It still hasn’t sunk in that over a week ago I was at the BritMums Live for their two day conference. Whilst many bloggers have written about what they learnt during the conference I want to focus on things I wish to celebrate from the two days.
As Adventures of Adam went live on March 5th this year I am a newbie in the world of blogging. I was over the moon when my blog was shortlisted for the Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) Fresh Voice Award. You can imagine how completely shocked I was when I became a finalist. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.
Going to my first blogging conference and my first BiBs party was certainly nerve wrecking but in the end the excitement won over. I couldn’t get over the size of venue but then there were 700 bloggers!
It was at the BiBs party when it hit home to me what an amazing achievement it was to be a finalist. It felt surreal to see Adventures of Adam listed everywhere!
The Awards Ceremony was hosted by Katy Hill, who was also a finalist in the Fresh Voice category. Her jokes about the other Fresh Voice finalists eased my nerves. It was a proud moment to see my blog name on the big screen.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to take the award home. I wasn’t disappointed for me but for the publicity that winning the award could have brought for Hyperemesis Gravidarum and Pregnancy Sickness Support. However, just after the award ceremony I recieved a better prize in the form of an email. It read “I just wanted to say how glad I am that I found your website. I have a toddler and hyperemesis for the second time. I’ve been feeling guilty that I haven’t been able to do much with my daughter so was delighted to come across activities we can try. What a fabulous resource.”
It isn’t everyday you can say you were a runner up against a former Blue Peter presenter! Luckily she took my “Bi*ch!” comment in jest when I got the chance to meet her. Definitely check out Katy Hill’s Blog– she is extremely funny and down to earth.
As a result of being a Fresh Voice finalist I’ve also got to know the lovely Kanchan from Intrepid Misadventurer. Prior to BritMums, I didn’t know any other bloggers who lived in Norfolk. Kanchan and I only live a few miles apart.
I also want to celebrate the friendships that I have developed because of blogging. I knew Amanda and Katrina before Adventures of Adam because of my volunteer work with Pregnancy Sickness Support. They both inspired me to make the leap into the world of blogging. It was great to spend the two days with them. (Thanks to Carin for the photo)
We also managed to FaceTime Caitlin (aka Spewing Mummy) who is currently in America. Fingers crossed next year our PSS group will be bigger!
When I was in the depths of Hyperemesis Gravidarum I never expected anything positive could come from those dark days. However, since finding Pregnancy Sickness Support I have been privileged to meet some amazingly strong women. Emma from Me the Man and the Baby certainly fits into that category. HG survivors together!
So BritMums for me was about celebrating how far Adventures of Adam has come in a few short months and for being thankful for the amazing friendships that have developed through blogging.
Who knows what the next year will bring!