On Saturday the Mumsnet Blogfest took place in London, today mothers and fathers who blog are reeling in its aftermath. Apparently the conference itself was great, I myself missed it (I was with my little family at my nephews’ birthday party) so I couldn’t really tell you about that. What I can tell you is that a woman whose name we shall shorten to LJ, as I really don’t want to give her any more publicity than she’s already getting, was present and in fact talked in front of the audience. Whatever she said is of no consequence; however, the result of her short presence at the conference was an article full of hatred towards parents who blog for her Daily Mail column.
I want to turn this on its head and ask you, dear reader, WHY DO YOU READ BLOGS?
As a mother who stays but also works at home, who doesn’t place ads on her blog but has no problem with those who do (and will probably ask them one day how to go about it, above all now, it’s the feisty spirit), who doesn’t publish sponsored posts and hardly ever does reviews (because I don’t have time after working and looking after a toddler and household!), I felt attacked from several different directions at once; including the feelings of protectiveness towards fellow mothers whose lives are described with the acronym SAHM. You see, that acronym right there, that SAHM is a job in itself. Financially it doesn’t bring a salary at the end of the month but it is hard work. Probably harder than LJ has worked in her life.
Finally, it makes me sad for you, for me, for LJ that this is what 2012 brings? A century ago women were fighting for the right to vote and this, this is what we get: oppression from fellow women. I wanted the challenge of bringing up a daughter in the 21st century, I just didn’t realise that this is how it was going to go.
PS-What is wrong with moving with the times and making money in innovative ways? As long as there is an ethic and common sense, moving with the times has always been a good thing. It’s called history. Which leads me to: LJ, darling, you may want to soften your look a bit, moving with the times means ageing, try to do it gracefully eh!
You may also want to read my other post on the matter: I am blogger, hear me roar! And come be feisty with me while you dance around the room and share your posts.