Last Saturday a congregation of female bloggers took place in London (with a few token males thrown in…because we are not sexists!)
The location, 8 Northumberland Avenue, was posh and very central, just around the corner from Trafalgar Square. It was easy to get to. I drove up and got a decent deal (£24 for the day) for parking at the near-by Q-carpark.
Cybher was a lovely event and credit to the main organiser –Sian and her handful of helpers.
There were generally 4 sessions running parallel and I found it hard to decide which ones to choose. Some of my choices were good, some not so relevant to my interests. Being 36 weeks pregnant didn’t help in my patience to sit through things either.
In the past we have been spoilt by blogging events involving cake, so the AVG stand was onto a winner by providing cupcakes throughout the day.
I thought the networking area was a great space and most of the sponsors provided an element of value to the bloggers- be it the aforementioned cupcakes (AVG), bra size measurement (Freya), skin care goodies (Palmers) or getting you mog montaged into Desperate Housewives (Disney). Disney also had a lovely stand showcasing some of their grown up stuff, including a wonderfully comfy £4000 designer chair.
Cybher to me ended up being mostly about meeting people: meeting old and new friends.
The scenario below is classic of most blogger conferences I’ve been to:
@theroomset not seen u yet. Where abouts are you?
@mumonthebrink I have lookout for you I have a white scarf on hope to catch up
@theroomset I have black t-shirt on stating “i can’t see my feet…”
@mumonthebrink I’m on your table x
At this point I look up, look across the table and we burst into uncontrollable laughter, us and those around us that picked up on the conversation… people from other tables look at us with strange glances. The presentation isn’t that funny.
@mumonthebrink I have lost you again x
We will be meeting up a couple of weeks later. We actually only live 15 miles apart and have similar aged children…in the meantime we carry on tweeting.
A new connection is made- virtual friendship transitions to Real Life.
Besides the technical and inspirational value of these events the human element means so much!