10 things I learned at BritMums Live 2015

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1.  The nice people at the tables in The Hub give you free stuff.  Salsa, jewellery, memory sticks, wine, children’s books. Shed-loads of pens. All you have to do is ask nicely.

2. According to someone in the know, the word ‘vart’ is a portmanteau term combining the words ‘vagina’ and ‘fart’.  Use it wisely.  Although I love learning new words, I still personally prefer the term ‘queef’. (Which just goes to show how refined and ladylike I am.)

3. Not everyone here is blogging about nappies.  Sisters (and the occasional bro) are blogging about the NHS, body image, culture, maternity experiences, learning disabilities, food, book promotionlocal politics, international development, crafting, and much, much more.

4. Not everyone here is under 30.  Post40bloggers.com is a magazine for the quality older blogger (or discerning reader of any age).

5. If you ignore a problem for long enough, sometimes it goes away all by itself.  Apparently I no longer need to lose sleep over Google+. Because Google+ is, like, so over already.

6. There will always be new things to worry about.  Why doesn’t my blog display properly on an iPhone? What’s the difference between a Twitter Card and an Embedded Tweet? Is TinyLetter better than Mailchimp? What the hell is WhatsApp anyway?

7. Those business cards I ordered were totally worth it.  But there was really no need to bring so many pens.

8. Publishing may be in the toilet but some people are making money out of writing.  Joanna Penn for example (six figures, people!) Find out how at The Creative Penn.

9. There is a dress code. Best frock, preferably full-skirted, 50s style, with a net petticoat underneath. Bright colours, orange and red particularly. High wedge sandals. Watch out on those stairs ladies.

10. Everyone is really lovely, friendly and welcoming, even if you’re not wearing the right shoes. But after all that talking and smiling, an introvert like me needs to be on my own for a while.  See you next year!


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6 thoughts on “10 things I learned at BritMums Live 2015

  1. Hayley - Downs Side Up

    It was so lovely to chat to you, thank you for coming to say hello.
    Love this post, I always like new words being a bit of a linguist, so ‘art’ it is.
    Yep, quite a few of us are over 40 and phew, I never could get to grips with G+ either.


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