Would I Go to Brit Mums Live Next Year?

I have just got back from one of the biggest blogging meets of the year for parent bloggers – Brit Mums Live!!

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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!

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  1. June 27, 2016 / 7:32 am

    It was a long day and hardly any food, I was starving most of the time! I agree about the sessions, it was too much Q&A style. But I did too enjoy my first one, meeting lots of lovely people and I am sure I will be back x #marvmondays
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  2. June 27, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Completely agree about the sessions – almost everyone I spoke to has said the same, which is a real shame. The speakers as well I felt were a let down; almost as though they were filling time than truly adding to the day.

    I was lucky I didn’t pay for my ticket this year either, and so it wasn’t as big of a deal. But £100 is expensive for a social – we could organise that as a blogging community ourselves for cheaper. You should be paying for the sessions.

    I wouldn’t pay for a ticket next year, but if I can go ‘for free’ again next year, I would go definitely.

  3. June 27, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Great post. This pretty much rounds mine up too. I didn’t get much from the sessions and spent a lot of time socialising. As you say, is it worth it for that? Especially when you consider cost. I will go back as enjoy seeing everyone but it would all depend on cost.
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  4. June 27, 2016 / 8:41 am

    It was my first one and I completely agree. It was fab meeting you, and so many others. I did find it a bit hard meeting people as no one knew what I looked like, so I felt I was constantly introducing myself or forgetting to. I came out of each session with some disappointment. Chats on stage were just that, with no direction and some of the time even questions just weren’t being answered. I suppose it would be easier next time as I’d have met people before, but I’d definitely try to get a sponsor.
    Hope you’ve recovered x
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  5. June 27, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Oh I’m glad you had a good time – it was wonderful to put faces to blogs – I loved that – it was my first time so I felt very very new but everyone I met made me feel so welcome. Sorry to hear your experience from the sessions – personally I got a lot from the ones I attended so I can’t comment and, like you, will definitely be booking my ticket for next year. Good luck with the new baby – you must have been shattered after such a long day! #marvmondays
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  6. June 27, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Great post, seems like you had a fab time but never been before myself it’s nice to see a few different sides to it! Thanks for sharing and I hope it’s inspired you and high five for being preggers and still going! Respect #marvmondays

  7. June 27, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I’ve never been as I am so new to blogging and so it was really useful to get your opinion on whether it is worth it. Thanks for sharing and good luck with the new baby xx #MarvMondays

  8. June 27, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Good to read an honest account about BML and also the comments on this post. I’m a person who likes objectives, aims and structure for sessions so Q&A would’ve been a bug for me. Would’ve been nice to meet everyone behind the blogs as well. Might go next year and see how it goes! #marvmondays
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  9. June 27, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    I have read so many britains posts this morning, everyone had such a good time. I hope I can make my first britains next year #marvmonday

  10. June 27, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Thanks for an honest account!
    #MarvMondays

  11. June 27, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    It was meant to be my first BML this year but had to pull out last minute due to a bump scare (all is well!) – saddened as I would’ve loved to meet everyone but it seems to have been said quite alot about the sessions, will still try for next year though! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  12. June 27, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Great to read a pros and cons list – goodie bag, wine and making new friends swings it for me!! I didn’t feel “blogger” enough to go this year, but I definitely want to go next year so it’s good to hear what different people take from the sessions #marvmondays
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  13. June 27, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    I felt the same as you about the sessions. I like aims and objectives along with tips and tricks. I learnt a little but mostly I came away thinking that I just need to blog, if that makes sense? It’s certainly brilliant for socialising and it was so lovely to finally meet you, there was such a buzz that we couldn’t speak for long but we can next time! #marvmondays

  14. June 28, 2016 / 12:11 am

    the social side was definitely the best part for me. Though I found the SEO session really helpful, infact I could have been in that one twice the time. #MarvMondays
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  15. June 28, 2016 / 8:03 am

    It just sounds so terrific. I have really enjoyed ‘meeting’ so many British bloggers, but Australia is just such a long way away. Would love the chance to meet and be surrounded by like minded people. Make sure you put your feet up this week! #TwinklyTuesday

  16. June 28, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I will! it looks fantastic, thanks for sharing all this lovely pictures and your true opinion about the sessions there.
    #twinklytuesday

  17. June 28, 2016 / 8:35 am

    I agree with you – I didn’t get a lot out of the sessions but managed to scrape together some bits. I like to have 3 action points to take away from conferences to actually put them into action, which I did… although not all of them were from the conference part!

    #twinklytuesday

  18. June 28, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    great list of pros and cons 🙂 id like to go next year so will see! #marvmondays

  19. June 29, 2016 / 6:30 am

    It does sound like great fun….Maybe one day

  20. June 29, 2016 / 7:43 am

    It’s great to know these pros and cons. I have not been to any yet, but hopefully brave myself in the future to attend one because I think the best part of it apart from learning is also meeting other bloggers too. Sounds like you all had a great time though! #bestandworst
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  21. June 29, 2016 / 7:47 am

    Thanks for a good review. Its good to hear the pros and con’s. I’d like to attend, mainly just to meet all you lovely ladies and learn some tips and tricks. It does sound like it could be expensive and a long weekend. I’d be worried it’d be a bit cliquey! #bestandworst
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  22. June 29, 2016 / 8:04 am

    I’ve read a few posts about BML, some positive and some negative. Sounds like you had a great time though lovely, you look fab in your photos too! Personally, I’m not sure if I’d go along, spesh as I’m not a mum blogger but it does sound quite interesting. #bestandworst

  23. June 29, 2016 / 8:10 am

    I love this honest post. I am not sure I really want to go to BML (am I blogger enough? ‘cos really I am just winging it!) but I am thoroughly jealous of those who do. You made me realise that actually I would like to be involved, but to have realistic expectations. Thank you. #bestandworst
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  24. June 29, 2016 / 10:21 am

    I found this really helpful. I’d love to go to BML one day but I can’t justify the cost at the moment! It’s good to know the pros and cons #bestandworst
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  25. June 29, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Love the honesty of this post – I agree that the best thing about the day was meeting and socialising with other bloggers. Two of my sessions were really good, but two of them were pretty bad too and lacked any direction. Like you I like clear aims and concrete ideas to take away. But on the whole I got a lot out of the day and I’m sure I’ll be going back next year – it was lovely meeting you! xx #bestandworst
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  26. June 29, 2016 / 11:14 am

    I had FOMO reading all the BML16 tweets on the weekend! I went to a big blogging conference here in Australia last year and felt many of the same things – while the social aspect was FAB, a lot of the ‘learnings’ didn’t fit my goals. Saying that though I’ve still booked to go again this year, ha! A weekend away is a weekend away ;).
    #bestandworst

  27. June 29, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Love this round-up. I agree on the sessions, some of them felt like coffee chats and it was more useful talking and networking with other bloggers. Glad I got to meet you briefly! #bestandworst
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  28. June 29, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab time – I saw some of your pictures pop up on instagram and they were lovely to see! I salute you though love, its a long day for a pregnant mama! Go You!x #bestandworst
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  29. June 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I’d love to go for the social side of it all more than anything else. Despite being a shy introvert, ,meeting bloggers would be a highlight for me #bestandworst

  30. June 29, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Love the pros and cons list, perfect for people like me who have never been. It sounds like you had a great day meeting up with blogging friends, it is a shame you didn’t get much from the sessions though. I have read a few round up posts and lots of people said there was hardly any food, I couldn’t have coped with that being almost 6months pregnant myself so you did well to get through the day! Lovely photos, everyone looks so happy xxx #bestandworst
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  31. June 29, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    It’s really useful to see the pros and the cons. I haven’t been to any of the big conferences yet and I really think that next year I must. So It sounds like overall its a lot of fun and that alone is enough for me, he he. I shall book my early bird ticket ready for next year!! #bestandworst
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  32. June 29, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Glad you had such a great time, I loved the balanced opinions of pros and cons you give. I didn’t make it this year but I would love to next year, it certainly looked like everyone was having a fab time. #marvmondays xx
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  33. June 29, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Glad you had a lovely time, I was so sad to miss it and was most looking forward to meeting the people behind the blogs I have loved and connected with. I had a sponsor, it fell through and then I couldn’t justify the cash when hubs hasn’t started his job yet – sad times! Your not the 1st ive heard hint that it wasn’t as good or informative so don’t feel bad. You are looking grand and your bump super neat xx
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  34. June 30, 2016 / 7:46 am

    I am loving reading all these BML posts and really wish I had been able to go, but I will be there next year without a doubt! #bestandworst

  35. June 30, 2016 / 8:07 am

    How do you think one day compared to two? I remember feeling like I hadn’t got into my stride until day two last year but being emotionally exhausted by the end #bestandworst

  36. June 30, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    This is why I love you! This is so refreshing to read an honest account and not just glossing over the cons and bigging it up to be the event of the year. It DOES sound like a lot of fun, socially more than anything, but I think if I was to spend a fortune coming from up North I would also want to get a lot more out of it too. I definitely plan on going next year, even though I am super nervous, so fingers crossed the event planners take some of these things on board and next years is even better! #bestandworst
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  37. June 30, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Very interesting. I find those kind of conferences deathly dull and definitely get more from the casual chats than the formal sessions! Thanks for being honest. #bestandworst

  38. June 30, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I have only just started blogging with the BML-ness happening as I started but it’s really interesting hearing about everyone’s experiences. I would love to put faces to names, it’s amazing how quickly you can feel a kinship with someone you have never met or really spoken to. Blogging seems to be a little bit like mummy friend internet dating! #bestandworst
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  39. June 30, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Popping back from #bestandworst my lovely. Still so pleased we met, even if it was brief!

  40. July 1, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    This is an interesting view of #BML, I haven’t been and everyone seems to rave about it. Still sounds like a great weekend though, I hope I can attend next year. #bestandworst

  41. July 2, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    I really wanted to go this year but with an 8 week old and it falling on the same weekend as Monkeys birthday it was never going to happen. Your not the first to have said the sessions weren’t that great. I may still give it a go next year :). Popping by from #MarvMondays X
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  42. July 3, 2016 / 8:21 am

    Thanks so much for your honest account. I’d been considering going along but the cost just seemed too steep. Shame the sessions weren’t that useful as that’s what I’d think you are paying for. I’d be very nervous going for the first time without “friends” which also puts me off a little. This is really interesting, thanks for sharing X #bestandworst
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  43. July 3, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I think it’s great that so many people are being honest. I could not agree more re the ‘chat’ sessions which offered zero benefit. In the end, what I got out of it was seeing my wonderful blog family. Was so lovely to meet you, you gorgeous smiley girl you! Well done for making it down, bump and all. I’m glad I got my flight and ticket sponsored as the hotel bill was a bit hefty to say the least but worth it nevertheless for me-time. xx
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  44. July 6, 2016 / 12:02 am

    I didn’t go, mostly due to combination of cost and I’m not good with crowds & new people – I have a lot of social anxiety. Interesting to here people’s views for those of us who are always a bit uncertain about whether to brave it! #bestandworst
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