10 Reasons to attend BritMums Live by Honest Mum

BritMums Live

Taken at BritMums Live 2014 with Mirka of All Baby Advice & Fitness 4 Mamas

I love, love, love BritMums Live, I’ve written about it ever since I started blogging back in 2010, because it has, and always will have, a very special place in my heart. You see I was a finalist in the Fresh Voice Category 4 weeks after starting Honest Mum when the awards were still only online. That nod gave me the confidence to get back on set directing, at a time I felt I’d lost my voice, and ultimately led to me becoming a pro-blogger. So thank you BritMums. 

…More than just awards and nominations though as lovely as they are, BritMums Live is a creative hub which never fails to enrich, inform and stimulate, and in all the years I’ve attended, it’s encouraged me to frankly be the best blogger I can be, to be ambitious and dream big, while importantly, introducing me to other bloggers, helping me to make new friends and long lasting work relationships and all while having the time of my life. Good huh?! 

Here, I’ve listed 10 reasons to attend BritMums. I really hope to see you there! 

1. The fun

First and foremost this blogging conference is FUN. An inspiring event spread across 2 days (Friday and Saturday 19 & 20th June), it’s the perfect way to meet and connect with your readers, followers, friends and of course PR’s too. With wine sponsors to help break the ice, a glitzy awards ceremony on the first night and a warm, welcoming atmosphere (with Butterflies-experienced bloggers to ensure those new to the event never feel lost or lonely), makes it a complete joy to attend. 

2. Making New Friends

As I’ve already mentioned, BritMums Live really helps you to make friends and cements relationships you already have online. It’s really quite amazing to meet those you’ve shared so much of your life with online in the flesh.  Each and every year I’ve attended, has meant meeting bloggers whom have become great buddies and even collaborators and colleagues, as BritMums Live proves time and time again to be the perfect place to connect and collaborate. Many of my projects and blog features were borne from being at BritMums Live. 

3. The sessions

I never stop learning when it comes to blogging and have picked up so many tips and kernels of inspiration from the sessions there, as well as from general chat among other bloggers, you will find your mind swirling, anxious to return to your blog and put your new found knowledge into action.

Scan the schedule and choose the sessions that speak to you the most, and get there early too, as they all fill up fast. Don’t forget your notebook too. I’ve found laptops a bit clunky in the past so like to go old school here. 

The schedule is so varied and diverse there’s literally something for everyone. I, personally can’t wait to hear Ella of Deliciously Ella speak in her live keynote speech, an inspiration to so many of us, she’s certain to inspire. I’m also looking forward to Friday Book Club as I plot a possible book as well the advanced social media session, particularly the YouTube section, and of course I’m really looking forward to sharing my own experience as pro-blogger in the panel How Successful Bloggers Do it.  I hope you can make it. 

4. The Keynote Speeches

Hearing from successful, courageous women is empowering. This year the very talented trio-Ella of Deliciously Ella, Carol Smillie and Caprice will be sharing their lives and pearls of wisdom with us. 

5. The awards

Whether you’re a finalist or not, attending the Bibs 2015 awards, celebrating in your peers and colleagues’ success, is simply wonderful. The perfect excuse to glam up if you choose to (I usually change in the luxury downstairs bathrooms at The Brewery), it’s a chance to have a glass of bubbly, kick back and pat yourself and others on the back, award noms and wins, or not. 

6. Connecting With PR’s/Brands

A whole room is dedicated to brands throughout the event, eager to connect with you: bloggers, the real power players when it comes to advertising. However big or small you deem your blog to be, your audience is precious, valued and sought after, so now is the time to get confident (or feign it), hand your business cards out and network. Last year I was approached by a PR who’d done their research on me and pitched to me when we met. That meeting led to a year of working with the brand, and it continues- a long lasting working relationship that started at BritMums Live. 

7. Feeling the Power

Sounds a little bit hippyish but there’s something so contagiously empowering about women and men together over 2 days talking, sharing and promoting their passion for blogging. I promise you’ll leave more excited than ever about blogging as a way to fulfill your creative needs, and your financial ones too, if you choose to. 

8. The Food

I’m a total foodie for those who follow my blog know, so this really matters to me, and BritMums always put on a fabulous feast to keep us energised. Got an allergy or intolerance, then let them know and they’ll accomodate. The cake and coffee stands at break time will make you smile, and breakfast on the Saturday is just what you need after what is usually a booze-fuelled Friday the night before. 

9. The Bloggers Keynote

A chance to listen to the bloggers who have touched, inspired and made you laugh, in 3D as they themselves share their posts with you. There will be cheers, there will be tears. The perfect end to a whirlwind of a conference. 

10. The Goody Bag

Oh and don’t miss the goody bag of the century before you go. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase or bag to fit it in, a huge bag literally bursting with high quality items for you and you family, you won’t leave disappointed, by that or the 2 day event.

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About Vicki Psarias

Vicki Psarias Vicki Psarias is founder and author of one of the most popular parenting blogs in the UK, Honest Mum and sister style blog Mummy’s Got Style
Vicki is also a multi-award winning TV Director and Filmmaker. Her website is www.vpsarias.co.uk. Twitter: @HonestMummy.

27 Comments

  1. 11 May 2015 / 07:57

    This has made me even more excited about Britmums Live! Hope I get a chance to say hello to you in person x

    • 11 May 2015 / 09:03

      Yay, glad you’re attending, look forward to meeting x

    • 18 June 2015 / 20:37

      Glad to hear it! It’s fab. It’s on tomorrow and saturday, shame you can’t attend, BritMums Live is an annual event but they do regional meet-ups/ smaller events too I believe. Do contact them for more info.

  2. 11 May 2015 / 08:41

    brilliant post Vicki!! The first time I went to BritMums 3 years ago I was a bit overwhelmed, with so much to absorb and i and felt on the fringes as I hadn’t really connected with anyone via social media yet, and wasn’t quite confident enough to muscle in on the groups of friends. Last year however was a totally different story, and it was a fantastic experience, my blog and I were in a very different place, and I got to spend so much time gleaning as much information as I could from the fantastic sessions, as well as being with you and the girls and meeting and making new firm friends. Love love loved it! I’m so sad not to be going this year, but will be checking the Twitter feed whenever I get a chance! Have a ball! Xx

    • 11 May 2015 / 09:02

      Thanks so much Zaz, sad you won’t be there this year, we had so much fun last year. It’s such a stimulating conference, I always leave so excited about my blog x

  3. 11 May 2015 / 10:55

    What a great post – I would to go to Britmums Live but I am going to have to settle for (jealously) reading all of the fab posts once everyone gets back home!
    It would be so lovely to meet all of the bloggers whose blogs I read.
    Fingers crossed for next year!

    • 11 May 2015 / 11:00

      Sad we won’t get to meet but there’s always next year!

  4. 11 May 2015 / 11:13

    You’re so right on all these reasons Vicki! I totally love Britmums Live and can’t wait to go again this year – particularly as I’ll be meeting up with some fab blogging mates 😉 Definitely looking forward to your session too honey x

    • 11 May 2015 / 23:49

      Utterly wonderful isn’t it. Excited to catch up Michelle and so glad you’ll be making my session, thank you x

  5. 11 May 2015 / 12:37

    So with you on all of these Vicki. I always think of Britmums Live as such a steep learning curve and such a wonderful reminder of how different we all are as bloggers, but also of the network of support and trust that we have for each other. You are all my support, thank you.

    • 14 May 2015 / 00:41

      Such a joy and so informative and stimulating too. I can’t wait to catch up again x

  6. 11 May 2015 / 20:58

    I loved going to Britmums Live last year. It was such a fun event, and I also learned loads and met such wonderful people. I can’t wait for next month!!

    • 14 May 2015 / 00:41

      That’s fab, I always feel that way! See you there x

  7. What can I say? A fabulous post summing up all the right reasons to go to Britmums Live. That was the place I finally met you in person years ago, will never forget! Last year was extra special as we had so much fun. Thanks for mentioning me lovely x

    • 12 May 2015 / 08:48

      Thanks darling, I know, the first time we met and here we are, sisters, amazing how blogging conferences can create the best of friendships. Last year was so much fun x

  8. 12 May 2015 / 07:34

    Ahh this has just made me even more excited! I remember seeing everyone’s tweets last year and was like I need to go to this one day and now I am!

    • 14 May 2015 / 00:42

      Yay, so glad you’re attending and we’ll get to meet x

  9. 27 May 2015 / 14:35

    I’m so excited to be attending BritMums live this years, and you’ve managed to make it sound even better than I thought! I am amazed that after only 4 weeks of blogging, your blog was shortlisted for an award. After 4 week, about 3 people had looked at my little blog, hehe!

    • 04 June 2015 / 01:14

      I can’t wait to see you, your blog isn’t little, you rock lady, thanks for your lovely words too x

  10. 04 June 2015 / 17:03

    Well… you’ve convinced me! I’ve just got my ticket and I’m heading to BritmumsLive this year. Not sure if there will be many non-parents there but I’ve heard it’s a welcoming bunch. 🙂

    • 08 June 2015 / 19:40

      I’m so pleased darling, looking forward to seeing you there and non-mothers are of course always welcome, see you soon!

  11. 17 June 2015 / 15:25

    Oh this is so what I have been searching for! Really unfortunate I can’t make those dates. Just new to the blogging world and would love to meet other bloggers for advice and inspiration. Is this held once a year only? X

    • 18 June 2015 / 20:38

      Sorry replied in the wrong bit! It’s on this weekend and BML is an annual event but I believe they do regional meet-ups and smaller events but contact them for more info. Hope you can make next year x

  12. 18 June 2015 / 22:13

    I’ve been wanting to go for so long but never seem to be able to make it. I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a while. Getting mojo back. Reading your post makes me want to go all the more. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading all the tweets.

    • 26 June 2015 / 18:21

      Really hope you can make it next year Claire, this year rocked, it’s such a warm, welcoming atmosphere and it always inspires me, I’d love to meet you x

  13. 19 June 2015 / 07:18

    I read this just as I was reading lots twitter posts about going to the event and was wondering what it’s like so that was great to hear. It sounds amazing! I’m fairly new the world of blogging and thought of attending something like this on my own fills me with dread but actually I’m sure ill recognise lots faces from the friendly blogging world. I think you’ve pursuaded me to sign up next year!

  14. 26 June 2015 / 18:22

    It is so friendly and welcoming and I attend every year and would love to meet you. I’ve blogged all about it over on my blog, I’m already excited for next year x