I have just got back from one of the biggest blogging meets of the year for parent bloggers – Brit Mums Live!!
I am knackered (being almost in the third trimester will do that). It was a full on, busy, sociable, packed weekend!!
It was absolutely fabulous to meet some of my fellow bloggers; some who were newbies from last year. I’m not going to do a shout out as I know I will miss someone but thanks to my best blogging pals Emma from Poop Rainbows, Kirsty from Something Crunchy Mummy and Hannah from The Diary of an Ordinary Mum. It was lovely to hang out with you and thanks so much for looking after me and watching out for the bump.
I never tend to do the big round up posts, as so many people do. I like to put a twist on it and thought I would ask myself the question; would I go next year?
Ultimately, the answer will probably be yes, if my new daughter (eek) is still not surgically attached to me. The hype, the build up and the excitement nearer the time will probably lure me in. However, this year I didn’t attend as many sessions as last time and therefore is it really worth it?
Time for a pros and cons list!!
Pros of Going to Brit Mums Live
- The social side of it is WAAAY up there. It is fantastic to meet all the people, hiding behind the blogs and the tweets. You put faces to names, share stories and blogging tips and generally have an amazing time. I loved meeting so many people who were just so lovely.
- You learn from others. I got more sitting with Katy from What Katy Said in 30mins, than in the entire conference! Asking experienced, successful bloggers questions really takes you far!
- It’s a kid-free weekend!! The wine was flowing (not for bump), I slept for a solid 8-9hrs (minus the wee trips), I could eat without someone sat on my knee and chat without being interrupted. This in itself is brilliant. Leave those munchkins and definitely stay over one night.
- Chatting to brands. This builds relationships and your confidence. You never know what will come from it. I have a review last year from speaking with a company.
- Freebies – the goody bag was filled with some fab shizzle and the gremlin loved helping me open it when I got home. A lolly on the train home was also quite nice.
The Cons of Going to Brit Mums Live
- The cost. I had a sponsor for my ticket but not for anything else. My hotel was last minute so it turned out to be quite an expensive weekend with food, tube travel and my train ticket. I felt it was worth it, as I had a great time but if you can get as much covered by a sponsor, do it.
- I wasn’t impressed with the sessions this year. I won’t bitch and gripe but my geek brain prefers aims, objectives and clear information. Chats on stage with no real direction or specific bloggers asking specific questions, did not cut it for me. Therefore, I didn’t feel I learnt much from the sessions.
- It’s a long day – a very long day. I had a jet-lagged Emma appear at 7.40am in my hotel room (cheeky bag) and I didn’t get back to the room until after 10.30pm. Nerves, excitement and adrenaline is flowing. Many bloggers were struggling by the end (and not just the preggers ones), so bear this in mind when planning to either do it in a day or stay over.
- There are some long gaps between sessions. This is great for chatting and mingling but not if you are struggling a bit and feel you want to get on. This didn’t affect me personally but I heard others mention this.
As you can say the pros trumped the cons!! I would think of Brit Mums as more of a weekend away with your mates. You may learn lots; you may learn nothing. It will be costly if you don’t get most sponsored but a weekend away is usually a little pricey eh? You are bound to come back knackered. A full brain, a woozy, boozy head and the full on adrenaline will do that to you.
I had a brilliant time. I have some amazing blogging buds and met a tonne of people I have followed for a while.
I had my gripes but I bet I buy a ticket next year, even with gremlin no 2!