At the end of June this Blog will be two years old. Something that I started with not much clue about what I was doing, has now become my job. And it’s the best job I’ve ever had. Aside from the job of being a mum, but the pay really sucks for that one.
It can be really hard to explain what I do to non-bloggers. Essentially I get paid to write. But what brands also want is my page views and social networks which I invest a lot of time into building. There’s a lot more to blogging than just writing blogs.
Over the last two years I’ve gotten to know a lot of other bloggers, through their blogs and online chats. It’s an amazing community, and a very sportive one. We share each other’s work and answer each others questions. Some of these people have actually become my friends, even though we have never actually met.
At the end of June I am attending my first blogging conference. BritMums Live. I am thrilled to be able to tell you that my attendance to BritMums Live is being sponsored by the brilliant Tappy Toes.
Tappy Toes provide energetic and fun dance and movement classes for babies and toddlers, designed to improve co-ordination and teach basic movement through fun stories and music. (and wear them out enough so they have a nap and you get to drink a hot cup of tea) Tappy Toes run classes around the UK, and this Summer they will also be on board selected P&O Cruises, running their classes in the kids club. To find out more about Tappy Toes, read my interview with founder Claire Greenwood. To find classes in your area visit tappytoes.com
I am really excited about attending BritMums Live, but also, if truth be told, a little bit nervous.
Reasons I am excited:
- I’m going away solo for two nights. Two nights child free! As a stay at home mum, I very rarely have time away from my kids, so when I do, it’s a chance to recharge, and rejoice at only having to carry around my crap. Daddy is in charge for the weekend, which means I don’t need to worry about them. I know they will be fine. Although if you do see my kids out in public that weekend, just remember Daddy dressed them.
- I get to meet people. The people I have had so many late night conversations with. The people who have supported me. The other bloggers I admire. I get to day ‘hi’ in person!
- I get to learn stuff. I have learnt so much about blogging since I started, but there’s still more to learn. I am looking forward to getting my geek on and taking notes and feeling like I am back at Uni again!
- I’ve heard there will be wine.
Reasons I am nervous
- I don’t have many conversations with people that don’t somehow revolve around poo, Lego or this weeks spelling list. I’m not sure how I fare in the art of adult conversation these days!
- I’m really bad at ice breakers and small talk. Add to that I can be quite shy. I’m a strange breed of shy in that I can quite happily stand in a room full of people and deliver a speech with confidence, (except for that one time in school when I stood up and introduced myself by the wrong name, yes, you read that right, I got my own name wrong.) but one-to-one I am quite introverted. So if you do see me at Britmums and recognise me please come and say hi, I will always be grateful that you made the first move!
- What do you wear to a blogging conference?
So to all my fellow bloggers who are heading to the conference, see you there! Thanks to Tappy Toes whom I am very much looking forward to working with for the rest of this year.
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