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Why I’m happier hanging with the Mummy Bloggers…

by Clare Mansell
Snowing Indoors, You Baby Me Mummy, Mrs T Plus Three and Maybush Studio at Britmums Live 2015

Two weekends and two very different blog conferences, one for the creative bloggers and another for the parent bloggers.

I’ve been aware of Britmums Live for about four years, but I never thought it was my kind of thing until last year, when I felt a pang of regret as I watched the tweets from those who attended. Even having finally made the leap to attend, I doubted my decision and headed for London with a truck load of prejudices about an event which was primarily aimed at Mummy Bloggers (oh that dreaded phrase!) There were going to be too many people, too many babies, too many buggies and too many bloggers younger than me.

But oh how very wrong I was. From the moment I arrived at the Brewery On Friday, I was enveloped in warmth, acceptance, support and encouragement. There was none of the tepid arm’s length mingling that I had grown used to at Blogtacular; at Britmums it was full-on bear hugs and unabashed enthusiasm.

Me and a bunch of fantastic bloggers and friends. What a wonderful weekend at #BritMumslive

A photo posted by Em Rathbone (@snowingindoors) on

I was hugely lucky to have hooked up with the brilliant Em from Snowing Indoors before the conference and she introduced me to a collection of wonderful bloggers who until this weekend had only existed as distant digital figures.

The talks were inspiring but where their tight schedule had been central to everything at Blogtacular, here they existed to compliment the mingling, tea drinking and cake eating that took place for the bulk of the weekend. I never felt under pressure to hurry off to an allotted room at an allotted time, but I learnt loads and still got to have great conversations with the people I had traveled so far to meet.

I was prepared for a few cold shoulders, blank looks or half-hearted ‘hellos’, but as I worked my way down the list of those I hoped to meet (yes, I really had a list) everyone dived into conversation like we were old friends and if they hoped I’d go away, I was too thick-skinned to notice.

Was great to finally meet and chat to the awesome @maybushstudio. Go follow for fab photography! #britmumslive A photo posted by My Two Mums (@mytwomums) on

The lovely Laura from Side Street Style was also there (she who I so bravely introduced myself to last weekend) and we all nearly exploded from our seats when she collected the Bibs award for style,  taking to the stage with Baby G strapped to her chest (if that isn’t awesome style my friends, then what is?)

Pre-conference there had been a frenzy of Facebook posts about what people were wearing which was enough to unnerve the most confident of dresser. In the end I chose an Isabella Oliver maxi dress from the Friday, teamed with an ancient Miss Selfridge waterfall cardigan (found lurking in the depths of my wardrobe) and on the Saturday an equally old black Seraphine maternity dress with last summer’s saltwater sandles. Both dresses were fantastically comfortable and the maxi dress even attracted compliments from a couple of complete strangers (worth going to London just for that I’d say!) But the real triumph in the fashion stakes was my bright red lipstick which I found the confidence to wear amongst my new blogging pals on the Saturday.

Of the talks I attended, particular mention must go to Judith Lewis of decabbit.com who did a funny, punchy, inspiring talk on SEO and dealt with crying babies in the room in the the warmest and most welcoming way I have seen. The Google+ talk was also useful though it will probably take me about a month to digest what we were told and longer still to put it into practice.

I also went along to a vlogging session with Mario from Youtube who said encouraging things about the growing demand for content for an older audience produced by an older vlogger.

Loving #britmumslive so far, meeting so many awesome ladies.

A photo posted by Clare Mansell (@maybushstudio) on

I’m not the kind of person who is usually late to the party with things, but I’m very very late to the party with Britmums Live. Spending the first 6 years of my blogging life an airline flight away from London is part of the reason, but does not excuse me entirely. My weekend at the Brewery made me realise how essential (and rewarding) it is to mix with real bloggers in person and that this dreaded ‘Mummy Blogger’ tag does such an injustice to the variety of talented women who blog in so many variations and just happen to be mothers.

For any new bloggers reading this post (or old ones who still haven’t done a conference) I would say that Britmums Live is an essential booking for 2016. Don’t over think it, just book it as soon as the super-early bird tickets go on sale. You will not regret it…

Huge thank yous to…

Aby (You Baby Me Mummy)
Amber (Goblin Child)
Amy (Mrs T Plus Three)
Di Coke (Superlucky.me)
Donna (What The Redhead Said)
Em (Snowing Indoors)
Hannah (Mums Days)
Helen (Coco Mama Style)
Katie & George (Minis And More)
Katie (Mummy Daddy Me)
Katrina (Mum For Fun)
Katy (Carry On Katy)
Katy (What Katy Said)
Kaye (HelloArchie.blue)
Kiran (Mummy Says)
Kirsty & Clara (My Two Mums)
Lizzie (Lizzie Somerset)
Nadine Hill (Juggle Mum)

You made my weekend unexpectedly awesome with your warmth and humour and to Bella Bathrooms for being my sponsor and making my attendance possible.

Linking up with Aby & Em…

snowingindoors

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17 comments

Kaye June 23, 2015 - 7:34 am

Thanks for the mention, lovely. Was so awesome to meet you! Great post, you guys have really made me look forward to attending next year, hopefully will see you before then though! xx

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Jodie June 23, 2015 - 8:02 am

there’s a lot of bloggers you met with the names beginning with K. Glad you had a good time!

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Amber June 23, 2015 - 8:32 am

It was so good to finally meet you! And oh, I must say, you looked absolutely beautiful in your red dress and with your red lipstick (and that gorgeous, neat little bump). Thank you for the camera chat! x

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Emma T June 23, 2015 - 9:06 am

I think that was a pretty accurate round up of what Britmums is like. Shame I didn’t see you, would have liked to have said hi.

I’m debating Blogtacular next year instead because I’ve never been but fancied the broader blogger types rather than the mum blogger focus. But maybe not, and I’m not sure I’d be able to not go to Britmums. Shame they’re so close together – might be pushing it for the OH to have N all that time.

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Chloe (Sorry About The Mess) June 23, 2015 - 11:30 am

Glad you had such a lovely time. I’ve been to 3 Britmums now and it’s always been a really lovely and warm experience. Completely agree about the ‘Mummy blogger’ – dreaded term but the most welcoming and fun community to be part of.

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claremansell@mac.com June 24, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Do you know you were the ONLY person on my list who I didn’t manage to find! 🙁

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Judith (she of decabbit.com) June 23, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Thanks so much for the compliment and mention 😀 I always think it is more stressful being the mother of a fussy baby than being a speaker because the mum is the one who ends up with all eyes on her. Hopefully I made it way more fun 😉
Glad you liked my session. I think as I have gotten older I’ve gotten more… sassy in my presentations 😉

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Babes about Town June 23, 2015 - 4:28 pm

What a lovely post. I’m a BritMums veteran from the old days and I haven’t been for a couple of years, but I do miss the social aspect of things the most. It’s a warm hearted celebration of some really talented women – and guys! – and kudos to Susannah and Jen for helping to maintain that welcoming vibe, even as it continues to grow. I hear there were no naked men serving wine this year though sadly… 😉

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JuggleMum, Nadine Hill June 23, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Lovely to finally meet you Clare and thank you for mentioning me in your post! I’m glad you enjoyed the bear hugs… That’s what it’s all about!! haha

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Katie (minis AND MORE...) June 23, 2015 - 10:11 pm

Great post about the event. It was so lovely to meet you, hopefully we can catch up another time too. Let me know if you ever manage to make sense of your Google+ notes… so confusing! My head is still full of so many great blogging tips and tricks from the weekend x

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You Baby Me Mummy June 24, 2015 - 2:35 pm

This is such a great post and I am so glad you loved BML as much as I did. You are spot on about the differences between BML and BT and know which one I will be booking next year! So lovely to spend time with you xx

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You Baby Me Mummy June 29, 2015 - 9:24 am

Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot x

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Hannah Parker June 25, 2015 - 6:01 am

I love this account of BML – I don’t think we were ever properly introduced but I was on the fringe of this group and I’m really pleased you had such a good time. I didn’t go to my first until I’d been blogging for well over 2 years and I have to say I enjoyed this year much more than last (even though it totally changed my blogging life last year), it just seemed much more friendly. So perhaps it was fate that you didn’t come until this year 😉 anyway lovely to have sort of met you! xxx

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Katrina Chambers June 25, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Thanks for the mention hun, I felt a lot like you do, probably more nervous though because it was my first blogging conference. Thanks for being so lovely, next up – Blogon!
Katrina x

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Tim June 26, 2015 - 9:14 am

Even as a non-mum – one of the 11 *dreaded label alert* dad bloggers – I can empathise with so much of this. I’ve been blogging in various guises for 8+ years but this was my first BritMums Live (indeed my first blogging event of any kind) and I will admit to being petrified and nearly turning around three times on my way in to London (committed expense be damned).

Like you, my fears were dispelled from the moment I was waved down outside All Bar One on my way to my hotel, and by the end of Saturday I was starting to make arrangements for future meet-ups with people. I really wish I’d written down a list like you did – I had a mental list of about 100, but I was so overwhelmed by people kindly stopping to say hi to me that it kind of went out of the window and I spent half of my journey home apologising for not stopping to chat to several people.

Ah well. I’ll try again next time!

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Donna June 26, 2015 - 5:51 pm

It was so lovely to meet you finally – thanks for grabbing me briefly to say hello! We shall have to chat more next time 🙂 x

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Carie June 29, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s funny reading your descriptions of the two because for me Blogtacular is the place where I’ve always found a friend and people to talk to, even in the sessions where I didn’t know a soul, whereas I’ve spent a fair amount of time at Britmums on my own, feeling a bit of a gooseberry! Isn’t it wonderful that we have enough conferences in the UK that we can pick and choose the ones that suit us most!

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