The Cybermummy experience

I laughed, I cried (well full-on blubbed actually), I made new friends, acquired my own bodyweight in freebies and ate a whole lotta cupcakes!

CyberMummy 2010 was a completely amazing experience for a newbie on the blogger block to get a real insight into this fascinating and dynamic universe.

There were great talks from industry experts on creating good content, growing your audience, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and the all important advice on how to turn your blog into a book. There were live bloggers at all the sessions, which was great coz you couldn’t physically get to all of them so you can still see what went on.

The most compelling part of Cybermummy was the Crowdsourced Keynote, where a handful of bloggers read out the most moving and inspirational selection of their writing. The whole room was enthralled, and at times reduced to a sobbing mass as the women bravely stood up one by one and shared their experiences, inner thoughts and emotions.

Bereavement, near death experiences, difficult family relationships – it was all laid bare and I felt very honoured to be listening. Sandy Calico’s reading of her beautifully written post My Old Man was extraordinarily poignant. I never recovered and then spent the rest of the session openly bawling my eyes out.

Thanks goodness there was so much cake on offer for comforting purposes…

The naughtiest Vegan cakes in town from MsCupcake – they were soooo rich and delicious! The Banoffee ones were particularly lush.

These cakes were on the Kodak stand where people kept suddenly stampeding every time there was a camera competition tweeted… I just wasn’t quick enough!

These bite-size beauties were on the Tropicana Kids! stand – I love mini cupcakes as I find the monster sized ones can be a bit icky with all that icing.

I didn’t take that many pictures, but there are plenty of ladies who did and have kindly started posting them on a flickr photostream if you’re interested.

Not only have I lugged a whole lotta freebies home with me from the conference, I’ve also picked up aΒ  worrying affliction – i’m addicted to Twitter. It’s like crack! Everyone was at it yesterday and I’m powerless to resist. The boys think I’m too glued to my phone as it is… wait till they get back from camping – yikes!

BUT afflictions aside, it was a truly inspirational day. I feel fired up and ready to get my teeth into making a success of my blog and becoming part of this community of remarkable and talented women.

Thanks to everyone for making CyberMummy 2010 so fab – it rocked!

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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34 Responses to The Cybermummy experience

  1. Great post. I only ate one cupcake. Really wish I’d eaten more, now, looking at those pictures.

  2. Wasnt it amazing… I too found the cupcakes and ATE them. Yum. And also cried my eyes out during Sandy Calico’s reading… and the others! x

  3. Hayley says:

    Glad you had such a great day! The cupcakes were just amazing werent they! Like WOW amazing lol. Those vegan ones … omg!
    Shame I didnt get to meet you! But at least I’ve now discovered your blog πŸ˜€
    xxxxx

  4. Sandy Calico says:

    Thank you! Wasn’t it an amazing day? Love your photos x

  5. Love all the cupcake photos! Glad you had a good time and hope to see you again next year.

    • rhwfoodie says:

      It was a brilliantly put together conference – the hard work you all put into organising it was well worth it and much appreciated by everyond Will defo be back next year!!!!

  6. It was so good to meet you and I’m so pleased to see you had such a good time πŸ™‚

  7. Emma says:

    Hi Katie!! Now I’m pretty sure I sat next to you when Sandy & the others decided to reduce us to tears! Please correct me if I’m wrong!! I was the baby magnet – Spent most of Saturday holding/hugging babies!! πŸ™‚ x

    • rhwfoodie says:

      Ah yes – definitely remember you! And what gorgeous babies they were!!! I cried so much during that session… Glad I wasn’t the only one!

  8. Oh, do come and say hello on twitter now that you are addicted. I’m @RosieScribble. I thought the Crowdsourced Keynotes speeches were wonderful too and incredibly moving and I have never eaten so much cake on one day!

  9. Emma says:

    Hi Katie

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to come by! Thank you so much for making my CyberMummy experience so awesome! Would never have got through the first couple of hours without you holding my hand and being all round brilliant!! Can’t wait to hang out next time I’m in London xxx

    p.s. Next year we must take extra suitcases for all the amazing goodie bags πŸ˜‰

    • rhwfoodie says:

      Hey Emma!!!!! You also saved me remember… When I got turned away from a table like a proper billy-no-mates you were there like a shot welcoming me onto yours πŸ™‚

      I’m taking my car next time and filling the boot with goodies πŸ˜‰

      Let me know when you’re next in town and we can meet up xxx

  10. Vonnie says:

    Oh I cried at Sandy’s post too, so beautifully poignant. xx

  11. Hi Katie
    It was fantastic to meet you and spend some proper time chatting on Saturday, and yes to keep the foodie mummy blogger end up!!! Glad you enjoyed the flapjack and yes those goodie bags were MONSTROUS, I had monkey arms by the time I got home.
    See you again soon I hope!
    Sarah x

    • rhwfoodie says:

      I bravely tried to walk to earl’s court tube with my freebie swag bags, but a few minutes later a mini cab office appeared…. I think the driver thought that buggy bag was a body bag judging by the look he gave me πŸ˜‰

  12. I had to lug the goodie bag (aka the buggy bag) back on the bus. Nearly broke my back. Thought I’d just have to turf a lot of the stuff out but actually very little went. Most of it will be used.

    I didn’t get to meet you on Saturday, wish that I had! I was in the corner feeling a bit overwhelmed hunting down those chocolate cupcakes!

  13. TheMadHouse says:

    I have to say I nabbed a plate of the little mini cupcakes for our table for the quiz, they were great. It was such a great day

  14. Ah good woman. You took some excellent shots of those cupcakes. I managed to stuff my face with three but could easily have handled more. Didn’t get to meet you at the event, but it was so huge impossible to keep up. Glad to have found your blog though.

  15. bubbleboo says:

    Couldn’t agree more with every single word!

    It was great to meet you – I couldn’t think of anyone I would rather have lost the quiz with πŸ˜€

  16. Vic says:

    I may never eat another cupcake again. Well, at least not till the next Cybermummy.

  17. Nom nom, so much cake…it was such a great day, can’t wait to repeat it next year!

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