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You know you’ve made it…

… as a blogger when someone offers you a free haircut in return for a review.

The hairdresser in question is KH Hair and there are a few local to me (the nearest is in Newark), so it all sounded good. Unfortunately it didn’t work out this time as we couldn’t find a time that they could fit me in (which is a good sign if they’re busy).

If the chance arises again then I’ll provide a snip-by-snip account!

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Visual content for social media

I don’t use this blog to write about work stuff very often, but I’m doing something really exciting at the moment that I wanted to share. (Actually I do lots of exciting things – like generate media coverage for this very cool solar powered boat.)

Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 16.01.03Anyway, this exciting project is all about visual content for social media – you can see more here. We’re starting out with an event in Nottingham – if you’re East Mids based, you should try to come along – you can see a quick video with more details on YouTube. And after the event there’ll be a lot more stuff to follow.

Watch this space – or preferably this one!

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Stop sexist trolling

I read this post last week, it’s by Helen Lewis on the New Statesman blog. In it Helen gets some quite horrifying stories from other female bloggers about the sexist comments and trolling they get – and many are deeply, deeply offensive.

As a male blogger, with very few readers, writing mainly about swimming I don’t tend to get much trolling, especially not sexist trolling. So I can’t really comment about how it must feel to get these kind comments, but I can comment about how it feels to read that there are people (almost exclusively men) making them.

It’s wrong, pathetic, cowardly, weak, childish and it damages us all.

Firstly, it reduces open, sensible debate on the internet. One of the best features of the web is that gives anyone a voice. Anyone (with a computer and internet connection) can set up a blog and speak their mind. This is good. This increases our knowledge, our awareness of other people and their views, feelings and outlook and in an ideal world would allow us all to better understand each other and maybe even live together better. But if women are made too scared to comment then we limit half of that and that weakens us all.

Secondly, it makes men look like dicks.

The article asks the women interviewed if they think that anything can be done – and they nearly all seem to shrug and say “not really.” But why not? This kind of abuse would be illegal (I hope) if it was said in a pub, or on the street, so why is it not illegal when said on the internet? I suspect that any woman that is abused to this extent on her blog is unlikely to want to file criminal charges, but does she have to? Why can’t we? Why can I not be offended by this and contact the police? Or if it’s not a criminal law that is broken why can’t we take a civil action?

If Stephen Fry was offering money to help out the Robin Hood Airport “bomber“, then why does he not help here? Or even better, why don’t we set up a Kickstarter campaign?

Actually, why don’t we? I’d happily start one if any lawyer can get in touch to let me know whether we’d have a case and what we’d need to do (in terms of actual money raised).

So, if you know any lawyers, please pass this on to them. And if you are a lawyer, please get in touch in the comments below.

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