Sunday, 26 June 2011

I Laughed, I Cried, I Ate, I Drank...I Went To CyberMummy

Well, there will be a million and one posts like this appearing over the next week or so I'm sure but anyone who attended the fabulous CyberMummy this weekend is bound to want to share their experience.

I'm exhausted but I'm happy. Here is my tale.

At the beginning of this year I was wobbling. After a nasty experience with someone I met online at the end of last year I didn't know if blogging would be my thing. However, thanks to the marvellous support of everyone I've met in the last 6 months I found my blogging feet.

Back in April, when there were only 12 tickets left and in a panic that I was going to miss out, I nervously decided to bag a ticket for CyberMummy.

It was one of the best decisions I have made.

The Brewery in London is a truly amazing venue and I was completely overwhelmed by the organisation and attention to detail that had gone into the day.

I attended a couple of the talks/panels that were laid on throughout the day and they were great - I am so glad I attended the session that was led by Liz Scarff from Save The Children. It was a given considering my choice to become a volunteer for them back in February. Liz gave a truly inspirational talk on how bloggers can work with charities and use blogs to make a huge difference. Rosie, Sian and Josie talked about their work with Save The Children - thankfully Michelle was sat next to me and passed me a tissue! A firm reminder that blogging isn't all about freebies.

Now I don't really want to rave on and on about how fantastic the day was (it was) as I know there were so many of my blogging friends who couldn't attend for various reasons and that made me so sad - you know who you are. I do have to say this though - everyone I met throughout the day was amazing, lovely, gorgeous, funny, talented and downright bloody marvellous. I wish I could name you all but this post would be a mile long!  There were quite a few people I didn't get to speak to enough and quite a few I missed totally but it was a whirlwind day.

Everyone lived up to their blogging personalities and told me the same (although they may have been drunk?).  I did fox a few people with my new dark hair despite my CyberMummy Meet & Greet post.  Just for the record, I was the one with an inflatable panda who is hereby known as 'Percy the luckiest panda in the world'.

CyberMummy is, quite simply, made by the amazing bloggers that are a part of it.

This was cemented even further by the truly amazing Crowdsourced Keynote Speakers (Nickie made me cry for the second time!) who were the climax of the event...well, the climax not counting the big party afterwards.

My journey home the next day was the only downside to my weekend - Virgin and Arriva Trains you truly are rubbish - but when I was greeted on the platform by my husband and my daughter (who screamed "Mummy! Mummy!" all the way) the stresses of it all just melted away.

For anyone hesitating about attending next year...don't. Yes there are freebies (an obscene amount) but don't let that be the reason to book a ticket - you need to go to experience the awesomeness of it all and feel the sheer power of 450 talented women (and a handful of men) under one roof.

Go, have fun, learn, eat, drink and make new friends.  You won't regret it for a second - even if it is more exhausting than child birth.


northernmum said...

I loved it as well, and l loved finally meeting you! x

motherventing said...

I don't want to wait a whole year *grumpy face*

Josie said...

Thanks so much, Heather! x

grumpinator said...

I had such a fabulous time yesterday and it was lovely to meet you at last! I am really chuffed that we were last out the door! Hardcore! 

Michelle Twin Mum said...

More exhausting than childbirth, I love it - so true!

Loved meeting you xx

Mich x

LauraCYMFT said...

Great to hear you had a good time! I'll be there for sure next year and totally gutted I missed it this year!

Inside The Wendy House said...

I love that you were met at the station...what a lovely way to round off the whole experience, being met by your loved ones!  I returned to Ian...face down, fully clothed and snoring!  xxx

FrauFancy said...

Glad you had fun and sorry I missed you! (Late arrival.) Next year?

Blue Sky said...

I. Want. To. Go. To. This.  Maybe next year!  Glad it went so well for you x

jessies_online said...

I'm glad you had a great time, just sad that I missed it all.....but there will definitely be next year!

SAHMlovingit said...

Thanks....we missed you!  Hope you had a superb time at Glastonbury and you don't take too long to recover :) x

SAHMlovingit said...

Yes definitely :)

SAHMlovingit said...

Loved meeting you too Mich, wish I could have had more time with you xx

SAHMlovingit said...

No, YOU were last out the door - I made sure of that :)  Lovely to meet you too x

SAHMlovingit said...

My pleasure, it was powerful stuff x

SAHMlovingit said...

Loved meeting you too...I hope your relationship with Rowan from Naked Wines continued to flourish during the afternoon ;) x

Mummytips said...

Thanks for the mention. Sorry if I made you sob!

mummydaddyme said...

It was a fantastic day and I loved meeting you.  However I must day I will forever be in Percy's debt for helping me win the television- he is a panda in a million and he better be there next year! x

working london mummy said...

So lovely to meet you Heather! you are as nice in person as you come across on the blog x

SaucyB said...

Blog conferences are a lot of fun.  I had a great experience when I went to Bloggy Bootcamp.  Adorable pic of your daughter at the train station!

Alice Harold said...

I wondered who that panda belonged to! 

Mummy Beadzoid said...

I'm glad you had a great time.  From the accounts I've read it sounds so amazing that I do really wish I had gone and been able to meet you and some of the other lovely people who make blogging so worthwhile.  As it turns out even if I had have bought a ticket I'd have had to back out as Babyzoid had her grommets this Saturday, bless her.

But anyway.... I'm super intrigued about your hair - you really must put up a photo!  Blonde no more eh, welcome to the dark side :D :D :D

Sarah said...

Sounds INCREDIBLE and what a gorgeous welcome home!

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