What I learnt at Brit Mums Live

Walking into a room of 500 or so bloggers that I mostly didn’t recognise and who didn’t recognise me, was rather intimidating. Despite the fact that this was the third big blogging event that I have attended I must add. Maybe that’s just me, or maybe it was down to the atmosphere at The Brewery that day. Who knows.

The law of sod means that the three sessions that you really want to attend are on at the same time. And no, reading notes afterwards from those who were there, isn’t quite the same I’m afraid.

Getting to meet blogging friends old and new can be FABULOUS although unfortunately for me, I seem to have a knack for losing them as quickly as I find them.

Then of course there are all of those people at the top of my Bloggers That I Really Must Meet list that I never got to see. But experience has taught me that this is always the way at these blasted things.

Bags of swag are just as heavy and wasteful as they were at CyberMummy last year only this time, I had the sense to avoid them completely.

Not having some of your best blogging friends right there with you to hold your hand makes the conference thing feel like a whole different cliquey world that I don’t much like.

Free flowing prosecco makes talking to a complete stranger at the bar so much easier although it also means that I can’t actually remember her name. Sorry about that.

I’m a bit more of a feminist than I realised as I really did object to the whole naked waiter thing. Ugh. Although to be fair, it didn’t put me off enough to refuse the free booze. See above.

I probably shouldn’t have spent my time comparing this conference to Cybher, as nothing else was ever going to be that amazing to be fair, but I did. And no, Brit Mums Live didn’t even come close for me.

The lure to skip the conference altogether on the Saturday and go do the tourist thing in London instead was just too strong. I had such an AMAZING day by the way. I heart London.

I soon realised that Brit Mums Live probably wasn’t for me. I think you might have guessed that already. But it wouldn’t do for us all to like the same things, right?

 

 

81 thoughts on “What I learnt at Brit Mums Live

      • motherventing says:

        Yeah it wasn’t the best table for mingling… I was trapped on the window side… And no problem, it makes a change to hear from someone who maybe didn’t have a totally marvellous experience. I agree with you, just formulating thoughts. Will prob blog very soon πŸ˜‰ X

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  1. AnEssexWife says:

    Very well put (and I applaud your honesty). The atmosphere was strange, and I have also left with a different feeling than I had after Cybher. Part way though Saturday I had a wobble and ended up a little tearful from how out of place I felt. Maybe I should have joined you on the sight-seeing. x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Oh Alice I felt so much better about it all after talking to you today but I really wish that I had have known how you felt at the time. What are we like?! I promise that it wasn’t just you who felt that there was a strange atmosphere x

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  2. Jess @ CatchaSingleThought says:

    I was very jealous that I wasn’t able to go to BritMums and reading the tweets over the weekend really made it worse! It’s interesting to read an honest perspective from someone who didn’t enjoy it. I know next to no one in the blogging world so perhaps it wouldn’t have been the place for me anyway. Thank you for writing an honest post about it. Hope you enjoyed the sightseeing xx

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I know that lots of bloggers who have never been to anything like this before went along and had a fabulous time. I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I still managed to make the most of the weekend and have a fabulous time though so it’s all good πŸ˜‰

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Horses for courses and all that but I have to say that I had an amazing time at Cybher this year. I’ve already bought my ticket for next year so I’ll see you there hopefully πŸ˜‰

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  3. Grenglish says:

    I did wonder where you were on Saturday! I was looking out for you πŸ™‚ Glad we got to meet on Friday and sit in some of the same sessions. I was lucky as I had Richmond Mummy to hold my hand on Friday but she was not there on Sat either and I definitely missed her. It was really lovely to speak to you and put a face to the name. I didn’t make it to Cybher this year as I was away so I can’t compare but hopefully I’ll make it next year and will see you again then.

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      • Grenglish says:

        Ditto lovely, fingers crossed for Cybher 2013 but until then we always have twitter! πŸ™‚

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  4. The 1970's Diet says:

    Hello there – I’ve never been to anything like that and its not really my cup of tea when I saw the pictures it reminded me of a work conference. I like Britmums more than the other blogging platforms as they seem to give everyone a crack at the whip but I suppose it appeals to some more than others. Day out in London – can’t beat it!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      It was quite a full on schedule but obviously you can pick and choose how many sessions you attend etc. Many people come along purely for the social aspect and getting to put faces to blogs. I have to say though that the atmosphere at Brit Mums Live did leave me cold compared to other events. But obviously that it just my opinion!

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  5. Nikki Thomas says:

    There you see I knew it would be interesting to read this post. I couldn’t do Britmums or Cybher and I would have liked to, but I did do Blogcamp which was lovely as I met someone I had tweeted with and we got on as well in real life. However, in my few months of blogging, I can see that there is a hierarchy and cliques just like real life I suppose and I think unless you are extremely confident, going into an event like that is really daunting. At least you can say that you went and yes London is fab, so at least something positive came out of the trip! Great that you have been so honest!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I couldn’t make it to Blogcamp I’m afraid but I’ve heard lots of good things about it! I guess you are right about the whole hierarchy and clique thing but this weekend has taught me that this is definitely something that I would rather not be a part of.

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  6. Melaina25 says:

    I always knew you were a feminist but glad you know now too! I told everyone who’d listen, including the waiters, that they were being objectified & it wasn’t cool.

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      • Grenglish says:

        I was cringing at the waiters too, I have to say. If it had been a conference primarily for men and the waitresses were all hot young girls serving pints in their undies, we’d have been outraged.

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  7. Karen Jones (@allaboutheboys) says:

    Must admit I thought “really!” when I saw the pics of the waiters. Such a bad decision, as if women and blogging don’t have it hard enough.
    Well said you for saying how you really felt. So sorry to hear you felt so uncomfortable. Do these people not know what a lovely, funny girl you are ????

    Roll on next Summer when I can see you again for Cybher XXX

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I must admit that this is the first time I have ever come across cliques to this extent and I say this having been to not only other conferences but also other blogging events too. I have to say that I found the atmosphere to be really quite strange this weekend. It’s hard for me to put my finger on it to be honest because I have never experienced anything quite like it! Horses for courses and all that though. Lots of people had a ball πŸ™‚

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      • Expat Mammy says:

        If thats the case Im kinda glad I didn’t go then. Im quite sensitive to those sorts of things.

        exactly each to they’re own I guess, can’t comment myself as didn’t attend

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  8. Laura @ Chez Mummy says:

    Thanks for writing this, it’s interesting to see a different side. I enjoyed BritMums but this was my first major bloggers conference (I’d done BlogCamp in April but that was only 100 or so people) so I can’t compare it to Cybher or anything else on that scale. With so many people there I did find it quite intimidating and am guilty of finding a few people I knew and staying with them for more or less the whole conference. However, I did try to mingle at the BiBs on Friday night and also on Saturday and I was so glad I did because I met some fabulous new people. I hope next time a big conference comes along, I’ll now have the confidence to chat to as many people as possible. Sorry for the essay!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      No! Thank you for the essay! It’s actually fascinating to read about other peoples thoughts on this weekend. Especially from bloggers who haven’t done the conference thing before πŸ™‚

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  9. Rachel Gilbert says:

    Brit Mums Live was my first blogging event, I enjoyed it and felt like I learnt a lot. But then I did have a few friends there to hold my hand and so didn’t notice any cliqueness. I would imagine though if you went on your own the atmosphere could be rather daunting and overwhelming especially if you’re new to blogging (like me). It sounds like the Cybher event is one to watch out for though – shame I need to wait until next year now! Glad you enjoyed your day sight-seeing in London, hope it made up for the semi-naked waiters! x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I must admit that having been blogging for so many years and given that I have been to many events before, I was actually surprised that I recognised so few people. I guess I should have had a better ‘back-up’ plan myself but I honestly didn’t anticipate just how full on the day would be as it was quite unlike any other conference that I have been to. That said, I did get to meet some lovely friends – new and old. It wasn’t all bad just not quite my cup of tea πŸ˜‰

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  10. MargotBarbara says:

    Hello! This is a really interesting post. I’ve never been to any blogging conferences and don’t know a SINGLE PERSON in real life who might go to one of them with me to hold my hand – which is partly why I’ve been put off the whole thing. So many people seem to know each other really well, meet up in real life all the time (where are the Northern bloggers?) and therefore have unwittingly formed little cliques, that I just haven’t felt brave enough to go to one. I did see loads of tweets about Britmums and thought it sounded good (half naked waiters aside, I’m with you on that one, shudder) and I would have loved to listen to Sarah Brown, but I would have had to go alone, drink a boat load of booze and then try to muscle in on a group of people I don’t know, who already know each other. Pure torture.

    Having said that, Cybher, of all the conferences, really does appeal. I think it’s partly because it seems to have a stronger ‘tech’ focus and partly because it’s not about ‘mummy’ bloggers – who seem to be a clique I am really not a part of. Despite having two kids, I just don’t really blog about them all that much, so I’ve never felt part of the mummy-blogger gang. I also think that having just one day of conference makes it much easier – no hotel to slink back to alone, when everyone else is having a party I’m not invited to.

    Ooh, I’ve turned this into a pity fest, haven’t I? So, here’s the plan. Find a local blogger, get to know them a bit in real life or through many, many online chats. Get them to go to Cybher. Handcuff myself to them so I always have someone to talk to without the aid of gin. Have a ruddy brilliant time.

    And if you’re going to Cybher, I promise with all my heart, to come and say hello. After all, you’re my red trouser guru, so you may be sick of the sight of me after a whole day πŸ™‚

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    • chezmummy says:

      I’d recommend using twitter to connect with bloggers you know and/or follow when you go to events. Don’t be afraid to tweet them & ask to find them for a chat. Most people are really friendly and happy to meet up. I did this with one or two people at BritMums and I’m glad I did

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I understand completely and thank you so much for commenting. It wasn’t in the least bit a pity fest, in fact I found it fascinating.
      I have to say that for me, I came away from Cybher feeling completely inspired and I fell in love with my blog all over again. I have already spoken about how much I enjoyed it on here so I won’t bore you but honestly, I think that mix of so many different bloggers rather than just ‘mummy bloggers’ was what made the huge difference to the day. It had an incredible energy that is hard to put into words. I have come away from Brit Mums Live this weekend feeling that maybe I am not a part of the ‘mummy blogging community’ after all but actually, I have realised that this isn’t such a bad thing. I’m just a blogger who happens to be a mummy.
      I would love you to come along to Cybher next year as knowing you through your blog, I believe that you would get a lot from it, as I did. And I will happily bring the red trousers if you bring the handcuffs! Ha! That sounds all kinds of wrong but I would love to be your chief hand holder next year. Honestly and truly πŸ™‚

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      • MargotBarbara says:

        I think that’s how I feel – a blogger who happens to be a mummy. I do talk about my kids every so often, but it’s not just what my blog is about – and yours feels very similar, I think. I’m definitely going to get myself to Cybher. I’m making that promise to myself now. And I’d love for you to be Chief Hand Holder, that would be utterly amazing. I’m working on a couple of new projects, so I’ll have a lot to gain from the event in many ways. I’m all excited now… πŸ™‚

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  11. mutteringsofafool says:

    Good post and nothing wrong with the event not being for you. The comment above about the waiters was exactly what I said at the time, imagine if it had been half naked women and a lot of men. There would have been outrage.
    Do you think the venue or setup made a difference vs. Cybher or just the group of bloggers attending?

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I think The Brewery is actually a fabulous venue, there is no getting away from how big it is but I don’t think that was an issue as such. For me, it was definitely down to the atmosphere on the day and yes, I think that may have come from the bloggers that were there but it’s quite hard to put my finger on it.
      I must say as well that I am really sorry that we didn’t get to say hello! I saw you across the room a couple of times but never quite got close enough to speak. I understand you had to leave early too as wifey wasn’t well? Hope she is better now πŸ™‚

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  12. Emma Lee-Potter says:

    Thank you for your really honest post. In a way I felt relieved because I went on Friday and then decided to miss the Saturday. I only knew two other bloggers, both of whom were speaking, and it was great to catch up with them, and the workshops and speeches (Ruby Wax and Carla Buzasi especially) were great, but one day was enough for me. I’ve got teenage children and in lots of ways the event made me feel about 103! Maybe it was just a bit too focused on parents with young children when it would have been great to talk about other stuff, I’m not sure…

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Thanks so much for commenting. I’m sorry that you didn’t have the best of times either. I must say that I loved Ruby Wax and I also attended a fab session about getting published on the Friday afternoon – it wasn’t all bad! Ha! But yes, like you the Friday afternoon was enough for me to know that it wasn’t for me. It’s interesting that you say that you have teenage children too as I have older as well as younger children. I think my blog has evolved so much since I started it two and half years ago and I’m not sure that I fit in with the ‘mummy blog’ thing anymore.

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  13. HonestMum.com says:

    Hey lovely, sorry to hear you felt that way. I wish I hadn’t have been so busy filming so we could have talked more. Was so lovely meeting you (despite it being so brief) and really hope we get to catch up properly in the future x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      It was so lovely to meet you too at long last! I was exhausted just watching you run around doing your amazing director thing – how do you do it and still look so bloody amazing at six months pregnant?! Sheesh! x

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  14. cakesphotoslife says:

    Lovely to read an honest and different perspective on it, thank you.

    We all have to try these things and I want to hopefully next year and maybe I will feel the same, but if you don’t try you will never know.

    Thank you for sharing x

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  15. geekmummy says:

    What a lovely honest post. I did wonder why I didn’t see you after our taxi ride on Friday, this explains it. I’m glad we did get that time together now – it was lovely to catch up.

    These things can’t be all things to all (wo)men, but I know it can feel a bit strange to read so many rave reviews of an event that felt very differently to you personally. Well done for writing about how you found BritMums Live. For me I had the exact opposite – BML worked much more for me than CybHer did, and I’ve come out inspired with loads of new ideas for my blog from this event.

    I would recommend giving BlogCamp a go if you get the chance – the smaller size of that event gives it a very different, more friendly feel. Hopefully I’ll get to catch up with you again at some future conference or event πŸ™‚

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  16. Tinuke says:

    I really found your insight interesting. I too found Cybher to be different than Britmums but actually really enjoyed Britmums just in a different way than Cybher, in fact, maybe it’s purely because I knew more people at Britmums thy I enjoyed it so much??
    It’s really interesting to read about someone who had the opposite experience from the same event. Really sorry it didn’t float your boat but very glad you were able to have a day sight seeing in London as there are so many fantastic places to see!!
    What was your highlight of the sight seeing??

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      It’s definitely a case of horses for courses, isn’t it? It sounds like we have been to the same events this year (and missed each other both times I must add!?!) and both had completely opposite experiences.
      I had a fab time in London though thanks. I think my highlight was probably visiting St Paul’s as I’ve never been before. I had a lovely afternoon milling around Covent Garden too πŸ™‚

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  17. notanothermummyblog says:

    Oh dear – what a shame that you were disappointed with Britmums. I couldn’t make it and was really gutted but actually your post has reminded me of the flip side of blogging conferences. I went to Cybermummy last year on my own and knew no-one as I’d only been blogging a month. I just threw myself into the talks and chatted randomly to people, not caring that they might think I was mad. (I think I even approached you to say hi as yours was one of the blogs I regularly read).

    I was aware of cliques at the event and cliques within the blogging community is something I’ve spoken about in the past, and something that makes me feel sad. As a new blogger last year, I was firmly put in my place a few times by a very well known and popular parent blogger, and it made me quickly realise there was a hierarchy – and that I was at the bottom!

    It’s a shame. But I’m really glad you seized control of your weekend and had a day out on Saturday x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Of course I remember seeing you at CyberMummy last year – in fact, I think we were in a couple of the same sessions too! I am so sorry that you experienced that last year and quite frankly, I think that would have been enough to put me off forever – how awful! I have to say that naively, I have not been aware of just how prevalent cliques are within this so called community. It’s not something that I want to be a part of to be honest and I think that’s why I loved Cybher so much because I didn’t feel that there was any of that there. It was just a group of amazing bloggers who happened to be (mostly!) female. It was a completely different atmosphere.

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  18. Jennifer Howze says:

    So interesting to read all the different opinions here! I’m one of the organisers of BritMums Live and we give a lot of thought to what works and what doesn’t – so the feedback is invaluable. To help people meet other bloggers, we had the Butterflies there (4 bloggers who just wanted to make it easier for anyone showing up and wanting to quickly find a friend). They worked at connecting with new bloggers and encouraging people to feel comfortable striking up conversation; that sounds like a good area to concentrate on.

    The great thing as the blogging world expands is that the community gets bigger and there are more options for learning, connecting and growing. Susanna and I would love to get feedback about BritMums Live from everyone who was there to address the concerns, emphasize the positives and make it even better next year.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Jennifer and it’s good to hear that all feedback is invaluable. Although I now know that I wasn’t the only one to feel this way, there were so many bloggers that had an absolute ball this weekend! I must add that it wasn’t all bad and I certainly hope that I don’t sound entirely negative in my post as that wasn’t my intention. It was just a case of Brit Mums Live not being the right conference for me, that’s all which I think says more about me than it says about the event if that makes sense πŸ™‚

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  19. Kate on Thin Ice says:

    Sorry to hear BritMums Live was not your cup of tea. Bloggers are individuals and will have different preferences as to the style and content of events. I like the way you acknowledge that in your response to comments.
    This was my first blogging conference and I am a very shy and insecure person by nature and usually find events with a lot of people very scary. However, when I entered the foyer there was a warm welcome and once up the stairs, there were the Butterflies team with smiles and warm, encouarging words. Other bloggers who I know have firm blogging friends also took time out to talk to me which I appreciated.
    I also tried to remember that I was not the only shy person in the room and pushed myself to reach out to others which always worked well so I have learned from that.
    I forced myself to sit in different places and with different people and felt fine sometimes talking and sometimes listening.
    At one point at the party, I think anyone looking over would have seen a clique but actually it was just four people meeting for the first time and just happening to gel well with the wine helping to break down barriers.
    I am now a member of the BritMums team in terms of doing little bits for them on charity stuff and I have never known any group who are so open to encouraging new people to contribute and taking chances on them too. You see that in how they reach out and involve people who they don’t know and regularly when folks approach them via Twitter. I think in their position they could be snotty and they just aren’t which is wonderful.
    The freebies you could take away were optional anyway but perhaps a nice treat for guests and let’s face it in cash-strapped times, how lovely to think of parents and little ones enjoying something nice.
    I thought there was a good balance (one of the best I have ever seen at events) of time to network/socialise/mingle if that was your thing and time to learn and reflect in workshops. For me the workshop learning will always be easier than the mingling but I have never felt quite so comfy at an event as I did at BritMums Live.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Wow! Mammoth comment here Kate thanks for stopping by! As you say, bloggers are individuals and will always have different preferences when it comes to these things. Maybe as I have been blogging for so many years now and am also quite the seasoned event go-er, I have a different outlook and maybe expectations from somebody who maybe hasn’t been to a conference before. I’m glad you had such a lovely time though it sounds like it did wonders for your confidence πŸ™‚

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  20. Notmyyearoff says:

    Ahhhh I only came the Saturday. Not sure the buff waiters in their undies would have been for me. This was my first event ever and it really nerve wracking.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      No, not you being prudish I promise! I am far from being a prude, trust me πŸ˜‰
      I’m so sorry that I didn’t find you in the crowd. It was such a busy old day and I’m only just realising just how many lovely bloggers I missed this weekend x

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  21. Icklebabe says:

    Aw Hun sorry it was a bit pants, but as always you are my hero for just diving in and going. As u say at least you tried it, and we can’t all like the same things. London looks fab too xxx

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  22. MrsB (@MrsB_LDN) says:

    The most important lesson I learned from Cybermummy last year was: do not go to these events without having someone’s hand to hold i.e. a preagreed sidekick. If you don’t , it’s tough. Not one person I didn’t already know came up to me and said hi (maybe I need to post more phots of myself on the blog??) I made the effort to say hi to a few people I recognised though and was so glad I did. My sidekicks made my day though. Alone I would ave been almost teary eyed like last year 😐

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I’m so sorry that you didn’t have the best of times last year but it sounds like you had much more fun this time around so good for you! I think you are absolutely right. I have already made a pact with a very good blogging chum that next time around, we will stick together like glue! I have to say that I met some lovely new blogging friends this time around by just diving in and saying hello but I was also blanked a few times which wasn’t the nicest of experiences. But hey, lessons learnt and all that πŸ™‚

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  23. Nickie says:

    I do believe we all get different things from different events. I had completely unique experiences at both Cybher and BML and took away an awful lot from both. There was a point on Saturday afternoon where I just took a short time-out on my own to breathe again because I was feeling a little overwhelmed.

    However, there’s no “law” that says you have to attend everything all of the time and if something doesn’t work for you after you’ve tried it then at least you can make an proper decision about it.

    I do think that the two main women’s blogging events are a little close together but that’s because I live in the deepest, darkest North and an overnight stay in our capital city can be an expensive affair and take a lot of organising. I would have preferred them to be six months apart but then that’s feedback I can leave with the founders.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I think you are absolutely right. Both of these big conferences offer very different things and I know now that maybe Brit Mums Live isn’t the one for me. Some people (not you of course!) seem to have taken offence to me saying this which I find quite puzzling to be honest. It’s definitely not a case of taking sides it’s just a case of knowing what works for me. I know that the organisers of Brit Mums Live are very open about the fact that they welcome all feedback. I have spoken to them in private and Jennifer has even commented here on my blog to say how invaluable they find all feedback.
      You make a good point about the events being so close together too. I hadn’t thought about that but you are quite right. I’m up in the deepest, darkest North too and as well as lots of organising it costs the best part of Β£500 to come down for a weekend which is a lot of pennies to me. Worth it of course but still!
      I must add as well that I am so sorry to have missed your session but it clashed with two of my other must attend workshops – typical!

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      • Nickie says:

        Quick plug: My intro is up on my blog now and the other speakers in my session are doing the same. I know that Jane and Mel have already published theirs. Give me a shout if you want any more info. Advert over *wink*

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  24. Emma Mayfair Mum says:

    Well done for the honest blog. I too am still trying to formulate how I feel about it all and your post has certainly made me stop and think. I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for anyone new to blogging to turn up and not know a single person by face, blog name or twitter handle – butterflies or not, I think I’d have run a mile!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I know just what you mean. I wasn’t expecting it to feel as daunting as it did. I had no reason to really – I was familiar with the venue, the whole conference scenario and I have met lots of bloggers at other events before. But I have to say that I did find it terribly intimidating and that kind of threw me off kilter I guess. Luckily, it wasn’t too long before I spotted a familiar face in the hub otherwise I think I might have been tempted to walk straight back out again in all honesty!
      I must say as well that dinner that night was lovely and I must thank you for putting up with my blabbering!

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  25. from_fun_to_mum (@from_fun_to_mum) says:

    I’m so glad I got to meet you on Friday and a bit gutted that we did not get the chance to talk at dinner – that table was just a stupid layout.
    Like you, I was HORRIFIED at the stupid waiters! I have been to cool parties in my days and seen it all, I’m not a prude in that sense. I thought the equation “mums without kids or husbands” = naked young fit men was just cheap, to put it mildly. A few bloggers around me were horrified, but I then decided to just pretend I was in THAT teenager fashion shop where naked hot people is the norm. I’d rather pretend I was treated like a teenager, than a ‘desperate housewife’.
    I think the other key is to have one or two buddies that you know well and will come to sessions with you etc. I was lucky to have that, so I felt quite at ease with it, most of the time.
    All in all I enjoyed BritMumsLive, but I should admit that I live in London, so no real expense for me, which makes it all less of an effort. Glad you got to enjoy the Big Smoke at least, I wish you’d told me on Friday and I would have opened my “local” address book for you. Hopefully next time. x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I’m so glad that we finally got to meet on Friday but I’m sorry that we didn’t get to chat more at dinner. Once I got wedged into my seat, there was no escaping! Next time gorgeous girl πŸ˜‰

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  26. kate says:

    Yep, that pretty much somes up my experiance too. Been wondereing if I should blog about it or jyust keep quiet, think perhaps I’ll go blog instead, after all I’m not really in it for the money either!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I’m sorry you didn’t have the best of times either, Kate. I think I learnt that Brit Mums Live really wasn’t for me and I make no apologies for that. This is just my take on my weekend. That’s all πŸ™‚

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  27. Anya from Older Sinlge Mum says:

    What a shame you felt that way – I thought you were lovely and looked absolutely beautiful – really. I wish you’d stuck with me and Older Mum sticking to each other! I found the atomsphere quite spiky, particularly Saturday (could have sworn you were there!) – and overwhelming. I only spent half a day there myself and am still recovering tbh. Saw this post on the @citygirlnomore Twitter awards – love your honesty. Wish I’d done more to make you comfortable X

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  28. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

    It was so lovely to meet you on Friday it really was and I know that that I should have stuck with you good guys like glue! Ha! I met so many lovely bloggers – many for the first time – but in the hustle and bustle of the day I seemed to loose people as quickly as I found them! I just wish that everyone had been as half as friendly as you! I must admit that I really wasn’t prepared for the day to feel quite as spiky as it did at times. But hey, we live and learn, huh? πŸ˜‰

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  29. Janmary says:

    I was definitely with you on the half-naked waiters – I stayed down in the big hall, supervising my iphone charging, and met a few others also avoiding the “winebuffs”.

    I found those who I met friendly and welcoming, I never did see the butterflies (! – but I forgot to look for them too!!! – so I mustn’t have been TOO lonely!) however I did find the large hall a bit flat, apart from the genuine warmth during the keynote speeches.

    I think I probably will go again next year, but might check out CybHer too, and maybe give that one a go. As I flew in from N Ireland, it definitely wasn’t a cheap weekend, but on balance still glad I went.

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