Sunday, 23 June 2013

All Bloggers are Beautiful

Kirsty Allsopp at Britmums Live
Firstly apologies to my non-blogging readers for another Britmums Live post but it was such an immense event and really had such an impact on me I have to write just a little bit more about it.

I could write about the fantastic free stuff - books, food, pens, usb memory sticks etc.

I could write about the learning - so many scribbled notes and lightbulb moments which have already prompted a fair bit of fiddling with my layout.

I could write about the Brands - I was so keen to impress that I ended up doing a sort of hysterical, metaphorical jazz hands and tap dancing act like a crazed performing chimp. Sorry. Especially to the nice chaps offering a cruise. I know my offer of giving sexual favours behind your stand was wholly inappropriate. (But still stands if it'll work and I can go someone hot on a big ship.....?)

But what I want to write about is the bloggers. Specifically the women. (though there were some top notch lovely bloke-bloggers there too - you go boys!)

As I stood in the queue to get into The Brewery trying to take pictures of Kirsty Allsopp without looking totally stalkery I looked round at the other bloggers. D'you know - they were all beautiful!

There's a saying; "It takes all sorts." This is extremely relevant to bloggers. I saw all sizes, styles, ages. Pregnant, skinny, not so skinny. Very short and very tall. A reassuring number with the same type of flabby mummy lumpy bits as me. Some mad hair, some madder glasses. Some cool clothes. Jeans, T shirts, cocktail dresses, maxi dresses. Even one memorable sequinned playsuit and cardi combo. Wow!


 ****But everyone looked beautiful****

Of course I don't mean that there should have been model agencies on hand to snap up all the babes for the catwalk. To be honest of course some attendees showed signs of age, of failed diets, of bad hair days (And that was just me!)

Maybe it was their enthusiasm and joy and excitement which made for a fabulous glow which seemed to come from just about everyone.

The baby-induced exhaustion, travel- tiredness and nerves melted away from the people I met and all I saw all day were women at their very, very best. A bit like how all brides are beautiful - so are bloggers it seems.

I felt empowered at the end of the weekend. I feel I can take on the world. I'm part of a large, powerful community. Girl power at its best (with some cool boys allowed in too) And maybe if others felt the same, that was what was creating this universal beauty. Whatever, I hope people saw the same joy in me - it was truly a privilege to be part of.
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15 comments:

  1. Cracking post - I think you have summed up the mood (and the look) of the room perfectly...

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    1. Thankyou - i'm glad you think so. It was amazing wasn't it!

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  2. I am just writing my post now. Thank you so much for being so lovely and making me feel so at ease.x

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    1. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and the others who welcomed me into the fold. I was so so nervous and to feel I had made a friend or two so quickly was wonderful. Hopefully we will meet up in "real life" again at other events.x

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  3. I love this post! Brilliant. am so glad you had an amazing weekend.

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    1. Thankyou so desperate to buy a ticket for next year now! car tax, ticket, car tax, ticket.....

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  4. Aww Afra what can I say?!! So pleased we hooked up on the way I was so nervous about going on my own!! Had a fab day, honestly don't think it would've been the same without you!!! Lol. Great post. It's good to get a personal perspective of what you observed and experienced!!! Great pic too ;) x

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  5. Brilliant post Afra! I was so glad to meet you and this post did make be LOL - it reads just like you are in real life! Lovely to read that you're a Christian - me too :)

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    1. I aim to write as I speak so then it's authentic. It's just the rubbish I bore my friends with online! I am a very proud Anglican Christian and very involved in my church - you obviously didn't spot my fish toe-ring! Was so nice to meet you too - made me feel very much part of the group x

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  6. Aww how lovely. Was so very great to meet you - and hope to see you again next year :O)

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    1. Was great to meet you too - though I never got a mooncup goody bag!

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  7. Sounds fab! I am definitely up for it next year! Now where can I get a ticket?!......

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    1. Britmums website - Britmums Live 2014! We will have so much fun - If I can find a sponsor!

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  8. What a beautiful post! Such a wonderful thing to take away from the weekend :) I do think that the "glow" you speak of that comes from being around so many others that understand how much blogging means to you lights up everyone's faces x

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  9. Lovely post - I agree, was great to be surrounded by so many amazing women.

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