Thanks to my fabulous sponsor, The Cambridge Coffee Company, I was able to attend BritmumsLive last weekend. This is a blogging and social media conference for parenting bloggers with the opportunity to learn and develop relationships.
I went with the aim of learning if there is a way in which I can change my little world beyond the classroom.
We all know that I love teaching, the time spent with kids helping to achieve their very best at whatever level that is. But lots of you also know that I’m tired of the constant change and the constant battle against government changes which don’t benefit the students.
I know that there must be more than working the early starts, the marking until late at night, worrying about results late at night and restless nights.
I wanted to see what I could find in the social media world, whether there were any connections to be made. I was particularly interested in the role of a social media manager and the ways in which I might pursue an ‘online’ career.
What I concluded was not what I was expecting.
I love blogging for having my little space of the Internet and the fact that somehow my little voice is valued. I enjoy the social media interaction, particularly on Instagram.
But I want to be able to turn off from work and have my evenings and weekends without doing or worrying about work. I don’t want to be learning how to write invoices, I don’t want to be scheduling 15 minute work slots all over the place for what seems like not very much money. I don’t want to be working late nights or early mornings around Sprog. I don’t want to be littering my Twitter and Instagram feeds with brand based hashtags.
I was surprised that I came to such a firm decision but at least it narrows down my opinions.
Beyond this, I managed to pick up a few tips to improve my work as I’m writing now but I came back from BritmumsLive feeling overwhelmed and it’s actually taking me this long to settle my mind and work through everything that happened.
I felt a bit uncomfortable at times and I’m not always great at going up to people I don’t know but with a couple of glasses of wine inside me on the Friday night I did touch base with a few bloggers that I love their work and have clicked with on social media. I loved spending time with the other Sussex bloggers as well.
My conclusions from BritmumsLive are
– For some people they were clearly in their element of selfie taking and catching up with friends.
– Social media management is not the way forward for me.
– I caught up with a few wonderful people.
– I am not comfortable in big groups of people that I don’t know.
– Britmums do a fantastic job at bringing together bloggers and providing them with the skills to improve and the opportunity to meet new brands to work with.