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BritMums Live 2014: What a weekend, Warriors!

BritMums Live 2014: What a weekend, Warriors!

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This weekend wasn’t good, it wasn’t very good, it wasn’t even excellent. 

This weekend was bloody marvellous!  

Excuse my choice of words, Warriors, 'tis not often that I curse, yet there are just some moments in life that call for the employment of an expletive, albeit a mild one, and this weekend constitutes one of them.

I, The Ginger Warrior, attended my first ever blogging conference, BritMumsLive 2014.  I’m not a Mum but I’m a Brit and I’m (a)Live so I felt that I just about made the cut. I even e-mailed in advance to make extra sure that me and my vacant womb qualified.  

I caught the train from Banbury to Marylebone on Friday morning (Thanks, Jon, Father of my Goddaughter for dropping me off at the station. Most kind of you.) full of excitement and anticipation. No trepidation or apprehension - going to big conferences by myself is not the kind of thing that makes me nervous.  Au contraire, mes Warriors, plonk me down in a crowd of beautiful strangers and I am in my Ginger Warrior element. I. LOVE. PEOPLE. I don't care where they are from, what they look like, what they wear, what they smell like (as long as it's not Monsoon's original perfume. You know the one I'm talking about, the one in the blue bottle. Gives me a dreadful headache) as far as I am concerned they are all potential new besties - whether they like it or not. ;)

The conference was held at The Brewery,  the site of the former Whitbread brewery in East London.

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It has quite the illustrious history, I'll have you know, and if you feel so inclined you can read all about it HERE. It really was the perfect venue - big enough to accommodate all 700 conference goers yet not so expansive that you felt insignificant or overwhelmed. In fact, nothing about the conference was overwhelming - from the very outset a warm, friendly, inclusive vibe was discernible and prevailed throughout the two days. At least that was my own personal impression.

The event consisted of two days of seminars tailored to the needs of the blogging community. There was a lot to learn for a little newbie like myself but I was eager and willing. I attended sessions on:

  • how to host giveaways on your blog
  • using social media to increase your blog traffic
  • how to make a recipe your very own
  • the ins and outs of affiliate marketing
  • writing a travel blog 

 This was the travel blog session in action!

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You might recognise the man in the pink shirt as Simon Calder, travel writer and broadcaster and currently the senior travel editor for The Independent newspaper. He's a very affable chap, is Simon. I had a little chat with him following the session and he was only too happy to offer me some travel writing tips.  Thanks, Simon.  :)

Aside from seminars jam packed with practical advice and information the other main reason for attending a blogging conference is, of course, to meet like minded individuals.  And meet them I did. Ooooh I was like a kid in a candy store I tell ya!  So many wonderful and interesting people to meet and such little time! 

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Not one unfriendly human being amongst them!

When all is said and done, when the seminars have finished when the free wine has been drunk and the yummy food has been eaten (this stuff was soooo good!!)

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it's the people that make or break an event. Thanks to the slick and smooth organisation of Jen, Susanna and the BritMums team and thanks to the hundreds of warm, friendly open-minded and accepting bloggers this event was well and truly made. It was my first blogging conference but it certainly won't be my last. In fact, one month from today I'll be flying to California for my first experience of a blogging conference US style - BlogHer 2014. It's a bit bigger this one, around 3000 attendees so I've heard, but size doesn't matter - quality over quantity and all that. And BritMums has set the bar high.

Ginger Warrior, over and out.

Click to watch my fabulous little video of BritMums Live 2014! See the seminars in action, meet some of my new friends and witness some urinal straddling action!!  It's all in there, Warriors!!

P.S. I dedicate this post to Ali at overacuppa.co.uk. She really wanted to go to BritMums but couldn't make it.  This post if for you Ali, fellow blogger, fellow redhead. Looking forward to meeting you in the flesh next year. xx

 

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23 Comments

  1. Wow, this looks like an amazing weekend! What a bunch of lovely people :)

  2. As I don’t have a great broadband connection where I live, I have to time my visits to your blog and even then I sometimes just can’t access it! Whenever I can, I feel uplifted! You are such an inspiration Ceri and I just love hearing about all your escapades xxx

    • The Ginger Warrior

      And I love that you love reading them. Lol! So good to have you on here, Sandra. Love you very much. xxxx

  3. GW are you going to get us to do the head, shoulders, knees and boobs tonight lol!!! Looks like a fab conference. x x

  4. Fantastic video coverage there Ginger Warrior! Really depicts the whole experience well. I loved it there. Was great meeting you too :)

  5. Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to meeeeeeeeeeee! Haha, was so so so good to meet you, hopefully we’ll meet again next year. Brilliant video xx

  6. I’ve only seen about five minutes of this as the connection keeps stalling so will try again another day. I did smile at the chaps staring as you videoed yourself walking through the street. But…….in the name of all that is holy………what on earth was that pot of snot all about for your lunch?????

  7. How flippin’ awesome is this BritMumsLive round up? You should have your own tv show! Lovely to have met you across the table even if we didn’t speak much. Enjoy Blogher xx

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Awwww, thanks Emma! It was fun to make it! Let’s make sure we chat more next year! And I’ll be blogging and vlogging from California so I’ll be taking you all with me! xxxx

    • The Ginger Warrior

      We’ll talk more next year, for sure! And it was my pleasure to include you in the video. Thanks for mentioning me on your blog. It’s a great post! :) xxxx

  8. How great is this?! Fantastic! I wish I’d run into you over the weekend (though you can see me in part of the video in my fifty shades of blue). Glad you had a good time!

    • The Ginger Warrior

      Thank you so much, Carin! I’m sure we shall meet again. Will check out your fifty shades of blue! :) xxx

  9. So lovely to meet you and can’t wait to hang out at BlogHer!!

  10. Was great to meet you. You’re fab at a conference as you’ve got balls to go up to everyone and just talk which is brilliant!

    Very jealous about you going to BlogHer14. Will be interesting to see how different it is to UK conferences given US blogging’s a bit ahead of blogging here.

    And er, Banbury? That where I am – well just outside.

    • The Ginger Warrior

      So good to have you on here, Emma! I’ll make sure to take lots of videos and pictures of BlogHer. And I live in Brackley. Where are you? :)

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