BritMums Live 2014 and why you should start blogging

This weekend, five hundred very excited parent bloggers will descend on London. The reason? BritMums Live. For those of you who don’t blog (or are not a parent blogger with UK connections), BritMums Live is the UK’s biggest social media and blogger conference. Highlights this year include keynote speakers Kirstie Allsopp, Katie Piper and Emma Freud, and sessions on all sorts of topics including storytelling, getting your book published, building your online presence, photography, and so much more. There’s something for everyone … and lots of opportunities to meet virtual friends, share a drink and get to know them as more than just an avatar on twitter.

And I cannot tell you how upset I am not to be there.

My twitter timeline is currently full of who’s wearing what, where to meet up, what sessions to attend, and where to go for cocktails tonight. It feels like all my friends are going on holiday together and leaving poor, old Cinderella (me) at home.

So to ease my disappointment (and seething jealousy), I purchased a ticket for BritMums 2014 as soon as they went on sale at midday today. Next year, we’ll be living back in the UK. Next year, we’ll have multiple sets of grandparents to help out with the occasional stint of babysitting. Next year, Paul and I may get a night away together without the boys for the first time in THREE YEARS! Yes, that night away might be to BritMums Live but Paul is happy to spend the weekend catching up with his friends while I head off to the conference.

I started blogging for a few different reasons:

1. I love to write. I’ve spent the past seven years writing on behalf of other people for my job (you can read my worst crimes here) and finally, I’m able to write in my own voice rather than that of a 55 year old, German, automotive vice president.

2. To help with my homesickness. I think you all know by now that I’m not having the best of times in Switzerland. Putting everything down on paper (or screen) is sort of like therapy and actually makes me laugh on occasion at some of the more ridiculous Swiss quirks.

3. To remember. I have photographs of CK at the same age that BB is now but sadly, I can’t actually remember a great deal about that time. Maybe it was sleep deprivation but his first year is a bit cloudy in my mind. I love having a record of all the fun things that we’ve done together or how I’ve felt at a particular point in time. And hopefully it will provide CK and BB with an insight in to their early years in a country that they won’t remember.

But the one thing that I didn’t count on or expect when I first started this blog, is the incredible community out there. Be that other bloggers or twitter addicts like myself. Whatever your circumstances, whatever the time of day, you are never alone. Someone understands. Someone is experiencing the same as you. Someone is there to offer kind words or an anecdote to make you smile.

And that’s why even though a whole year away, I’m already excited about BritMums Live 2014. To finally meet all the people who have seen me through pregnancy, homesickness, night feeds and moaning about Paul hogging the TV remote.

If you’ve ever thought about blogging, I’d wholly encourage you to give it a go. And then we can start discussing what we’re going to wear at next year’s conference.

33 thoughts on “BritMums Live 2014 and why you should start blogging

  1. I will be right there with you next year lovely lady, I am gutted not to be going this year, I loved every minute of it last year and like you am looking at twitter with envy today! Next year these us Cinderella’s WILL go to the ball! :-) xx

    1. Yes!! I’m sat on the sofa following twitter and am soooo disappointed. I can’t wait for next year x

  2. I went last year, and had a great time. But I knew this year I’d have an in betweeny baby – too mobile to sit and sleep in the sling, but not independent enough to be without me for more than a few hours with feeding. So I’m a bit sad that I’m missing out, but will look forward to going next year! See you there :)

    1. Yay, see you there! I was planning to go this year but BB’s only five months and it felt like too much to fly back with him just to attend. Here’s to the 2014 crew!

  3. Sorry you’re missing it. I wish I was going too! I have just started blogging this year and I’m loving getting involved in the whole community. Hopefully I will be there too and meet you at next year’s Britmums! Hannah x

    1. Wouldn’t that be great! From reading your blog, I already know that we like to visit the same places so I’m sure we’ll get to meet up beforehand. And always nice to know a few people when you go to something so huge xx

  4. I’ve been blogging for less than a year so I didn’t even consider the possibility of going to Britmums but I’m glued to Twitter right now & it sounds like so much fun!

      1. I’d love to although the thought is slightly terrifying! I’ll be back at work by then, but if I’m still loving blogging as much as I am right now I will definitely want to join in the fun!

  5. Just look forward to next year and sounds like you’ll have even more fellow bloggers going then too. :) Hope you and your boys are all well, I haven’t spoken to you for ages. Xx

  6. I debated long and hard whether to go this year and decided not to. Watching the twitter feed really made me wish I was there too. As I write from an anonymous stance it’s a big decision, but the desire to meet some of my fave bloggers in the flesh (including you) is definitely weighting in favour of going in 2014.

    1. Does your husband know about your blog yet? If not, I can understand that it would be tricky. If you don’t fancy revealing it, we could always meet for a coffee or lunch instead. But if would be really, really great to have you there for the whole weekend. Maybe buy a ticket – you have a whole year to weigh things up and can always sell it if you don’t feel like coming out of the closet :-)

  7. I was there. Mostly I met loads and loads of awesome women. The atmosphere and sense of community is palpable. I’ve been in a position to see loads of very nervous people stress about going and then delight in seeing them have a great weekend. You are so top of my list of people I want to meet next year.

    1. Oh Gemma, I can’t wait to meet you. I picture us holding court with all the ladies hanging off our every word as we deliver Sali Hughes-like awesome make up tips. Maybe we should even have our own beauty session??

    1. I think BritMums might be my very first conference even though I’ve been blogging for 18 months. One of the negatives of being abroad – I only get to follow things like this on twitter.

  8. I came across your blog last night @ ungodly o’clock and now booked my ticket too. There are a few bloggers who I have become “friends” who I would really love to meet. I blog semi-anonymous too but recently came across a blogger in M&S and had to introduce myself, so surreal that was, hopefully we are meeting up again soon!

    1. Ha! I can’t believe you chose M&S to reveal yourself :-) I’m not sure I could remain anonymous as I’m rubbish with secrets. See you next year then x

    1. You must! I’m not overly brave in huge crowds like this but if we stick together, I’m sure we’d get through it x

  9. You were sorely missed and I’m so excited to be meeting you next year!! You will NOT be one that I accidentally ‘miss’….there were so many I didn’t get to see this year :( Glad you got the ticket :) x

    1. I’m so looking forward to meeting you. I think I need to put a list together of who I must see and then tick them off.

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