to the same town), and she is now one of the chief organizers of the event. And I still haven't met Susanna.

But this year ...(drum roll).....I'm back in London. So this year I'm finally going (well, for one day anyway. Kiddie commitments still get in the way).

Saturday's schedule sounds exciting. I'm really looking forward to some of the speakers, such as Benjamin Brooks-Dutton, who has written so movingly about his wife's death. If I'm honest I'm a bit terrified by all the sessions about monetizing your blog, creating brilliant video content and so forth, as I've never really done any of this, and I'm not sure I ever will, but there's a session on travel blogging that sounds good. Really, it seems from the programme that there's something for everyone.

So what I want to know is are any of you, dear readers, going? Sadly I know a few of my old muckers are unable to make it (you know who you are). So who should I be looking out for? (Apart from Susanna - who I finally, six years on, will get to meet). Let me know....I don't want to miss anyone.


Muddling Along said...

I can't believe i'm not coming and I won't get to meet you - maybe NEXT year???

Tara said...

Likewise I am absolutely gutted I won't get to meet you my dear old friend who've I've never actually every seen!
I will tell everyone to look after you and I am DETERMINED that now you're back we will one day meet

About Last Weekend said...

She's a friend of a friend and I met her briefly in Chinatown here in SF, lovely person and they've done so well with Britmums - good on them. I am so hopeless at upping the thingy on my blog, no monetising and what notting for me i'm afraid but i would like to go to just one conference

Iota said...

Make a list before you go of people you really want to see. Otherwise, the day will whizz by, and you'll get home and think "bother, I didn't see x". Also, arrange in advance with people to look out for each other at a particular time and place, or exchange mobile numbers so you can text each other.

When I went, it was a lot smaller, and even then, it wasn't easy to find people if you left it to chance.

Susanna said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Expat mum said...

I went to the first three and they were fab. Won't be able to go this year and am much bummed. Have a great time and say Hi to everyone.

Clare Taylor said...

I couldn't make it (more of why offline) but hope you had a wonderful time. x