OK, you don’t ACTUALLY have to guess. It’s obviously me. Why would I blog about somebody else going to BritMums Live?
It’s official! Well about as official as it’s ever going to be anyway.
It’s not been an easy task, but I think everything is in place.
It wasnt easy for a few reasons, one of the biggest was money. Although BritMums Live is (I keep being reminded) and awesome event and a must-attend for any parent bloggers, it’s also a hefty financial commitment. The cost for tickets, train fare, accommodation, expenses while there can all easily be well over £100.
I love this blog and I love the 3 or 4 people who read it, but with 5 mouths to feed (Sometimes the dog can eat more than us!), I cannot justify that expense.
Many people who attend the event get sponsors whom pay for everything but I didn’t feel comfortable going down this route because:
A) If I were a company, I wouldn’t sponsor me, so why should I expect anybody else to. I have mentioned the possibility to a few contacts but nobody showed any interest anyway! 🙂
B) I don’t take charity well. I like to pay my way. Many years ago, when I first met my now father-in-law, I refused to let him buy me a McDonald’s. Silly looking back, but at the time my morals just wouldn’t let somebody pay my way…now, I’ll let him buy me anything!
C) All the things people normally offer to sponsors, I wasnt convinced I could deliver. Adverts? X amount of posts a year? all on a blog that doesn’t get a great deal of traffic, therefore your ‘investment’ wouldnt be repaid.
So I decided to go ‘follower funded’.
The lovely Kylie from Not Even a bag of Sugar was kind enough to buy me a ticket. This blew my mind. I couldn’t understand why somebody would be so kind as to spend money out of their own pocket, just to help me go to a blogging event. needless to say, I was extremely grateful and happy that I had a ticket!
It turns out however, I no longer needed that ticket as myself and the guys from the LoveAllDads podcast have been asked to speak at the event, so BritMums kindly provide me with a ticket! I am extremely happy that my original ticket has been passed to a much more well deserved blogger so that she can attend without worrying about the expense.
Next was train fare. I havent bought these tickets yet as it seems best to wait till a little closer the time, so hope to be getting these soon, but thanks to some cockney style market trade dealings (I sold some un-needed stuff), I now have funds to purchase tickets.
I think I have sweet talked somebody into allowing me to sleep in a room they already have booked. (you know who you are *winks*). Im expecting a couple of shandy’s may be on order as a thankyou!
So there you go! All set! I’m Going to BritMums LIVE!!!
Now that is all arranged, I can start worrying about the fact that, I am going to an event with nearly 5000 people. I can be pretty shy you see! You might not have noticed but there’s never a lot of photos of me on my blog or twitter!
So, are you going to BritMums Live?
If you see me, come say hi!!…..becaue I will probably be too shy to do the same!
As always, thanks for reading.