It’s over. (What I learnt at Britmums Live)
That’s it. It’s over.
I connected with old friends and made new ones.
I hugged, I squealed, laughed, I cried, I learnt.
Now the case is unpacked. The goodybag has been scoured by my daughter and trodden on by my son.
I’ve made my ‘to do’ list and started putting my plans in place.
I’ve followed, friended and pinned.
I’ve smiled at all the wonderful memories that will last me for another year.
I’ve breathed out.
Britmumslive is over for another year.
I came, I saw, I hugged, I squealed, I laughed, I cried. Thank you
— Bod for tea
I wish I could have bottled the energy, the enthusiasm, the sheer exuberance created by a room full of fabulous bloggers and brought it home with me.
Because suddenly the air’s escaped from my Britmumslive balloon and I feel deflated. I miss my curly sister Sophie from Franglais Mummy (and her gorg hubbie Ben), Jennie from Edspire, Tinuke from Circus Mums, the vivacious and always glamorous Vicki from Honest Mum and new pals Zaz from Mama and More and Katie from Pouting in Heels (we are totally going to work together ladies).
So I throw myself into action. Improving, understanding, consolidating. Is Hootsuite better than Sprout Social? What is my Google+ strategy? Will I sign up to Lipsyn and buy a snowball? Will I get arrested if I steal samples of wallpaper to keep as photo backdrops in my handbag?
I feel like I truly learnt a lot at Britmums Live this year. Last year I only went on the Saturday and as Little Man came along for the ride I spent most of the day in The Hub drinking coffee while other people had a cuddle with him (thank you Ben) So here, in no particular order, are some of the tips I brought back to Bod Towers with me – feel free to use them with your own blog and share what you learnt at Britmums Live this year in the comments:
#1 Align your images and your text for better readability (Capture by Lucy)
#2 Make sure your About You info is available on every page of your blog and add your contact details to your footer (Capture by Lucy)
#3 Learn about Google+ authorship and publishership to maximise your use of this still new-to-most-of-us-not-sure-what-to-do-with-it channel ()
#4 If you want to work with brands analytics are your friend – whether you use Sprout Social, Hootsuite, or Clickystats. () If you don’t? Write from the heart and sod the stats.
#5 If you’re interested in podcasting you don’t need lots of expensive equipment and you don’t have to sit in a cupboard to cut out the sound of your best china hitting the floor while you take your eye off the ball. You do have to have a microphone (like a snowball) and a way to store your podcasts (like Lipsyn). (John Arnold)
#6 Start a Pinterest blogs-I-love board for inspiration and use the colour palette at colourlovers.com to find complementary colours for your images (Captured by Lucy)
#7 Design error pages for the most common 404 and 403 errors that send your readers to your key content rather than losing them out the back door (me!)
#8 Use Google ripples (I’ll tell you more about it when I know myself) ()
#9 If you’re going to be in a photo stand with your weight on the leg away from the camera, turn to the side and push your chin out and down to minimise that neck jelly (Julia Boggio)
#10 And finally, display your less crisp images (like most of the ones I took over the last two days) in a collage like this (Captured by Lucy)