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.