So I guess it’s time I write the standard I’m going to Brit Mums Live post.
Because in a few days’ time, I’m getting myself on a flight from Malta to London as I’M GOING TO BRIT MUMS LIVE, the social media event where 500+ bloggers come together to learn about social media strategies and blog success tips! Believe it or not, in uncharacteristically organised fashion, I bought my ticket way back in November after chatting to Amy of Mr and Mrs T Plus Three. That is where all semblance of organisation ended however. I then, in much more typical Prabulous fashion, took three months (after its expiry) to renew my passport, consequently only booking my flight in April and then didn’t manage to sort out my hotel til mid May (by which time there were no more single or twin rooms left. So I shall be staying in a double room at the rather cool Hoxton Hotel and as I’m coming into town on the Friday for the pre-conference drinks, that’s two nights including Saturday night as it will be too late to get home after the Brilliance in Blogging award ceremony and the dinner I’ve got afterwards. I’ll also be spending some quality time with Becky of Cuddle Fairy on the Friday before everything starts too so I’m really blessed. Am I ridonkulously excited about the possibility grabbing a drink (you know just the one) at the fab Hoxton bar? Yep. Am I super excited that some of my blogger friends are also staying there. Yep. Am I excited that I get to have two (well actually 5 in total as I’m in London for a few extra days) nights kids-free? YEP! Mind you, I’m only spending the first night alone. Good grief where is she going with this…? You’ll see.
Anyway, here is the BML lowdown:
My Name Is
Prabs. No jokes about it sounding like Crabs thanks or I’ll inflict my full name on you and make you pronounce it, Indian accent and all.
Absolutely Prabulous is an honest mainly humourous blog by a key-losing, housework-avoiding, vodka-deprived former Londoner/one-time Parisian/now full-time Malteser who talks about motherhood, marriage, beach life and various nonsense. In a nutshell ha ha.
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How I look:
I can’t lie, my initial reaction to this was What? Why should it matter how I look?! I’m there to learn about social media/bloggy stuff and meet bloggers I admire in the flesh. That is, until I realised Duh, people need to know what I look like, so they can identify me in the throng. (Yes please do reread that last bit in case you misread it.) So this is the least tired looking pic I can find. I’d had about 3 hours sleep as I’d been celebrating my BiBs shortlisting the previous night and er…judging by that wine glass, I was apparently still celebrating!
I’m a rather diddy 5ft 1.5 (yes the .5 is crucial!). But what I lack in height, I make up for in erm…actually I have no idea…you’ll have to be the judge of that when we meet I guess.
Is this my first blogging event?
I will be wearing…
I doubt my wardrobe choices are of interest to anyone but I’ll be placing the emphasis on comfortable chic (is that even a thing?). As I’m flying two days before the event, I may have to pack about three different options as the English weather will change half a dozen times between me landing and the conference starting (I’m so cheeky). I also have the additional need to think of an outfit to wear for the BiBs awards party as I’m – eeek – a finalist!
If I’m feeling particularly patriotic, I might wear my ‘Brit shoes’ (although bizarrely they don’t seem all that Brit in this pic for some reason):
What I hope to gain from #BML16:
On the blog front, inspiration and advice on how to take my site to the next level. On the bloggy love/social side, the chance to actually meet and hang out with my great blogger friends Cuddle Fairy, Island Living 365, Just Saying Mum, Life Love and Dirty Dishes, Life With Baby Kicks, Mess Stress and Fancy Dress, Motherhood the Real Deal and Mum Muddling Through, Pink Pear Bear and This Mums Life, not to mention the many other wonderful bloggers I’ve got to know. I’ve also been contacted by several newer bloggers recently who are hoping to squeeze in some time between sessions for some mentoring tips; really don’t know if there’ll be enough time for that but if any of you are reading this, I sure will do my best (not that I know what help I could offer)!
My tips for a great conference:
I’m the worst person to ask for advice. But one thing that has really struck me on FB groups and people’s own BML posts is how nervous so many people are feeling. I may have missed something here – and I may suddenly get so anxious myself that I chunder into my handbag – but I can’t imagine there is anything to feel nervous about. I know we are all different but my tip would be relax, enjoy putting faces to names and voices to faces and if you’re a parent, enjoy the kids-free time!
Oh and try not to end up sharing a bed with a blogger you’ve never met before because there were no single rooms left…
Oh you don’t do that kind of thing? Just me then? And yes, if you are really good to me, there may be a blog post…
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