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Blofest 16 and the SWAN UK bloggers

Last Reviewed 23/11/2016

By swan uk member and blogger - theworldofgorgeousgrace.wordpress.com

Last Saturday, I attended the Mumsnet #Blogfest16 – my first experience of such an event and I loved it.

A room full of inspirational, world changing and passionate (mostly) women – all of whom are bold and brave in sharing their life experiences online, for the greater good. In describing why I came away so bolstered and enthusiastic, I have given many examples from informative sessions, to truly hilarious stage shows, to a range of fab ideas for how I can be so much better as a blogger.

However, if I am completely honest, the main reason I had a great day, rather than a good day, was the amazing group of SWAN UK bloggers who also attended.

I have come to think of the SWAN UK bloggers as fabulous virtual friends – I have met some of them once or twice, others I met for the first time in person at Blogfest. Yet I am more honest with this group than many others in my life, and it feels immediately comfortable to be in their presence.

I care passionately about what is happening in their lives, I shed tears of sadness and laughter on a regular basis reading their blogs, I truly appreciate their encouragement, honesty and support with my own writing.

Being part of a group that is – bit by bit – changing the world for Undiagnosed children is incredibly empowering.

I loved the way that as a group, we were rooting for the amazing Liz with her ‘Are you Kiddingney’ blog to win the best campaigner award. An incredible talent, read more here ... areyoukiddingney.wordpress.com.

I loved the way the group interacted with others – open minded and open hearted. I was proud to be part of a recognised group, with others commenting on how supportive and non judgemental this lovely gang is. I loved the fact that when unable to spot anyone I knew (I am known for my inability to recognise others in large crowds), a fellow SWAN UK blogger spotted me and pointed me back to the herd. Most of all, I loved the fact that I laughed so much, despite tackling some tough topics, this group is so much fun to be with. And, as it turns out, a few of them share my penchant for too much wine … cheers ladies!

As published at: theworldofgorgeousgrace.wordpress.com

 

To find out more about SWAN UK click here: undiagnosed.org.uk

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