petite anglaise

March 13, 2006

bloggerers social?

Filed under: good time girl — petiteanglaiseparis @ 2:53 pm

Once upon a time, I suggested a little bloggerers’ get together, in a bar in Paris. About fifteen female expat bloggers showed up, along with one – very fortunate – male, and a good time was had by all. A few months later, we had a picnic in the Buttes Chaumont. I met lots of lovely, interesting people, even if my very noble intentions about keeping in touch with many of them regularly fell a little by the wayside, what with the to-ing and fro-ing between Paris and Brittany I was indulging in.

It’s been quite a while, and I thought it might be time to envisage another meet up. For girls, boys, expats (or not) who blog and would like to meet up for some drinks, at a secret venue yet to be thought of announced. I’m thinking maybe Saturday 1st April, off the top of my head.

Anyone fancy this?

Drop me a comment or email if you do, and I will send out meeting point details by email nearer the time. All suggestions most welcome, but I think somewhere one can partake of small, alcohol-absorbent nibbly things like tapas might be a good idea. (Because, ahem, I’m a lightweight.)

And I’m hoping that, in addition to the usual suspects, we might even attract some of the new Paris-based bloggerers I have noticed commenting in these parts of late?


  1. Good idea but just one question – are we/you going to meet Mark Lawrence? I just caught up on some previous comments. Blimey! Do you cut and paste all this stuff Mr L?

    Comment by Flighty — March 13, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

  2. You actually read all 4,000 words? Blimey.

    Life’s too short ;-)

    Comment by petite — March 13, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  3. Is this another Poisson D’avril joke?! (just kidding ;). I’m based in Amsterdam, but spend 1/3 of my time in Paris so would love to join. Maybe some other Euro-bloggers would be tempted to join too :)

    Comment by Just Dazzle — March 13, 2006 @ 4:21 pm

  4. well, we’d love to have you, the more the merrier…

    Comment by petite — March 13, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

  5. Are bloggers readers also welcome???

    Comment by Eau — March 13, 2006 @ 4:54 pm

  6. I’ll have to take a vote from bloggerers about whether they want to be stalked (!) or not, and also I suppose it will depend on how many of us are meeting and how unwieldy it might get.. We’ll see.

    Comment by petite — March 13, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  7. Aw, shucks. I’m going to be in Paris the following weekend, so I’ll have to be there in spirit, rather than in the flesh… Any chance Negrito and/or Schuey will be there? or Coquette?

    Comment by Mathieu — March 13, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

  8. You are a brave lady, Petite, and resilient. Consequently, in the long term, all will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well (To quote TS Eliot at you, and while I’m in a quoting mood, howabout Beckett: Try again, fail again; fail better.
    As for Mark Lawrence, if he should turn up, Gawd elp im! What an absolute prick! And if he is a “deprived” father – just imagine: that means that someone somewhere thought for a mad moment that he was the answer to her prayers. Here’s another literary reference for you, from Helen Simpson, a short story writer who I would highly recommend to you in your present frame of mind. I’ll paraphrase: A young woman was out one day when she came across a particularly ugly frog. Stopping for a closer look, she was startled to hear the frog say:”If you kiss me, I will turn into a handsome Prince. The young lady continued to study him closely. “What are you waiting for? If you kiss me, I will turn into a handsome Prince”. “At this stage in my life,” drawled the young woman “I’m far more interested in a talking frog…”

    Bon courage

    Comment by Claira — March 13, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

  9. Blog readers can also be very discreet!!

    Comment by Eau — March 13, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

  10. I like this blog. Only it’s sounding a bit cliquey today. Or is it me?

    Comment by Claire — March 13, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

  11. You can count me in!

    Comment by Coquette — March 13, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

  12. call it fate or what you will, but I was actually planning on coming down to P-town on said very weekend. perhaps it’s a sign?

    anyway, assuming my broken-handed husband can handle himself, count me in!

    Comment by kim — March 13, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

  13. I am slightly silent… in commenting but I am up for drinking any time!
    That is if I count :)

    Comment by stinkerbell — March 13, 2006 @ 9:16 pm

  14. I guess I’m a blogger too, but although I live in France, I write in Germany. (Do I count?)

    And I’m coming in on the 2nd (darn), so I guess I’ll miss it (*sigh*). I hope all goes well, and that another one follows! (at a time when I can *cough*)

    Comment by babyteks — March 13, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

  15. Everyone counts! What is this counting business all about?

    The only reason I’ll email the info privately to people is so that we don’t get any rabid stalkers ogling us across the bar!

    Comment by petite — March 13, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

  16. Looking forward to finally meeting you Petite…I have been following your life in Paris since April 05, when I was in Australia, getting ready to make my new life here in Paris. I feel I know you so well..been through your two break ups…your difficult days at work…hearing how lovely Tadpole is growing up. And now… finally its time to meet you in person. Remind me…I have a very funny story to tell you when I see you….à bientôt

    Comment by Narelle — March 13, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

  17. I don’t like mass blogmeets. They weird me out and remind me of highschool, or Girl Guides. Have a lovely time nonetheless and I’ll catch you later.

    Comment by nardac — March 13, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

  18. nardac, always gotta be the rebel.

    Comment by Coquette — March 13, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  19. Count me in

    Comment by Lauren — March 14, 2006 @ 8:05 am

  20. Well, if you can hold off one week, I’ll be arriving from San Francisco on the 7th. I’d love to meet fellow bloggers – especially the expats I live so vicariously through!

    Comment by buzzgirl — March 14, 2006 @ 9:19 am

  21. Hello Petite and everyone,
    I started blogging a few months ago and I live in Paris, and I would love to join you all in a blog meetup! I love meeting new people in this fair city, bloggers or not.

    Comment by thefrenchpage — March 14, 2006 @ 10:14 am

  22. Sounds good to me… count me in. :)

    Comment by Aimee — March 14, 2006 @ 11:09 am

  23. I’m only coming if Mark Lawrence is coming. I’ve got to find out what he’s on and whether it’s available over-the-counter.

    Comment by Mancunian lass — March 14, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  24. April Fools! ;-)

    …better make it après-midi, lest bloggerers fear to turn up.

    Comment by Dr Jim — March 14, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

  25. It should be pointed out that the “one – very fortunate – male” blogger has not been seen since that first blogmeet in the bar. He will try to organise his agenda in order to be there on April 1st.

    Comment by Iain — March 14, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

  26. Coquette – Just being honest. I don’t like them big blogmeets, where I eat chicken fingers in the corner and smoke like a chimney while y’all talk about stats, where to buy stuff in Paris, gossip, or something like that. I like the one on one meets better, where I can hog up the attention with my sex stories. Don’t you?

    Comment by nardac — March 14, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  27. Iain – so far I have one other male signed up, so there is competition!

    Nardac – I love your sex stories, so save me a few for next time we meet up, won’t you. But god forbid that anyone talks about stats. That would be vulgar.

    Comment by petite — March 14, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  28. Sounds intriguing. I’d love to come, though I fear I’d be slightly out of place as the only university student present.

    Comment by Fendra — March 14, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

  29. Right, well, that’s 12 bloggerers so far (of which two males), and possibly some commenterers as well. I’ll email shortly for venue suggestions.

    Comment by petite — March 14, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

  30. I’m there. Sounds fun. Me, I like gossip and chicken fingers–although I haven’t eaten any in a long time. (And it’s not due to bird flu.)

    Will email you my email.

    Comment by dongurigal — March 14, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  31. Petite,
    I would love to meet you as well as other expat bloggers like La Coquette! Count me in!


    Comment by Maria Noland — March 14, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

  32. Competition?? More likely member #2 of the Male Bloggers Support Group! ;-)

    Comment by Iain — March 14, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

  33. Like Just Dazzle, I’m based in Amsterdam. I lived in Paris for 2 years about 5 years back. That’s when I travelled back and forth from and to Amsterdam every weekend. I’d loved to come to the meetup as well, but I AM a bit anxious about the big group thing. But anyway, I think it’ll be fine…

    Comment by Clara — March 15, 2006 @ 10:11 am

  34. Can I come too?…I am Paris based blogger…I feel all shy though

    Comment by Anne — March 15, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

  35. Petite et al,

    Greetings, I’ve been stalking (lurking) on you all for the past year as I was based in New York and planning on moving to Paris (just married a French guy) so you’ve all, unwittingly, been my guides.

    Well, I’m here – moved two weeks ago! Loving it…..big time!

    Please let me know the consensus on allowing not yet-bloggers to the event. I’d love to meet you all so you can encourage me to get off my lazy ass, quit being a twat and start my own damn blog! On verra!

    Comment by Laura — March 16, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  36. I don’t live in Paris. Is it possible for you to create a podcast of the meeting?

    Comment by Neil — March 17, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

  37. most unlikely?

    Comment by petite — March 17, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

  38. Sounds really good – count me in!

    Comment by Tanya — March 18, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

  39. hello petite anglaise,

    I stumbled upon your blog quite by chance (thanks to Colin Randall) and I’m so glad I did, it’s opened up a whole new, serendipitous world for me. Good luck to you and Tadpole and Mr. Frog.

    I won’t be able to come to your get-together on 1st April but I’ve now added ‘petite anglaise’ to my ‘favourites’ and will pop back to check when the next gathering is (and also to read what you’re up to). Maybe if it’s warm a picnic on the Champs de Mars would be good. Have fun anyway!

    Bonne continuation and courage pour la suite. yatje x

    Comment by yatje — March 19, 2006 @ 11:31 am

  40. Petite>”most unlikely” -> you mean you don’t want to play your “Loic Le Meur” ??? ;-)

    Comment by vonric — March 19, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  41. Can I come? It sounds like fun and I do qualify!

    Comment by rhino75 — March 20, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  42. Of course. Will send out group email shortly, there are about 25 of us now!

    Vonric – Loïc Le Meur?


    Comment by petite — March 21, 2006 @ 8:30 am

  43. Would love to be there, have you anyidea of a venue yet? I’ve been following your blog for a while and it has been well worth it!

    Comment by Greenmantle — March 22, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

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