I suppose this is a bit of a love letter to all the members of British Mummy Bloggers and also a curtsey and a bow to Susanna – you know who you are!
The theme of these posts is what has really happened, and this little adventure was the one that made the blogosphere a real place with real people.
Contrary to the generaly rule; that bloggers are a sad and lonely nerds, I’ve made a lot friends through blogging and so have loads of us who snatch the odd hour or two to update our blogs. We’re the people that never shut up! Plus, we’re not the usual run of the mill Mums are we? I’m not sure about you but I’m mildly eccentric, quirky and busy as hell so not only do I keep strange hours, I’m out of the loop on competitive-school-gate-mum-syndrome – which means social media suits me just fine and dandy.
Not long after starting out, I discovered the British Mummy Bloggers social network on Ning and signed up.
To me, it was a bit like walking on stage naked, staring into the spotlights and waiting for the howls of laughter. (I’m a sensitive soul really)
It’s not fun being the newbie is it? There’s nothing worse than feeling you are encroaching on a space you have no right to be in – I was quite apprehensive and worried that maybe it would be a negative experience and that I’d be snubbed.
Imagining if I posted anything ‘uncool’ that I would be kicked into touch, I posted a tentative ‘Hello’.
I was pleasantly surprised.
The welcome was a warm and friendly one.
There were quite a few people saying ‘Hello’ back and offering advice on blogging, family, fun in fact anything. I had lots of help when I wanted to move from wordpress to a hosted environment and the gorgeous Violet Posy gave me a blog make over – which I still sport to this day.
Next up was an interesting development, an invitation to meet up for coffee with the BMB ladies…how intriguing, who were these people hiding behind avatars and blogger handles? My curiosity got the better for me and I accepted.
Just one look in the mirror told me I’d become quite the unemployed-slovenly-singlemum-housewife – I had to scrub up…meet real people. I was scared.
scuttled in a panic walked into the coffee shop. Nervous as hell and looking for prams. I spotted two ladies and took a chance.
‘Hello, I’m Nixdminx – are you…er, ummm??’
My words hung in the air, my throat dried, I started to feel a bit stupid – I didn’t know their real names!
‘Hi I’m A Modern Mother’ said the lovely Susanna, she was friendly and warm.
‘And Potty’ beamed the other BMBer.
Thank God for that!
I liked them both immediately.
We didn’t have long and we chatted over coffees. It was a very brief meeting, but I’m so glad I went.
Behind these blogger handles were three women, real people, real lives. Things were getting interesting, and a bit more real.
At the next get together at the Rainforest Cafe there were loads of us including kids and this week there will be even more as the guest list now stands at 100 – that’s astounding.
Thanks again to Susanna for setting this up – I hope this reaps great rewards for you in the future but I know it has already x