This year was the first year that I have attended BritMums. The two-day conference was held in London recently and I was thrilled to go and meet like-minded women (and some men) in a positive blogging environment.
The conference started at 2pm on Friday 20th June at the Brewery in London. After registering I was able to meet up with lots of bloggers that I have met either in real life or online. The conference started off with some celebrity guest speakers. Emma Freud talked about how she raises money for comic relief and how the blogging community raised money last year as Team Honk. She also spoke about how she has faced and triumphed over negative things written about her via social media. Following that there was a general talk on feminism in the 21st Century which was quite interesting listening to different opinions on feminism from the panel and the audience.
Then we broke for coffee, to meet up with some of the sponsors and the PR companies as well as catching up with everyone. The place was buzzing with excitement, Instagram photos being posted and twitter feeds being set on fire with the hashtag #britmumslive. The rest of the day was a mix of informative and interactive workshops and much-needed coffee breaks. Finally it was the Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) awards ceremony where we were eagerly waiting to celebrate who had won the coveted award and bottle of champagne! We all left day one on a high note and I went for a lovely meal with some blogging friends.
A working breakfast started the day as I attended the workshops on collaboration, self publishing, travel blogging and so on. I was made aware of the #seethechild campaign to help and support the most vulnerable children and young people who are in our society. I was able to talk with successful self published authors, I was able to make new business connections and talk about the fine tuning of SEO and blogging.
Finally it was the Bloggers Keynote speakers, ordinary bloggers who shared their thoughts and feelings on subjects that entertained and made you cry. That lifted up your spirit and had you blindly reach out to a fellow stranger with a spare tissue for their tears.
But the main thing that I took away from BritMums 2014 was that here and now, maybe for the first time in recorded history, women are finding their voice. They are opening their hearts and minds to the rest of the world. That each and every woman in that room had a story, had many stories, to tell. And that they were being listened to. Listened to by their peers, their families, by total strangers and good friends. That there was power in their voices and that those words were being recorded and saved for our future selves, for our children, for our daughters and their daughters too. Yes the internet can be a scary place but it can be a great place too and I plan to make my voice heard.
See you next year #britmums2015