So this time next month I’ll be on a train to London, on my way to my first ever Brit Mums Live Shin-dig.

Fuck me, I’m nervous.

No doubt the neck based worry rash will be starting to make an appearance by this point. And the nervous retching will commence meaning, I’ll probably freak some people out on the tube. But that’s fine, plenty of weirdos in London I’ll fit right in.

Trouble is – I have questions. Ones that aren’t answered in the BritMumsLive FAQ section. Trust me I’ve read it seven times.

It all centres around – how am I supposed to behave when I actually get there?

Like a normal person, Sarah.

Luckily thanks to the genius of the internet I have managed to make some blogging friends over the last year who will (hopefully) sit with me. I’m looking forward to meeting Su from Ethan&Evelyn in person! We have been reading each others blogs for months and she invited me to co-host the #fabfridaypost linky earlier this year which was a great boost to my blogging confidence. She’s also helped me through some technical difficulties and has always supported my writing.

I’m actively harassing Meagan from The Mum Project #stayclassy to come but so far no luck. Feel free to join in and bombard her with Tweets and emails. On the hour, every hour should do it. I don’t know whats wrong with her, its not like she has a five month old baby,a job and studies to contend with…

I also want to apologise in advance to Cash from The ComeBack Mum , because my opening line may well be along the lines of “Oh my god I love you! The whole story about your vagina was amazing and I told my Mum all about it!” .

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Yeah. So sorry.

But what about the bloggers that don’t know I know them? The ones  I stalk read, the ones I know the intimate details of their life?

What about them?

Do I say “Hi, I’m Sarah – you have no idea who I am but I read your blog obsessively and truly believe we could soul mates.”

I’m gonna get weird. I just know it.

I’ve got a list. My stalker list. Its not typed or laminated or anything but a lot of you are on it and I  will be trying to find you  am so looking forward to meeting you! Sorry in advance, if I hug you inappropriately.

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Here’s my answers for the I’m Going To #BML16 linky . I love this idea, its great to read everyone’s posts – if you’re going take a look at this and join in!

My name: Sarah Aslett
My blog: Admissions Of A Working Mother
Find me on social media at: TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM
How I look: Dazed/ confused/ nervous/ lost/ tipsy – hopefully reasonably presentable!
Is this my first blogging event? Yes, I have no idea what to expect but I’m really looking forward to it.
I will be wearing…

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I have no idea to be honest, I will probably treat myself to something new – hopefully the weather will be nice and sunny by then.
What I hope to gain from #BML16: I want to meet people first and foremost. I also want to learn a bit more on the technical side of things like SEO and Google Analytics.
My tips for a great conference: Don’t get lost, get there on time. If I just manage this I know I’ll have a great day!

 

Is It Ok To Hug People You Know From The Internet? #BML16

36 thoughts on “Is It Ok To Hug People You Know From The Internet? #BML16

  • May 26, 2016 at 7:35 am
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    Hilarious and so true! I guess it depends on how well you know them – if you converse regularly, yeah a hug in in order. If you don’t, then no, a little less full on greeting is in order! haha Have a great time!

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  • May 26, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    Hahah this really made me laugh! I was debating over whether to go but then with it being so far away (we are up north!) and child care, etc, it wasn’t really possible this year. I love that you have a list though, I hope you manage to hug as many people as possible! Enjoy! #stayclassy

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  • May 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm
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    Brilliant post, made me laugh (lots). I’m glad you’re going to #BML 16 too. Hope I get to bump into you! It’s cool we can all share our “OMG I am actually going to my first blogging conference and there will be 500 other bloggers there” social anxieties. Have a good trip down. And yes you must know your online blogging sisterly crew well enough to give them a hug when you see each other!x

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  • May 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm
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    Landed here from ‘I’m going to #BML linky’ Hope you enjoy your time. I’ll be one of the few guys in attendance.

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Ah, have an amazing time lovely!! I’m really looking forward to reading all of the blog posts about it! I hope a drunken time is had by all! #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:31 am
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    Brilliant!! We are exactly the same!! I’m not bothered by the Q&A on the website, I’m also more concerned with managing my social anxiety!! I’ve been agonising over dresses on asos-will that be too hot/cold/short/try hard? What do I want to take away from the day-I’m not sure, but I hope everyone will like me? Must be on time-but you’re inept, you won’t be able to navigate the tube, you might just be going round and round all day and probably won’t even make it?… That’s just a snapshot into my thought process recently!! I’ll totally be the same with Cash Carraway too!! And I used to be a nurse, so there’s a part of me that’ll have to stop the nurses side of my brain kicking in, and not ask if I can have a look…!! Maybe contact everyone on your list, and see how they feel about hugs-divide them in a yes and no pile, then you’ll know where you stand!! I’m sure it’ll be fine-I just hope we are offered wine on arrival-I’m completely not adverse to getting on it at 9am!! Hopefully I’ll see you there!!
    #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 8:21 am
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    Ha ha yeah go ahead give them all a hug! I won’t be there sadly as I am getting Josh christened that day but have an amazing time I can’t wait to read all about it xx #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 8:33 am
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    I thought I had commented on this already, how had I not commented! As I said on twitter I have the same fear. When you think about it there is a the potential for real social awkwardness, argh lets not think about it! I am worried that I will get lost in London, introduce myself to a load of people who will just look at me blankly whilst clearly thinking “get away nutter” and the hug thing, I have been known to shake people by the hand, I know! I hope to meet you #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    It’s great that we are able to build such strong friendships online, and they really do feel genuine and strong, but crossing over in to real life is a whole new ball game. I am sure you are going to have a fabulous time and hope you get lots of hugs. #StayClassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 8:45 am
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    Haha awww I feel for you, it’s like the first day in school all over again. Just think though, if things do get weird and you do look a little stalkerish- well it’s a pretty huge compliment for them so I wouldn’t worry! And… other bloggers there will definitely be thinking the same about you 🙂 Have a great time! #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    aww have fun!! you’ll be fine! you’re all in the same boat, and I’m sure everyone will be just lovely #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 9:01 am
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    I’ll look out for you! And shake you warmly by the hand or something. It’s my first time at BML too and I’m very nervous. I’m glad that I’m not the only one …!

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  • June 2, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    I so wish I could be there, I guess my excuse is a bit pathetic really, I mean just because I live in Australia that shouldn’t stop me! Then we could look weird together, oh and I could wear that top because that rocks!!!! Have fun! I am super jealous! #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 9:41 am
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    This is brilliant! I never used to hug people full stop but know what you mean about feeling you know people before you’ve met them and they’re “Internet friends “. Maybe one day I’ll be invited to one of these blogging things! #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 10:22 am
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    I NEED that shirt.

    I know where you’re coming from – I’m very socially awkward and would find an event like BML 16 really difficult, even though there are lots of people going who I’d love to meet. It’s one thing to chat with/stalk people on the internet – it’s quite another to make face-to-face conversation. Good luck! #StayClassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    Yes, hug everyone! Its totally fine and normal to do that 😉 #stayclassy Have a great time , sounds like its going to be amazing.

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  • June 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    Have an amazing time! I went last year and if I’m completely honest there’s probably a reason a lot of us hang out on the internet. Everyone was really nice and also really nervous (except this one chick, she was a cow but you always get one ;)) #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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    Come say hi to me! I’ll hug anyone! Ok that’s not very flattering is it? 😉 But also be prepared for lots of people looking at you blankly until the see your blog name badge and don’t be offended! Unless you are a vlogger and people see your face in animation A LOT it can be hard to recognise people. See you there! #StayClassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm
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    Well now you’ve posted this they’ll be expecting crazy stalker behaviour, and they’ll be like ‘Ah that’s Sarah!’.
    You’ll be fine, enjoy it!
    #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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    I would be scared too. I’m very shy in real life. Just be sure to have a few drinks and you’ll be fine. Wine always helps me 😉 I’m looking forward to reading all about it.

    #stayclassy

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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    As a VERY new blogger I would love it if someone said – “You have no idea who I am but I read your blog obsessively and truly believe we could soul mates.” I’d be like “BOOM I’ve made it” so say it – you’ll make someone’s day. Or completely creep them but out but that’s their problem!

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  • June 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    This made me laugh lots!! I would be the one going up to people like ‘Mum Project I loved your post about being a gangster can we be best buds?’ and then wondering why people look at me strangely. I can’t go to BML which makes me sad, I would love to meet everyone! #StayClassy

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    • June 3, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      Dude if you were there I would immediately start singing Big Poppa and do some kind of gangster walk sooooo all good. ; )

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  • June 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    Haha, I’m laughing so hard! I can imagine your anxiety, honestly though. I’ve never been to a blogging conference or anything similar-but I know you’ll have an absolute blast! <3 #StayClassy

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  • June 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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    Hahaha Sarah you’re too funny! I’m glad you harassed me (or politely asked ; ) ) to go because – as you know – I am now going!!! Yaaaayyy! I’m semi awkward as well, let’s just get some drinks down us and we’ll be swimming (don’t know what that means but it seemed to make sense in my head) – get prepared for the weirdness

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  • June 4, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    Ha ha, and yikes – good luck! #stayclassy

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  • June 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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    Oh my goodness I love this post far, FAR too much. Please can you come and hug me, with gusto? I don’t know a single person going and I can’t decide if I’m really excited about it (I’m up for an award – yay!) or if I’m absolutely dreading it (I have no blog friends – boo!). As long as I’ve decided by the 25th June all should be well… 😉

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  • June 6, 2016 at 11:05 am
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    It’s so good to hear that other people are thinking the same things as you are! As a newbie to blogging and twitterland I often wonder several of the points you spoke of!

    Had a little chortle – Don’t get lost, Get there on time (My mantra in life too!) ((early if possible!))

    Good to know I’m not alone!

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  • June 8, 2016 at 4:49 am
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    Love that t-shirt! I’m not going but if I did I’d feel the same way you do!

    Part of the allure of blogging is having the time and space to put thoughts and ideas into order rather than going BLARGH andspeakingfartooquicklybecauseofnervesandtheneedtonotappearnervousandlikemepleaselikeme.

    I’m sure you’ll be fine. Booze will help and having shared such intimate stuff online creates a weird bond of sorts.

    #StayClassy

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