Do you remember what’s it’s like to do that first independent thing purely for you after a baby, that required travel or something unusual? Or are you still at the place where your baby is too young? Well I went out yesterday, all the way into London for a Blogging conference no less. It wouldn’t have meant much to me years ago when I was attending meetings and training courses all over the world. But for me yesterday it was a big deal and I was insanely excited about it.
In all honesty I wasn’t totally baby/child free as Little Dimples is still breastfeeding infrequently and I’m a rubbish expresser. So she also got a trip to London, with the lovely irish granny that helps me look after her. She didn’t like the trip in, and cried all the way; I don’t think she liked the people on the train and they kept getting on and off! But she had a fab day with Nanny Bets, and then got to come up to the conference for the last couple of hours and play with another little girl a few months older. So it wasn’t entirely child free, but I felt like it was a big adventure, so it worked for me!
TalkTalk (the sponsors) arranged it to coincide with a new home internet security product called HomeSafe which I must admit sounds brilliant. Basically rather than have the protection and control for the kids on the computer, it’s on the wifi, so anything that uses the wifi in the house can be protected. Not it doesn’t protect them on their phone network, but it’s a great beginning. I’m sure you are going to see a pile of announcements about it and that all the other companies will follow suit soon. (No, they didn’t insist I write all that in return for a free blogging conference, I thought they were pretty low key and well behaved about not pushing us to market their new product, hence I have mentioned it).
First was this gorgeous, tall, leggy brunette with a pink short dress and gorgeous heels and tights with little squares all up the side (Ok it might not sound right, but it looked fab). What a brave woman! She walked into a blogging conference, which was going to have a pile of different levels of geeks or mums in it, who are not known as the most glamourous set in the world, knowing that we were going to look at her and say ‘who the hell does she think she is?’. It was a brilliant lesson for me about something that I have been thinking about in terms of being brave enough to put your head above the crowd in order for your blog to be found. ‘Fight for every page’ she said, and she’s right. Check out her blog <bangs and a bun> here.
Then there was a talk about creating a blogging community from Sian at Domestic Sluttery with some wise words about the difference between your friends and your community. We had blog design ideas from Cite, and amazing technical advice from Lee Smallwood about SEO stuff, which I’m not going to share, so check out his blog and hope he writes about it!
The weird part to the day was wandering around staying at boobs trying to work out if you recognised the name of a blog. I’m sure I missed tonnes that I wanted to meet, so a big *wave* to anyone I didn’t get to say hi to. St Albans appears to be a prolific blogging area, so what I did get to do was meet up with the ‘naughty corner’ as we called ourselves. If you don’t have kids and you’re reading this blog, you can’t possibly imagine the treat it is to see other Mum friends and be able to talk to them. But that’s one of the blessings of being a Mum, you really start to appreciate the little things in life (well you actually get forced to, but it’s sort of the same thing).
So what a fab day, thanks to Sally Whittle (follow her blog, she makes me laugh every time I read it!) from Tots100 for sorting it out. Make sure you check out the Blog Camp UK website for more events, hopefully there will be loads more in future. It’s even made me brave enough to consider ‘inconveniencing’ (if I was my own client I would so slap myself for that thought) the family and attending a course this weekend, to help me maintain my credentials. You never know Mummy might get to go out more from now on, woohoo!