Yes I’ve just used alliteration, an exclamation mark AND a hashtag in the title of this post – #amiacoolbloggernow
The reason for my foray into savvy social media mode is because in June I will be attending a blogging conference called BritMums Live 2016 or BML16 (clue was in my title). This is a HUGE blogging conference held in London and organised by BritMums – the biggest collective of lifestyle bloggers and social influencers. Ever. The conference aims to bring together some of these fantastic peeps to meet, socialise, network with brands, improve their skills and fire their creativity.
Now I can see why you’re still confused – you’re reading my blog thinking ‘lifestyle blogger’? ‘Social influencer’? Well ok, but apparently the good people at BritMums let in all sorts of waifs and strays as well, so I’m going and I’m excited – anything that suggests I may learn something, get a creative shot and meet my peers is a winner in my eyes.
I don’t know how but I’ve managed to down load three badges in one – just in case anyone is in doubt I AM GOING
This post is all about pre-event mingling; a blog post meme for me to let other delegates know I’m going, that we’re in it together and to say a virtual hello before we say our real life hellos.
THIS is my blog, right here where you are now.
How I Look:
According to various family members I look tired, weary, pale, too bony (you need to get some meat on you), too big (sure it’s not twins?). You get the idea.
Or maybe you don’t. Ok well I’m be six months pregnant in June, I have extraordinarily big ears and I hope I’ll be wearing a name badge – feel free to peer. At the badge, not the ears.
Is #BML16 My First Blogging Event?:
No it’s not. I attended the Mumsnet conference in November, Blogfest. There was lots of name badge peering at that one too.
I Will Be Wearing:
I’d love to know. I am having daily sartorial struggles at the moment, but I have just discovered Harem Pants (I know, where have I been!?). They are not particularly smart, but they are the closest things to pyjamas without being pyjamas that I’ve got, so maybe those? With some other bits of clothing for decency. Oh and I’ll be jingling too.
What I Hope to Gain From #BML16:
Interesting question. The agenda looks brilliant, I have already made preliminary decisions about the sessions I’d like to attend. Attending the Mumsnet conference was the catalyst I needed to launch my Creative Mothers Series so I’m hoping for a bit of an injection of impetus or clarity with some other ideas I’ve got about my blog.
My Tips for a Great Conference:
– Don’t be shy. I mean possibly the neon sign above your head saying ‘look at me’ isn’t the way to go either, but do say hello to people
– If you’ve got lots of people you want to meet, make a list before the event. Is this a weird, stalkery tip? Possibly but I’m doing it.
– Make notes in sessions that interest you
– It’s a long day, be prepared for a slump – eat cake when this happens
– Have an open mind
– IF you see someone standing or drifting on their own looking uncomfortable, say hello. I will always be grateful to Clare at Mumsy Midwife for being the hello sayer to me at Mumsnet.
The Rest of My Conference Weekend:
Oh come one, we’re all nosy aren’t we!? I will be dining out with my husband on the train on Friday lunchtime – a ‘gourmet’ picnic of hastily put together sandwiches, an iced bun each and maybe some olives. And then we will meander plan-less for an afternoon through the golden streets of our capital, before he bids me farewell at my hotel.
I will be staying at the lovely Montcalm at The Brewery. In a nice circular coincidence I last stayed there when I was six months pregnant with my first child. I’m really looking forward to staying here again – I remember an interesting and historic building; I remember my bump and I being very comfortable last time; I remember an impressive ensuite…AND I only have to roll out of bed, attempt to make myself look less pale and weary and stumble a mere matter of metres to the conference.
So there you go…that’s me.
I am genuinely fizzy-excited to meet you!