Monday, July 5, 2010

Expectations Exceeded

With bleary eyes and a pounding head I woke up trying to remember what truck had run me over the day before. Only it wasn't a truck, it was one of the best weekends of my life. CyberMummy, the blogging conference for mum bloggers in the UK was this past Saturday. 200 women. One hotel. We converged upon the Ibis London Earls Court with jitters and expectations. All jitters were unfounded; everyone was lovely. The expectations were exceeded.

The conference started and there was a feeling in the air. A feeling that I can only describe as kindred sisterhood. We are not only bloggers, we are sisters. We understand one another. Through our posts we have shared our deepest feelings. We have read posts and connected. This was confirmed during the Community Keynote Speeches. As blog posts were read by their authors not a dry eye was to be found in the entire conference room. There were happy tears, tears of sadness, tears of "I've been there too", and tears of laughter. All these tears bonded the 200 women at this event together.

Friendships were born and sealed on Saturday. A few bottles (ok- many bottles) of wine were consumed. Conversations were animated. Boundaries of decency were pushed, bent, and maybe broken. There was never a dull moment. There was never a spare moment. I cannot wait to do it all again next year.