Cybher 2013

Today I experienced my first ever bloggers conference, Cybher.

Over the last week I have been up and down and well, round the houses (emotionally so to speak).

Having Bells Palsy, being a new mum, having to chuck my breast milk away because of medication, and well the list was never ending (ok, that’s a lie, I’m grossly exaggerating), so yesterday I was in a horrible mood, sad and down and mopey.

I’d booked to go on my first ever bloggers conference. I was nervous and excited. Apprehensive and slightly worried (think new kid at school) and the bad flat mood was unhelpful. I’d said to The Husband that I needed to snap out of the mood. I wanted to have a good time.

Then this morning, I woke up at 3:40, and then 4:30 and then stayed awake until it was time to get up at 5:45.

It was exciting! My first ever blogging conference, Cybher. With other real life actual bloggers who write stuff.

I loaded up the pram, got Emma sorted and chucked on some upbeat tunes and set off into London.

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We arrived and got registered!

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Despite my being worried about my wonky face from Bell’s Palsy, I turned to the woman next to me, and well, she had Bells Palsy too. Talk about a bloody coincidence! Things like this never happen to me! We were both very surprised and laughter ensued! Between the both of us we had a full face!

There were talks, coffee breaks, more talks, more coffee breaks and it was fabulous. Did I mention the coffee?
COFFEE.

We (by we, I mean of course *I*) looked at branding, how to make things go viral, using photographs and lighting in your photos, how to make money from your blog and much more!

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I spent a lot of time standing by plug sockets, ensuring that my iPhone was charged, god forbid I ever be without it. I’m very surprised that Twitter didn’t chuck me in the slammer for excessive tweeting (also hit the 1000 follower mark!)

The main session that I really wanted to attend was “Sh*t you didn’t Know” and ironically I spent most of the session in the baby changing rooms changing, well, shit. The irony, not lost on me was pretty hilarious.

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Lunch was awesome. In fact it was so awesome I posted about it here an hour after it happened. Small food!!! I love food and I love small things!
The food at Cybher rocked.
Wee tiny sliders with Brie and caramelised onions.
Teeny fish with chips and minty mushed peas.
Asian baskets with tempura veg, samosas, won tons and filo parcels.
Beet root and goats cheese salad bowls (didn’t eat that on account of I hate goats cheese).
Mini bowls of fruit salad.
Cute little dessert that looked pretty but I have no idea what it actually was.

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There were more talks.
I took photos of stuff. Tried to be artsy fartsy. (I think it worked)

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I made new friends.
I learnt new things.
I picked up tips.
I had a GREAT time.

The cocktail hour was pretty awesome (with more small food!) and fabulous company.

After a long and amazing day, Emma and I headed home, knackered.

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Cybher was a fantastic conference and I loved every single bit of it.

I haven’t felt so alive and passionate for blogging in a while. Attending has reignited me and pulled me back (without the need for drugs) into a colourful and bright world.

Over all it was easily the best money I’ve spent and I’m definitely buying my Cybher14 ticket as soon as they go on sale.

I want to express a HUGE thank you to the organisers and speakers.

I really enjoyed my day and I can’t wait until next year!

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