At 1:39pm hubby and I jumped on the train to London Bridge. I’d been in a bit of a panic that morning, stressing about the size of my bag and that I couldn’t fit everything in one. I was being quite selfish! There was hubby carrying a rather heavy rucksack whilst I complained of my aching feet, again all my fault for wearing heels on the journey. Between Moorgate station and the venue, I moaned so much about my feet hubby promptly passed me my wedges and we carried on walking. Hubby checked in to the hotel whilst I rushed off to register.
Once I had my badge I followed the crowd into a huge room absolutely jam packed with women, oh and the odd couple of men. From that moment onwards I realised just how overwhelming this conference was going to be. I felt quite alone and rather small. I had a look around the companies, joined a few bloggers clubs and grabbed a few freebies. The atmosphere was just amazing. Everyone was talking to each other and there was so much laughter. I did wander around alone and feeling very nervous at the start but soon enough I started talking to a few other bloggers.
The hotel experience was fantastic. I’d decided to treat hubby and I to a stay at the Montcalm London City. It’s by far the most beautiful and poshest hotel I’ve ever stayed at! That definitely means I need to get out more. The bathroom had a see through window into the room which appealed to hubby and the bed was so tall I had to take a running jump.
The awards ceremony was really emotional. I have to admit that I only knew a few of the bloggers who won and they certainly deserved it! I sat there hoping that one day I’d be an award winning blogger just like them. Every session I attended was absolutely jam packed with information and tips that I’ve taken away with me. I took many notes, all old-fashionably hand written and messy.
There’s a few pointers I’m taking away with me and will be applying to my blog and my life;
- As a blogger I am important to brands.
- That my blog meets pretty much all of the design tips that Capture By Lucy explained and I feel very lucky that my hubby achieved all of them on his own.
- I need to add a photo of myself to my sidebar.
- I need to invest in some professional 2 sided business cards to hand out at every opportunity in my day to day life.
- Video is certainly the way forward. Video reviews. Video snap shots of something that’s related to the post I’m writing.
- Take time in blogging. Reread posts. Edit pictures. Edit videos. Save it and go back to it. Be proud!
- Take photos near a window. Always. Light should be behind a still object. Whereas it should be on the side of a person, 45degree angle.
- Google+ is certainly important. It’s high maintenance but has to be done.
- That I’d love to get into a bit of travel blogging.
- I need to be brave in my writing and more descriptive. It needs a beginning, middle and end.
- I need more confidence in myself and should perhaps invest in a confidence building workshop or something.
- I need to read and engage more with other bloggers. And they need to read and engage more with me too.
I had a thoroughly amazing time at BritMums Live 2014. It was highly overwhelming and very scary but it was so fun and informing. I hope that I can go again next year and hope to be sponsored too. Thank you to BritMums, to all the speakers and the sponsors, well thank you sponsors for the incredibly heavy goodie bag my hubby had to carry home on the train!