My thoughts on BML’16

If I’m honest, I wasn’t planning on going to this years Britmums Live, due to the change in dynamics. In others words, a two-day event morphing into one. It’s a big shift and I wasn’t entirely convinced that it would work. However, I was in a conundrum. This would be my 3rd year attending the event and I didn’t want to miss it in case my assumptions were wrong. What if the new dynamic worked a charm and I missed out on it? So, I was super lucky enough to get myself a sponsor, Supacell LED and it looked as though I was attending BML’16 after all.

Britmums live
Getting there this year was pretty crazy; from the broken down Gatwick Express to the Circle line being suspended due to engineering work. It was a pretty stressful journey and more so because I was doing it solo this year. Eeek. I’ve never been an anxious person, or at least I don’t think I have. But anxiety struck me when I finally found the venue {after getting a little lost, typical me!} and proceeded to walk through those all too familiar doors of The Brewery.

Britmums LIve 2016

The first people I saw was the lovely Katie from Mummy Daddy Me, who gave me a hug and I got to see her beautiful newborn baby boy, as well as saying hello to the lovely Alex from Bump to Baby. I did the usual putting my backpack into the cloakroom and got my name tag for the day.

Britmums LIve 2016
I’m not ashamed to admit that I felt out of place. Like, really out of place, which is very unlike me. It even got to the stage that after I walked into the big room full of bloggers and brands, that I immediately wanted to walk out into the courtyard. It was a good job that I did because I bumped into Martyn from Martyns Thoughts and the lovely Carla. I sort of made them adopt me for a while after that point. {Thanks for that guys! 😉 }

Britmums Live 2016
I attended a few workshops & panel talks, none of which {I’m sad to say} particularly inspired me. Which is a huge shame because it was the learning and workshops from previous Britmums Live conferences that I really looked forward too.

The feeling in the air at this years BML’16 was a weird one. It didn’t feel quite right to me, in fact, a lot of aspects of it just felt ‘filled in’ if that makes sense. None of the brands particularly stood out for me, the Bollox brand, albeit a great one, and one that I will happily support. However the half naked oily man was a bit unnecessary I think. Or was that just me?

This year’s BML’16 seemed to develop into a more social event rather than a learning one. A shift that I wasn’t expecting but it’s a shift I also welcomed too.

Britmums live

I loved seeing some gorgeous familiar faces during the event {you know who you are!} and I also got to hang out with some super fun people at a dinner in Nandos that ended in some hotel bar drinks! They made me feel really, really welcome, so a massive thanks should go out to Martyn for organising that and it was an absolute pleasure to hang out with everyone who went.

Britmums live

Will I go next year? I’m unsure yet! I’d like to think I would just to see everyone, however between now and them I do hope the dynamics of BML changes because this year? The feeling of inspiration just wasn’t there for me personally and I am ashamed at the amount of photos I took when I compare it to previous years! But hey ho…

Until next time…
Debs xo 

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5 Comments

  1. Donna
    01/07/2016 / 10:15 PM

    I was there purely for the social side and I had a great time! It was so good to see you – although I didn’t see you again at all after that. I hope to see your lovely face again next year x

  2. RachelSwirl
    03/07/2016 / 10:28 PM

    I think from an outsiders point of view I want to go next year, never been before so its a new experience for me. However, I have heard quite a few stories of disappointment from this year sadly.

  3. Kayleigh
    06/07/2016 / 8:09 AM

    I have never been to BML but I would really like to go next year to finally meet some bloggers and put names to faces. It’s a shame it wasn’t as inspiring for you though but the social side sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. Laura
    11/07/2016 / 10:09 PM

    I am tempted to go to Blogtacular next year – it looks fabulous! If you fancy it let me know! Always after a travel buddy 🙂

    • 14/07/2016 / 10:57 AM

      Oh a travel buddy sounds fun! 😛 I’ve definitely considering it I have to say. Just for something a wee bit different you know. x

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