Thoughts on Blogfest '15

On Saturday I attended Mumsnet's Blogfest '15, it was my first blogging conference. I am still processing, my head is full and it's hard for me to put everything into order but I'm going to try and share what I learned.

A Mum is NOT just a Mum - Don't give up your dreams.

Listening to Meera Syal CBE, Bridget Christie, Polly Vernon, Catherine Mann, and Margaret Atwood (via link to Toronto at 4am!) was inspirational. Bryony Gordon hosted a fantastic talk in which the ladies discussed being a mum at the same time as trying to have a career. I heard how a supportive partner is handy, knowing your worth is important, but being able to express yourself is essential.

Mum's need to realise that it is okay to be something other than a 'mum'. 

I particularly loved something Meera Syal said about an old Punjab saying, 

"When a child is born, two people are born."

I completely agree with this and I think it takes a long time for women to truly know who they are after giving birth. 

Now that LP is six years old I am not just thinking about where my children will go or what they will do, I'm thinking about where I will go and what I will do.

How Much Do You Share? The consequences of oversharing online.

In the talk hosted by Fi Glover there were discussions about the kinds of things we share online. How much we share and are we safe doing so?

I listened to Lucy Cavendish, Robert Crampton, Shappi Khorsandi (hilarious), and Abby Boid (Cogito Ergo Mum) talk about the things they've shared in the past and whether or not they regretted it. There were some things I agreed with, and others I didn't, but when Shappi spoke about getting a stalker, who was able to find out where she lived from photos she shared on Twitter, it reinforced my decision to protect my children's identity.

I have never, and will never, share photos of my children on this blog. Not ones that reveal their faces anyway. They have pseudonyms, LP and BP are obviously not what I called them at birth!

I am the one that decided to start blogging, and yes I write about my children, but that does not mean I can write whatever I like without thinking about consequences. Anything I put on this blog is available for anyone to see, including future employers, and that could adversely affect my children's future. 

Just because they're my children does not give me the right to paste their life all over the internet*.

*Please do not take this to mean I judge those that do share photos of their children. I don't.

I can do anything I put my mind to, and so can you!

I love sitting in my room every day, tapping away on the keyboard and sharing various stories online. I rarely interact with anyone other than the Hubby and the boys and I'm okay with that. 

I have never enjoyed large, loud parties, I don't like to be the centre of attention.

Going to Blogfest was a big step for me, one that I thought I would hate. Walking into a huge room with hundreds of people I didn't know filled me with dread. 

As it turns out I enjoyed it!

I was in a room with hundreds of people I had something in common with. We were all bloggers, we shared at least that and it was a topic to talk about. I chatted, mingled (a little), and laughed.

It was lovely to meet the bloggers I've made online connections with, bloggers who know my children through the blog and asked about them. 

By the end of the day I was exhausted and my head felt like it was going to explode. There was so much to take in, I left King's Place feeling overwhelmed but inspired.

A few days on I can say that I will definitely be attending another Blogfest. I was inspired by amazing people, got to meet some great bloggers, and learned more about blogging.

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  1. I am so glad you had a great time and came away inspired! :D

  2. I'm so glad you had a great time. It's a little overwhelming but everyones so lovely. I briefly saw you in thew crowds but never got round to saying hello!

    1. Oh that's a shame! I saw so many people in the crowd, it's funny how fast time slips away when you're there isn't it? You'll have to say hi next time! ;)

  3. It's great you are thinking of these aspects too. A blog can be seen by everybody, like you said, including future employers and not saying too much is so important. I am surprised sometimes by how open some people can be, I can only hope it will affect their private life.

    1. I think I just feel uncomfortable making that decision for my boys. When they're old enough they can choose to share things, or not. Thanks for your kind words. x

  4. It was lovely to meet you! I had an amazing day and definitely want to go again! xx

    1. You too Maddy! I'm so glad we got to have a good long chat. :)
      Yes, I'll definitely be going next year! xx

  5. Great to have met you all too briefly!

    1. You too hun! We really must get together and chat more next time! :)

  6. Hi Morgan, So glad you had a good time. In my head I'd love to go to Blogfest, but in reality I'd probably run for the hills I'd be petrified!

    I remember going back to work after a long break after having the children and feeling like I'd found 'me' again. It was a good feeling.

    I'm not as careful as I was about what I share when I first started writing online (I think before I was overly careful and it hindered me), but if my children were little I would think a lot harder before sharing information. Even the stuff I share about Gregs I discuss with him first .

    The time flew between you announcing you had bought a ticket and you going to Blogfest, so you'll be back there before you know it 😊.

    1. Thanks Debbie.
      It was surprising how much I enjoyed it actually and I'll definitely be back next year. Like you said, time went so quick!

  7. So glad you had a great time at blogfest and you have done so well here on your space. Lovely to have caught up with you if only briefly. :) Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    1. Thank you so much Jenny, that's really nice of you to say. It was lovely meeting you and we'll have to have a proper chat next time. I think I was a little overwhelmed by it all to be honest! :)