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

 

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.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

102 Comments

  1. 25th May 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Caro I cant wait to see you again and am so glad to include you as one of my blogging buddies x

    • 26th May 2015 / 12:17 pm

      Aah I’m SO excited to see you!!! Can’t WAIT!!! It’s going to be so much fun!! :) X

  2. 25th May 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Yay!!! I’m getting so excited about BritMums now. Can’t wait to meet you and hang out for a couple of days. Feels like a big group blind date. See you at BritMums lovely lady xxx

    • 26th May 2015 / 12:18 pm

      Aaah Heledd — I can’t WAIT to meet you!! Feel like I know you already, so it will be like seeing an old/new friend! Really looking forward to it :)

  3. 25th May 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Can’t believe I’m not going and I still haven’t met you! Safe to say I will be stalking that twitter feed on Brit Mums night!!

    • 26th May 2015 / 12:19 pm

      WHAT?? WHAT?? What do you mean you’re not going??? Why didn’t I know this before? Aaaah Karen — I’m really gutted! Had no idea :( That’s such a shame x

  4. 26th May 2015 / 6:31 am

    We’re so sad we can’t make it :( Hope you have a fab time though! Enjoy it and let us know how you get on. #TwinklyTuesday

  5. 26th May 2015 / 6:55 am

    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

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks so much Jade! Yes — I think you may have your hands full this year ;) Hopefully will see you at the next one? X

  6. Ellie Mulligan
    26th May 2015 / 6:59 am

    Have a great time Caro!!!!! I may have to go one day :-) xx

  7. 26th May 2015 / 7:03 am

    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

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:18 pm

      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

  8. 26th May 2015 / 7:12 am

    Looking forward to hearing all about it Caro. I’m a tad jealous now after reading this. Have a blast!
    #TwinklyTuesday
    Fionnuala

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! I still can’t quite believe I’m going — it was such an alien concept this time last year!! x

  9. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    26th May 2015 / 7:38 am

    Oh I wish I was going!! Stripy and yellow made me think of a bee :) xx #twinklytuesday

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Haha! Maybe I should wear black and yellow stripes? That would certainly get me noticed! :) Thanks so much x

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:11 pm

      I cannot WAIT to see you!! It’s going to be SO fun!! :) xx

  10. 26th May 2015 / 8:16 am

    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

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:08 pm

      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!! ;)

  11. 26th May 2015 / 8:17 am

    I hope you have a wonderful time. I would love to go one year..maybe next hopefully!! :-) #twinklytuesday xx

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much Sophie. If you’d have asked me last year, I don’t think I would have gone for a thousand pounds! I was much too nervous. Hope to see you next year! :)

  12. 26th May 2015 / 8:54 am

    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! :-)

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much Luise and likewise! It was fab to meet you — looking forward to seeing you again! :)

  13. MOMM
    26th May 2015 / 8:58 am

    Aww its lovely to see how far you’ve come! Enjoy the Brit Mums Live!! #twinkletuesdays

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks SO much! It’s amazing the difference a year makes isn’t it?! :)

  14. Lucy @ bottlefor2
    26th May 2015 / 9:23 am

    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.

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:03 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Lucy! I might wear it so people will recognise me!! ;) So looking forward to it (and a bit scared too)! Come and find me and say hi! :)

  15. Mamavsteacher
    26th May 2015 / 9:42 am

    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

    • 26th May 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Aah I LOVE yellow — it always makes me feel happy and confident. Which I’ll be needing that weekend, I think!! ;) Look forward to seeing you — come and find me! X

  16. 26th May 2015 / 10:25 am

    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!

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:50 pm

      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! :)

  17. 26th May 2015 / 11:52 am

    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.

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Me either Janine!! And when I found out I was really nervous about them! Amazing what a difference a year makes ;)

  18. 26th May 2015 / 12:13 pm

    How exciting – hope you have a lovely time. Love that top BTW #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Aah thanks SO much! I’m really looking forward to it :) And thank you!! :) It’s an old favourite x

  19. John Milnes
    26th May 2015 / 12:15 pm

    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.

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Aah that’s lovely that you’re both going together! :) It will make it a lot less nerve-wracking if you have each other there for support.

  20. Ashley Beolens
    26th May 2015 / 12:28 pm

    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 :)

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:44 pm

      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!! :)

  21. 26th May 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Good luck I hope you enjoy it. I cant wit to read all about everyone’s experiences. I’m still at the frightened stage, hopefully I’ll get there one day. #TwinklyTuesday

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Thanks everso much :) Yes — I was definitely too frightened last year! This year, I’m still a little bit scared but mostly excited!! :)

  22. 26th May 2015 / 12:40 pm

    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

    • 26th May 2015 / 2:40 pm

      Aah good for you getting a sponsor! :) I didn’t even try this year — I was too scared to ask anyone so bought my own ticket! :) I look forward to meeting you there! x

  23. 26th May 2015 / 7:28 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:09 am

      It’s a strange mix of excitement and nerves isn’t it? I think everyone’s in the same boat! I look forward to seeing you X

  24. morna
    26th May 2015 / 7:54 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:10 am

      Aaah don’t be jealous — your turn will come, I’m sure! It was too early for me last year but it feels the right time now :) x

  25. 26th May 2015 / 7:56 pm

    aww I’m going too. Will have to look out! May get some tips on going self hosted. Lovely to get to know a bit more about you xx #twinklytuesday

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:40 am

      Hurray!! Come and find me!! It will be lovely to meet you in real life :)

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:10 am

      Likewise pet! SO exciting to hang out with you again xx

  26. 26th May 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Hope you have a great time there! I have toyed with the idea of going but financially I think it might be a push..next year I’ll be there for sure! x

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:16 am

      Yes — the financial aspect is pretty tough. Most bloggers I know have managed to bag a sponsor but I felt a bit too cheeky asking this year!! Maybe next year! ;)

  27. 26th May 2015 / 9:29 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:21 am

      I felt it was too early for me last year — this year I feel much more confident about it all! Hope to see you next year X

  28. 26th May 2015 / 9:39 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:22 am

      There’s no way anyone would have persuaded me last year — I just felt so awkward about it!! This year I’m really looking forward to it!! Hope to see you there!! Maybe? ;)

  29. 26th May 2015 / 10:13 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:23 am

      Aaah I’m SO looking forward to it. Hope to learn lots of new, exciting things xx

  30. Mrs Puddleducky
    26th May 2015 / 10:33 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:23 am

      Aah I’m really looking forward to it!! Last year was a totally different kettle of fish!! I can’t wait this year! :)

  31. 26th May 2015 / 10:39 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:24 am

      Aah that’s a real shame Nicola!! But yes!! Make sure you’re not working on those dates next year and come along!! :)

  32. 26th May 2015 / 10:56 pm

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:25 am

      HA! You know me too well… I’l be drinking LOTS of gin!!! :) And wearing yellow ;) XX

  33. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    27th May 2015 / 3:59 am

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

  34. 27th May 2015 / 9:46 am

    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

    • 27th May 2015 / 10:05 am

      Aaah I’ll bet you’ll feel differently next year!! I can’t believe how much braver I feel this year!! I wouldn’t have gone last year — I was too frightened! xx

  35. 27th May 2015 / 4:05 pm

    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

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:58 am

      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

  36. 27th May 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Yay! See you there, my dear. My current outfit choices include yellow and navy and white stripes so we may possibly match :)

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:59 am

      Haha! Oh lord — I can see us being like Tweedledum & Tweedledee, in our matching outfits!! LOL! So looking forward to meeting you! x

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:10 am

      Haha! And you absolutely KNOW that when I see you, there will be much clapping, bouncing and squealing, don’t you?!! We’re going to look like a couple of loons!! :) xx

  37. Michelle Murray
    28th May 2015 / 6:21 pm

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

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:15 am

      Thanks Michelle — hopefully I’ll see you next year? ;) And hopefully next year, I’ll be brave enough to ask for sponsorship!! It’s working out to be a costly experience xx

  38. 29th May 2015 / 1:08 am

    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

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:14 am

      Aaah! I cannot WAIT to see you!!! SO exciting to see my buddies in real life! X

  39. Janice Wald
    29th May 2015 / 7:24 am

    #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

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:11 am

      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

  40. 29th May 2015 / 12:07 pm

    How exciting so interesting to read these posts and I must confess I am very jealous, and I can’t wait to read all the posts about it after everyone gets back!!

    • 30th May 2015 / 5:23 pm

      It’s such an exciting thing!! Last year the thought of going would have absolutely paralysed me with fear!! This year I’m so excited! :)

  41. 29th May 2015 / 3:10 pm

    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!

    • 30th May 2015 / 5:22 pm

      Yes! Would be so lovely to meet in ‘real life’! I’ll look out for you. Damn sure it’ll be easier for me to spot you — a lone man in a sea of women!! ;)

  42. 29th May 2015 / 9:22 pm

    CANNOT wait to see you again xx

    • 30th May 2015 / 5:21 pm

      Aaah me either pet!! It was SO fun hanging out with you in Birmingham. This time though, I’ll actually get to finish my G&T!! :)

  43. 1st Jun 2015 / 4:54 pm

    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

    • 1st Jun 2015 / 9:41 pm

      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

  44. 1st Jun 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Really hoping to bump into you at BML. Will be watching out for you Caroline. Hayley x

    • 2nd Jun 2015 / 10:57 am

      Aah I’ll come and find you Hayley! I’m really looking forward to it, just be a fantastic couple of days! x

  45. 8th Jun 2015 / 10:46 am

    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 ;)

    • 8th Jun 2015 / 11:21 am

      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

    • 10th Jun 2015 / 4:50 pm

      SO, SO excited to meet you in real life lovely girl!! Can’t WAIT! :)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.