Announcing the BlogHer '10 Agenda. Step One: The Preliminary Session Schedule

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Today I am thrilled to announce the first step in planning BlogHer '10's agenda: Break-out Sessions!

Sessions are just one part of the BlogHer conference experience, and we look forward to your help in each of these areas. Thanks for clicking on the links below to learn more about each part of the BlogHer agenda:

Step 1. Seven tracks of sessions, including four sessions per track culled from our BlogHer '10 Call for Ideas (announced today, January 15! more below)
Step 2. Two slots in each track are reserved for Room of Your Own sessions, which you, as attendees will program (Go submit and vote on Room of Your Own sessions now!)
Step 3. BlogHer '10 Scholarships (available to four international activist BlogHers ... announced earlier this week!)

BlogHer-programmed Sessions: We created 28 sessions based on the hundreds of ideas we received in response to our Call for Ideas ... thank you so much for your overwhelming response and boundless creativity. We have not yet attached all the speakers to each panel, though, and we'll be working on that over the next few weeks. Here are the goals and a highlight or two of each track. You can find the full agenda of programmed tracks here.

-Personal Identity: 55% of BlogHer '09's attendees said that they blogged, simply, about "Life." This is the track to explore your life, your identity, your blogging. Sample sessions include "Grief, Loss, Tragedy and Community on the Internet" and "Bringing Sex out of the Closet."

-Passions: This is the track to dig into the passions that fuel so much of our blogging. Sample sessions include "This Year You're In! Fashion Blogging is Serious Business" and "Transforming Online Places Into Art Spaces."

-Professional: So many bloggers are treating the personal platform of blogging as a professional platform too, and this track will explore how to blog wisely and well. Sample sessions include "How to Run a Group Blog for Fun, Advocacy and Profit" and "Mastering Intellectual Property Law."

-Change Agents: This is the track to talk about what you are doing to change the world. On any kind of scale. Locally. Nationally. Globally. It's also the track to talk about what we could be doing to change the world. Sample sessions include "How to Start, Engage In and Moderate Civil Political Debate" and "Creating Tangible Social Change: How To Move People To Action."

-Geek Lab: The Geek Lab is BlogHer's Technical Track. Sample sessions include "Fight Spam and Hackers! Plugging Security Holes in Your Social Media Life" and "How to Create (Or Massively Alter) a WordPress Theme."

-Writing Lab: The Writing Lab will cover how to best showcase your wonderful words! Sample sessions include "Writing Inspiration: Stoke Your Creativity" and "Humor Writing."

-Job Lab: All new for 2010, the Job Lab is the suggestion and brain child of HR blogging expert Laurie Ruettimann. Let's face it, the economy is still wreaking havoc on our lives, and BlogHer has always been a place where business gets done. We're just going to formalize it into a track and accompanying networking space. Sample sessions include "Self-Marketing: Resume and Social Network Profile Clinic" and "Get and Stay Hired: Social Media and Technical Skills for Today's Job Market."

The Room of Your Own: We introduced the Room of Your Own concept at our very first conference in 2005. You can read that original post here. We know perfectly well that 28 programmed sessions still won't cover every topic that lots of people want to talk about, so why not turn over the mic and let you all fill in the blanks?

Since BlogHer programmed panels typically feature universal topics discussed by diverse voices, the Room of Your Own sessions are the perfect place to dig deeper into any one corner of the blogosphere ... its particular challenges, triumphs, concerns, issues. You can lead a discussion alone or bring a panel of interesting speakers. There will be two slots reserved in each programming track for Room of Your Own sessions.  We will again be using the submission and polling tool we used last year to allow you to submit sessions you'd like to present and to flag the suggestions from others that you would attend. The Room of Your Own session tool is open now and will remain open until 2/28/10. Check out our BlogHer-programmed sessions and then go tell us what we're missing!

The Second Annual International Activist Blogger Scholarships: Last year, BlogHer won the 2008 Social Impact Award from the Anita Borg Institute, which came with $10K in prize money. After community discussion, we used the prize money to finance four scholarships for international activist BlogHers to present their work at BlogHer '09. It was so inspiring we decided to provide the scholarships again, unexpected windfall or not. You can read more about the program here, and you can submit yourself or an international activist blogger you admire here.

I know I speak for Lisa, Jory, Lori, Jes and the entire BlogHer team when I say that we are working hard to make this year's conference the biggest and best yet. Not to be a tease, but there are more exciting announcements to come. So check out the initial preliminary schedule. We look forward to hearing which panels you can't wait to attend and what Room of Your Own session you're dying to see added on the schedule. New York City, here we come!

Elisa Camahort Page
on behalf of Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-Founders
The BlogHer Conference Team: Lori Luna, Jes Ferris, Miriam Anton, Erin Groh and Jennifer Morris 


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