Announcing the Geek Bar at BlogHer ’12!

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There is nothing that gets me right *here* more than a great piece of code and efficient use of negative space, and that’s why I am so giddy about this year’s line up for the Geek Bar at BlogHer ’12!

Modeled after Apple’s Genius Bar, we dedicate one room during each breakout session to providing hands-on, small-group tech help for attendees. This year, we're covering everything from blog backups to Photoshop, taking you on tours of the most popular blogging platforms, and tacking mobile media head-on. We’ve got ten classes running during each breakout session (five in each half), giving you access to some of blogging’s leading women in tech.

Our Tech Committee:

Of course, we'd like to give a quick shoutout to the fabulous BlogHer '12 tech committee, who have been an invaluable asset and finger on the pulse of the blogsphere this past year for us.

Dresden Shumaker
Deborah Shane

Trina Schwimmer
Beth Blecherman
Sarah Kimmel
Leticia Barr

Sign up info:

Sign up for 30 minutes either at the beginning or middle of each breakout session ahead of time to guarantee your spot. This link will take you to our online sign-up on Eventbrite.

Don't worry if the class you want is full: we're holding a few seats back at each table for walk-ins. You'll be able to sign up on-site, anytime throughout the day, until space runs out.

And now, the good stuff:

Here's the menu of this year's Geek Bar, and the baristas to-date:

Breakout One:

Platform Tour: Wordpress -- Erica Mueller
Take a tour of Wordpress from the inside out. Learn what Wordpress can do, and find out whether or not it's the right platform for you!

Managing Social Media Via Mobile: iPhone OS -- Angry Julie
Maximize your mobile device to get the most of social media! Learn best practices, top apps, and security precautions you need for iPhones.

Distributing your Blog Post -- Stacie Tamaki
Best practices for RSS, email, twitter, FB, Tumblr content sharing.

Transitioning to Self-Hosted Blogger -- Aeryn Lynne
Learn how to make the move to self-hosted blogger painlessly to better manage your content. 

SEO: Meta Descriptions and Keywords -- Amber Page
Properly add great meta descriptions and keywords to your site, to increase your SEO and online visibility. 

Friday only: Related Links -- Outbrain
Add related links widgets to the footers of your blog posts to increase traffic and build SEO.

Saturday Only: Media Kits, with Marcy Massura
Learn what brands and agencies look for in media kits, and find out how to create one that helps you put your best e-foot forward! 

Sign up for these sessions and more on Eventbrite

Breakout Two:

Platform Tour: Squarespace -- Aidan Morgan
Take a tour of Squarespace from the inside out. Learn what Squarespace can do, and find out whether or not it's the right platform for you!

Managing Social Media Via Mobile: Windows Phone OS -- Sarah Kimmel
Maximize your mobile device to get the most of social media! Learn best practices, top apps, and security precautions you need for Windows phones.

Blog Design Audit -- Dresden Shumaker
A pain-free audit of your site will tell you how to quickly create a better reader experience with layout & design suggestions.

The Podcasting Toolkit -- Jan Ziff
Get started podcasting, with this 101 class on everything you need to know!

Blog Backup -- Sarah Granger
Learn how to back up your blog, simply and regularly. 

Friday only: Related Links -- Outbrain
Add related links widgets to the footers of your blog posts to increase traffic and build SEO.

Saturday Only: Media Kits, with Marcy Massura
Learn what brands and agencies look for in media kits, and find out how to create one that helps you put your best e-foot forward! 

Sign up for these sessions and more on Eventbrite

Breakout Three:

Platform Tour: Blogspot (Blogger) -- Nap Warden
Take a tour of BlogSpot (Blogger) from the inside out. Learn what BlogSpot can do, and find out whether or not it's the right platform for you!

Managing Social Media Via Mobile: Android OS -- Beth Blecherman
Maximize your mobile device to get the most of social media! Learn best practices, top apps, and security precautions you need for Android.

Google Analytics -- Keidra Chaney
This 101 session will get you started with Google Analytics.

Help with WordPress Plug-ins -- Cindy Meltzer
Get help choosing or maintaning your Wordpress plugins.

Photoshop -- Ashley Mattocks
This 101 session will help you get started with Photoshop.

Friday only: Related Links -- Outbrain
Add related links widgets to the footers of your blog posts to increase traffic and build SEO.

Saturday Only: Media Kits, with Marcy Massura
Learn what brands and agencies look for in media kits, and find out how to create one that helps you put your best e-foot forward! 

>>Check out the all-new Writing Lab at BlogHer '12!<<

Shannon {and/or} Mr Lady
BlogHer Conference Programming Manager
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