I am sat on the train wondering whether this was really a good idea. Only twenty minutes into the journey and I am already missing the little dude, his geeky smile and those four little teeth. I wish I could explain to him that I will be back soon and that I love him and miss him. Guilt about leaving him has taken over the excitement and nerves. The man sitting opposite started eagerly chatting but as soon as I mentioned that I was going to a conference for parent bloggers he went very quiet!
The nerves have arrived in full force. It isn't like I have not been to events before but I usually have Dylan alongside me to hide behind -an icebreaker. Suddenly I am all on my own!
laura aka thelifeandtimesoftheworkingmum to arrive so we can be nervous together
I watch in awe as bloggers I recognise from their pictures, facebook pages and twitter avatars swan around me, oblivious to who I am. We have wandered through the hub, checking out all the brands and I am already clutching a Lego goody bag! Terrified we would be a table of two we now have some companions and we are off!
I have attended my first session all about taking your blog to the next level from some fantastic speakers whose blogs I know well. I am here as much to see them in 'real life' as for the content, and neither dissapointed. Message of the session is - Create great content, spellcheck learn how to work social media and make sure you keep your voice. Be authentic and truthful to yourself, regardless of what others may be writing or you think they want to read. Have confidence, start a conversation with a 'diva blogger' and make them react to you. Her Melness Speaks had a lot to say and reminded us to remember the passion we started blogging with, and always come back to it.
Highlight of the night so far has to be the semi-naked men serving bubbly. Encouraging me to drink increasingly faster just to have my glass refilled they were rather tasty. Didn't find one in my goody bag though which was a bit of a dissapointment. The Bib awards went to some fantastic winners and Katy Hill was the perfect presenter. Off for dinner and drinks with a great group of bloggers and ladies including Makeshift mummy, Her Melness speaks and the Brighton Mums.
I am up earlier than if I had been at home with the baby! No lie in for me as there is so much to take in and we have Vikki aka LovefromMummy and Angela aka Mumofthreeboys to meet before we set off. Feeling more confident as we know what to expect and looking forward to free hands as we appear to have collected quite a few goodies yesterday and handed out a lot of business cards!
What a morning! A fantastic keynote from Sarah Brown, a great public speaker and inspirational woman followed by two 'beginning blogging' sessions. Have learnt a little about the design and accountancy and a lot about SEO and hopefully I will be putting some changes in action soon! We have decided to sit out a session now as there are none that particularly appeal and it is lovely to mingle with bloggers and brands while it is quiet. I am just heading over to the Lego stand to make myself a cupcake and might atempt a chocolate button stacking tower. The list of companies to talk to includes Disney, Me & i, Crocs and Panasonic.
Two more sessions, one about a social media plan and although it was interesting I have to admit I was flagging a bit by this point so not many notes. The session on blogging for happiness however was thought provoking, interesting, emotional and well worth attending. I know I am not alone in checking my stats more often than is healthy but I started blogging presuming nobody would read my corner of the blogosphere and we need to remember why we began and what we want from our writing. I didn't take any notes, so my paper looked like this at the end of the session:
What an amazing, emotional weekend. A keynote by Cherry Healey followed by the highlight of the conference - the blogger's keynote. Some amazing posts have just been read and remembering Hayley's recital (Downs side up) still brings tears to my eyes. A well deserved standing ovation reassured me that I was not the only one with tears streaming down my face, and looking around I couldn't see a dry eye. The tears continued with Ministry of Mum's amazing Seven days of special love, this time with laughter as the perfect antidote. Posts that took my breath, made me sob and laugh out loud the first time I read them were intensified as you saw the person behind them.
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Arrived home this morning after an eventful night and after a short time with my beautiful little boy I had to leave him and go to work. I was back home to put him in bed, and I have missed his cheeky smile and open mouthed kisses so much. I am physically and mentally knackered (goody bags are not light!) but I enjoyed every minute and can't wait to do it all again. I leave you with my highligh:
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