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    Mumsnet Blogfest 2012 – Dealing With Trolls

    Panel discussion at the Mumsnet Blogfest 2012, headed by Eleanor Mills, Times Online journalist     The word ‘troll’ for a person who comments on blogs or online news articles in a way to elicit fear and disgust may be new, but ‘hate mail’ is as old as the newspaper industry itself, according to Suzanne Moore. No longer are newspaper offices recipients of scribbled letters in green ink, as technology has found new ways of dispatching hate directly to the writer. The more controversial the topic, the nastier the comments received, although Moore surprised us by saying that an article on Morris Dancers provoked the most hateful response of her…

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    Mumsnet Blogfest 2012 – Finding Your Voice

    Panel discussion at the Mumsnet Blogfest 2012, hosted by Gaby Wood, Head of Books, Daily Telegraph     The journalists Zoe Williams and Zoe Strimpel, writer Rachel Cusk were in London, while blogger Jenny Lawson, better known as TheBloggess joined in via Google+ videolink from Texas. It was 4am in Texas but Jenny was bright and cheery, wearing PJs, make-up and, at times, a cat. The panel talked of the changes that motherhood had brought them, with Zoe Williams talking of the ‘pram in the hall’ syndrome – when women writers lose their creativity or focus after the birth of their child. She revealed she has a problem in thinking…

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    Mumsnet Blogfest 2012 – Inspiration and Friendship

    I flew to London this weekend to attend the Mumsnet Blogfest. Parenting website Mumsnet had assembled a speakers list which was as dazzling as it was varied. Miriam Gonzales Durantez, Prof Tanya Byron, Zoe Margolis, Caitlin Moran, Susanne Moore, Zoe Williams… and many more. The best piece of advice was by Caitlin Moran who said if you are not sure how to end your article cut and paste the second paragraph, which meant that I am continuing to write this article about 30 hours after I started it because I started to worry about how to end my article with this paragraph. So, thanks for that Caitlin.      …

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    Nigel Farage’s speedy exit from Mumsnet

    Nigel Farage’s much anticipated webchat on Mumsnet has just ended. It is fair to say that the UKIP leader has managed what no other politician has achieved – to completely alienate the posters of Mumsnet. I would imagine that the chance of a Mumsnetter voting for him is about the same as the likelihood of them deciding that they actually don’t like Boden, and fruit shoots are not that bad really, and why don’t we nip into Greggs for a sausage roll on the way home. Nigel not only termed Italian politics “sexy” at a time when the Italian President is facing charges of sex with an underage prostitute, he rejected…

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    UKIP – are they BNP lite?

    Tomorrow the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage will face questions from members of the Mumsnet parenting website. Already the debate is hotting up as recently joined Mumsnetters, who may or may not be UKIP members face tough questions and a bit of ridicule.It is difficult not to ridicule when comments such as  Don’t get me wrong about feminism. I’m all for women exercising their right to be mothers and homemakers. Our leaders are well respected on the international stage… I’m really talking about the only international stage that matters: the United States of America. American Mormons that I speak to absolutely love Nigel for his verbal attack on van Rumpuy et al. They…

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    Mumsnet. A online website for parents – full of bullies?

    Sometimes a well intentioned act can go terribly wrong.  This morning I read an article in the Times Online about the 40 best bloggers. One of the blogs was amusing and I linked to it on Mumsnet, asking if the blogger was a Mumsnetter. Turns out that she is not, and not everyone liked her blog. She quickly took offence and accused MNetters of bullying her.  For a while, as some more people agreed that her blog was indeed funny, she seemed to calm down and started a lighthearted banter with some other posters.  No idea what happened next, she suddenly realised that MN was not for her, too unkind,…