Bloggers Meet-up & a Little Red Boat (clap clap)
November 8, 2007 – Libby Davy – Print
We live and work in an amazing city called Brighton. It’s becoming know as the San Francisco of England. But not. There are loads of bloggers and social media bods on every corner. Second Life just opened their second life here too (the first is in SF).
The Brighton (hard core) Bloggers got together recently as part of the Digital Media Festival, and asked us to come along. We ended up just kind of telling our story and inviting others to. It was a really nice way to find out more about why people blog. As I think Bobbie or Dean Harvey said, “It’s a bit like an AA meeting”. A witty mob are the old bloggers mate. Reminds me of when Peter Morris said a website is like ” a hungry elephant in the backroom demanding to be fed”… or like Michael Leunig’s cartoon (man clenching guts feverishly “Doctor, Doctor, help… I’ve got a book inside me, take it out).
Blogs take the pressure off, but maybe it never goes away.. that gnawing feeling writers have. Better out than in I say, earthily, like a good burp. Hence the new category, the shameful admission.. “The Book”…
There I was telling students blog posts are “meant” to be short and only include one key point. Well I’m not here to regurgitate Naked Conversations. I’m here to stay on my own authentic blogging journey and reserve the right to rabbit on and meander down the page from time to time, so there! When we did the goal setting exercise in the Tuesday night group, I joined in. Part of what I wrote in the free writing exercise, letting it all spill out, was that I want to do some more reflective, longer pieces here. Not just putting up resources for everyone. But blogging for me! Staying on the path. Making deeper sense of it all.
Back to the AA meeting. My favourite new blog discovery of the night (obviously I have been living in my socks drawer)… was Anna at Little Red Boat. Along with Maxi our cat-person, Gra, HHDL and Michael Leunig, I think she might be one of my gurus… well, blogging gurus as least. In a perfect world Anna, I would be dropping a copy of Michael Leunig’s best to your door this Christmas – like Maxi leaves mice at the foot of Bea’s bunk bed stairs. An offering. But I know myself well enough to know it… unlikely. But if you love what you see, let me know and I am oh so happy to share some of his books with you.
Lastly, a big warm thanks to the stunning Frances Aldrich (from our Uni of Sussex academics group) for getting out the door. You look like you were enjoying yourself and made some engaging contributions…. Anything you would like to add?
If you get the clap clap reference (hint: The Belle Stars) then you will really know how old I am.