Simple Living

The Brilliance In Blogging

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crowd of people Today has been a day of mixed emotions, indecisiveness and a time for inner exploration. It was with a heavy heart that I watched my timeline fill with the jubilations, excitement and the joy of those attending this weekends BritMum’s Live Blogging Conference in London. It’s an event that I’ve read so much about over the last few months and as my journey into blogging has progressed, it’s one that I’ve desperately wanted to attend. Unfortunately financial issues and a lack of childcare, didn’t allow for me to go and I couldn’t help but feel a little bit envious at those who did.

For much of the day I’ve been a silent spectator, popping on to the live stream of the Britmum’s event every now and then, dwelling in self-pity, tinged with a hint of loneliness. Oh to be part of that happy crowd of people – to make lasting friendships and to put blog names to the right faces. It felt like being excluded from a party that everyone else has been invited to, or the child in the class who turns up wearing uniform on a non uniform day, purely to hide the fact that underneath it all they are too ashamed of their own poverty.

When the time came for the Brilliance In Blogging Awards (BiBs), my mood began to change. There on the stage were men and women who through their blogs had been recognised, people like you, me, your next-door neighbour or the people you live with. For one night, they had the opportunity to shine and how beautifully they shone. One particular moment that had a touching effect on me, was when Mummy Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander of Team Honk, asked everyone who had ever helped in some small way to raising the awareness of their Red Nose Day mission, to stand up. At that moment, I truly felt the spirit of the blogging community, a community that I am part of, however quiet I am. I felt proud that in my own way I had contributed to that immense occasion, that being unknown and an oddity didn’t matter because in the grand scheme of things, we are all very similar. britmums butterfly

Now I realise what it means to be a parent blogger. It’s not the freebies, the events, the popularity or the awards that are important. It’s the amazing and overwhelming sense of community that you can feel for people you have never even met, people who have helped you either through their blogs, a comment thoughtfully left or through their personal words of wisdom. For me, that is what blogging is all about and I can hold my head up high and unashamedly call myself part of that community.


photo credit: Jason A. Samfield  and @Doug88888 

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Stacey's a Social Media Community Manager by day and a self-confessed Geek by night. With boy/girl twins and an older son, she's got mum hacks coming out of her ears. Likes: overpopulated book shelves and shiny things. Dislikes: wearing socks.


  1. You amazing, fabulous, gorgeous lady.

    Isn’t this an amazing community? Team Honk may have been started by the three of us but the minute we announced #SecretThing was #GoodWork and what it really was all about it became so much more.

    Team Honk really was a collective, it was, and is, everybody who sent a tweet, posted, chatted about it, and supported us.

    And you have no idea who huge a part you played in changing our lives. And those in Africa.

    And for that I love you.

    Love you big time.

    • Big hugs honey. I know how you feel…I watched the whole thing from here in Romania.- I cried as here does not feel like my country anymore…I wanted to be there with my family the British mummy bloggers that have nice words and inspire me every single day. Xxxxx

    • I think helping with #TeamHonk was my first glimpse into how utterly amazing this community can be, when we all pull together for something meaningful. Just imagine how many other wonderful things we could all do.

      Love you all so much!

  2. Goosebumps. Actual goosebumps. And you WILL be there next year, we’ll make sure of it.

  3. You are awesome! TeamHonk winning last night was just the best feeling.Walking up hand in hand and hugging Tanya and Penny and just being with so many people who helped make everying work so well as part of a community is empowering stuff x

  4. There is so much feeling in this post, thank you for sharing.

    I’ve done some following of the event through Twitter and have also been feeling left out, although for a different reason. I feel like the new girl at school who doesn’t know any one. I’ve been blogging for over six years and only discovered this community a few months ago; what was I doing to miss it? Now I know it exists I want to be part of it because I can see the value, as you have described so clearly in your post.

    At the moment I’m discovering new blogs (like yours) and who knows where it will lead…

    • Wow six years? That’s amazing! I think though that communities like this are only really found when you start looking for them. I only happened upon it when searching for blogging networks and discovered this whole new world. I’m glad I did and hopefully as you make new friends, you will be too. :)

  5. I wanted to go too Stacey but was unable as we aren’t currently in the UK. :( Looks like it was a fun event! I wish they had streamed it or done an online replay. Oh well!!

    Fellow geek Mum here btw!!

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