Pose in a bunting bikini? BritMums made me do it!
Whoop it up with Carol Smillie? BritMums made me do it!
Straddle my fellow bloggers? BritMums made me do it!
Let’s just say, it is the exciting, electric atmosphere that made me do it. I love a blogging event and BritMums Live has been a firm fixture in my diary for the last 5 years – and I was at CyberMummy before that. The sea of smiling faces gets to me and puts something in my bones that just makes me want to jump around! Attending makes me happy.
This year, it was different for me. Still fun, still exciting, still a great event to connect with bloggers and brands but this year I was on the team…. All official like!
It was my first BritMums Live since I became the BritMums Blog Editor and I was on duty all weekend. Helping to organise things gave me a great insight into the sheer effort that goes into producing an event like this, and I’m happy to say I still got to have plenty of networking opportunities with my fellow bloggers and brands, but there were some differences for me.
I have my outfit planned well in advance, I do a blog post about it and try to find a dress sponsor if possible. I love fashion and part of the fun for me in attending something like this is planning what I will wear.
Because I’ve been working with the BritMums founders Jen & Susanna on this event since January and the last couple of months have been the busiest ever, I felt like I’d already sorted my outfit in advance and was surprised when it got to 48 hours before the event to find that I had no clue what I would wear! I ended up washing the clothes I took on a hen weekend to Amsterdam the weekend before and wearing all those – to save me having to think about it too much!
I plan which sessions I fancy in advance, getting a nice balance of extending my learning, supporting my fellow bloggers who are speaking and also planning in breaks where I can mingle with brands. At the end of my event, I usually have loads of business cards to follow up with and pages of notes of things I want to action on my blog.
I was so busy looking after speakers and brands plus helping to do what needed doing around the event that I didn’t take any notes, but I did do a helluva lot of networking and was happy to have a hug fest with both old and new bloggy friends.
— StephsTwoGirls (@stephc007) June 25, 2016
I did manage to get a photo with Carol Smillie again…
— Jaime Oliver (@jaimeoliveruk) 25 June 2016
But alas! My good friend Carol didn’t remember me from last year so cunning blogger that I am, I gave her one of my new, branded JuggleMum pens as a gift and then promptly knocked over her water! She won’t forget me this time! haha!
It was great being on the BritMums team and helping to make bloggers’ dreams come true at the BiB awards (Brilliance in Blogging awards) as I was in charge of ensuring that Jen got the correct trophy to hand to the winner of each category along with something bubbly. I was all glitzed up for the awards in my fancy lace dress – looking fairly posh, but what you wouldn’t have seen is that just 10 minutes before the BiBs started I was on my hands and knees crawling along the front of the stage on all fours, moving the heavy wine boxes to the central position for easier access during the ceremony!
Jen took this photo of me which she titled: ‘Dedication’!
It was an awesome event. I loved that I finally got myself onto a BritMums Round-up Editors team photo as in previous years when I was the Video Round-up Editor, I totally missed the photocall as I was too busy chatting elsewhere. The fact that I organised this one at least meant that I would make sure I was on it!
If you attended #BML16 what was your favourite part of the day? If you didn’t attend, do you think you might next year after reading all the bloggers’ posts and social shares from this year? Let me know in the comments!!