I totally believe these conferences are needed to cement people together from all sides of the country & all realms of society to make this trend of parent power grow, as a parent(who blogs) I feel I have a wealth of information & knowledge to give to other parents & manufactures of children's products.
But that's not why I started my blog, I wanted it to be a record of the things I crafted, in fact it's becoming clear to me that my blog doesn't seem to have one main focus but maybe that's more like me. As a mother, crafter, blogger, wife, shop manager & owner of my online store I feel pulled in many directions, which is one of the reasons I didn't go to CyberMummy; the other being money or lack of it. I don't feel enough like a CyberMummy to comfortably go, I don't focus enough on this blog to feel that way, & should be focusing more on my family,crafting & business growth.
Now some that went to the conference would say that is exactly why I should have went, to network & meet other like minded people but I think I've found a way to do that #notgoingtoCyberMummy.
Now anyone who Twitters will know all about the importance of that hashtag, & if you don't twitter either get onto it now or probably ignore the rest of this post as you'll think I'm a mentalist.
As the CyberMummy conference build up started #goingtoCyberMummy was all I could see on my twitter network, & as I discussed with others about not going & what we were doing instead a beautiful thing happened #notgoingtoCyberMummy 2010 was born, an amazing free flowing networking affair took place discussions & new friends were made, cocktails served by topless boys were had, there was food galore, karaoke sung & all while I stayed at home baked, didn't worry about childcare or money, crafted 3 new brooches and my bed was just a flight of stairs away. Sounds strange I know but I guess you had to be there.
So even though I'm glad everyone had a fab time at CyberMummy I'm glad I was #notgoingtoCyberMummy, because I had a wonderful evening.
Thank you Kateab, Snugbaby_claire, Dawnie_Brown, BrightonMumteen, Nikkipepper, Erica, EnglishMum, Mummy_V, SingleMummyUK, Christinemosler, MrsIrrelevant, Mumsgonto, WhimsicalWife, Danraine73, Pumkinanpiglet, Alybean, Chellekip, Sewingdirectory, Musingofamother, Shar13, Kailexness, JudeandOllie, Piddleypix, Loveitloveit and HelenLindop, hope I didn't miss anyone out but let me know if I did.
P.S. Feel free to paste and copy the notgoingtoCyberMummy picture above, I don't know how to make it into a downloadable badge, yet another reason I probably shouldn't have gone ;-)