This year I have been privileged enough to have been asked to speak at Mumsnet’s Blogfest 2015. If you are going too then please let me know and come and say hi. If you can’t make it then do check in to the Mumsnet website over the next few weeks – they are going to be sharing some guest posts from lots of the great speakers that are going….and from me!
Mumsnet asked me to write the guest post the same week as WordPress told me I had been blogging for 2 years – a pretty nice way to celebrate I thought. You can find my guest post here. Pop over and let me know what you think!
I’ll be speaking on a panel entitled “Giving it away: The public stories of our private lives.” Here is the blurb from the Blogfest programme:
As writers, we inevitably draw on our own lives for material, and honesty and vulnerability are attractive qualities to a reader – but how do we balance this with our own privacy and that of family and friends? Is it okay to ‘out’ our partner or children’s domestic foibles, and when does this cross the line into invasion of privacy? This session will incorporate practical tips from writers who regularly expose their private lives to scrutiny, and ask whether we can ever be reliable narrators of our own story – are we destined to self-aggrandise, self-efface, or self-censor? And if we’ve constantly got one eye on crafting a good story, does that mean we’re living less authentic lives?
Speakers include: Fi Glover (Chair), Shappi Khorsandi, Abby Boid, Lucy Cavendish, Robert Crampton.
Now, back to this blog – you can head over to the ‘About Cogito Ergo Mum’ page to discover what this little corner of the internet is all about. If you want to know a little more about me personally, read on.
- My name is Abby. If I had been born a boy I would have been called Sam. I was named after a character in a TV drama about survivors of a nuclear holocaust. Make of that what you will.
- I’m a white woman who is in her late 30s and of no particular religion. This blog is not about my ethnicity, woman-ness, aged-ness, or agnosticism. I kind of hope that if you are not all (or any) of these things, that you can still engage with what I write. I have no idea how these parts of me influence my writing, but of course they must do.
- I am married and have three young children. Thinking about our three small boys and how I can help them prepare for their adult life is pretty central to some of my blog posts. This is not a blog plotting their progress through childhood, and as such I have chosen not to include photos of them in my posts. This makes adding images to the blog tricky given most of my photos are of my children.
- I was born into a happily working class family in South Yorkshire. I am now a happily middle class person living in the South of England. I owe a lot to a family who put financial pressure on themselves to ensure I got an education, and who did not complain when I swapped from the psychology degree to the philosophy one. The philosophy degree influences this blog a lot.
- I have good friends whose politics range from the pretty far left to the true blue Conservatives. My political pendulum tends to rest at left of centre.
People seem to want to categorise blogs. I’ve seen them labelled as ‘humorous’, ‘controversial’, ‘or ‘informative’ for example. I hope mine is thought-provoking, reflective, and that it tackles some serious issues without taking itself too seriously.
I am trying to get a Facebook page thing going on, but it’s lonely there at the moment. If you like Facebook too then please do like my page. Otherwise, pop over here now and again and say hi.