Do you know when something was that amazing that you don’t know how to start writing about it? BritMums Live was like that. It was emotional, inspiring and proof that online friends can become real life friends. That blogging is more than sitting behind a computer screen. That blogging creates community, support networks and friendships.
Online friendships are real
I went down to London on Friday with my blogging friend Aly from Plus2Point4 and Amy and Ben, who spent the weekend with Ben’s auntie. Before going on their daddy and daughter adventure, they dropped Aly and me off at The Brewery and we instantly met some of our online friends in the queue. The excitement of finally meeting the people we’d been chatting to for weeks, months or even years on Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t leave us all weekend. There were squeals of delight, hugs and nervous giggles whenever we met our online friends and tweets making sure that the person sitting opposite us was really the person we’d been talking to for the last 4 weeks. Avatars can be really deceiving, you know!?
BritMums Live hightlights
I think meeting the people I have build a friendship with online was one of my favourite bits of the weekend. I cheered for the BiB award winners with Helen from The Crazy Kitchen, who came all the way to London just for the ceremony and is my personal winner. I finally got to meet Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Mari from Mari’s World and the lady with the tin foil dress – Helen from Actually Mummy. I shared hugs with the blogging legends Mummy Barrow and Mammasaurus, caught up with Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and shared tears with the entire blogging community when we all remembered Jennie‘s precious baby girl Matilda Mae and Kerry from Multiple Mummy.
Sessions at BritMums Live
I picked up valuable photography tips from Julia Boggio, laughed about fellow blogger and TV star Katy Hill‘s school gate tales, admired the bravery and strength of Katie Piper and learned that in a recipe, you list ingredients in the order you use them. It really does make sense, doesn’t it?
I also attended sessions about YouTube, travel blogging and story telling, but I won’t go into these now as there will be round ups of all sessions on the BritMums blog and maybe here. I still haven’t decided yet, if I will write up everything I have learned or will work with the notes I took at the weekend. Let me know, if you’d like me to share them and you might convince me to pop them onto the blog. And of course, tell me what your absolutely highlight of the weekend was.
Now excuse me, I’m busy booking my ticket for next year, because believe me, BritMums Live 2014 is an event that you really don’t want to miss.
PS: Thanks so much to my fabulous sponsor TwoTen UK for making this weekend possible. It was incredible!