BritMums Live 2012 – from the other side of the fence

June 25, 2012

Photos from Britmums Live 2012Two years ago I attended the first Cybermummy conference in PR capacity with my client tommee tippee. It was brilliant to meet so many bloggers, and at that point I was very much hoping that would be me soon. Skip forward twenty four months, a new blog and an even newer baby, and I attended BritMums Live 2012 this time as a delegate with child in tow.

Eliza was, quite literally, a baby on board; I took her in the Baby Bjorn, which she’s loved ever since we’ve used it with her facing outwards. I was mildy concerned about how we’d get on but needn’t have worried, and being in such a positive, baby-friendly environment with lots of other tiny children around was fantastic.

The conference line-up was really strong, and Eliza managed to sit through about a tenth of it, which was probably a tenth more than I’d initially hoped for (we ended up seeing Ruby Wax, the future of blogging panel, then some of the WordPress talk on Saturday). This did mean we got to spend time taking baby breaks in the main hub, eating Give as you Live cupcakes, winning John Lewis vouchers – just in time for high chair buying – and having our photo taken in the Acer UK photo booth. Much more fun than working…

As always though, the best part was the chance to meet people. It was great to see some of my favourite bloggers again – especially Jax and Karin – and introduce them to the baby, and then to finally meet lots of others people I’ve spent so long chatting to on Twitter and reading all about on their blogs.

Compared to the first year I went, it’s fair to say that I much preferred going as a blogger this time round! And I loved taking Eliza, especially as so many people came over to say hello, or stopped to chat, or just made a lovely comment in passing. Although we did miss out on most of the talks – so I’ll be interested to read the reports when they’re posted – it was definitely worth going just for the chance to see and meet people alone.

(The first two photos are mine, and the third is courtesy of Give as you Live)

9 Comments

  • Janmary

    June 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Good to hear it from both sides. I think having a baby would have been a bonus when it came to meeting others – they do break down the barriers! Sorry you missed more of the talks, but glad you enjoyed it anyway.

    I may have smiled at your baby, but not sure we spoke! Maybe next year!

    1. gillian

      June 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      So true, I found she was such a good ice breaker! I’m sure we must have passed each other – hopefully we can meet soon (and look forward to reading your blog).

  • Alice

    June 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    It was lovely to meet you both! I’m looking forward to next year already.

    1. gillian

      June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Lovely to meet you too! And H – he was amazingly cute (and so well behaved).

  • Circus Queen

    June 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Taking a baby definitely is a positive move. I took Talitha to Blog Camp Bristol last year and felt a lot more chilled out about the social atmosphere because she was my priority. Lovely to meet you. Thanks for letting me hold scrumptious Eliza.

    1. gillian

      June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      You’re welcome, thanks for holding her! Lovely to meet you too x.

  • Liska

    June 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Lovely to see another London blogger – you both look very happy.
    Shame I did not get to meet you.
    Liska xx

    1. gillian

      June 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      I’m sure we must have walked past each other! Hope you had a good time too. Where in London are you (we’re south-east!) x

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