Now, I must be really shallow (alright, alright – you can stop nodding now).
I’ve been reading all these CyberMummy dissection posts and to be completely honest, a lot of it is whizzing right over my head.
Because I didn’t experience a big existential crisis afterwards.
I didn’t spend hours stressing about whether to keep my blog advert-free, or try to squeeze a modest income out of it. I didn’t even go to that controversial writing workshop – the one that had Twitter all aflutter.
I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the crowds, or alone in a sea of bloggers.
In fact I had a fun, enjoyable, totally angst-free experience. I saw some old friends, made some new ones, spoke to some lovely PRs, ate some food, and drank some wine. And relished every micro-second of my child-free day.
I even won an entire year’s worth of free Disney movies!!!!!! (I was going to say I never win anything, but then I realised how seriously annoying that is to hear from someone who has just actually won something… ).
See, I got an official letter and everyfink! Here’s a big Disney-sized ‘Oh Toodles!’ out to Grace, and Rose, and the rest of the team.
I loved Rachel Johnson. I thought she was quirky, and bolshy, and self-deprecating, and genuinely contrite for the maelstrom her stories accidentally created. I think perhaps people misunderstood her dry wit for ambivalence?
Sure, I got a bit panick attack-y before my crowd sourced keynote speech, and had to walk around for a while, sucking back air like a dying goldfish. A few Naked Wine samples helped to knock the edges off, and it was over really quickly.
Then I did what all socially starved Mums do on a rare night out – I ordered a pile of vodkas, and got silly with Maria from Mummy’s Busy World, Uju from Babes About Town, and Mirka from All Baby Advice.
Ahem. Moving right along.
Collapsing into bed , I was woken at my usual time of 5.30am – this time not by a hungry baby, but by an aching head.
All-in-all a great day, and a fun night.
So thank you to Jen, Susanna, Sian, Karin, and Erica for all your hard work before, during, and after the conference. And to Tara and Jay for putting in piles of their own time organising the Blogger Calendar.
Thanks to all the speakers, and the attendees, and the delegates.
And an an extra big ‘Gracias’ to my amazing sponsors, Fisher Price, who fronted up the moolah for my ticket, and my uber-trendy room at the Hoxton.
That’s all I have to say, ‘cept – see y’all next year!!!