Monday, 23 June 2014

My BritMums Live Experience...

It's hard to believe that something I spent a year waiting for, planning for, worrying over and generally looking forward to has been and gone.  It seems to have happened in the blink of an eye!

If you have no clue what I'm talking about then I will enlighten you.  BritMums Live, a conference for bloggers took place at the Brewery in London on Friday and Saturday.  It was a forum for like-minded people to come together to learn, share, reflect, and shed a tear or two and I have pondered over how to cover all that went on in this one little post.

When I arrived on Friday, with my notes which had been helpfully annotated by my Other Half (thanks for that...) I was full of trepidation as I really had no idea what to expect.


The feelings didn't improve when I saw the sheer number of people all gathered in one place, let me tell you.




It's tricky to narrow down everything I heard and absorbed over the weekend but here are the top things I learned:-

1. Google+ is the Future
There was a very informative and helpful session about Google+ and how it can work for bloggers.  Prior to this I was aware of Google+ and my blog posts are automatically 'dumped' there for me by the wonders of social media but if you had asked me how it worked...I would have probably changed the subject!  Now I feel geared up and ready to really make it work for me and Catch A Single Thought.  It seems very much like the future and if I can get a hold on it now then I will be better placed for when it takes over the world...or something.  
Top Tip: Understanding circles is key.


2. We All Have A Part To Play
I sat in on a wonderful session led by some truly inspirational bloggers sharing some of the reasons why they do the things they do.  I'm fairly confident there wasn't a dry eye in the house.  Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread said something which has stuck in my head on a loop since I heard it, 'you can feel like you're shouting into the wilderness by actually you are planting seeds...' which is why it is so important that when we are passionate about something that we use our voices and make a difference.  When bloggers come together in common cause it can amazing results and I have a new and fresh drive to play my part.
Top Tip: Bloggers have amazing power, lets ensure we are using it for the right reasons and see a real difference being made, whatever we are passionate about.


3. Making Friends is Hard!
I am naturally an introvert and I once heard someone very wisely say that introverts best make friends on a one on one basis.  I absolutely agree with this and, to be honest, found the entire conference quite overwhelming when it came to talking to people.  I seemed to hang on the edges a lot and although I got to say hello and have a brief chat with some lovely people I have been talking to online this past year, I wish I had been braver and gone to speak to some of the others on my 'must-meet' list.  Perhaps next year I will find my confidence!
Top Tip: ...if I had a top tip I probably wouldn't have had to write the above.  My lesson is, I need to be braver!


4. I'm a Little Bit Addicted to Food
I made the classic mistake of arriving home and realising that I hadn't actually taken that many photos, despite my best intentions.  Imagine my amusement when I realised that the majority of the photos I did take were food related...oops!
Top Tip: Wear bigger pants next year...there was lots of delicious food going around...


I'm still not sure I've fully recovered from the weekend, it really appears to have taken it out of me.  Even spending yesterday relaxing on the beach in the beautiful sun didn't help...go figure!

I have to admit though, despite everything I'm really looking forward to next year and doing it all over again.

9 comments:

  1. I agree with the making friends is hard too because I saw you, infact we stood right next to each other in the doorway in the photography workshop, but I was too nervous to say anything :) I also didn't take a lot of photos but what I did take was mostly food. What a pair we are lol x

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  2. Sounds so fantastic! Thanks for the google+ tip - I must admit I haven't really looked into it too much, beyond just dumping posts there. I should probably look into it a little bit more!

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  3. Louise Fairweather23 June 2014 at 21:19

    You really shouldn't worry about making friends as you are lovely to talk too. Glad that you are planning on going next year. I've forgotton all the Google Plus stuff already xx

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  4. rebecca beesley23 June 2014 at 22:14

    It is so great that you went. I am totally like you with big groups of people and making friends much better on a 1:1 basis. I just can't imagine myself managing to go to Britmums just yet - but maybe one day. x

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  5. Yep it is taking me a while to recover too and I also did the beach thing on Sunday. Nice to say hi to you Jess, shame it was just a hi, I was far too busy this conference. I must change it for next time. Mich x

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  6. justanormalmummy24 June 2014 at 18:08

    I missed you! It is so hard to meet everyone isn't it - so much going on, and I found that many people in one place a bit overwhelming! lol x next year for sure! ;) xx

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  7. Sara (@mumturnedmom)24 June 2014 at 18:45

    I'm so glad I met you, however briefly. Next year I want to make sure I speak to you properly, it was all so busy, so many people! It was a great weekend, I'm still processing all my thoughts :)

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  8. What a great round up Jess. I was in the Google+ talk and am still trying to work through that one - although it was one of my favourite talks. We did talk briefly but I know that you're an introvert so didn't want to completely overwhelm you! Glad you enjoyed it and yes, I'm still totally knackered!

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  9. Great write up, it's so interesting to read what goes on at Britmums.

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