The Top 6 Things I Learnt at BritMums Live

For those who don’t know BritMums Live is a blogging conference and oh my day’s was it a blast, down largely to the joy of meeting some fantastic bloggers – yes Jennie, I’m talking about you!  I have never been to anything like this before but here are the top 6 things I learnt from going to BritMums Live;

  1. It’s not all about the numbers.

IMG_9714I know it is very easy to get caught up in how many followers you have, how many likes, shares, retweets and so on… I should know, I do it all the time, but is that really the measure of your success?

This is something we were encouraged to think about during a workshop and once I started thinking about what really mattered, all I could think about was the lovely women who had taken the time to message me and tell me how much they appreciated something I had written. Don’t get me wrong, high numbers are great, but it is those messages that I think are the real measure of my blogs success.

It was also interesting that a lot of the brands said it is not just numbers they look for but someone with dedicated and loyal followers.

  1. Be authentic in what you write about.

IMG_9733This is your blog and really it has to be your voice. I have always thought this is one of the unique and completely fabulous things about blogs. You don’t write in the style of someone else or following a party line and I think it is that interaction and personal touch that draws people to reading blogs.

No one else can be ‘you’. You are your blog’s USP so don’t ever lose that. Don’t work with people just because they asked or write posts, just because you think people want to read them. Then you run the risk of not feeling authentic anymore and losing your biggest asset – yes, that’s still you!

  1. Get camera savvy.

81e5a35d282fcd9dea66a038448e46b2I have got to learn how to use a camera properly. Beautiful photos look so much more fabulous and you can really tell the blogs where the blogger knows how to use a camera. Expect some stunning photos to be appearing in the blog soon. Well… soonish!

  1. Keep telling stories because you never know the effect they will have on someone else’s life.

This really links back to my point about blogging not being all about the numbers but about the people who may be touched and hopefully inspired by your story and writing.

At the conference we have the absolute pleasure of listening to Victoria Wright a disability and face equality campaigner who was talking about this exact point. The power that not feeling alone and knowing there is someone out there who can empathise wholeheartedly with you can be an incredibly powerful thing.

I think this has to be one of the best things about the internet. No matter where in the world or what your condition, you can probably find someone out there who is in the same position and just maybe they can help you through.

  1. Ella Woodward from Deliciously Ella is just as normal as the rest of us.

IMG_9726 copy 2It was such a joy hearing Ella speak and meeting her. Ella’s blog gets 6 million hits a month and Deliciously Ella is the fastest selling debut cookbook since records began – not bad for a twenty-something who just four years ago couldn’t even function properly due to a relatively rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.

I worry that women who are all about healthy living may not be on my wavelength (I make no secret of my raging caffeine addiction) but this couldn’t be further from the truth with Ella who is actually incredibly ‘normal’ and lovely. Ella even has healthy treats that my kids will eat, amazing!

  1. Can a room full of bloggers break the Guinness World Record for making mummies from toilet roll in less than three minutes?

Why, yes. Yes, they can!

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