Last weekend, months after purchasing my ticket and after weeks of nerves, excitement and planning, it was finally time for BML16. I had an amazing time and met so many wonderful people so thought I would put together a list of highlights (and a few lowlights) from my first BML.
My #BML16 Highlights (and a few Lowlights):
- Being met by the amazing Kirsty, Something Crunchy Mummy and Sarah, Run, Jump, Scrap! upon my arrival in London. I cannot thank them both enough for letting me be their tag-a-long and guiding me through my first BML!!
- Pretty Pink Margaritas and Mexican food in the buzzing London Borough of Camden with the wonderful Louise, Pink Pear Bear and Lucy, This Mum’s Life before the Friday Night Fringe Event.
- Meeting the lovely and friendly Nadia, Scandi Mummy at the Friday Night Fringe Event as well as (although far too briefly) Sunita, Lucky Things, Prabs, Absolutely Prabulous and Talya, Motherhood: The Real Deal.
- I did find the Friday night a little overwhelming to begin with and it helped me to realise I need to work on my confidence and ‘mingling’ skills.
- I was so glad to have eaten Breakfast before heading to BML16 on Saturday morning, although there was tea, coffee and pastries on offer I’m not sure it would have been enough for me- I very much live by breakfast being the most important meal of the day and I get pretty ‘hangry’ without it.
- Getting to chat with Emma, Poop Rainbows, Claire, The Pramshed, Tilly, Mummy Rules and Emily, Emily and Indiana– I’m still annnoyed I didn’t manage a selfie with the wonderful Emily, I’ll be sure to get one next time.
- Playing pass the parcel and winning the prize gifted by Merci Maman, I must thank Kirsty though as officially it was probably her prize to win but she graciously let me unwrap the layer without realising it was the final one!
- I have discovered I appear to have one of ‘those’ faces which everyone recognises but doesn’t actually know, I am yet to decide if this is a good or bad thing.
- The SEO session was good and very informative but unfortunately ran out of time. I also think it would have been useful to have a few different SEO sessions aimed at different Blogging ‘Levels.’
- I also attended two panel sessions, one of which I thoroughly enjoyed the other I felt went off topic at times. I think the sessions would have benefited from having an official ‘Chairperson’ to keep the sessions on track and ensure everyones questions were answered in full.
- My favourite session was ‘Blog Success on Pinterest’ with Emily Leary, A Mummy Too. I’ve been meaning to ‘up’ my Pinterest game and now I know how to I’ll be aiming to do that over the coming weeks. It was also lovely to have a brief chat with Emily after the session.
- Lunch was very yummy (sssshhhhh…I may have had seconds), it was sponsored by The Clangers and they had a Kindness Tree where they were encouraging us all to share moments of kindness. I really loved this little touch. Although there were refreshments and small cakes on offer throughout the day I was super hungry by the end of the day. The awards didn’t finish until around 7.30 so it would’ve been good to have some more ‘savoury’ food options available later in the day.
- I thoroughly enjoyed listening to each of the Keynote speakers and definitely came away feeling inspired.
- I laughed through the duration of the ‘chat with Cherry Healey’ but can completely understand why some may have felt uncomfortable during this part.
- I loved watching the BiBs Awards Ceremony and seeing each of the worthy winners collect their award with such excitement and surprise.
- I was very happy to end the day with good food at Pizza Express and even better company.
Over all I thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away having met some wonderful people and made lots of lovely new Blogger pals. There was definitely a few things that I wasn’t 100% sure about and for myself I need to remember to take more photos in the future (thank you Louise, Pink Pear Bear for providing me with a few of the photos above) but I’m glad I learnt a few things. I’m sure I will attend again next year but will probably look at ways to make it more cost effective for myself, as after the train, hotel, BML ticket and food it was a fairly expensive weekend for me.
Did you got the #BML16 this year? If so, what were your highlights? Did you have any lowlights?