Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cupcakes and Bunting

Photo credit: Anna Gordon
This post has been mulling since Saturday night, when I crawled into my bed just before midnight, after spending the day at Mumsnet Blogfest.

Which incidentally was bloody marvellous!  From the opening keynote speech from Miriam Gonz├ílez Dur├íntez right through to Caitlin Moran's hilarious closer, and in between with useful sessions and best of all loads of other inspiring women to talk to, and later swig fizz with. It was great to put faces to internet sprites stitch this and Dillytante

I've always had an appreciation for Mumsnet, I discovered it just before I got pregnant with my first baby, seven years ago now. I felt that as 'Mum' was in the title of the site, I couldn't actually post until I got pregnant and so had a valid connection with parenthood. Luckily I got the little blue line shortly after this and jumped into an ante-natal thread where women who were due at the same time talked about pretty much everything to do with early pregnancy. I can remember ranting about my super advanced pregnancy sense of smell and the awful reek of fellow travellers on public transport. And because I was talking to other women who were going through a similar experience, I didn't have to bore any of my 'real life' friends (who weren't pregnant or mothers) with the minutiae of gestational gossip.

Since then Mumsnet has given me plenty of support on all aspects of parenthood and on a more flippant note Mumsnet is also the reason that my husband and I can't talk about Centre Parcs with a straight face... (if you're curious, google Centre Parks Mumsnet, but maybe not at work).

So apart from having a marvellous time, yakking and swigging, what did I learn from Blogfest?

1. That the best way to get better at writing is to get on and write
2. That there really is such thing as a sisterhood
3. That if you hang around talking until the bitter end when chairs are stacked on tables, they'll probably run out of goody bags... oh well

And I'm not really bothered that a certain Daily Mail columnist is scornful of my type of blog, mainly because I'm a desperately earnest woolly liberal Guardian-reading type. I like knitting, so shoot me. And cakes are tasty. Blogging is my hobby, not my life, it's just something I try to fit in with all the other things that fill my days. And my life is full, and I am grateful.

I've submitted this post to the Mumsnet Bloghop, click here to see more posts about the day.


  1. Glad you had fun! Haven't ever been to a bloggers event but think one day I might like to. And I really think not being bothered what Daily Mail journalists think about anything is a good general rule of thumb! Cakes ARE tasty. Bunting IS pretty. And the Daily Mail is a hate filled rag that likes women to be miserable, so doesn't want us making ourselves happier by having a creative outlet. x

    1. Liz Jones from DM was at the event on a panel about how much you should reveal about your private life in your writing (in Liz's case that would be pretty much everything). General reaction to her in the hall was a sort of appalled sympathy, she seemed like a really unhappy person.