I'm sure many who weren't at it thought they were missing out on all the fun. You shouldn't worry, yes I'm sure many had a nice time but I do feel it was over exaggerated which is a fair assumption given that it would seem some felt isolated and a bit low. Would that be the case if people put their phones away and actually focused on what was being said for 10 minutes minimum? I won't be returning (I knew that before I went) but the person that didn't go and thinks they should have done based on the #hysteria will do.
|Billy Butlin came to the conference in my desperate attempts to be an Ambassador!|
Let me rewind a little as there were some positives that came out of the 2 day conference. On Friday I made my way up to London for the Britmums Blogging Conference. I've never been to one of these - I knew it wouldn't really be my cup of tea but I was up for meeting up with Rachel who I'd had an on line love affair with since I started blogging way back in 2011. She did not disappoint - I would hope that she would concur that we were of similar mindset and had a relaxed time even with her poor headache that more or less wiped her out on the Saturday.
|This chap is seriously worried he's standing next to a nutter!|
Also if you are talking to someone and other's join then cast your eye around as you are talking, rather than just have a fixed stare on one person, it shows you are inviting the others into the conversation. There were plenty that were friendly and approachable, there were groups who had agreed to meet up (nothing wrong in that) but there were some as described above. That's life. What I would say if you do go on your own you will have to approach people and start the conversation.
I did witness the most outrageous blanking I've ever seen!! I was quite taken aback at the rudeness of one blogger. This has nothing to do with a blogging persona or being shy its simply about good manners. I know a blogger who is very shy and has openly discussed how she struggles with this type of gig and she had no trouble smiling, saying hi and engaging in conversation.
|We ordered room service after our Tapas and were in our PJ's at 9pm as we are proper hard core!!|
I enjoyed the panel talk with Annie and the Fashion Foie Gras lady. I liked the founders - American ironically. The American accent just oozes enthusiasm and excitement don't you think? So when the opening welcome was trilled out by the two ladies I was up for this. I did, however, have an internal groan when their keynote speaker Emma Freud bounded on wearing a tiara. Urgh. I'm not a feminist. I'm not a party pooper but seriously tiara's?! I'm a 40 year old woman - I am not a child like adult like so many these days. It's hard to take anyone seriously wearing a frigging tiara. Would you go into an important meeting wearing fancy dress? NO! So, no my face was a picture after listening to her impressive CV and A lister tales and meeting the Queen talk. I am a republican so tiaras and royalty weren't cutting it for me.
I have to say I cringed throughout her speech - I know she wanted it to be light hearted etc but referring to her partner of 25 years as her 'boyfriend', repeating how she slept her way to the top (with said boyfriend), how she was in a band because of her big tits rather than singing and topping it all off with a tiara on her head. I think she may have squealed at one point! I found her a bit child like (a bit like Carrie Bradshaw who someone once said is like a whimpering child like adult running through Oxfam - a reference to her fashion sense by the way!) and was just waiting for her to start skipping and clapping her hands. There was this awful tumbleweed moment when she asked the audience to put their hands up if you have kids "yay" she said. Who doesn't have kids? "ahhh poor you". Ekk!
To cut a long story short - I headed home at 10.00 am on the Saturday. This was because my son had had an awful cough prior to me leaving (still does) and I wanted to get back. I didn't miss the keynote speaker in the morning though. Ben (Life of a Widower) was moving, funny and a joy to listen too. On returning, I popped into his facebook page in which he said he was taking at least 6 months out and (this really struck a cord with me) instead of documenting his life he was going to live it. He wrote his blog because he lost the love of his life would he be writing a blog if the love of his life was still with him? I doubt it.
My blog doesn't interfere with the children - I blog between 8pm-9pm and maximum 3 x a week but it does mean I'm tapping away whilst the husband watches telly and I need to re-think this.
I came away thinking about blogging in general and whether or not I will continue. I will do for the time being. But not for numbers, rankings, blogging communities, awards etc. I will blog as and when I feel like it and it will be to serve the purpose that I started with which is to lose the rest of my excess weight.
Until next time..