Last weekend, the third annual Blogalicious Weekend conference took place in Washington D.C. Many of you attended, had a blast, and learned great information. During the conference, many of you were surprised to learn that I wasn’t there and even more surprised to learn that I was no longer a partner in MamaLaw Media Group, the company formed between Justices Fergie, Ny, and myself in 2009.
Since then, many blog posts, vlogs, and articles have been published about the conference. It’s been fun to see the pictures, read the stories, and I was thrilled to see that Justices Ny and Fergie planned another successful weekend. But then I came across one article that really just caught me by surprise. It was written by journalist and fellow lawyer, Jenebe Ghatt of Jeneba Speaks. To say the least, I was shocked. And then embarrassed.
Her article, published in politic365.com, explains that I was one of the original founders of the conference (true), but then attempts to explain why I left “Mama Law Media.” [sic]. The article states that, “The [Blogalicious] team has since dwindled down to two. Justice Jonesie, an original member of Mama Law Media determined the stresses of producing the conference so far from her home in Jacksonville, FL was too much. The remaining members Justice Fergie and Justince Ny have soldiered on.” [sic]
The reason why I decided to leave MamaLaw (one word) Media Group had nothing at all to do with my work ethic or the stress related to “producing a conference so far from [my] home.”
This is simply wrong. Inaccurate and untruthful. False. Incorrect. [Let's see, any other ways to describe not true?]
Seeing as how I have never spoken to Jeneba, I am unsure as to how she came up with this conclusion.
Either way, I tried to reach out to her by leaving a comment on the post. In my comment I said her facts were incorrect. I also invited her to contact me for further information. No big deal that she never reached out to me, but I was hoping she would have at the very least removed the statements. While some changes to the article were made the very next day, nothing was changed regarding her false statements about me.
Hmm, interesting. Strange, at the very least.
I could get into a long story about journalistic integrity and social media responsiblity but what’s the point? The only thing I want to do is to correct the record. Since Jeneba has not responded to my comment on her post, I was left with no choice but to respond here. I have several projects that I’m involved in, several jobs that I work, and some very exciting projects in the works. Many of us are bloggers and entrepreneurs. You understand how important your name and integrity are in this space.
As a lawyer, blogger, entrepreneur, and law professor, mom of three, etc., I would hate for anyone working with me or wanting to work with me to read her article and mistakenly assume that I’m not a hard worker or quit when the going gets tough. Or that I leave the rest of my team to pick up the pieces and “solder on without me.”
Now excuse me while I return to basking in the glow of First Lady Michelle Obama’s presence… (Wait until you see those pictures!)