Imagine the kind of hysteria you might see, if you were to let a school of kids run wild in a sweet factory. Without their parents. With no one to say, “No!” when they’re double-dipping their sherbert dip. They’re on a sugar high. They’ve gone mental. That comes close to the brilliant weekend that was BritMums Live! 2013— except, replace the sweets with prosecco and canapés. There were constant screams of, “it’s so great to finally meet you!”, hugs, photos and smiles all around. Lots of stalls with amazing brands, lots of debates and lots of workshops. Plus, lots of amazing mums of course!
I don’t quite know what I expected from the weekend, but I’m not sure I belonged there. Not yet, anyway. That sounds harsh, doesn’t it? It’s not meant to at all— I’m very grateful to have finally met Alice and Charlotte, and spent my Friday with them, among some other ladies. And don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a negative review, because BritMums Live! is amazing and you can get out of it what you want— whether that’s a wealth of knowledge or just a great weekend with some mums, who have also regained a bit of freedom too— and I’m sure I’ll end up going next year. But this year, I didn’t know anyone. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one either, but when you don’t know any of the blog names that are finalists in the BiB Awards or mentioned in conversation, it makes it very hard to join in. I’m naturally a very quiet person as it is, so it didn’t help!
I felt like a very, very small fish in a massive pond that they call the Atlantic Ocean.
Having started blogging years before I became a parent, I don’t consider myself a ‘mummy-blogger.’ I don’t have mum / mummy / mother / parent in my blog title. Byron is just a part of the things I write about (albeit a big one.) Maybe because I don’t consider myself a mummy-blogger, that’s the reason I’m not reading hundreds of parent blogs yet. I’ve yet to immerse myself in the parent blogging community and it’s something I need to do before going back next year. The people I actually met and spoke to were really lovely, although of course there will always be the odd person you see that snubs you or looks right through you, but I guess being a mum doesn’t automatically make you a nice person!
To anyone who’s never been before, but is thinking of attending in 2014, I say, do it! It’s a great weekend and has a big community feel to it, that’s growing year on year, so it’s only going to get bigger and better!