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Massive klaxon! Mumsnet BlogFest is here!

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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Sep-12 12:14:40

We're completely thrilled to announce the launch of Mumsnet BlogFest 2012 - a jam-packed event to celebrate everything there is to love about blogging, and help you get the most from what you post.

The event will take place on Saturday 10 November at a slinky venue in central London, and we've got a fabulous roster of bloggers, writers, and techie experts lined up - including a keynote speech from the lovely Caitlin Moran. She'll be joined by Jeanette Winterson, Zoe Williams , Liz Jones <gasp!> and a host of others, including (but not limited to!) our very own MmeLindor, Eliza Gray, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Cath Elliott, MmeGuillotine, Slummy single mummy and Cari Rosen.

There'll be sessions on finding your voice and improving your writing skills; dealing with trolls and related nasties; drawing the line between public and private; and a kazillion other useful and intriguing subjects - have a look at the programme for full details.

There'll also be plenty of opportunities to chat to fellow bloggers, or make new friends, over a delicious lunch at the top of the Millbank Tower - plus a glass or two of something lovely at the end of the day. And don't forget to grab an expert for one-to-one advice on everything blog-related in our Blog Clinic, which will run throughout the day.

We canvassed 300 of our bloggers on the sessions and speakers they'd like to see at BlogFest, but there are still plenty of speakers to be announced. So if you've a yearning to hear from someone in particular, do let us know here and we'll do our best to oblige.

The event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, so if you haven't yet started blogging but want to dip a toe in the water - or simply want to hear some great speakers - do join us. If you're quick off the mark, you can catch the early bird offer (£50 per ticket - a third off!). So help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (#mumsnetblogfest) - and don't forget to tell your friends, your colleagues and your mum - the more the merrier!

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 13:36:19

cough ahem ;)

JessMumsnetBloggers (MNHQ) Wed 19-Sep-12 14:19:24

Yikes! Sorry <offers gin as apology> All in place now...

Tee2072 Wed 19-Sep-12 14:24:08

grin MmeG.

Wish I could be there. Have fun!

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 14:35:25

Hurray for gin, otherwise known as Mumsnet Ruin! smile

Tee, oh no, won't you be there?! sad

PetiteRaleuse Wed 19-Sep-12 14:38:50

Would love to be there too but due to have c section a week or so before so making the trip over to London would be pushing it a little. Hope you all have a fabulous time, and that you do another event next year.

Tee2072 Wed 19-Sep-12 14:45:41

I can't afford to fly to London right now MmeG. Maybe next time.

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 14:54:34

Oh no that's a shame, Petite and Tee. sad

I'm currently in a slight panic as I've just seen where it's being held and I'm absolutely terrified of both heights and lifts! Getting me up there is going to be pretty interesting... ;D

Tee2072 Wed 19-Sep-12 15:02:51

I'm more concerned that the map on the info page has the venue smack in the middle of the it a floating building?

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 16:28:37

That would be AWESOME. They should have hired a Thames cruise ship for the day! smile

TheLazyGirlBlog Wed 19-Sep-12 17:13:58

Do you know if anyone would sponsor bloggers to attend? I've already paid for another conference and him indoors will go ape if I buy one for this too

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 18:01:29

LazyGirl, you could try asking companies that you have worked with in the past to see if they're interested in sponsoring you? I believe that's how it's done for this sort of event. smile

TheLazyGirlBlog Wed 19-Sep-12 18:54:29

Yeah I may do, but IME recently companies just aren't shelling out for sponsorship anymore.

DillyTante Wed 19-Sep-12 19:55:47

Aww Petite and Tee that's a shame. I'll be there smile

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 21:59:06

that is a shame. I was hoping to meet you.

Now, you know that having a CS a week before is not an adequate excuse. Why, in my day we popped in to see the GP (or the vet, if the doc was busy) , had a CS in the morning and were out pulling up tatties in the fields in the afternoon.


Seriously. I am sad that you won't be there but we will have a HUGE glass of gin wine and toast your new arrival.

Ok, I am off to book flights and a hotel once I work out where to book the hotel. Who is staying overnight in London? I am going for cheap as chips, so likely a EasyHotel. I might have to stay 2 nights, cause flight too late in morning to get to venue in time.

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 22:01:47

OMG. Just looked at the venue. Wow. That is gorgeous.

MmeG I will meet you at the bottom and feed you lots of gin

DillyTante Wed 19-Sep-12 22:02:54

I'm going to stay with my mum which is about half an hour train from Victoria. But I can stay out as late as I want grin

mrscumberbatch Wed 19-Sep-12 22:04:23

Oh sadtimes... I am skiiiiint.

But would love to go.

FairyGodsMumsnetter, can I have my one wish now please?

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 22:06:45

I stayed in a B&B near Victoria earlier this year, so might book there - or the EasyHotel near the station. Will see which is cheaper.

Never thought of looking for sponsors. D'ya think P&G would sponsor me. I am a MUM, after all ;)

eggdipdip Wed 19-Sep-12 22:08:49

Oh exciting! does happy dance just what I need to cheer me up while I'm in bed with man flu. <runs off to style & beauty boards for emergency advice> wine

eggdipdip Wed 19-Sep-12 22:10:17

mmeLindor I think you should ask P&G for sure ;)

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 22:10:34

Haha, thanks! I'm going to be at the Tate next Monday, which is next door to Millbank Tower - d'you think they'd mind me popping in to see what it's like? I'm actually phobic when it comes to heights and lifts but it might make it easier if I'm familiar with the building? I'm determined to be there so am going to do whatever it takes to get me up to the top of that tower!

The night before is the anniversary of the last Ripper murder so I was planning to be in London anyway. I usually stay in Whitechapel so I'll probably book into a hotel there for the weekend. smile

MmeLindor Wed 19-Sep-12 22:18:54

That might help, MmeG. Would you be ok taking the stairs?

Looks like I will fly in on Friday cause first flight would mean me getting up at 4am and I really can't face that. Will hopefully meet friends evening before.

I will book EasyHotel Victoria then, Dilly. I know that area, so won't be worried about getting lost.

MmeGuillotine Wed 19-Sep-12 22:23:35

Oh I don't mind the stairs at all, although they'll probably kill me! I'd just like to know if they are completely internal or have windows. smile

liveotherwise Wed 19-Sep-12 22:43:28

Made it on phone!

Am expecting to have to stay Friday and Saturday, appreciate (cheap) local hotel recommendations. Will have Tigerboy with me (8 months by that point).

Really really looking forward to it smile

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