My Britmums Live 2014

So I went to Britmums Live again, second year running and actually it was a very different experience from the first time round.

Not worse, not better, just different.

Britmums Live is a yearly two day blogging mums (and dads) conference, with social media and stuff thrown in! It’s a great place for all of our blogging community to come together and be with like minded people, a chance to meet our online friends in person, hang out with our real life blogging buddies and celebrate ambitions and achievements.

Last year I was brand new to blogging and felt a little apprehensive, although those fears were very quickly dispersed as soon as I buddied up with the lovely Afra from Mad Mum of 7. We walked in and immediately started chatting to everyone who were all mega friendly, every single one of them! I couldn’t make the Friday so I only had Saturday and I was determined to make the absolute most of it.

I attended as many sessions as I could fit in, I mingled non stop and I visited every sponsor to talk about opportunities or enter competitions. I did get a lot out of the event, it confirmed in my mind that this was indeed something I wanted to be a part of! Oh, and I was also chosen as a Butlins Ambassador too which was totally amazing and gave me a huge boost!

This year it was all about the socialising. AND I got to attend both days which was fab.

I arrived in Central London on Friday and headed straight to the pub to meet the super duper Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby and the hilarious Katy from Modern Mummy. The majority of bloggers were meeting up at All Bar One round the corner but Katy had suggested we converge on this smaller establishment where it was already brimming with some of the bigger names in blogging… obviously the place to be hey?!! There was Annie from Mammasaurus, Tanya from Mummy Barrow, and the very glamourous Kate from Wit Wit Woo… I was on my own at this point whilst waiting for my partners in crime to arrive and these gorgeous ladies were very welcoming and chatty. So phew, thanks for that you lot!!!! There was also one of my fave’s with this cooler than cool gang and that was the lovely Helen from Actually Mummy who I’ve met and chatted to on numerous occasions so it was really nice to see her again, she’s the friendliest person ever!

The weather was glorious so once Katy arrived we got the drinks in and headed outside to wait for Ruth, then our day really began. We often get together for PR events in London, along with Alice from An Essex Wife, who arrived at Britmums a little later in the afternoon, and it’s always fun so I knew this weekend with these girls was going to be entertaining! We were all laughing straight away… and we didn’t really stop the whole weekend!

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Ruth, myself and Katy

Walking round to The Brewery, the same venue as last year, I was very excited. We headed in, grabbed our name badges and had a mooch round, saying hello to other familiar faces… I made a beeline for the Butlins stand and my favourite Butlins person, James, who I’ve got to know a little bit from being an Ambassador and we had a little chat and a giggle (I’m an eternal giggler by the way!) then headed off to the welcome speech from Jenny and Susanna, Britmums founders.

The first keynote speaker of the conference was the very engaging and funny Emma Freud, broadcaster and cultural commentator. I liked her. A lot. She sang our praises, calling us “social influencers” (I’ll take that, thank you) and “saviours of the internet” (I’ll take that too!) because of our honest, no fuss approach to writing and getting not only our voices out there but because of our capabilities in generating change and helping others. Emma had such an interesting, captivating and likeable way about her, she is definitely someone I’d like to hang out with!

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Emma Freud addressing the huge room full of us bloggers

By this point our little group had doubled in size with the addition of Bonnie from Mamma’s VIB, Natalie from Style Me Sunday, and Carissa from Little Likely Lads who all have amazing style blogs and are very lovely people too! We wandered around, checking out the sponsors before heading off to one of the sessions. First off we went to ‘How I did It – Success Stories’. I enjoyed the bloggers stories but I found Emily from Fashion Foie Gras was more informative in terms of what she actually DID to get where she is today: the doors she knocked down and her never give up attitude was totally inspiring.

It annoyed me that the sessions overlapped though. I wanted to attend two, sometimes three that were on at the same time, and in other time slots there wasn’t really anything I fancied at all. Some of the rooms weren’t big enough either so if you’d attended the session before and had to get to the room last, there was no chance of getting in!! A lot of people, including myself, didn’t feel like pushing through and ended up not bothering.

Bigger venue next year please Britmums. Or at least bigger rooms.

Four of us continued our mooch around the Hub where all the sponsors were (and tea and cake), lingering a bit too long by the Lindems wine tasting stand (ahem) then stumbling on the Boots Optician area where we got to wear silly hats (or at least I did), glasses (of course) and have some daft photo’s taken!

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Natalie, Ruth, Katy and me in the middle haha

Before we knew it, it was time to head down for the Brilliance in Blogging (BiB’s) award ceremony hosted by Katy Hill, who has a blog herself and is a huge part of the Britmums community. She was at the event last year too, she’s VERY lively and excitable which I thought was brilliant!

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I managed to get a chat and a photo with her on the second day of the event

The BiB’s themselves seemed to be over with in the blink of an eye and I have to say that in most categories I was unable to pick out the right winner! None of the people I expected to win, did… apart from maybe One Dad 3 Girls, Capture by Lucy and Just a Normal Mummy! I hadn’t actually heard of some on the blogs on the lists but it’s all good, I will definitely get round to checking them out in the future.

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Alice and Katy at the awards

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Ruth and I at the awards

The first day finished at around 9pm and after a short stay in the pub afterwards I headed home, only to be up early in order to get myself back into London for the second day. My kids were hanging off me in the morning, knowing that I was going out again…. why do they do that? It’s like an in built mechanism within them to make you feel guilty for leaving them, even though you know once you’re out the door they’ll forget all about you!! Therefore, I didn’t manage to get back to The Brewery till the morning coffee break and I was so disappointed to have missed the keynote speech by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton, from Life as a Widower. I love this blog and his heartbreaking yet heart warming love story about his wife, her sudden death, and how he and his young son have tried to cope with such a tragedy.

Much of  Sunday was spent with the ‘gang’.

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The stunning Natalie and Carissa

I did manage a couple of sessions though, my favourite one was the Collaboration session with Annabel from Country Wives who was great. I enjoyed her stories about how her collaboration with two others has brought her success with Country Wives, and about how they chose their contributors, one of which being Backpacking Granny!! We had such a giggle about her and got straight onto social media looking out for her!!! Brilliant. Mummy Barrow on this panel was fab, she had some great words of wisdom for us, I really did feel a connection with what she was saying, she is so very humble of her achievements and she inspired me more than anyone else this weekend.

I didn’t get round to all the sponsors, some just weren’t up my street. There were a few I’d like to work with but not many. I already work with Morrisons, Butlins, Boots and Parragon so apart from those… although I did enjoy my chats with the Port Avenue people and the A2 milk lot, and of course not forgetting  my lovely James from Butlins,  who I kept going back to for a little chinwag!

The Google+ session was very informative for me as I’m not even on there at the moment. It’s something I’ve been meaning to get my head around for ages but keep putting it off, I don’t have enough time to spend as it is on social media without adding another one to the list! But I feel as if I’m getting left behind not being on Google+ so I will endeavour to put the notes I made during this session to some very good use soon!

I’m gutted I missed the Hands On Video session, the You Tube and the Photography sessions. Hoping that some fellow peeps have written these up so I can take a look!

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 The fab four: Me, Katy, Alice and Ruth

My three amigos left early to get home to their families and to other commitments… boo…. so I stayed on with Natalie and Bonnie for the Bloggers Keynote.

I wanted to cheer on my friend Afra who was reading out one of her blog posts. She did amazingly well considering she was so very nervous beforehand! I did think there were too many sad and depressing posts which I cried at but however moving they were I would’ve liked more happy posts at this time. Last year there were definitely more laugh out loud hilarious posts which were needed to balance out the emotional ones.

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 Afra reading her post which, of course, was a funny one!

The final part of Britmums Live was a treat in the form of new musical Good Enough Mums Club. Some of the cast entertained us with a scene and a couple of songs from the show which is being billed as ‘an hilarious and poignant toddle through the highs, lows and sleep deprivation of motherhood’. The script was well written and very funny, as were the songs that are sure to strike a chord with Mums everywhere!

So that was it.

The event itself hadn’t excited me as much as last year, not sure why really. Maybe it’s because blogging was all so new to me last time and it couldn’t possibly live up to the utter wonder of it all again.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun. The social side of things was brilliant, I had a great time with my gals and I loved seeing all the familiar faces that I interact with on a weekly basis. There are far too many to mention, but they are all equally amazing, if I spoke to you, or indeed if I didn’t, you’re all amazing!!!

Same time next year? Hell yes 🙂

 

Comments

  1. You’re so lovely! It probably wasn’t the same cause I brought you down with my constant moaning – sorry! This made me laugh, hanker after seeing you and remember what a lovely weekend we had! X

  2. Lovely post, looks like you had a great time too, for me being a first timer it was a crazy so much going on, I really enjoyed too. I hope to meet you soon. Xx

    • Mummy Endeavours says

      Thank you! Sorry I missed you, there were so many people!!! Much more than last year but I enjoyed it the same it just seemed different! x

  3. Lovely to see you and Little B definitely enjoyed her cuddle. I went to the photography sessions so I can send you a scan of my notes if you like? I found them really useful – I’m already taking better pictures as a result! Hopefully see you at something soon x

    • Mummy Endeavours says

      Ooh yes please re the photography! It was so lovely to see you too and meet the new addition! Are you going to Christmas in July?!! x

  4. Thanks for the mention lovely lady – and you can always find us at the nearest pub to any event 😉 xxx

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely words. It means the world to me that you felt you got something from our session. I hvae blogged about it today and I had done no prep but felt I really wanted to give people something to take away and put to use for their own collaborations. Rather than telling my story etc. Your kind words really do mean alot and congrats on the Butlins gig. Nice work!!

    • Mummy Endeavours says

      A few of us are thinking of collaborating on a little project so your session was the one i wanted to see most. It was funny because the other two spoke first and said loads but it was your simple approach that I really liked and you actually said the most in terms of advice so huge thanks!! x

  6. Sounds like you really crammed lots into the two days. Had to LOL at you pestering James, the poor boy! I remember your comments at the Ambassadors meeting 😉 Sorry I didn’t get chance to say hello. Maybe next year!

    • Mummy Endeavours says

      Ooh really? Can’t remember what I said lol?!! But yes was a good couple of days, hope you had fun too x

  7. I WANNA GO BACK!!!!!! xx

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