I set off on the train for the 40 minute journey feeling strangely free, free of stuff (a feeling that wouldn't last long as you will soon see!), I had no buggy, no changing bag, the only requirements that needed to be met were my own!!!
I arrived at the venue, The Brewery (trying to think of some kind of piss-up in a brewery joke but it's not forthcoming), ironically in my working days (almost a decade behind me now) I used to work for the company that had its head office at The Brewery, it's a small world and all that.
I wandered around CyberMummy Central (an area where all the sponsor's stands and more importantly the cupcakes were located)
and the P&G Recharge Room (where you could make an appointment to get your hair done or book a massage) and then headed off to CyberMummy1
|CyberMummy 1 filling up|
As well as the social and PR hook-ups there were four informative sessions being run and for each session you could choose from either the Panel Forum (Q and A sessions with experts in their relative fields), CyberLab (hints and tips on subjects from keeping your blog legal to social networking) or Workshop (on writing, photography and video blogging).
The highlight for me apart from the Crowdsourced Keynote speakers (amazing bloggers reading their own blog posts; funny and emotive to say the least), was finally getting to meet in the flesh all those avatars and twitter handles I've been chatting to all over the country for the past year. All the advice says you should never meet people in the flesh that you meet over the internet as you'll end up in a body bag but the only bag I came into contact with was the HUGE one I had to lug to the station with all my freebies!!
|My impressive haul|
What have I learned? Well, I know that I NEED an ipad as lugging a laptop around all day is no fun even if it is pink, I also learned that I still love blogging and CyberMummy has given me the impetus to make my blog better with all the hints and tips I picked up during the sessions but most of all it's also made my Google Reader and Twitter timeline a hell of a lot busier!!!