I am very happy that next month I will be attending my first ever 'Blogging Conference'. This is the hotly anticipated 'Britmums Live 2012'. For the first time since J2 was born I will be heading to London for two full days of pure and unadulterated 'Blog and Writing' talk. Add to this a chance to actually meet some of the real life people behind some of my favourite blogs, and I am really rather counting down the days.
Whilst avidly reading a recent post by the fabulous Older Mum in a Muddle, I reached the end of it and found this statement :
'All the bloggers I know who are going to Brit Mums Live have already completed this meme apart from one, I think, so stand up and be counted Lynsey The Mother Duck. You're IT.'
So here I am. Standing up to be counted on the Britmums Live 2012 Ultimate Meme...
The meme rules ask that you copy and paste the questions, answer them, then tag
another two to four bloggers to do the same. Also don't forget to link your post
back to A Boy With Aspergers linky.
Q: What’s your blog title/URL and how long have
you been blogging?
My blog is called Lynsey The Mother Duck and can be found at www.lynseythemotherduck.blogspot.com. I have been posting merrily away since August 2011, so not quite a whole year yet.
Q: Will Brit Mums
Live be your First blogging conference?
Yes, I am a total newbie.
Q: Did you bag yourself a
No, just going as me.
you attending both days?
I certainly am. Travelling up early Friday. Saturday night in the big City followed by day two and then home to the Hubby and Kiddies.
Q: What are you most
looking forward to about the conference?
The whole idea that the entire thing is dedicated talking, learning, discussing, eating, sleeping and breathing - writing and blogging. I will soon be forming BA (Bloggers Anoynomous...)
Are you wearing Branded Clothing ( you’re sponsors brand)?
No. Am going to carefully plan the two day wardrobe and very much enjoy doing so.
Q: What is your
planned style for this event?
Smart casual. Skinny jeans, bold tops and fabulous shoes (with flats in the handbag). I like to take the Boy Scout moto when it comes to footwear, be prepared!
Q: Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB
No, not this year. Was a bit out of the loop on it until quite late this year. I know, I know was obviously living under a rock.
Q: If so
Q: Will you be looking
to network with Brands?
Er...no actually not in particular, but then I really have no idea what type of brands will be around, so it should all be an eye opener for me.
Q: What do you hope to
walk away having gained from the conference?
Information, information, information. I want to be like a sponge. I have my dictaphone ready and waiting ... if we are allowed them (my name badge will also read 'Geek'...)
Q: Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the
Friday night BiBs?
Am hoping that I should be smart enough, may take a change of accessories and handbag make up kit, to freshen up.
you speaking at the conference and if so when, where and how do you feel about
Q: Will you be joining in the
early morning bloggercise on the Saturday?
Would love to if I can get there in time. The prospect of a solid, non broken, no 'child's foot in back' nights sleep is too exciting to contemplate!
Q: What speakers are you most
looking forward to listening to?
I am looking forward to all speakers, seeing Susanna and Jennifer kick it all off with the welcome, then of course, the Legend that is Ruby Wax. I would love to see Allison Pearson too, but am torn between workshops sessions for that section! Am also very much looking forward to meeting and listening to Kate, from Kate on Thin Ice and think Sarah Brown will be very interesting.
Q: What workshops will you be attending on
the Friday (Day 1)
As I mentioned, I have a dilemma over which session I would like to attend; Bloggers Studio - Getting published (this was the clincher for purchasing the ticket after all!) or Discussion Den - Can you really have it all (where AP will be speaking).
Workshops being held on the Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your
I am thinking that I might opt for the following sessions on Saturday :
Advanced Blogging - Photography
Discussion Den - Blogging for the Greater Good
Advanced Blogging - How to create an E-Book
Discussion Den - Sod The Stats! Blog for Happiness
Writing About Your Life
you booked into a hotel for the Friday night, if yes which
The Husband assurred me that he was going to sort this out. He hasn't yet. This is a reminder that I need to start nagging.
Q: Will you be looking
for after party drinks?
Depends how long the original party lasts - see answer to the early morning bloggercise! I do not do hangovers and lack of sleep well and really do not want to spoil day two.
Q: Are you worried about not knowing anyone or being
confident and socialising on the day?
I am a little apprehensive, but having read comments from most first time attendees, everyone is feeling the same and that is perfectly natural. I am not nervous, more excited. I am quite a chatty, smiley person and it seems that it is going to be a friendly event so think everyone will be fine. I am super pleased to find out that some people that I have been following blogs of are attending (yes Older Mum in a Muddle, you!) and am hoping that friendships will be forged over the course of two days. As always the thing that I get most nervous about is navigating my way the venue - I have ZERO sense of direction (and not a great deal of common sense when it comes to finding a route).
Q: What are you most likely to be found doing while
attending Britmums Live?
Studiously taking notes through sessions and smiling and laughing (and sometimes being a bit loud) out of them.