Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bargainista Fashionista is mentioned in The Independent

Bargainista Fashionista was namechecked last week in The Independent online, thanks to the BBC's Andrew Marr.

Speaking at this month's Cheltenham Literary Festival, Marr had branded bloggers as 'socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basements and ranting'.

Now, while I'm pretty sure I wasn't the object of Mr Marr's scorn (I certainly don't fit that description!), I am pleased The Indy waded in and joined the debate, especially as Marr had said 'most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all' and that blogging 'is not going to replace journalism'.

On the latter point, I don't think most bloggers are trying to replace traditional forms of media. I, for one, hope that what I offer is an extension of magazines and websites.

Marr's criticisms may well have been targeted at specific bloggers, but what The Indy's online feature aimed to do was highlight '10 examples of blogs which we think defy Marr’s assessment of drunken rantings, and offer up a unique or interesting perspective which adds to modern-day journalism rather than takes from it.'

Bargainista Fashionista's mention is all down to Handpicked Media, one of The Indy's top 10 blogs. This is what it said:
'The super-blog dawned a while ago now in the form of aggregator sites that could take on mainstream media and win. Handpicked Media is one such beast. It is a collective of bloggers writing across a range of lifestyle subjects including food, beauty, fashion and parenting. Ms Marmite Lover, Bargainista Fashionista and Womb for Improvement are some of the featured highlights.'

Well done Handpicked Media! Thanks for your support and thanks, too, to The Indy for the mention. I'm chuffed!


  1. Oh excellent! At the time I thought the comment of Andrew Marr's was an entirely misjudged rant - he clearly didn't have much real knowledge of bloggers, outside those that satisfied his preconceived notions. And his clear bias against blogging didn't say much for professional journalism, in my opinion!

  2. I agree with Penny Dreadful; he clearly wasn't speaking from a position of actual knowledge...!



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