What bloggers had to say about BritMums Live 2013

britmums live goody bagsTickets for BritMums Live 2014 are on sale already and some of you may be wondering ‘Is it worth it?’

Personally this year I laughed, I cried, I hugged, I listened, I took advice and got a sense of new direction for my own blog Mari’s World. I came home exhausted but with a huge smile on my face which still hasn’t disappeared. So let me direct you to the BritMums Live 2013 – I was there Linky where 2013 attendees are linking up their posts on their BritMums Live 2013 experience. Read some of those and maybe they’ll help you decide.

I have put on my detective cap and asked some fellow bloggers what they took away from this year’s conference, so please read the quotes below and if you are convinced then I suggest you book your ticket now at the Earlybird rate to save money and to avoid disappointment later on as the tickets sold out early this year and once they’re gone they’re gone.

What I take away from BritMums Live 2013

Mummy Barrow Is being a part of an amazing community. Feeling like I finally belong. I was always on the outside at school, I don’t go out to work so don’t have colleagues. So for me the blogging community is where I belong, where I want to be. Where I am proud to be. And BritMumsLive is now a must attend event. It’s in the diary for 2014 already.

Sarah Pylas from Grenglish On a practical note: read more, comment more, share more… on an emotional note: the BritMums community has some of the most inspiring, talented and warmest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and it is a privilege to be a part of it

Emma Raphael from A Bavarian Sojourn Just finally meeting the people that form a part of this amazing community. It was totally brilliant!

Carolin Mader from Mummy Alarm I have never been in a room with so many inspiring and lovely women at once. There was no bitching and gossiping but support, warmth and friendship. BritMums Live was about uniting bloggers and showing us that we are a community that can do without hissy fits and jealousy. I left hugely inspired and glad to have met so many lovely people who I am proud to call my friends.

Kelly Innes from Domestic Goddesque Strength, love, positivity, excitement, tips, ideas and friends. My first BritMumsLive was, and should be, about everything that is great in the blogging world. I have so many wonderful memories fighting in my brain to be the first to get written down. I sobbed all the way home, not from the sadness of the tributes to those loved and lost, but because I didn’t want it to end.

Cat Parrott from Yellow Days I’ve picked up so many useful tips from the sessions I went to but what I’m most struck by is the generosity of spirit with which everyone welcomes new bloggers, supports those having difficulties and encourages anyone embarking on a new project. Instead of a need to compete, Britmums underlined that success for one of us reflects positively on us all as we grow as a community.

Michelle Pannell from Mummy from the Heart I took with me peace of mind to know I’m ok, you’re ok, we are all ok. Being different and true to ourselves is the perfect way to be. BritMums bloggers rock!

Emma Bradley from Emma and Three Our real life friends may not get blogging or our addiction to social media but at Britmums we all get it and celebrate it. Sessions help to refocus your voice, passion and encourage you to try new things.

Maggy Woodley from Red Ted Art The highlight of my blogging year! I left tired but with a spring in my step!! Adored seeing people I knew and meeting new bloggers too!

Sarah Hanison from Older Mum In a Muddle The best blogging conference ever. PERIOD. Learning. Social. Cake. Awards. Friends. Community. A real opportunity to further your writing. Not to be missed. EVER.

Sonya Fran Cisco from The Ramblings of a former Rock n roll Mum I survived my feminist panel, didn’t win an award, but saw lots of awesome bloggers collect theirs, drank, ate lots of biscuits, learnt interesting and useful stuff, got taught to use a wand, drank vodka with an owl, talked a lot, laughed a lot, cried, met friends old and new. Proud of myself, and of the whole amazing community. Totally exhausted, when can we do it all again?!

Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread Being reunited with old friends, meeting new ones, talking, laughing, hugging, sharing, crying, remembering. My heart was warmed and my faith restored.

Sharon Donnelly from I Heart Motherhood I felt so happy to be part of such a wonderfully supportive community. Wherever I went there was a smile or a friendly face. The speakers were fantastic, esp Katie Piper. The brands were good, they weren’t in your face. The management of the whole thing was top notch with NO glitches! I was emotionally high last night! I couldn’t even properly put into words anything about it to hubs!

Mummy Barrow – Can I have a second quote? What was the one thing I took away from this weekend? That I learnt the most? “That I hate sleeping in pyjamas”.

Missie Lizzie from Me and My Shadow This weekend has had a much more profound effect on me than I ever expected and in ways I hadn’t considered. It’s made me re-evaluate what’s important, where I want to be and what I want to do.

Mary Key from Keynko I was a wall flower at school, and never great at making new friends. This weekend I met some of the most wonderful people who made me feel truly loved. Thank you for showing me that ‘over sharing’ is ok!!

Jane Pettit-Blackmore from Northern Mum I learnt that positivism can be life changing and no matter how tough it can all seem, everything can get better. I also learnt that I am 95% talent………

Fiona Cambouropoulos from Coombe Mill I was and still am blown away by the scale and organisation of BritMums. It is big but personal, so many diverse people but all so friendly everyone has time to say hello, I have come away wanting to go back for more.

Aly Hodge from Plus 2 point 4 Where do I start????? This weekend has pushed lots of boundaries for me, both on a personal and blogging level. It has ignited my creative spark for writing about the family aspects of my life as a single mum of 3 children. I have met some amazing people who I’ve ‘known’ online for so so long, it was nice to finally meet, hug, talk, cry and laugh with them. I’m not a writer but I want to be along with my new found knowledge of using photos and vlogging creatively. P.S can I go to bed now?

Jayne Crammond from Mums The Word This is the third blogging conference that I’ve attended since I started blogging three years ago and by far the best. The feeling of being amongst people who ‘get’ blogging and share my love of it was incredibly powerful and I came away feeling empowered, inspired and part of a wonderful community.

Donna Pinnell from Little Lilypad Co I think that BritMums Live demonstrated that everyone can be inspirational, whether you are a “celebrity”, a parent with a story to tell or someone who just gave a hug or encouragement to the person that needs it right at that moment

Rebecca English from A Child Like You I came back with renewed confidence. So amazing to have people I respect and admire being so encouraging and supportive.

Gemma Mathieson from Hello it’s Gemma BritMums Live has community at its heart. We laugh together. We cry together. We support each other the best we can. The power of community.

Emma Vanstone from Science Sparks  This year I left BritMums Live feeling inspired and just so very, very proud to be part of such a wonderful community of people.

Ruth Cameron Dawkins from Dorky Mum Sometimes ‘imaginary friends in the computer’ and ‘real-life honest-to-goodness friends for life’ are one and the same.

Helen Wills from Actually Mummy That we are more than just bloggers. Collectively we are a powerful voice that can change lives, influence decision makers, and inform society. That frightened, nervous or hurt individuals can find from each other the courage to do things they thought they couldn’t, because of us. And that people who couldn’t physically be there were still in that room with us because of the strength of our feelings, our voices and our hearts.

Helen Neale from KiddyCharts I think its amazing that so many people from so many different backgrounds can be drawn together with the dual purpose of meeting new people, and striving to better themselves, whether its blogging, writing, technology or all of the above they need help with. I was also surprised by how open people were – the raw emotion of a community in mourning simply blew me away. I was so humbled to be there, and to feel part of it all.

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About Marianne Weekes

BLOGS AT: Mari’s World; TWITTER: @maris_world.

Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy.

Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop and writes about food, travel and lifestyle.
Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.


  1. 24 June 2013 / 21:17

    And on that note *buys ticket*
    There was never a better endorsement of an event than this post!

  2. 24 June 2013 / 21:43

    Oh……. I would have loved to have supplied a quote 🙁

  3. 25 June 2013 / 20:37

    Great post Mari.
    This year did have a different vibe to last year for me. I really enoyed the weekend and felt surrounded by positivity, strong, capable women and support.
    There was friendliness all around and it was just a lovely experience.

    Last year I felt there was a lot of negativity- I’d be listening to a keynote and seeing tweets from others in the room who were broadcasting their views and not holding back! But this time it seemed that everyone got right behind the keynote speakers and it was only good things that were tweeted.
    Plus I loved the support for the BiBs winners- each winner got a fabulous round of applause and one or two even got a standing ovation. A brilliant event- well done to the organisers.

    • 25 June 2013 / 21:33

      I think you hit the nail on the head there Nadine, I didn’t see any negativity there this year and that was perfect. We must ahve had the right bloggers there, all the smiley ones. Mich x

      • 25 June 2013 / 21:38

        haha Thanks Mich- I’m glad you found that too! It’s good to be a smiley one! x

  4. 25 June 2013 / 22:42

    Such an amazing weekend! I’m all go for the foodies and next year’s BML

  5. 27 June 2013 / 12:56

    It was amazing and I really can’t wait for next year. Hats off to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the weekend. You did a great job!