The Britmums Live Experience

This year was the first year I attended Britmums and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. Blogging has been such a blessing since I started over a year ago now and it’s been a creative space for our family life, food, interiors/crafts and photography. It’s made me realise the passions I have for writing and photography, giving me the opportunity to showcase them. Having a blog has given me another identity from the mother I love to be and it’s because of my role as mum that I ventured into this new journey.

One great thing I’ve discovered from blogging is the community. When you picture a large group of women working alongside each other and being together in a large crowd, naturally you imagine it to be cliquey. Maybe even a little catty. Of course over the years all of the bloggers have made friends and have their go-to girls and guys, but these aren’t closed groups. They’re very much an open crowd for new people to join and it’s such a wonderful thing to be a part of.

Blogging is hard graft, it’s not a job or a hobby you can switch off from. It’s more than just tapping out a post and hitting publish, it’s an all day everyday occurrence. Sometimes you lose the spark to write a new post and you encounter writers block. The pressure from writers block is horrid, it’s a wall you hit, and the harder you try to climb it, the higher it gets. Sometimes taking a step back from the wall, taking a break from writing, fills you with endless ideas. A week free from writing can mean dreadful stats, but also lead to a month of ideas for posts to write.

Other bloggers understand this and many are a fountain of knowledge, filled with tips to make your blogging experience a little easier. You’d think people would keep their words of wisdom and blogging secrets close to their chest, but everyone I’ve met so far has been nothing but encouraging, emptying their trade-secrets so somebody else can flourish. I never realised I’d feel so a part of something when I hit ‘publish’ on my very first, and a little rubbish, blog post.

Britmums outfit from H&M

This was my outfit on Saturday, I dared to be orange. Excuse the little pile of washing waiting to be put back in the drawer (it’s still waiting).

After I’d booked my ticket for Britmums I was anxious to be attending an event filled with people I’d never met. I didn’t know what to expect from the day and I was nervous I’d be teetering around the venue alone. Glaring at other people showing them an odd, but welcoming smile. There were a couple of times I smiled at another blogger, probably looking a tad creepy, or a lot creepy because we were still at the tube station at this point and nobody knew anyone here. But in my defense you could just tell they were bloggers on their way to Britmums. At least the creepy grin helped us to mingle.

I had arranged to meet a few people in the morning, to make entering the venue a little less daunting. Although now I’ve been, I think even if I had attended alone the friendly vibe would have made it so much easier. Saying that, I’m pleased I din’t attend alone and I hope I will always have these girlies to meet in the morning.

The gorgeous Aby said she’d meet me first thing. I’ve met so many wonderfully kind people and Aby is certainly one of them. Thanks to her, Amy, Katy and to be honest, everybody, I felt so welcome and so at ease with the whole day. I met everyone I had hoped to meet and many more people. You are all so uplifting and inspiring, a truly fabulous community to be a part of, I know I keep saying it.

There are two people I have left out of the above list, because they’re terrible people. No, I’m just kidding, they’re quite the opposite. In fact, they were my buddies throughout the entire day. These were Kate and Clare. Two lovely women who were in the same boat as me, having never attended Britmums before we all had the same mixture of excitement and nerves. Thank you girls, I’m so pleased we got together. It was like seeing old friends, we really clicked. Like Kate said, chatting to bloggers is a little like online dating. You kind of know each other, but you never know what to expect when you meet.

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I’m now looking forward to a lunch date soon. Perhaps without kiddies and a little wine? But our littles are all the same age so they’d love having a little play.

We visited various sessions throughout the day and learnt a few bits to help us change the way we prepare and share a post. A few things I knew already from a couple of courses I’ve recently completed, although it’s nice to hear it again, just to be sure!

The biggest thing I took away from Britmums was about how to blog. Basically, there is no ‘how to’ blog. You blog for you and I think sometimes we get a little lost in “but what works, what’s the secret to success”. I have been getting all hell bent on creating schedules for my blog, keeping it predictable yet interesting and doing this made me lose the passion to write. I enjoy sitting and writing, about our life, about a particular topic and I love creating inspirational interior posts.

There are no rules in blogging ultimately your blog is yours and my blog is mine, we can write as much or as little as we fancy and we can write about anything at all that we’re passionate about.

I remember asking silly questions when I first started blogging, although they seemed silly at the time, they felt extremely important back then. I wondered how often I should post, once a day? Twice a week? The answer is whenever I have something to write about. Something that will entertain anyone who reads and something I enjoy writing about and taking pictures for.

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I’m really not showcasing my photography skills at all here, but I thought this was sweet.

I’ve always said I won’t write about anything that isn’t interesting to read, while I will still do this, I’ve realised ‘interesting’ is relative to who reads it. Someone may love reading my Flawless Friday posts, to see what has made us happy during the week and to hear what we’ve been getting up to, while others may think it’s really boring. Yet I know in years to come I will bypass all my other posts and read those, as they’re important memories of our lives and they’re flawless memories.

Britmums has left me feeling incredibly inspired to write, not write for the sake of it but write because it’s my passion and to take pictures because it’s a new found love of mine. I will no longer be following a strict schedule and pressuring myself to write something, anything. I will still be adding recipes when I’ve created a masterpiece, I will also be adding little craft tutorials and interiors posts when I do them (finding the time is tricky with toddlers, especially when crafting, they always want to destroy or lick it). Ultimately this blog is about our family life, our travels and honest thoughts. There’ll still be a little sarcasm and humour, because that’s naturally how I talk, but I suppose it’ll be a little more like a thoughts diary. One that’s relatable to many mums venturing through motherhood.

So a huge thank you to the wonderful bloggers that inspire me everyday with their posts and who are some of the loveliest people I have ever met and a massive thank you to Britmums, you’ve reignited my passion to write and made me realise my blog is mine, I will keep things simple, honest and personal to us.

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  1. June 26, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    I’m so sorry we didn’t meet up? I’m trying to remember if I recall seeing you, as I love your outfit. A lovely post to summarise the day, it was a great day, and like you I feel inspired to blog. I met some fantastic people and went to some really inspirational talks, and I have no idea how some bloggers have done it. Hope we can meet soon, otherwise we’ll continue a virtual conversation. Claire x

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:24 am

      Thanks Claire! There were so many people it was easy to miss someone but definitely next time I will make a point of catching you. Thank you I think the was the most important thing for me from the day is how inspired it left me. Sounds a little cheesy but I certainly see blogging differently now and it’s how I originally saw it. Definitely continue to virtually chat too! X

  2. June 27, 2016 / 5:46 am

    It looks like you had a great time, useful but fun too. Hopefully see you there next year! Thanks for linking up to #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Thank you. Yes will keep an eye out! X

  3. June 27, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Oh wasn’t it a wonderful event? It was my first time too and I was so nervous but once I got there I realised I didn’t need to be at all – everyone was so so friendly! I got so much out of it too and was so inspired like you about how to blog and blogging for you! Glad you made new friends too – so did I and can’t wait for the promised coffee and cake dates! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:26 am

      They were weren’t they. It’s really nerve wracking entering a place filled with women and the daddy’s of course but it was such a comfortable day. Cake sounds lovely!! X

  4. June 27, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Oh what a lovely roundup, I love the positivity…that’s exactly how I felt – it was such a friendly day and I met so many happy friendly people. I love your orange outfit! I’m still digesting what I heard about blogging and how it relates to my blog but I definitely came away buzzing. Glad you had a fab day #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Thank you! The vibe was just brilliant and I think the socialising was the best part for me. Glad you enjoyed it too. Looking forward to next year!

  5. June 27, 2016 / 8:39 am

    So incredibly jealous. Would have been awesome to meet everybody and be amongst like minded people. Wish we had something more like it here in Australia. #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:51 am

      It’d be great if there was!

  6. June 27, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Sounds like BML was a great experience. I agree it’s sometimes hard to see through all the things that blogging contains and focus on the creativity and what you want to do for your own blog. I hope to go next year to BML and enjoy the experience and meet all the fab bloggers out there! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:53 am

      It was brilliant. It’s a personal thing to blog and I lost sight of that. I hope you can make it next year

  7. June 27, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I’ve been waiting to hear about the Britain’s experience from all those bloggers that were lucky enough to attend. It sounds like you meet some wonderful people and also learnt a lot about blogging. I’m hoping to attend next year, so am really looking forward to it! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 8:58 am

      It’s a fab event and I hope to see you next year!

  8. June 27, 2016 / 9:02 am

    It’s really useful to hear what bloggers thought about it. I’m really new to blogging and have never been to a blogging conference so I was really keen to hear your thoughts. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 #MarvMondays

  9. June 27, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Sounds like you had a good first experience! It definitely helps to meet up with people before you enter the event. Safety in numbers as they say. My mummy never went this year as she didn’t particularly enjoy last years vibe and the cost this year for a one day event. Hopefully next year she can attend again X #BigPinkLink

  10. June 27, 2016 / 9:39 am

    It sounds like you had such a great time and your outfit is so pretty. Bloggers in general are lovely, and it’s very reassuring to hear that this continues in ‘real life’ as such. I might give it a go for the first time next year. #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 11:20 am

      Thank you X they are all lovely and really approachable. Hopefully see you next year!

  11. June 27, 2016 / 10:29 am

    It was so lovely to meet you properly. I just wish we had more time! xx

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Me too it was really fab meeting you, so lovely. Next time I’ll stay for the eve meal xxx

  12. June 27, 2016 / 11:06 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m hoping to go next year but I know I’ll be so nervous, I’m rubbish at starting conversations with people I’ve never met x #Bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 11:27 am

      I felt the same but it really is so welcoming. Meet us in the morning! X

  13. June 27, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I really wish I could have attended BML, if only to meet the lovely bloggers whose blogs I’ve come to know and love. I’ve found the community to be really supportive and friendly, which for me is one of the best parts about blogging.

    I agree that you need to do what works for you and not get too hung up on what you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing – blogging should be fun, after all! #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 27, 2016 / 11:28 am

      Definitely. It’s a brilliant community and it’s lovely to see blogging in the raw way it should be seen. Which is to blog for the love of it. Hope to see you next year

  14. June 27, 2016 / 11:38 am

    What a great post! It is so true, you have to blog for yourself. Like you say, I love blogging because of the community and the friendships which I have made. Thanks for sharing what you have learnt at Britmums Live. It does sound like you had a fantastic time. I wish I was there to meet everyone too. Thanks for linking with #bigpinklink

  15. June 27, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    It sounds like it was a fantastic day and everyone had a great time. I love blogging too, it is a brilliant community. You chose a lovely outfit xx #mg

  16. June 27, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Ah sounds like you had a fab time and benefitted from the whole experience, especially making new friends. It could be very daunting meeting people you don’t really know as such but everyone sounds so warm and friendly. Love your outfit too – lovely warm and summery x #bigpinklink

  17. June 27, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    I didn’t go this year but I know I’m going to regret it reading everyone’s updates!! #marvmondays

  18. June 27, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I have been reading a few posts about Britain’s today, sounds like everyone had great fun, maybe I’ll make my first one next year #mg

  19. June 27, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I currently live in Spain so going would be difficult but it was great to read about your experience. #MarvMondays

  20. June 27, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Fab post, I really enjoyed this and have every intention of coming next year! I am so nervous meeting new people but a few glasses of wine in me and I’m sure I could manage it!! Have enjoyed reading everyones accounts of BML2016, hopefully meet you next year! #bigpinklink

  21. June 27, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Lovely post. It really looks like you has a great time. You did so much and you met some of my faves bloggers! So jealous! But thanks for sharing. I will go next year I hope. You are so right about the blogging community. Everyone is so nice and supportive.

    #mg

  22. June 27, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    It was a lovely weekend wasn’t it? Glad I said a quick hello! I love meeting such a like minded community and just having a laugh 🙂 hopefully will catch you again at another conference xx #marvmondays

  23. June 27, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    I’m so jealous reading all about Brit Mums. I’d so love to go next Year! Your post is fantastic. I’be just written a post about my first month of blogging and it’s tough but you’re right, your blog is your blog and you do what you want with it. I pressurised myself for the first couple of weeks when I didn’t need to. I’m slowly learning but I’m loving blogging so kc. And my god I can’t get over how incredible everyone is. I’ve never come across a more welcoming and supportive community #bigpinklink

  24. June 27, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it and that you found real life bloggers as approachable as their online personas.

    Sounds like it inspired you in the right ways and reaffirmed what it means for you and the sense of identify it gives you.

    #mg

  25. June 27, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    I’m so glad you had a good time! I wish I had been there too, but alas I had other plans 🙁 Im hoping to go next year and having read a few blogs about peoples experiences, it sounds like it will be great! So pleased blogging has had such a positive effect for you. It is for me too! By the way your outfit looked fab!! #mg

  26. June 27, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    You’ve definitely hit the nail on the head so to speak with regards to who to write for.

    #marvmondays and #mg

  27. June 27, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    the outfit looks great and so does your make up. I am so happy for everyone that managed to go to the awards. I didn’t got, but maybe next year!

  28. June 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Oh I am so jealous!! I am definitely going to go next year as I keep hearing about what a great event it is and seeing photos of everyone all having fun 🙂 xxx #MarvMondays

  29. June 27, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Love this photo! Such a lovely post too. It was a fab day and can’t wait to meet up! xxx

  30. June 27, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Lovely post, I’m so glad you had a good time. Definitely going to BML next year! Hopefully see you there! #MarvMondays

  31. June 27, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    A lovely write up. I’ve been blogging for a few years now and still never made it! I must though after reading this. #sharethejoy

  32. June 27, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Sounds like you had a really amazing day and got to meet lots of lovely bloggers. I love reading weekly round up posts and you are right, they are definitely the ones you’ll want to look back on in the future xx #mg

  33. June 27, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I’m so pleased you had a good time and so cross I didn’t know you were there, I’d have loved to say hello xx #MarvMondays

  34. June 28, 2016 / 7:17 am

    Glad to hear you had a good time! It sounds and looks fab – and talking of fab, you looked lovely! I totally agree with what you say about blogging being a hobby you can’t switch off from. I’m forever looking for inspiration or mentally writing a blog post as I go about my day! #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:14 am

      Oh thank you lovely! I do the same and it’s so nice to hear from bloggers who have a blogging brain as I call it! X

  35. June 28, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! I remember going to a very small blog meet up when I was about 25 (so 104 years ago) and having those same nerves! Only just started blogging again recently so maybe I’ll see you at an event some day!

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Good luck with your new blog and maybe we’ll cross paths. I think there’s one in November?

  36. June 28, 2016 / 9:14 am

    That sounds like so much fun! This community is amazing, and to meet people and to be able to marry them to their words, WOW!
    #bigpinklink

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Definitely!

  37. June 28, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    great post and I’m do glad you had a great time. I didn’t get the chance to go this year but will try next year for sure. keep up the good work #MarvMondays

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Thank you

  38. June 28, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    sounds like you had a great time! I certainly enjoyed it last year and felt, as you say, completely inspired! I’m gutted I missed it this year but looking forward to reading all the roundup posts! #sharethejoy

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Hopefully I’ll catch you next year!

  39. June 28, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    So glad you had a good time! It does sound amazing, I couldn’t go this year but I want to go next year! I’ve booked myself to go to blog on in Manchester. I’m excited! I agree that I write for me, I remind myself this all the time!! #mg

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Oh I’m so annoyed I missed the tickets to Blog On but have a fabulous time!

  40. June 28, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Sound like you had a great day. And love the way you talk about writing and posting about what you want to do. #MarvMondays

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Thank you yes like someone said ‘it’s your blog’ and I thought you’re right! It is mine and I’m not sure when I suddenly put all these rules in place

  41. June 29, 2016 / 5:38 am

    Oh I just loved reading this, I so wish I lived in Britain sometimes just so I could catch up with all you lovely ladies! In Australia we don’t have such a connected blogging community so I adore my blogging friends who are mostly in Britain and some in USA, Aby and Amy are awesome aren’t they, just so welcoming to this blogging world. I love the dress you wore and don’t worry I can ignore the washing as I do it all the time at home lol. Hoping to make it over later next year so hopefully get to meet some of you then! Thanks for linking with #mg hope you can pop by next Monday too xx

  42. June 29, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Another lovely post about BML. It’s so greta to hear that you had a fab time though lovely. #BestAndWorst

  43. June 30, 2016 / 6:51 am

    What a lovely experience of BML. I hope to be there next year. #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Hope to see you there

  44. June 30, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Okay so can we talk some more about the outfit?! So glamourous, yet looks like it is totally wearable and very much a day to night outfit. More deets #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:07 am

      That’s so kind of you to say thank you! It’s all from H&M and I think with the bag and shoes it all cost around 60 x

  45. July 1, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Here here! I completely agree that everybody’s blog is their own and theirs to do what they want with. I’ve never followed a strict schedule and just write about whatever I want, when I want. I’ve found that if you’re passionate then others will feel that from your posts. Looking forward to seeing where you take your blog. Your outfit for BML was gorgeous by the way! Hopefully I’ll bump into you next year xx

  46. July 2, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Lizzie I’m so glad that you enjoyed #BML16! I’ve seen some quite negative posts about it unfortunately which is a shame as I think it’s a great opportunity to learn, to network and to talk about something we all love with likeminded peeps who won’t bat and eyelid when you photograph your food!! Thanks for sharing this at #sharethejoy and keep that feel-good vibe going! ❤

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:28 am

      Yes I have to and it’s such a shame that not everyone enjoyed it. Perhaps they will next year. It was a brilliant day and I’m so pleased to have met everyone I did! And so pleased you won too! Xx

  47. July 3, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Glad you enjoyed it, and it was lovely to meet you (albeit briefly).

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:24 am

      There’s a lot of hustle and bustle so I’m pleased we did have a little chat. Hopefully longer next time!

  48. July 3, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Sounds like a great time. I couldn’t go but feel the vibe through all the fab posts I’ve been reading! And you’re so right about blogging, it’s so friendly! #sharethejoy

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:22 am

      It was such a lovely day and it’s a great thing to be a part of. Everyone likes to he’ll each other out

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