That I should have spent far less time worrying about what to wear- didn’t give mine or anyone else’s clothes a second thought once there.
In a similar vein I have learnt always to wash new black jeans before wearing them- I am looking rather grey skinned today!
That I should have spent far less time worrying about being shy. Turns out I am less shy than I think, though probably made an arse of myself due to gabbling on a bit due to nerves.
That I do not like being too close to an owl.
How to use a magic wand. (thanks to the chaps in the Warner Bros lounge, although utterly failed to magic away my hangover)
Just HOW much change blogging can bring- personally and globally. Blogging From The Heart and Blogging For Good showed you can really bring about such amazing things for yourself and for others.
That I do not like poached egg when it is runny.
That I can’t tell the difference between cheap and expensive coffee. As long as it is sweet, milky and coffee flavoured I am happy.
That I am not that competitive, while beyond thrilled to be a finalist, I felt no misery at not winning my category, rather took pleasure in watching all the deserved winners joy at their success.
That it is OK to have a little weep in public, especially seeing as everyone else was.
That I am so lucky to be a member of such a supportive community.
That I can hold my own in a conversation with proper clever grown-ups, even if I drag it down to my own level.
That I can speak in public, and only be 8/10ths of my way to a panic attack while doing it.
That you are ALL gorgeous.
That I love blogging, and love learning how to be better at it. Thanks to all those with amazing advice in their sessions.
That my children are EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL when I haven’t seen them for 36 hours
That Jo from the Adequate Parent and her family are incredibly kind hosts.
That PR and promotions people are lovely, and helpful, and informative.
That Katy Hill is hilarious.
That many bloggers are great public speakers as well as writers, the keynote posts were movingly/hilariously delivered with immense skill, and the sessions were a combination of well explained information and fabulously told anecdote.
That a camera exists that is immune to sand- thanks to the guys in the Panasonic lounge for that information, as I have damaged 2 by taking pics on the beach!
That sharing knowledge is a great thing.
That I can be silly in a photo booth without dying from crippling embarrassment.
That friends you make online are equally, if not more lovely in real life.
That sometimes even I can’t eat ALL the biscuits- but I had a good attempt at Fox’s never ending supply!
That I want to be better – write better, be funnier, be deeper, be more conscious of what I write. Don’t worry, the nonsense won’t be abandoned- in fact the only notes I wrote all weekend is this line from the Funny Women session- ‘Be an idiot, hang around with idiots’
That I CANNOT wait to do it all again next year.