Overall, I am really glad I went to Brit Mums Live. I got to be sponsored by a LookAgain.co.uk – who were very supportive, by paying for my hotel, ticket and train fair. Because of them, I stayed in a very cool hotel (The Montcalm) that was so close to the event, I even nipped back and changed my shoes, when I thought that I couldn’t stand any longer. Though, there was a moment of panic when I thought I was going to have to shower and use the loo in front of Molly and Liz who I was sharing a room with! The bathroom and shower had a glass wall separating it, thank goodness, it also had an electronic curtain divider too!
I loved that I met up with old friends, and with people who I have followed on twitter for many years, and finally managed to put a persons face to a name. I loved sharing more quiet moments, with some of my closest
blogging friends. I loved meeting new people, chatting about what they were all about, and why they had come to the event. The sponsors were always welcoming, when really they must have felt shattered, they were long and very busy days for them. I think Brit Mums Live is slick, its professional, and as I was last year, I was very impressed!
So what did I learn?
I learnt that there are some amazing writers out there in the blogasphere. Some great and innovative blogs, and very talented and gracious men and women.
I did pick up more that I imagined from the panels. I am part of quite a close and active network, and we talk and share about lots of the topics related to blogging, so it was great to hear fresh voices on these subjects, and I loved hearing these discussions and Q and A’s.
I learnt that nerves can really make me say the most ridiculous things!
I learnt to get over my fear of birds, to get up close and personal with the real Hegwig!
I learnt, that my voice, and my individuality on my blog needs to be stronger. I need to be more confident in my abilities, and The Ana Mum Diary needs to be what I want it to be.
I learnt that sometimes, no matter how welcoming, or smiley you think you are, there will be people who will be rude, and that’s OK, as long as you can say you didn’t knowingly do the same. Really that is exactly what life is like, we don’t have to get on with everyone, even if we share blogging as a passion. So yes this was a meeting of minds (but unfortunately in some instances) it actually showed how different we are too.
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