This time last week I was at Blogsummit in Birmingham. Now I appreciate that to a lot of the readers of our little blog, this means absolutely nothing and I have to admit a mere two years ago, I had no clue that I would be excited / nervous and interested in going to an event like that. Blogging just kind of happened on the Lilypad, it was never a conscious decision and we have made some (okay maybe alot of) mistakes in terms of promotion, advertising, SEO and even (quite frankly rubbish) content. *whispers* There are alot of people that write for a living and I take my hat off to each and every one of them because I write when I feel like it, when I have something to say, to rant about, to share or simply to remember, I never consider it "my job".
So despite being in awe of lots of amazing bloggers and a bit worried that there would be cliques, there was lots of friendly faces and a totally happy vibe. Once I had got past people looking at my boobs (at my name tag - obviously!!), it was great to meet lots of "online friends" in the flesh. It was cool to meet up with Pink Oddy too, as we haven't seen each other since 1994 when we both left senior school ..... bizarrely we had no trouble recognising each other, must be a testament to our youthful looks (and obviously nothing to do with Facebook keeping us updated!)
I loved the enthusiasm of the speakers from boggling my brain in the SEO masterclass to meeting some great contacts in the Brand Panel session. The Tots 100 had clearly worked hard to bring a great collection of people together but like a lot of the great ladies that were there that day, my favourite sesson was Andy Cope's Art to being Brilliant. Now obviously I am already brilliant (ahem) but he exudes optimism and in the fast paced seminar he reminded us all that happiness isnt "over there", it is here and now and we should be enjoying every second of it.
There were a number of us that moved on from Blogsummit to continue to "enjoy" the day with a few vino's and something to eat and it was great to get to know the people behind the blog. I spent alot of time chewing the ear of Emma and Laura, both of whom are super cool ladies. My mum always told me never to talk to strangers but when you read someone's blog, you begin to understand them as people and it is fabulous to find out that they great in "real life" too. I know Emma and I will sharing vino's again in the future!!
So did I learn much - Definately.
Would I go again - Absolutely
Am I Brilliant? - Well I am definately not a "mood hoover" and I intend of being part of the 2% of the population who is eternally optimistic, positive and happy!