Yesterday I attended my first ever Britmums Live conference, the largest parenting blogger conference in the UK. I’ve wanted to go for a while now but could never justify the cost. This year I saved up a little money from sponsored posts and decided to bite the bullet and go. I am so glad that I did.
Luckily I was able to travel to London with Kerry and Sarah, and share a room with Kerry, if it wasn’t for this I probably would have bailed. Travelling to London scares me, everything is so big and fast paced, I would just freak out and get lost. We arrived quite late on the Friday so missed the Friday night event, instead meeting a few bloggers at a pub near the hotel.
We drank wine on the train and I drank lager at the pub which resulted in me being a little sick Saturday morning – great start to the day! I’m such a lightweight I really should have avoided the drink! Thankfully once I’m sick I tend to get over it quite quickly and the buzz of meeting up with fellow bloggers really helped. Within a few hours I was once again searching out the booze, which, unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of.
So, my Britmums experience. Did I learn a lot? No, apart from the fact that some bloggers earn 10k for one sponsored post which made my jaw drop, I didn’t learn much at all. I’ve been to other blog conferences and they all tell you pretty much the same – take good photos, promote your blog, engage and don’t be afraid to ask for things. Thankfully I didn’t go to learn, and I didn’t expect to learn, I went to meet and socialise with fellow bloggers, bloggers who I look up to and admire, bloggers who I have become friends with and wanted to meet in the flesh.
I didn’t get to speak to everyone that I wanted to, some of them I simply didn’t see, others were in large groups and I felt a little too intimidated to approach them, which is silly because I am sure the entire group would have been lovely and welcoming.
My favourite talk of the day was the small Snapchat talk with Aly, I liked the fact that it was an informal session with a few of us sat around a table discussing and helping each other. Aly gave me a fab tip which was that I could download my story of my time at Britmums and share it in my write up, unfortunately I ran out of storage on my phone so was unable to do that! You can still view some of my Britmums story if you add me now, username leannestundon.
My least enjoyable part of the weekend was being evacuated from our hotel at 5am in the morning due to the fire alarm going off. We stayed in the Travelodge on City Road and were appalled by how the situation was handled. The whole evacuation process seemed very disjointed, we were taken to three different places for the fire assembly point, the first being directly outside the building which clearly wasn’t right. Complaints were made and we were refunded for one night’s stay. I really do hope that Travelodge learn from this and do some serious fire safety training. As far as I am aware there wasn’t an actual fire, but if there was the lack of knowledge could have been extremely dangerous, even life threatening.
Standing in the streets of London at 5am wearing PJs and no bra was definitely not on my list of things to do this weekend. At least I wore pretty PJs and I think I managed to keep my arms crossed to hide my saggy boobies the whole time!
Anyway, to end on a high, I have decided to do my first EVER vlog! Aria loved going through my goody bags from the event so I thought I would film it. When watching it please bear in mind that I had been disturbed in the night from the fire alarm and was very tired. I do refer to Slimfast as Slimming World at one point and am so sorry about that, also, Aria was supposed to be hiding my big fat belly, I would have worn something much more flattering if I knew she wasn’t going to stick around! I hope that you enjoy my vlog and if you do please subscribe to my channel as I am hoping to gradually introduce more and more vlogs to A Slice of My Life Wales – most blogging conferences will tell you that vlogging really is the way forward.
I’m feeling very overwhelmed and shocked by the amount of people that knew me through my blog, some of who I didn’t know which made me feel both guilt and pride. If you came up and spoke to me thank you so, so much – you really made my day!