I'm going to BritMums Live 2016! I booked my ticket last night.
I'm just a bit nervous about it because it means I'll be joining the great and the good of the blogging world. But I'm also very excited because it marks my coming of age. I feel like I'm finally becoming a proper, grown-up and hopefully more professional blogger. Obviously, there's a lot to learn, but hopefully BritMums Live will help with that!
If you've never heard of BritMums Live, it's an annual conference in London that brings bloggers and influencers together to meet, socialise, network with brands, improve their skills and inspire their creativity. The event culminates in the coveted BiBs (Brilliance In Blogging) Awards. Who knows, maybe with what I learn at BritMums, I might even enter these awards next year?
This year is the fifth time BritMums Live has run and it takes place at The Brewery in East London on Saturday 25th June. If you want to follow the event on social media, you can use the hashtag #BML16
To make things easier for people going to the conference, especially for nervous newbies like me, BritMums runs a linky to enable attendees to get to know each other before the big day.
So here I present my answers to the linky questions:
My name: Jo Bowery
My blog: Seaside Belle
Find me on social media at:
How I look: I'm average height and build. I have shoulder-length brown hair and hazel coloured eyes. This is a picture of me playing rugby. I'll try and scrub up a bit before #BML16. It was the only fair;y recent picture I could find where I'm smiling!
Is this my first blogging event? No, a few years ago I went to an event run by Jo Middleton from SlummySingleMummy in Bristol about blogging. But I went to that one with my professional hat on as I was developing a blog for a freelance client and, for me, it was more about blogging for business than blogging for me.
I will be wearing…I have no idea what I'm going to be wearing (agh! what am I going to wear?), but it will probably be the usual mummy uniform of skinny jeans, maybe my hot pink ones, and a sleeveless top of some description.
What I hope to gain from #BML16: There is so much I want to learn about blogging, so I hope my expectations aren't too high! I want to learn how to make my blog more professional. I want to learn more about blog design, photography, vlogging etc. I also want to understand more of the legal implications, including how to develop terms and conditions, how to run giveaways and how to work with brands. But ultimately, I want to meet other bloggers, especially those who juggle blogging with motherhood and work. And I want to be inspired. That's not much to ask, is it?
My tips for a great conference: Smile a lot and say hello to lots of people. Take business cards (note to self, order some blogging business cards), listen more than speak and enjoy.
Please say hello if you see me. I can't wait.