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.
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!
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!
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!!)
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