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To want everyone to stop talking about trolls and hear about the AMAZING event that MNHQ organised yesterday

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MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 10:01:02

Cause they really should have a day to celebrate and recover.

I attended the Blogfest yesterday and I hope other bloggers will come along and tell you their impressions.

It kicked of with a short speech from Justine (looking stunning in long black boots that showcased her 'gazelle legs' - Dilly's compliment)

She introduced Miriam Gonzales Durantez, who spoke movingly about the support she received on MN when she refused to be the typical politicians wife. She said 'women's rights are human rights' and spoke about her interest in Anthony Nolan trust.

Then we had a panel discussion with novelist Rachel Cusk, journalists Zoe Strimpel and Zoe Williams, with the Bloggess joining us via google hangout in Texas (in her pjs but fully made up)

The quote of the session was from Jenny, The Bloggess who spoke of being asked about her work as a Mummyblogger. She replied, 'don't call me Mommy, unless you came out of my vagina' to roars of approval from the crowd.

... Will add more. Any other attendees want to join in?

MardyBra Sun 11-Nov-12 10:06:08

It sounds like a great vent MmeL

MardyBra Sun 11-Nov-12 10:06:17


flyoverthegoldenhill Sun 11-Nov-12 10:10:08

nope I was having far too much fun playing with the trolls grin

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 11-Nov-12 10:13:49

Sounds great, thanks for the report.

Thisisaeuphemism Sun 11-Nov-12 10:16:47

It was great - and you were excellent mme Lindor.
I enjoyed hearing about vagenda and the ideas that were given to the woman who came all the way from Canada to learn how to highlight disabilities.
Jenny was ace!

MardyBra Sun 11-Nov-12 10:16:48

Now where are those trolls?

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 10:23:41

The panel discussion was about finding your voice. Rachel Cusk talked of writing, and about how having children gave her life a structure which made it easier for her to write in childcare sized chunks of time.

We were told not to edit edit edit but to publish. To be honest and original, not to imitate.

A question from the floor on writing about your children, and what to do when they get older and don't want to be in your blog was controversial. Zoe Williams insisted that you can't let your family members have editing privileges, and then Prof Tanya Byron spoke from the audience.

Judging by the applause that greeted her comment, she wasn't alone in her opinion that no blogger should write about a family member, particularly a child, who has said he doesn't want to be on the blog.

Tricky one for those bloggers who start blogging when their children are little and base their blog on them.

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 10:25:51

Amazing - the woman who came from Canada!

There was a woman who came from Canada for this event. She writes and campaigns for children with SN and wanted tips on getting her voice heard. I forgot to get her details so if anyone had them, I'd like to contact her.

Holly from vagenda was ace.

Thisisaeuphemism Sun 11-Nov-12 10:29:05

Yeah, it was interesting to see the stark difference between the points of view; the 'artists' versus 'the psychologists'.
I thought the finding your voice session went off course a little but nonetheless was interesting.

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 10:31:45

Yes, that's true. I enjoyed it all the same.

flyoverthegoldenhill Sun 11-Nov-12 10:32:55

Mardy one got deleted, after he called us all thick nazi's hmm and I guess his mummy is hanging her head in shame grin, by the way he was far too intelligent to hang round here. Do we have a symbol for entitled ignorant idle fuckwit ?

Thisisaeuphemism Sun 11-Nov-12 10:33:30

I didn't get her details I'm afraid. It's testimony to mumsnet campaigning reputation that she came.
Caitlin's writing advice was spot on, I think. - asking yourself why' all the time is such a big thing yet easily forgotten.

flyoverthegoldenhill Sun 11-Nov-12 10:34:37

Damn - should have been fuckwits blush
Maybe he was right after all grin

SnowWide Sun 11-Nov-12 10:37:47

Mme, who invited Liz Zones? From her scathing article today, I gather she wasnt very enthused about being there....

Thisisaeuphemism Sun 11-Nov-12 10:38:57

I couldn't believe what the panel said about the comments in the guardian online (in the talk about trolls.)
Then I looked this morning To read the review of the blogfest and they were of course absolutely right. It's a nest of misogynists there. Grim.

TiggyD Sun 11-Nov-12 10:42:06

Liz Jones went and she wasn't killed. Therefore, the event was a failure.

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 10:45:40

She was invited to talk about privacy and how much bloggers should reveal. Seems she hardly saw anything of the event and didn't even research the article properly.

The blogger mentioned is called CambridgeMUMMY and is a WOHM with her own business. Her dh is SAHD


giraffesCantLightFireworks Sun 11-Nov-12 10:46:37

Sounds Fab

MardyBra Sun 11-Nov-12 10:49:47

Thanks fly

oranges Sun 11-Nov-12 10:57:35

The event was fab. It proved the actual opposite of Liz Jones column.When women begin to write about the details of their lives, for each other and the outside world, their voice becomes louder and more powerful. And it terrifies people who are used to assuming these wives and mothers are content to toil away in the shadows.

MissAnnersley Sun 11-Nov-12 11:10:52

Just read the Liz Jones article. Interesting.

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 11:22:53

Good point oranges. Which is why my blog is not going to be about Liz jones and why I won't discuss or analyse her anymore.

Who was it who said we should strive to look for positive and not always nitpick? Caitlin, I think.

So no bitching about Liz, but praise for the other speakers who brought far far more to the table

MmeLindor Sun 11-Nov-12 11:23:37

This is the blogger referred to, btw

<done with Liz emoticon>

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 11-Nov-12 11:25:06

Liz Jones wasn't a big fan it turns out. "May as well be wearing burkas,shuffling along" was a choice quote. Well, a paraphrased quote. All the important words are right.

She's such a lovely woman.

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