Sunday, 4 July 2010


Cybermuumy was the most extraordinary day. Don't get me wrong. I LOVED it. But there was that non-stop feeling of having to be Engaged in Lively Talk and looking like you're having a Great Time. And that was hard work.
HOWEVER I was amazed, over and over again how Bloody Lovely everyone was!! Really, truly. People, everyone, were like-minded, kind-hearted, interesting, and interested people, all meeting up for a common cause. Namely, to meet all those bloggers that we come across day by day. And to talk about blogging! How bloody marvellous. (Without those Non Bloggers who look at us Weirdly when we speak of such things. We all know one, eh?!)
'What did you DO all day?' my children all asked when I got home.
'Talked,' I answered, through a rather nice home-made scone covered in raspberry jam.
'Yes, but what then?' they persisted.
'Talked some more,' I said, throwing back a cup of tea.
'Sounds really Boring,' said Youngest.
'Wasn't boring,'I told him. 'You see, I made some friends. No, I Met some friends, I knew them already, but now I know what they look like.'
'Oh,' said Youngest. Not having a Clue what I was talking about.
Two years ago I wouldn't have a clue what I was talking about either. Two years ago I didn't know what a Blog was. I had no idea that friendship could emerge from writing about the mundane, daft, and heart-rending things that happen day by day. I didn't know that people would drop by and leave comments that would hearten and sustain me through a dark day. Or make me roar with uncontained laughter. Or make me smile right down to my toes. I would have been totally gobsmacked to hear that Blogging could actually produce some real, Top, Friends.
But it has.
And so, tonight, as I thump away at these familiar keys, it is Different.
Seeing you all round the room, all chatting and giggling and enjoying each other's company, made blogging make complete and total sense.
We may write in isolation, but we Connect.
Connection is at the heart of Blogging.
Yesterday was proof of that.
Hooray for Blogging.
Really, truly, hooray. xxx


Elaine said...

I like to think of blogging as an online equivalent of my *insert postal town here* Ladies Wine Club. Although not excluding blokes. And not necessarily quite so much about the wine. Cybermummy sounds wonderful, so glad you had a good time. You make me smile right down to my toes quite frequently too!

Tatersmama said...

Ahhh... wouldn't it be lovely to attend an International cybermummy thingie?
Then I could meet YOU, since I don't really happen to live in the neighborhood and all.
Hell, I don't even live in your country!
But wouldn't it be lurverly? I would smile right down to my toes too!

A Modern Mother said...

Nice to meet you and well done on your keynote.

London City Mum said...

'Twas like meeting an old friend you had not seen for ages.

SOOOOOO delighted to have finally met you. You are every bit as lovely as I thought you would be.


Expat mum said...

The fuinniest part was sitting down next to women who looked really nice, sharing a few words with them, then glancing at each other's badges and going "Aahhhh, it's YOU".
So great to meet you!

trash said...

It is weird and yet so right when you meet with bloggers huh? Glad you had a great time.

diney said...

I'm so jealous - would have loved to be there. Never mind - maybe next year.

Anonymous said...

So true. It is lovely to really feel part of a community now. I must have doubled my number of friends in the space of a weekend!

Lakeland Jo said...

It sounds like great fun- and you are so right- there is a real connection between blog buddies and such a feeling of support

Anonymous said...

You write really beautifully.

I'm pretty new to the mummy blogging scene, but the atmosphere at cybermummy filled me with such feelings of warmth and mutual respect for everyone and what they're achieving with their blogs.

Being a mother is wonderful but challenging, and being part of the blogging scene means we'll always have like-minded people to share the highs and lows with. It's so empowering.

Ladybird World Mother said...

Elaine - ahh, thank you so much!! wish you had been there too.. it really was quite something. And so agree about the Ladies Wine Club!! x
Tatersmama - oh, now that would be GOOD. Maybe one day... you just never know...xx
MM - Lovely to meet you too... what a day, eh??! Still recovering. xx
LCM - Quite extraordinary... you really are a mate!! And I kind of knew that it would happen before we met, and it did. Hooray!! Coffe pot on for September, or something stronger if nec. xx
EM - I know, I know, the best thing about Cybermummy was the constant recognition of someone's blog you adore!! Lovely to meet you and hear first hand about your life. xx
Trash - so amazing... because everyone is just as they should be. So nice...
diney - you will HAVE to come. It really is the best fun! x
rosiescribble - I know!! I was thinking just that... but what nonsense that our table lost the quiz..! I thought we were winging it.... grrr. xx
LJ - there really is... like a whole load of mates you've met up with after a long time... just brilliant. xx
rhyfoodie - wasn't it just amazing... I am sure we probably caught eyes across the room, or cried together at Sandy Calico's post, or else drooled together over a cup cake...! what a day. xxx

Troy said...

Do let me know when the Cyberparent meeting is!

Lou said...

so jealous


Anonymous said...

Wasn't it just lovely? Such a great atmosphere, I'm so glad I came along!

grumpyoldwoman said...

Totally jealous. Have met with bloggers who live in my home town and stayed friends with them - even if distantly. We are a strange lot to be sure.

The Dotterel said...

Hooray for cybermummy (and cyberdaddy) and boo for not having the time to talk to everyone. Really sorry I didn't get to say 'hello'. Maybe next year?

Humdrum Mum said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Lovely to read about it (if a bit envious!) - HMx

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How lovely to meet up with fellow bloggers. Sounds like you all had a great day. I've tried to get to grips with Facebook but am failing dismally - it's the blogging life for me.

Anonymous said...

I met some friends is just about right isn't it. Blogging is a wonderful world to do that. Glad you had a great time.

CJ xx

Almost Mrs Average said...

It was great to meet you, at last. Cybermummy was a fab day. Hope there'll be another one.

BTW Grumpoldwoman, maybe we ought to do another Bury St Edmunds gathering - it has been a while - or let's make it a Suffolk one and invite Troy ;-) x

Robynn's Ravings said...

I can't imagine being in a room with everyone that "gets" it. I have never attended one of those blogger events but have met a few blogging friends. I know I'd have fun but nothing comes near here and I know I wouldn't fly to go to one. So glad you had a great time and maybe, one day, I can write a similar post. Now after they've met me, THEIR posts might not be so cheery!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Huzzah for blogging and LWMuM!

vegemitevix said...

What a fantastic post about Cybermummy. That's absolutely what I got from it too. Lovely to meet you by the way.