I’m not known for my outgoing personality, and the online anonymity of Mumsnet has been a lifesaver for me over the last few years, helping me with career highs and lows, child rearing, emotional crises and nearly every funny story I know….. So I signed up for BlogFest with trepidation.
This morning, Millbank Tower is full of women, all Mumsnetters, all bloggers, and all members of this amazing community of women – or nest of vipers, as we like to be known. Already, the astonishing Miriam Gonzales Durantez has delivered a keynote speech which was truly inspiring – talking of the wonderful support that MN can provide, and reminding us of the parallels and contrasts between our lives and the lives of the women in Africa with whom she works through the charity she co-founded: Circle of Lawyers..
Now we are into Finding Your Voice, a panel discussion with Zoe Williams, Rachel Cusk, Zoe Strimpel, and the hilarious Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, who is currently appearing as a hologram on a large screen. It’s 4am where she is right now: that’s dedication! Rachel Cusk has just told us that she got expelled from school for her first writing, – but has neatly sidestepped questions about using your own family as material – Zoe Wiliams that she got fired from Now Magazine for finding her voice…. Zoe Strimpel is warning against writing in a confessional style unless we are sure that we can cope with the sensitivities of personal exposure – over sharing, moi? Best line so far…..’my husband at the time…’ Oh, and it’s less than an hour into BlogFest and the word ‘asshole’ has already come up twice…..right sweary bunch, we are :)
..and check out Zoe Williams’ gorgeous heels :)