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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Jenny Lawson explains how blogging can create a community of support

Jenny Lawson explains how blogging can create a community of support

Jenny Lawson with the University of Florida’s Matt Sheehan at the “frank” 2015 conference. (Photo by Marie Gilot, via Twitter.)

 

 

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be posting highlights from the University of Florida’s “frank” conference, which explores the intersection between storytelling and social change.

This year’s invite-only conference has attracted about 300 journalists, activists, filmmakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and others interested in public interest storytelling and how media can be a force for good.

One of the more dynamic talks on the conference’s opening day came from Jenny Lawson, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.” She’s perhaps best known for her “Bloggess” blog in which she writes about her struggles with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

For Lawson, blogging isn’t just an outlet for self-expression; it’s also a powerful tool for connecting with people and helping them realize they’re not alone.

We’ve compiled some of the most engaging tweets from Lawson’s talk, which generated a lot of buzz.