On Saturday I attended my first ever blogging event – and it was amazing! I was pretty nervous. Sometimes, (well, most of the time) I feel like a real fraud when it comes to blogging. I LOVE blogging, but can I legitimately call myself “a blogger”? Would I feel completely out of place?
I was really excited about meeting a group of lovely ladies that I have been lucky enough to meet online through our blogs. I think that is one of the best things about blogging. The blogs I love are all written with such honesty, that reading them I feel that I know these people. It felt like meeting up with old friends, despite the fact that we had never even met!
Blogfest was jam-packed with inspiring speakers and thought-provoking discussions. The Keynote Panel Discussion looked at “How does technology shape the way we think?” and I was especially interested to hear the panel’s thoughts on children and the Internet – our children will never have a “before social media” in the way that we do.
Lucy and Katy enjoying the Panel Discussions
The rest of the day had a mix of masterclasses, skill-sharing roundtables and panel discussions, and before lunch a series of “Think Bombs” from three amazing women – Camila Batmanhelidjh, Suzanne Moore and the inspiring Francesca Martinez who left us with the thought that “Even an arsehole can change your life”.
At lunchtime we were encouraged to “ClearAPlate” as part of Unilever Project Sunlight, working with Oxfam to end food poverty in the UK. A really worthwhile cause which you can find out more about here: https://www.projectsunlight.co.uk/
Following lunch, there was the opportunity to meet some of the brands sponsoring the event, and some more amazing bloggers. I got to meet Em from http://www.brummymummyof2.co.uk/ who has a brilliant, and very funny blog that I have loved for a while. And she is just as gorgeous and hilarious in real life! It is a measure of how much I enjoyed chatting to the other bloggers as I didn’t get chance to get any dessert. And if you know me, that is a BIG DEAL!
The day ended with another panel discussion about “The power of writing” which included Nick Hornby (of High Fidelity, Fever Pitch and About A Boy fame) and Lisa Jarmin, a writer who I discovered a month or so ago when she wrote a brilliant piece in the TES about the importance of supporting female teachers returning to work after maternity leave: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6443955. In it she refers to Michael Gove as a “cockwomble” so as you can imagine she is a bit of a heroine of mine. Following this, the closing keynote was delivered by the hilarious Lucy Porter, recounting a tale about when she was asked talk on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about the infamous Mumsnet “Penis Beaker” discussion.
A truly inspiring day which was rounded off by gin. And you know my feelings about gin.
We also had a fab goody bag to take away with us.
All-in-all Blogfest was even better than I expected it to be. I have so much that I want to write about and I have made some amazing friendships. So from now on, I am going to take some advice from Lisa Jarmin, who signed off her emails with “Writer” so that everyone began to believe she was a writer, and if anyone asks, I am a blogger and I LOVE do this.
Amy (http://everythingmummy.blogspot.co.uk/), Jess (http://mummyofboygirltwins.com/), Karen (http://minitravellers.co.uk/), Steph (http://www.diaryofamidlifemummy.com/), Katie (http://mami2five.com/), Me, Jenna (http://www.tinyfootsteps.co.uk/), Katy (http://www.whatkatysaid.com/) and Sarah (http://www.extraordinarychaos.com/)
Love these two ladies so much – blogging at its best is when it brings people together. Am missing them so much now!