I write this with my feet soaking in a bucket of salty water, cursing the blogger who suggested heels were a must for the Fridaynight. After a slight detour around the city of London I eventually found The Brewery and by the time I got there the damage had been done. My tootsies were bleeding and I knew I had another 8 hours of wearing my killer Boden heels, at the very least. I was very tempted to snaffle a pair of jelly numbers from the Crocs stand, but fashion will out and after a few glasses of Bibs party prosecco, the pain was becoming bearable.
There will be hundreds of posts going out about Britmums this weekend. It was trending on Twitter before it even started and there was an article about it in the Guardian yesterday. So I am going to merely give you a list of my good bits.
- Being there. As me – not a mum, not a wife, but me Sarah Miles. Blogger.
- Meeting some gorgeous bloggers but especially Knackered Mother, Party of Seven, Diary of the Dad, City Girl at Heart, Older Single Mum, Life with an Autistic Son, Baby Loves Porridge, Older Mum, Adventures of a Middle-aged Matron & Dad’s Cooking Tonight.
- Bibs Awards – I didn’t win in my category (no surprise though), but it was a great celebration of some excellent bloggers and I thought Katy Hill, who presented it, was lovely. It was very refreshing to see her back on Saturday joining in the workshops just like any other blogger.
- The speakers. Ruby Wax, Sarah Brown and Cherry Healey were all excellent. Eloquent, funny and earnest.
- The WordPress workshop run by Julie Hall of Women Unlimited was brilliant. I only wish it had been longer. Julie spoke with infinite knowledge, but kept it simple. She gave some invaluable tips about Google and which plugins to have on your site.
- The goody bags. OMG, I never realised you got free stuff! My kids were besides themselves when I arrived home last night laden with freebies from Disney, Lego, Warner Bros to name but a few. Then there was the Britmums goody bag given to us as we left. Well, all I can say is a big THANK YOU!
- Bloggers’ keynote. I was very honoured to have been asked to read out my post ‘The Downstairs Loo‘ at the Bloggers’ Keynote which concluded the conference. And people actually laughed! Hurrah! It was a real joy to hear the other bloggers too, reading their posts in their words. Some of the posts were funny, some were devastatingly sad. There were tears. And I am humbled by the struggle some people have gone/are going through.
So, there you are. I should have taken loads of pictures, but didn’t. I decided not to take my camera and relied on my iPhone which did not like the lighting at all.
I have come away inspired, elated and really wishing I had an iPad…..