I’m going to BritMums Live!!!

BritMums Live is just over 4 weeks away. 4 weeks!!!!
It will be my second blogging conference ever. The first is about 2 weeks away! *stick head in brown paper bag*

You’ll have known me (or not) have a sad on twitter because all the blogging conferences are (were) in the US and WAY too expensive for me to attend. Until last summer I stumbled upon BritMums Live AND Cybher! Finally, blogging conferences I could afford to attend.

My excitement is immense, but so are my nerves! *looks for brown paper bag* I don’t really know anyone, my blog isn’t as well known as some, I’m taking my new baby with me, will she cry during my favourite bloggers talk/panel? (I’m sorry and apologise in advance to HerBadMother) and also, one of my favourite bloggers is speaking at BritMums. I am going to get to meet her! What if my head explodes?!

So when BritMums Mari posted to twitter a short intro linky, I thought I’d give it ago.

So here goes!

Name: Becca – it’s actually Rebecca, but being called Rebecca is a lot like being told off. “Rebecca! That’s enough wine!” “Rebecca! What have I told you about doing those types of things in public?!”

Blog: Mrs Flams! You’re here!!!!!!!!

Twitter ID: @becca_masters

Height: 5ft 2, I think

Hair: Currently? A mishmash of brown, scraped up into a messy bun. On the day? Probably the same!

Eyes: two of them. Brown ones.

Is this your first blogging conference?

See ramblings above. Currently, yes. On the day? It’ll be my 2nd! I’m sure ill be a pro.

Are you attending both days?

Yup!!!

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013?

HerBadMother! *small scream* seriously, the whole lot!

What are you wearing?

Probably something covered in bits of sick and poo, sadly not because of an epic night out though, but because I’m bringing my new baby who will be slightly less new at 12 week old.

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013?

Learn new things and meet new friends!

Tell us one thing about you that not everyone knows

Ummmm, I haven’t the foggiest. I’m pretty much an open book. Have you seen my twitter feed?!

Blogging Conferences

The best part of blogging for me isn’t page hits, or comments (although they are nice) but rather the community of bloggers that I interact with.  I interact with some fabulous bloggers on a day to day basis and they are from all kinds of backgrounds. From different countries, the USA, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Austrailia, you name it.

There are the “mom” bloggers, the “dad” bloggers, the “humourist” bloggers, the “political” bloggers but generally it’s just people who blog and most of them at some point on their own blog cover every single topic from parenting, sex and food to politics and current affairs and they are all fabulous.  I’m still finding my way, and there are always things to learn, ways to improve.

Every year for the past 3 years I have followed my favourite bloggers, reading their posts and tweets and facebook statuses about going to conferences, BlogHer, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, Dad 2.0, BlogHer Food, SheCon, Type-A Con, there are so many conferences! The one thing they all have in common?  It’s that they are in North America. Problematic for me, living in London and not being rich. The cost of attending just one of these conferences in my lifetime is pretty much next to nil. It’s just too costly for me to go, even with a sponsor, which is a WHOLE other story.

Then last week a UK blogger that I interact with posted a tweet about going to BritMumsLive. A conference for “mummy” bloggers in London. HOLY SHIT.  A CONFERENCE IN LONDON. Oh. Wait. it’s called BritMumsLive. I don’t have kids. I think to myself, “is it wierd to go to a conference for “mummy” bloggers when you’re not a “mummy”?

I really want to go to a conference, to hear people speak, to interact with other bloggers in person. Why?  Because there is so much I can learn and also, it’s interacting with the people I’ve built up an online rapport with over the last 5 years (mostly). I sent a message off to BritMumsLive asking if you had to be a “mummy” to attend and they said “no, all bloggers are welcome!” Cue my heart going pitty-patty with excitement. A Blogging Conference in my own city!!!

Whilst I’d love to go to BlogHer, the cost for me is phenomenal, compared to BritMumsLive (see approximate costings below).  So guess where I’m going next year?!?

BlogHer vs BritMumsLive
*hotel in London is optional