Britmums Live 2012 – I’m a mummyblogger and Proud!

I have just returned from the Brtimums Live conference down in London, and I have to say that it’s been one of the most amazingly motivating events that i’ve ever attended.

The thing that made the event for me was the opportunity was to talk to so many wonderful people.  As a SAHWM (Stay at home working mum) i’ve spent a lot of time sitting in home offices all on my lonesome and as a business owner that can sometimes be a difficult thing.

When you have a business that interacts face to face with its customers on a daily basis you can read all of the messages that they don’t verbalise.  You can read body language, you can accurately gauge interest (or disinterest), you can ask the questions proactively (instead of answering them reactively).  When you’re online and home office, all of that is so much harder.  So I attended Britmums Live as a brand, with the objective of getting out there and meeting some of my target customer group – Mums.  There are lots of places that I can go to meet mums, many local and many free, however, I saw Britmumslive as a chance to meet the kind of mums who are used to giving open honest feedback, who willingly and habitually share their opinions and experiences.

My impressions from the Britmums website and Twitter was that the #britmumslive followers were a good bunch.  Friendly, open, warm, and helpful, with an underlyingly wicked sense of humour.  And I was not disappointed.  As any mum who has ever been at a school gate will tell you, mums can sometimes be quite difficult and prickly people to connect with – but not at Britmums, where conversations are continually started with complete strangers who have a genuine interest in you and your blog.

Where else can you respond to random tweet saying “Fancy going for dinner?” and end up spending a relaxed enjoyable dinner with wonderful people who hadn’t even met just a few minutes before.

What I wasn’t prepared for however was the humanity.  The highlight for me of the conference being the very last session where the roll of honour blog posts were read aloud by their authors.  @Downssideup completely reducing me to tears with her open honesty  @MinistryofMum also reducing me to tears of laughter with the “Stop, drop and roll” manoeuvre (which has also made an appearance in our house),  @Ellen27 who so rightly told all us mothers to stop beating ourselves over the head with that big stick of guilt, and to remind ourselves that actually we’re doing a pretty good job.  Plus all of the others.  I can honestly say I enjoyed absolutely every second of that blogroll of honour.

So, next year Britmums Live will again be an important date in my diary.  A weekend that reminds me that actually i’m a part of one of the best groups there can be – a Britmum.