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!