5 things I learned from BritMums Live

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I attended BritMums Live on Saturday and I'm still recovering, it was tiring and it's taken me until now to be able to think about the things I learned.

It was an amazing day and I met so many wonderful people that I've admired for a long time. I laughed, cried, pulled my back, and ate nice food, but most of all I learned.



1. It is a tiring day.


Getting up at 5am and not arriving home until after 10:30pm means you'll need at least a whole day to recover. I travelled from Nottingham train station and arrived in London at 9:30am, it should've been earlier than that but there were problems with the line and I had to change trains in Luton. These problems contributed to my stress levels which may have added to my need for recovery time. But it's not just the early morning that got to me, the busy day spent learning, and talking, and then not getting home until late meant I was wiped out. My brain felt like it had turned to mush from working so hard!

Next time I will probably stay in London either one or two nights to make the whole thing a little less stressful and allow me time to process.




2. You CAN do it.


Despite travel disruptions and a painful back I did it. I made it into London on my own and attended a blogging conference. I walked into a room with nearly 700 people in it, I talked to people I'd never met, and I made new friends. And you can too!

All you need to do is take that step, you'll give yourself extra confidence and, like me, make new friends.





3. Meeting the people you know online will strengthen friendships.


Okay so when you're a blogger you 'know of' hundreds of other bloggers but there are a certain few that you communicate with often. Whether it's tweeting, Facebook messenger, or email you talk to these people almost daily. You know them, even though you've never met.

Then you attend BritMums Live and meet these people and it just confirms that you were meant to be lifelong friends.

Meeting your online friends gives you a chance to actually see them, to watch the reactions on their faces rather than just see emojis and words on a screen. Your friendships will flourish.





4. Attending a blog conference is not as scary as you might think.


Admittedly when I first arrived I was shaking, of course that could've been because of the stress with the train issues. It took me a good 30 minutes to calm down but once I had I was able to enjoy the conference just like everyone else.

It is a scary thing walking into a place you've never been before to see hundreds of people you've never met, but once you're there all that fear disappears and you begin to actually enjoy yourself.




5. Finding your niche is important.


When attending one of the sessions I learned what a difference knowing your niche can make to your blog. If you know who you are writing for it is easier to work out what to write and you may even be able to help those people.

I always thought having a niche would reduce my readership, I mean if I write for a particular person then surely I'm alienating everyone else? Having attended a fantastic session with Jess Dante, who blogs at Love and London, I learned so much and was even able to work out what my niche was, something I've always struggled with. Thanks to Jess and the lovely women who also attended the session I have a plan for the blog and just need to work out how to implement it.


I am SO glad I attended BritMumsLive, I came away happy and inspired (and tired). I would recommend it to anyone (especially blogging buds!) and hope I'll see you there next year.

11 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had such a good day! So pleased to hear it was worth the trip.

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    1. It was great, I was so glad I didn't chicken out!

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it. I didn't go but I'm thinking about BlogFest. Your post helps calm down some of the fears I have about going to such a big event alone.

    Thank you.

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    1. BlogFest is much more mellow and is great for learning, I'd definitely recommend it. :)

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  4. Oh I'd be much the same a bag of nerves when in London or some big city.

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  5. Hi Morgan! Apologies that I'm only just finding your post, but thank you so much for the kind words. I'm so glad I was able to help and good luck with the niche-ing!

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    1. Hi Jess! Not at all, I'm pleased to have attended the session it taught me a lot. :)

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