I wrote a post a few weeks back about my thoughts on this year's BritMums Live agenda and what I intended to get out of it. But other than that I have barely spoken a word about going, and it's about time I did some "pre-conference" introductions and met some of the other people going (before actually meeting them in person!)
So, whilst the charity auction continues on its merry way without the need for much input from me (for once) I am going to make the most of the interlude and do a BritMums Live post.
If you're going, I hope to see you there!
Blog: The Family Patch
Twitter ID: @amandaspatch
Height: 5ft 4 (I think)
Hair: Long, straight, aubourn
Eyes: Dark brown
Is this your first blogging conference?
No, I attended BritMums Live last year and had such a blast I couldn't miss this year's event!
Are you attending both days?
Of course... I may miss the BiBs again though, as last year TJ and I took advantage of a night in London on our own and went out for a romantic dinner... this is much needed in my eyes and we may well do it again!
I'm hoping I am on time this year to hear both keynote speeches and don't have to run off and miss the bloggers keynote this year either. We are better off this year financially, so I can rest assured that TJ will actually be able to afford to do something in London over the two days whilst I am at the conference, whereas last year all he could do was wander around and look at all the things he couldn't afford to do! This means I won't feel so guilty about staying on longer at the event.
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2013?
Hopefully seeing some of the bloggers I met last year (and have come to know better through the year through their blogs), meeting new bloggers I don't know about and finding their blogs to add to my reader, meeting Cherry Menlove (who I have followed for years but not yet met - it's almost like meeting a movie star!) and just listening to all the amazing talks and workshops.
What are you wearing?
No idea... I'd like to wear something summery as I have far nicer things in my summer wardrobe than my winter one. I'm hoping for a summer dress or skirt and t-shirt combo, because that's what I love most about summer. But if it's cold and drizzly I shall be in leggings or jeans!
What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2013?
The confidence to be who I am, to move this blog in a way that reflects my passions and enables me to explore the best things about blogging. I feel I have gone off track a lot, and want to make the move away from trying to "be like everyone else". I had a boost like this from last year's conference and I am hoping for a similar one this year.
That and finding out how everyone else does this :)
Edited to add: I have been feeling increasingly unsure about blogging of late... I've reached a point where I am just not sure if it is the right thing to do (and after 7 years of blogging this is something I never thought I'd feel). I just don't know what I want from it and whether the time investment and sharing everything so openly is right. I feel too much like I get drawn into trying to be "more" than I am with it, and that makes me nervous. So I am really hoping BML will help me come to some kind of peace about this, one way or another!
Tell us one thing about you that not everyone knows
Um, I'm pretty honest on the blog so not sure what I haven't mentioned before... let me think...
I wrote a novel (well first part of a multi-part novel) and uploaded it on Authonomy in 2010, but have not looked at it or worked on it since. One day I shall look at it again.