If you have no idea what Cybermummy is I suggest you pop off and come back tomorrow because this will mean nothing to you!
I’ve had time now to reflect, the ringing in my ears has subsided and my voice is back; Cybermummy was quite an experience!
It was fabulous to finally meet so many friends, if a bit overwhelming – so many people, so little time! I had lots of hugs and kisses and many, many almost finished conversations. I missed seeing some people at all and caught glimpses of others in the distance and managed a wave or a smile and no more.It was frustrating! If I missed you, looked at you blankly or grinned at you inanely I can only apologise – it was hard to recognise people without their twitter avatars or Blog banners!
5 Things I Loved
1. Sitting on a squishy white sofa without worrying about spillages, talking to friends.
2. The Blogger to Blogger Inspiration session – they were fab and had me grinning from ear to ear.
3. The Crowd Sourced Keynote speeches – tears and laughter. Absolutely brilliant!
4. Sitting on the floor with my back to a wall, between two fabulous hairdressers, with Paula, eating lunch.
5. Sarah Brown – I could’ve listened to her for hours!
5 Things which could have been better
1. The food – not enough of it for me…I was starving
2. More seating for eating and chatting
3. Twitter names on badges and badges rather than lanyards which were difficult to see down by people’s waists/when they had turned back to front
4. I wasn’t keen on the passport. I’m not good at being controlled and that felt a bit controlling. Not all the stands were aimed at me or mine (so many were for babies and lots of us are beyond that point now) and I felt I would be wasting their time and my own.
5. Many of the sessions seemed to be aimed at people who are new to blogging, it would be nice to have more of a balance next year.
And One More Thing
I spent most of my day talking about Mozambique, Save the Children and Blogger Activism and pretending that I wasn’t bothered about not speaking on the activism panel but, actually, I find that I do mind. I returned from Africa three weeks ago, I am fired up and feisty and I have a lot to say about how blogging can be used to make a difference at so many levels, I would love to have been given the opportunity to speak to people as a group. It left me feeling sad.
The work which had gone into this conference was immense. No-one is going to satisfy all the punters all of the time at an event of such mammoth proportions and I take my hat off to Jen, Susanna and Sian for a job well done!