Well where to start then eh? BritMums Live 2013 seemed to take an eternity to come round and, after a fleeting day and a half of camaraderie, chatter and cupcakes, it’s over and we’re a year away from the 2014 event. Sigh… Anyway, I promised myself – and Twitter, for that matter – not to dwell on that side of things and sound like Morrissey at his morose best, so here are my other thoughts.
It was great to catching up with friends from last year and make a whole bunch of new ones too. As anyone will tell you, there are too many to name, but I seemed to hang round with Babberblog, Hello Wall… The Voice of Sarah Miles, Mutterings of a Fool, Mama Bear With Me, A Party of Seven, OneDad3Girls, A Plucky Heroine and Story of Mum more than most. Thanks for the laughs gang!
Of course, the very nature of blogging is about sharing experiences and inner thoughts and feelings so it wasn’t all laughter. During her keynote speech, the incredible Katie Piper described the horrific ordeal she had been through, while there were some incredibly brave appearances at the podium during the Bloggers’ Keynote from some of our own as they described experiences of loss and abuse. I admire every one of them for their courage, honesty and resilience.
With the conference over for another year, it was time to hurry home, groaning under the weight of freebies in the bags I had amassed from the various PRs in The Hub. Despite the farcical saga that was what ought to have been a two-hour trip home – it took almost twice that – I’m still basking in the glory of the weekend’s awesomeness and can’t wait for next year.
To finish off, here are a few other selected moments of note:
I didn’t take any pictures. Only realised that when I got home. What a plank.
Mammasaurus warning me that I would instantly become every woman’s object of desire come wine o’clock – mainly due to the ratio of women to men, rather than me, I’m sure! Thankfully the evening didn’t descend into a recreation of that cringeworthy TV show of old, Man oh Man. Phew.
Katy Hill sitting down next to me during the Brilliance in Blogging awards and talking to me too. You know the bits in films where someone cool sits next to the dork and is nice to them? It was like that.
Meeting Dust and Love and There is Always Time for Biscuits who joined us for a few pints after the first day.
Babberblog somehow finding late-night pizza and sneaking it into the hotel bar when three of us menfolk had failed to eat properly. I know, right? Three of us living up to stereotype during a conference when we were among the few representatives of our kind. Must do better next year!