So I have learnt rather a lot this weekend that I would like to share with you…
I have learnt that large groups of women cannot be trusted (cue the removal of a live Twitter feed); that they do not like discussing feminism (…so ‘yesterday’), that you should not discuss jam and high heels; that mummy’s only like to be called that by their children; that Richard Bacon is really rather dishy (and Helen Wade would like to lick him); that cake is essential; that Jo Brand is a life saver; that gin and tonic is popular at the end of a hard day…and that I know nothing much about blogging and social media.
And how, I hear you cry, have I learnt all of this, and why on earth am I boring you, dear reader of what you thought was a recipe blog, with such a diversion to my normal content?
Well…I learnt all of this at the Mumsnet Blogfest that I had the pleasure of attending on Saturday, and if you were there too you will know what I am talking about. If you weren’t then I really do apologise for the rather ‘cryptic’ first paragraph (check out the Twitter feed using #blogfest), but please bear with me because I have some important things to tell you (I promise…even if you are a man!).
Important thing number one. I am writing this blog post to be in with a chance of winning a superb family holiday courtesy of Mark Warner. You cannot accuse me of ever misleading you!
Now, I wasn’t going to write anything about aforementioned Blogfest but felt, following a cutting remark from my daughter, that I needed to somehow redeem myself in her eyes. The cutting remark was made during a discussion about why we had to come home following a lovely weekend away. It went something like this…
“You need to get home so that you can get ready for school and Mummy and Daddy can get ready for work” My daughter’s response was along the lines of “…but Mummy doesn’t work”. When I remarked that I did work…just at home (and OK, so I don’t get a huge amount of consultancy work, but I do spend a lot of time helping you…my lovely readers…get to grips with eating a ‘freefrom’ diet)…her response was “yes, but Daddy earns the money” in a tone implying that that was therefore the only work that counted and mummy’s work of being a mummy, doing a bit of consultancy, organising everyone’s lives, doing voluntary work and blogging was clearly inferior!
Anyway, it made me think that if only I could win a holiday for her, perhaps I would be elevated up to ‘Daddy status’ for a while! After all, ‘Daddy’ does not earn the kind of money that would send us on a holiday like the one up for grabs! And, of course, if I were to win the holiday I would be able to provide you with much needed information about whether Mark Warner holidays can cater for special diets (and if not, educate them as to why they should!) and therefore, whether it is worth you booking one in the future…so you see I am not deviating too much from my ‘normal’ kinds of posts! I always have you at the forefront of my mind!
Now, I make these remarks flippantly, but seriously…a 6 year old girl already believing that money is the only thing of importance is really quite concerning. What have I been doing wrong??!!
Anyway, I promised you that I had important things to tell you, so I will get on with the other important things…now that I have got my ‘honesty tourettes’ dealt with and you know the real reason for my post! Oh, but first I have to give you a top tip for family holidays (in order to be in for a chance of winning). Bear with me – we are getting there! So mine would be to take a Coeliac Gluten Free Restarant Card with you in the language of the country you are travelling to, to make it clear to chefs when eating out what you can and cannot eat! Of course, that is rather specific to my coeliac readers and may not appeal to Mark Warner, so with all of my travelling experience I would also say take a solid shampoo bar made by Lush. It takes up a tiny bit of room, you don’t have to worry about any leaks, and the whole family can wash their hair with it! There…job done.
So, the other important stuff that I learnt:
2) if you are not already on Google Plus, you should be!
3) if you have a blog and are not self-hosted then you do not own the content…mmm…that is my next job lined up after this blog post. Start designing my own website.
4) Tanya Byron is an amazing woman
5) You can make money from blogging…see my darling daughter…one day I will be just like ‘Daddy’ (mmm…any PR Agencies out there looking for a brilliant freefrom blogger…? *silence*)
6) it takes a long time to get a blog noticed (that is my excuse!)
7) competitions drive traffic to blogs…cue endless brilliant competitions on my site!
8) I really love Fevertree gin and tonics!
So there you have it…I told you I had learnt a lot this weekend! Most of all, I have learnt that Mumsnet can organise incredible conferences…and that I have created a materialistic child!
Expect ‘normal’ blog posting to resume tomorrow! Goodnight!