It’s hard to believe that something I spent a year waiting for, planning for, worrying over and generally looking forward to has been and gone. It seems to have happened in the blink of an eye!
If you have no clue what I’m talking about then I will enlighten you. BritMums Live, a conference for bloggers took place at the Brewery in London on Friday and Saturday. It was a forum for like-minded people to come together to learn, share, reflect, and shed a tear or two and I have pondered over how to cover all that went on in this one little post.
When I arrived on Friday, with my notes which had been helpfully annotated by my Other Half (thanks for that…) I was full of trepidation as I really had no idea what to expect.
The feelings didn’t improve when I saw the sheer number of people all gathered in one place, let me tell you.
It’s tricky to narrow down everything I heard and absorbed over the weekend but here are the top things I learned:-
1. Google+ is the Future
There was a very informative and helpful session about Google+ and how it can work for bloggers. Prior to this I was aware of Google+ and my blog posts are automatically ‘dumped’ there for me by the wonders of social media but if you had asked me how it worked…I would have probably changed the subject! Now I feel geared up and ready to really make it work for me and Catch A Single Thought. It seems very much like the future and if I can get a hold on it now then I will be better placed for when it takes over the world…or something.
Top Tip: Understanding circles is key.
2. We All Have A Part To Play
I sat in on a wonderful session led by some truly inspirational bloggers sharing some of the reasons why they do the things they do. I’m fairly confident there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread said something which has stuck in my head on a loop since I heard it, ‘you can feel like you’re shouting into the wilderness by actually you are planting seeds…’ which is why it is so important that when we are passionate about something that we use our voices and make a difference. When bloggers come together in common cause it can amazing results and I have a new and fresh drive to play my part.
Top Tip: Bloggers have amazing power, lets ensure we are using it for the right reasons and see a real difference being made, whatever we are passionate about.
3. Making Friends is Hard!
I am naturally an introvert and I once heard someone very wisely say that introverts best make friends on a one on one basis. I absolutely agree with this and, to be honest, found the entire conference quite overwhelming when it came to talking to people. I seemed to hang on the edges a lot and although I got to say hello and have a brief chat with some lovely people I have been talking to online this past year, I wish I had been braver and gone to speak to some of the others on my ‘must-meet’ list. Perhaps next year I will find my confidence!
Top Tip: …if I had a top tip I probably wouldn’t have had to write the above. My lesson is, I need to be braver!
4. I’m a Little Bit Addicted to Food
I made the classic mistake of arriving home and realising that I hadn’t actually taken that many photos, despite my best intentions. Imagine my amusement when I realised that the majority of the photos I did take were food related…oops!
Top Tip: Wear bigger pants next year…there was lots of delicious food going around…