So here goes – I was at BritMums Live 2013 and I have returned inspired, creative and ready to blog with renewed vigour.
I was all set to leave and meet up with a few people at Starbucks as planned but I somehow got delayed and decided to head out straight to The Brewery. This was the first time that I was travelling into London on my own so I was a bit worried that I would make the connections etc. On the other hand I do live quite near so it was only tube connections that I had to make.
It was also a long time since I had worn a dress and so was feeling a bit self conscious. Nonetheless thanks to NewLook I had a lovely dress and shoes and thanks to MiaTui I had a lovely Grace bag to carry all my stuff.
I was nervous, naturally, as it was my first blogging event. I had planned whom I wanted to meet and the sessions I wanted to attend and that was all down in my notebook. Very organized!!
All this was about to change the moment I entered the venue.
I was a bit early so as I stood outside waiting to go in, I met Sally, whom I know as we are on the Tefal Innovation Panel together. Really happy that happened as we entered together and registered and headed into the Hub.
On entrance, I saw a sea of faces. Some I recognised from Twitter but I could not remember the blogs or the names and I could not possibly open my notebook and check or for that matter check on Twitter for a name.
It hit me like a ton of bricks – the Hub was beautifully organized – brands in the centre and tables with tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes and loads of people mostly women of course (it is BritMums we are talking about) Everyone looked so confident. I was ready to duck behind a curtain or perhaps under a table!
I headed to BritMums1 – the room where most of the bigger events took place as it was huge. Lovely lighting – thank goodness it was a bit muted so I didn’t have to worry about people looking at me or tripping etc!
Susanna and Jen welcomed the bloggers and Kirstie Allsopp gave a keynote speech. I was still a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to expect from there on. I decided to stick there and take in the next discussion on brands and bloggers, which was quite interesting.
I did feel a bit isolated and went out into the Hub to meet people as this is what I had come for – to be part of a community. However, mostly everyone seemed to be in deep conversation with people and I was too shy to butt in and say hi. Besides I could not remember any names so I didn’t want to look like a complete dork and stare at people’s badges. Now that would definitely got me some notice. On hindsight, maybe I should have done just that. So today Twitter would have been filled with – did you meet that strange lady who kept staring at everyone’s badges? That would have got me some mention!!
So the next best thing – meet some brands. Here is where I met chatty people and felt at ease a bit. I met the lovely ladies at Parragon, Argos, Sodastream, Kelocote, Panasonic and TK Maxx, James and his team at Butlins and the people at Fox’s Biscuits and Warner Bros.
I wanted to pitch a book idea so visited the LBA den and got some wonderful feedback.
I met Susanna Scott who came up to us and said hi. A bit in awe of her – but she is lovely and put me at ease!
The BiB Awards – a glittering party event filled with lovely ladies in gorgeous dresses sipping champagne and wine. I did meet the lovely Jennie and she is such a graceful lady. I also met Emma whom I had met previously at a Tefal event.
Then, I seemed not to know anyone else. I don’t drink a lot for the simple reason that I get really red faced after a single glass (no idea why!!) I did have one glass though.
And then….I turned tail and fled!!
Firstly because my phone had died on me and I was worried about the journey home.
Secondly because I felt a bit out of my league!
I decided to recuperate and make the most of the second day…
(To be continued…)