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. 
Anyway the post was about Poo, for goodness sake, not anything really important, like Nicki’s heart-wrenching post

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!!!


  1. Liska - July 2, 2011

    I also really liked Rachel Johnson and took her the way you did. She totally did not deserve the way the person in the audience spoke to her, which is why I punched the air when she gave that said same person a rebuttal that she rightly deserved.

    That same blogger went on to spend the whole of Nickie’s awesome emotional crowdsourced keynote on her ipad, while the rest of the room was lulled into dumbstruck respectful silence and not even tweeting anymore.

    Nuff said!

    xxx (Great post)

  2. Midlife Singlemum - July 2, 2011

    I would expect nothing less from a grown-up going to a conference. It did get a bit hysterical didn’t it? Great prize for your family – better than a year’s supply of Tettly’s which I enter every week but never win :).

  3. Nickie - July 2, 2011

    Interesting, Liska – thanks for that info πŸ˜‰

    Anyway – just popped here to say your keynote was brilliant – I LOVED it and it was a perfect end to a brilliant day πŸ™‚

    I think everyone got something different out of CM and those that have to bang on about how they had such a bad time will hopefully not put themselves through that torture… πŸ˜‰

  4. Would Like To Be A Yummy Mummy - July 2, 2011

    I think it was a fantastic day enjoyed by all. I have only been blogging since January but have already met some amazing bloggers and made new friends…I love it!!

    I thought your post was brilliant, it had me smiling, cringing and laughing out loud! and what a fab prize. Be touy children are happy πŸ™‚ x

  5. Carly Yeganeh - July 2, 2011

    Here here πŸ™‚ No crisis afterwards with me either…Had such a great day and your keynote had me in tears with laughter…you were fantastic!!!

  6. I'm So Fancy - July 4, 2011

    Agreed there was no deep rooted angst in the days that followed. And loved, loved, loved your reading! x

  7. MUMMY'S LITTLE MONKEY (@Jax2000) - July 4, 2011

    Awwww, thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

    Now roll on CyberMummy12, when I won’t have any keynote nerves to distract me from even MORE drinking, eating, and competition winning. Watch out world!! πŸ˜‰ xx

  8. Maria & Little M - July 4, 2011

    I would rather forget that second picture!!!!! Anyway, fun times and sad that I won’t be around the for the next one. Maybe we can get a group of over to the States for a reunion??

  9. Mirka - July 4, 2011

    What a fab night we had, still thinking about it. And Maria’s idea would be just a dream…

  10. Babes about Town - July 4, 2011

    Great post and a great night out too. You are indeed shallow (in the best way, y’unnerstand) and I think that’s what first drew me to you at CyberMummy 10 – somebody I could have a laugh with and still respect you in the morning πŸ˜‰

    As for winning things next year, that’s all well and good but if you attempt to sneak off with a year’s worth of Disney goodies again my Mickey-loving homeboy will put the smack down on you. Consider yourself warned x

  11. A Modern Mother - July 8, 2011

    Glad you were crisis free! So great to see you there and wow, movies for a whole year???

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