Six fears conquered at BritMums Live
Dear Mummy, everyone knows that going somewhere new and meeting new people can be daunting. Over the weekend you stepped out of your comfort zone and headed to London for a bloggers conference called BritMums Live.
Here’s some of the fears you conquered over the weekend.
1) Navigating to the venue – on your own. Well done for figuring out the underground and making sure you got to the venue on time. Especially on the second day when you were running late and there were problems on the Northern and Circle Line. You diverted across several lines and managed to cross the whole of London without getting lost. Phew! You’re braver than me mummy.
2) Pre-meet nerves. Heading to the London Eye for the pre-meet BritMums Live Insta Walk was very daunting – you had no idea what anyone looked like or who was meeting up there. In a sea of tourists and large groups, at one point you were ready to turn around and head back to Waterloo Station. Luckily for you, you noticed other people who ‘looked’ like bloggers. Beautiful 1950’s dresses, phones in hands and large backpacks kinda gave it away.
3) Am I good enough syndrome. Whenever you meet other bloggers you are constantly measuring yourself up to them, you know you shouldn’t but you just can’t help yourself. Questions whirl around in your mind like “do they like me” and “have they heard of my blog”. It’s easy to get disheartened when people haven’t got a clue who you are, but also nice when people recognise you or have heard of ‘Baby Isabella’.
4) What if no-one will talk to me. It’s so hard entering a room filled with bloggers on your own. On the first day you made a beeline for the refreshments and stood by a stand nursing your drink, while glancing around the room to see if there was anyone you knew. Making the first step to approach someone and strike up a conversation takes MAJOR balls. So mummy, I congratulate you for that. You seemed to make the first move a lot over the weekend.
5) Talking to brands and not coming across as an idiot. I think you were fairly successful at this mummy. You didn’t stumble over your words and were confident at explaining your blog to people. The more you interact with people the easier it will get.
6) Leaving me behind. You are always fearful of leaving me behind and feel guilty for having some ‘you’ time. This will get easier and you are lucky to have a good family support network to help look after me.
A lot of hurdles were crossed over the weekend at BritMums Live, you feel a bit more confident as a result of it. You’ve got to know London a bit better which has made you more comfortable about travelling on your own up to the ‘big smoke’.
Well done mummy, have a pat on the back. I think you were a good ambassador for me and you did me proud.
7 thoughts on “Six fears conquered at BritMums Live”
Ah thanks for popping by x
Well done indeed. I know exactly how you felt as a fellow newbie (although, as a Londoner by birth, the tube holds no fears for me). I so nearly turned back a few times before I got to All Bar One where I was greeted by a fellow dad who I have come to know online through our blogs. And I never looked back. I found the courage to introduce myself to new people, and I was overwhelmed by how many people seemed to recognise me and my blog. It was a lovely experience, and I’m really keen to get myself to another event now. Who’d have thought it? 🙂
You did really well Tim! I saw you work the room like a true pro! Glad you caught up with the other dads there…they were easy to spot! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to stop and chat to my mummy too
Well done you! I saw all these photos on twitter and instagram and was like how do these people do it, just turn up and mingle with strangers – SCARY! I know we all know each other through our blogs, but to meet in person, I would be so nervous. Hopefully I’ll be brave enough next year! xx
It is a bit scary…I suppose safety in numbers helps x
Lovely post – well done for managing to conquer those fears! I really enjoyed chatting to you on the Instawalk and can completely identify with those pre-meet nerves – I felt the same way when I was waiting at the London Eye! So glad that you had such a lovely time at Britmums and conquered your fears doing so 🙂