In these posts I normally give a little run-down of what we all got up to as a family at the weekend. However, this weekend was pretty much dominated by Blogfest – the annual blogging conference hosted by the popular parenting website, Mumsnet. This was on Saturday and I spent the whole day there.
I decided not to stay over and instantly regretted this when my alarm went off on Saturday morning at 5.10am. Ouch. And then when I stepped outside and the cold Worcester air hit me; it was utterly freezing! Two trains later and I arrived in London Euston at 9am and the lovely Julia from the blog Rainbeaubelle and the wonderful Karen from Mini Travellers picked me up and we all walked to the Blogfest venue together in the wind and rain!
We met up with all of our other blogging besties when we arrived…there was a lot of hugging and chatting. It was so nice to see everyone.
For me the highlights of the day were the main stage events. David Baddiel (writer and comedian) in particular was hilarious, chatting about his tweets on twitter and how he manages his personal life and what he says within his tweets. I also thought Bridget Christie (stand-up & writer) was very funny, talking about managing her writing and her family life. And the real highlight was Shappi Khorsandi (stand-up & writer) who was brilliant and had the audience howling. Great line up this year.
To find out the full list of speakers please click here.
David Baddiel (left) and Shappi Khorsandi (right)
Last year when I attended Blogfest it was my first ever blogging event – I had only been blogging around 6 months. I was nervous, overwhelmed and it took me days to ‘come down’ from it. There was SO much for me to take in. Back then my blog looked and felt very different to where it is now; I was very much finding my way in writing. I felt like a very small fish in a huge pond.
This time I felt more relaxed. I knew more faces; had more friends. And I definitely networked more than ever before.
In terms of learning, I probably didn’t learn quite as much as I did last time, because my knowledge has increased in the last 12 months, but there was a lot of inspiration from the main stage for me.
One thing that hasn’t stopped whirring around my mind since yesterday was the sense of passion and the love for writing that people had at the conference. All the authors, comics, stand-ups, journalists, bloggers etc, we all share the common love that is ‘creating’. When I sit in my home office and write my blog when the twins are in bed and Hubby is watching TV I often feel alone in my work. But going to an event like this and meeting like-minded people makes me feel more passionate about my writing – because so many other people feel the same.
The event has most certainly made me feel a part of something special and absolutely given me more motivation to keep going.
p.s. Huge apologies for the terrible photographs! The lighting was so dark and I hardly got my iPhone out all day! x