If you are a parenting blogger, or even a regular reader of parenting blogs, and you missed the fact that Britmums Live was on Saturday it’s probably because you were under a rock somewhere. Britmums Live is a pretty big fixture in the blog calendar, and I’m definitely jealous of everyone I know who got to go this year.
I know what you’re probably thinking; if I’m so jealous why didn’t I just go?! Well I had lots of reasons actually. The cost of the ticket, travelling to London (which 8 weeks ago would have been a non-issue), my being temporarily separated from a passport for the boat (long story). Actually, now I come to write it down, the only real issue that I registered, and that stopped me from even mentioning #BML17 to Mr C, was the cost of the ticket.
Know Your Worth
I didn’t think that my blog justified the cost of a ticket to the event. Which is ridiculous, really. My blog is my job as well as my hobby, so that justifies the expense twice over in hindsight. The value that I know I would have taken away from the day would have more than justified the cost of the ticket. Looking through the list of speakers and the schedule, bloggers were well and truly spoilt for choice this year. It didn’t even occur to me to mention #BML17 to Mr C until Friday evening (when I was whining about not going!) and it was only his reaction which made me realise just how little credit I’m giving myself.
Are You Crazy?!
Mr C was horrified that I didn’t think my blog was worth the cost of the ticket. He was just as shocked that I hadn’t plugged the idea purely as a mama break! As only someone really close to you can, he told me that I was bloody ridiculous and I should have just bought a sodding ticket, and going to events like these don’t even need a discussion. They are a given part of operating a successful online business. Probably the most sensible thing he’s ever said to me, to be honest (sorry, love you xx)
Plug It Baby
If nothing else, going to some blogging events like #BML17 is a great way to meet other bloggers. Meeting some of the bloggers I admire would be great, and there’s always going to be the kind of camaraderie you’re just not going to get among non-bloggers. It’s a great time sell yourself too, because ultimately that’s a big part of any business, online or otherwise. And maybe, just maybe, it’d be a confidence booster too! we all have different goals for our blogs, and I’m well on the way to achieving mine. To keep the momentum going, though, I know I need to give myself and my blog more credit and crucially, more focus. And more networking 🙂
So Let’s Meet!
I’ve learned my lesson, and I’ve bought my ticket to the Blogosphere mag’s Christmas Festival in Shoreditch this December. I missed the early bird tickets (d’oh!) but there’s a second round of late early bird tickets available as I’m writing this for £25. Once these have gone I believe the full ticket price will be £30. I’d love to hear from you if you’re thinking of going too, already have your ticket, or if I’ve persuaded you that you too should be giving your blog more credit! Come and join me, I’d love to meet some of you there!