114 weeks and 5 days | I’m Going to BritMums Live 2015

Last year I watched, with interest, as my Twitter feed went absolutely mad around the time time of Britmums Live.

Established bloggers, that I had followed for a while, getting really excited and making plans with their blogging buddies. Newby bloggers tweeting about how frightened they felt, at the prospect of attending such  a big event for the first time. I sat back and felt sad that I wasn’t going.

And hugely relieved that I wasn’t going!!

This time last year, I had been writing my little blog for a year and a half. Totally under the radar. Nobody knew who I was and blogging was a relatively solitary pursuit back then.

This year is a totally different kettle of fish!

In January I went self hosted. Decided to take my blog to the next level. Some lovely opportunities have come my way, as a direct result and I’ve been welcomed into the most amazing group of bloggers, who I now call my friends. Plus I have bought my ticket for this year’s Britmums.

I’m going to BritMums Live 2015! :)

The vlog I’ve just made for the Vlogstars linky is all about ‘getting to know me’ but here’s a little bit more, just in case you’re vaguely interested.

Name:
Caro (The Twinkles’ Mama).

Blog:
The Twinkle Diaries.

Twitter ID:
@twinklediaries

Height:
5’4 (ish).

A shade over 5’3 if I’m being absolutely honest with myself ;)

Hair:
A dark brown, wavy long bob (often very messy).

Eyes:
Big

(oh yes — and brown).

Is this your first blogging conference?
No! Thankfully I went to BlogCamp, in Birmingham, last month. I think I would feel very much more nervous if I hadn’t gone there first.

Are you attending both days?
Absolutely!

What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2015?
I’m really excited to see all my blogging buddies — some for the second time, some for the first. I’m looking forward to  putting real faces — and voices — to the bloggers that I chat to online; seeing the keynote speeches, attending the workshops.

Most of all, I’m looking forward to learning new things. I’ve been looking at all the workshops and it’s a shame that I won’t be able to do all of them! Since I decided to grow my blog I’ve become so passionate about blogging and I want to do it as well as I possibly can. Learning as much as I can over the course of Britmums Live is the thing I’m most looking forward to.

What are you wearing?
Something yellow, most probably. Or stripy.

Or stripy and yellow, just to totally cover all bases ;)

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2015?
Knowledge and new friends.

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?
Well, as I haven’t been before, I shall be reading the tips from those that have with interest! That said, if my Blog Camp experience is anything to go by, I’d say ‘put yourself out there’.

Try not to be too shy (even if you feel it) because ultimately a lot of people are in the same boat; a lot of people will be nervous.

Smile :) — Smiling is contagious and a friendly face puts everyone at ease.

I’m Going to BritMums Live
Look out for me and say hi — I’m Going to BritMums Live 2015

 

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

102 thoughts on “114 weeks and 5 days | I’m Going to BritMums Live 2015

  1. What a difference a year makes, hey? How great is it that you have gone from being relieved not to be attending last year to so excited about attending this year :) Will look out for someone wearing yellow, possibly stripes, possibly yellow stripes ;)

    1. Amazing isn’t it?! Honestly — the way I felt last year — I would have bet against me wanting to go this year!! :) Do look out for me Amanda and please come and say hi if you spot me! :) x

  2. Firstly, I’m totally in love with your header it’s gorgeous! You have a very beautiful blog. I’ve just (with some encouragement) booked my tickets to BritMumsLive. It’s so great to read all of the meme’s & find I’m not the only one feeling nervous. Although the more I read that really we’re all feeling the same the less nervous I feel! Hope to see you there Lizzie XO

    1. Aah that’s so lovely of you Lizzie! Thanks so much :) It was weird — I’ve designed so many logos over the years, being given free reign to design my own was really strange! So glad that you’ve bitten the bullet too and are coming to Britmums Live — it should be such a fun couple of days! Come and say hi! X

  3. Hope we get the chance to connect over the course of the two days. It being my first event, there are so many people I’m keen to meet!

  4. #TwinklyTuesday Hi,
    I went to a blogging conference but didn’t make any contacts. I got closer with the conference leader. I learned skills as a result and wrote two posts about the experience.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice! It’s a real shame you didn’t make any contacts but fab that you learnt a lot as a result. I love the camaraderie of blogging and met some fab people at the last blog conference xx

  5. Oh beautiful Caro, I simply can’t wait to see you in all your yellow and stripy clad, 5 foot 4 inches gorgeousness. I will give you the biggest hug ever. It is going to be such an amazing weekend and I am thrilled that so many of blogging buddies (including your beautiful self) will be there. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  6. congrats on going to Britmums love. Wish I was going – maybe next year #twinklytuesday xx Mummy2Monkeys xx

  7. Hi, I’m a bit of a newbie blogger and haven’t even considered going to any events yet. I was wondering – do you have a post that explains your decision to go self hosted and the differences it has made to your blog please? I would love to know more… Thanks!
    #twinklytuesday

    1. Hi Alice, thanks for commenting! I wrote a little about it in January when I went self hosted — https://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk/95-weeks-and-2-days-going-self-hosted/ — but haven’t really followed up with an update. You’ve inspired me to write a post!! What I can say, really quickly, is that it was really worth it. I’m so happy I made the move and can wholly recommend the guys that host my site. I’ll write a more in-depth post and will message you when it’s up on the blog xx

  8. I think I will be in the same position this year, that you were last year. Can’t wait to read all about it and hopefully be brave enough to go next year! #twinklytuesdays xx

  9. Look at you looking gorgeous as always in yellow. Have fun lovely xx #Twinkly Tuesday

  10. I hope you have the most amazing time, I am so gutted that I had to sell my ticket but needs must this year, and I know we will organise some other meet up as soon as is humanly possible! Smile, wear yellow, soak it all in, cheer for your faves at the Bibs, and drink LOTS of gin! Xx #twinklytuesday

  11. I won’t be going to Britmums this year. I have to work on the Friday and Sunday. The Friday sounds like a laugh. A glass of wine or two maybe! Hope you have a fab time – I’ll be following the event unfold on Twitter. Maybe next year for me x

  12. How exciting, you sound all prepped and ready to go! I’m just picking up,on these blogging events and would love to think I could join in, in the future x

  13. Have a FABULOUS time. I haven’t been to any blog conferences, but I did go to the annual convention for the US organizations for mothers of multiples, Multiples of America, and it was AMAZING. #TwinklyTuesday

  14. I was talking to Kate (What Katy Said) about Britmums Live today… I’m debating going, I’m just sooo shy! But she has reassured me lots and maybe, just maybe, I will come. If I can get over my nerves! #twinklytuesday

  15. It sounds like so much fun, I hope I might be able to go next year as I feel like my blog is too young! (less than 5months) have a wonderful time! #twinklytuesday

  16. I’m so jealous! I also feel a bit relieved as I think I would be super nervous. I’ve only been blogging for four months though so maybe next year………..Have an amazing time! #TwinklyTuesday

  17. Im glad I am not the only one! Maybe I should have waited until next year….wondering if its a bit early as haven’t even been doing it three months yet – but now the hotel is done too theres no backing out lol! Look forward to seeing you there – will try not to be too nervous! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday xx

  18. Eeeek it’s my first time at a blogging conference but my ticket’s booked, my sponsor is sorted & I’m even meeting up with some other lovely bloggers so whilst I’m nervous I’m not completely terrified! Hope to bump into you there, love your blog! x TwinklyTuesday

  19. I’m in the boat you were last year, watching as everyone prepares for Brit mums, wishing I were joining in the fun, it all came too soon for us though.

    You will have great fun i’m sure :)

    1. I think last year was too soon for me… this year feels totally different. I’m still a bit anxious but mostly super-excited to see all my blogging buddies again. I think going to Blog Camp really helped. I’d definitely encourage you to try a little blog conference first — I think I’d be totally freaking out if this was my first!! :)

  20. I am taking my wife to brit mums. She will not be able to drive all that way, plus she will need help. We are both looking forward to it.

  21. I had no idea there were such events or even awards for blogging until I joined the blogging community. I hope you all have a great time.

  22. I hope to go next year, hope to see you then! :)
    I still am very new to these things so had no idea (and still don’t know much! tips welcome!) how you get to go to these things and so forth, I want to learn more though so hopefully I can attend next year. :D
    Have a lovely time!

    1. You can still book tickets — just pop along to the Britmums website! Or if it’s too soon and you don’t feel ready, I’d definitely advise going to a smaller blog conference first! Blog Camp was great — only 100 or so people there so it felt very manageable! :)

  23. I’ll be looking out for some yellow now to recognise you! I’m going too and have no idea what i’ll be wearing yet! #TwinklyTuesday

  24. Loving the shirt! Just had to say that first! I’m going to BritMums Live for the first time this year. Hope to see you there. I have to admit I am a little bit scared but I’m also really looking forward to meeting new friends and learning new stuff.

  25. Lovely photo Caro. It was lovely to meet you at BlogCamp last month and looking forward to hopefully seeing you again at BritMums Live – it will be my first time there too! :-)

  26. I’m sort of where you were last year! I hadn’t even considered attending as I’ve only been blogging properly for around 7/8 months, though somehow I’ve managed to make the finals of the BiBs fresh voice so I will be attending the awards ceremony on Friday. Looking forward to bumping into you there! #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Well done! You’ve done SO well!! I didn’t put myself forward for the BiBs this year — although I’m slightly regretting that now! It just felt too soon. I think I need to be eased gently into things!! Like a year or so!! ;)

  27. Enjoy BritMums Live. I’m sure you’re going to have a great time.
    I’m a bit like you last year. I’m watching all the talk on Twitter and feeling sad I can’t go but I’m way too much of a newbie! Maybe next year
    #twinklytuesday

    1. Aaah thanks so much Sam! I can’t believe what a difference a year has made to my confidence — there’s no way I would have wanted to go last year — not for love or money!! ;) Maybe see you next year? X

  28. Ooh I am SO jealous of everyone who’s going. I really want to but it’d just be impossible with a 3 week old baby! I hope you have a great time and maybe I’ll see you next year. I hope you have a great time and get lots out of it. Enjoy meeting everyone for the first/second time, there are so many bloggers I’d love to meet  up with #twinklytuesday xx

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