Conference Corner: Room of Your Own FAQ

BlogHer ’11 Room of Your Own session submissions and voting is in full swing. Have you voiced your opinions yet? Even though BlogHer has hosted Room of Your Own conference sessions since its inception in 2005, they are still a bit of a puzzle to some new attendees ... so we’d like to help demystify this BlogHer tradition. I’ve answered the three most frequently asked questions below (What are they? ...more

BlogHer Conference Update - - March 18, 2011

More March Fabness for this week -- let's get started!! First, I hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day and didn't get too much green in your system. BlogHer|bet...more

BlogHer Conference Update -- March 11, 2011

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend! Let's jump right in to BlogHer Conferences March Fabness -- week two. BlogHer|bet...more

Conference Corner: Add Yourself to the Conference Attendee Pages!

Want to get a jump start on networking with other BlogHer conference attendees? Each year, BlogHer offers attendees a way to connect via our Conference Attendees page. Divided by event, you can view who will be at which conference ... and if you’re attending, you can add your name, too! ...more

Such a smart idea. I love how much BlogHer does pre-conference to connect people. The ...more

BlogHer Conference Update: March 5, 2011

Happy Friday, friends! We are excited to share all the new and exciting things happening with BlogHer Conferences. We shall call it March Fabness -- as in, we are so excited and exhilarated! Let's start... BlogHer|bet '11...more

Hi, I'm Polly, Your BlogHer Conference Programming Cruise Director!

Ahoy, BlogHers! All right, I’m not exactly your Cruise Director. But close. My name is Polly Pagenhart, and I’ll be joining Elisa Camahort Page and Jes Ferris as the newest member of BlogHer’s Conference Programming team. ...more

I am new to the world of blogging and looking forward to my very first BlogHer conference. That ...more

BlogHer '11: Early Bird Pricing Ends Today -- February 28, 2011

As is said, "all good things must come to an end" -- and early bird pricing is one of those good things. Today, February 28, 2011, is the last day of early bird pricing for BlogHer '11 in San Diego! Register today before 9 p.m. PACIFIC time and save $100....more

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Announcing: BlogHer '11 Room of Your Own Submissions Are Open!

Last week, we announced BlogHer '11 Programming, Step One: The BlogHer-Programmed Session Schedule. Today we're launching the Room of Your Own Submission process....more

I know it's odd, a quirk of Drupal, but it's a toggle button. You click on I would attend, and ...more

Speaker Spotlight: 5 Amazing Women Featured at BlogHer | bet '11

Whether or not you realize it, chances are you’ve thought up -- at some point -- a few great ideas that could be BIG. And that’s where BlogHer comes in. We want to help launch your innovative ideas, whether as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur, by connecting you with mentors who will share their expertise to help make your dream a wild success. ...more

I wish I was going to be there because these mentors sound amazing. I hope this becomes an ...more

BlogHer Conference Update - February 21, 2011

Happy President's Day!  Lots of exciting updates so let's get to it: BlogHer '11 *Attention* - early bird pricing for BlogHer '11 in San Diego ENDS on February 28, 2011! ...more

Fun -- all the conference updates make me smile thinking about summer.

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August 5 - Day 1
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast (Sails Pavilion)
Newbie Breakfast (Ballroom 20 A-D)
9:00am Welcome and Speed Dating, Featuring BlogHer Co-Founders Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone (Ballroom 20 A-D)
10:00am Morning Break (Sails Pavilion)
Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)
10:30am Sponsored: Being the CTO of Your Life, brought to you by Samsung (Room 11B)
Birds of a Feather Track One | Widowhood (Room 5B)
Experience | Wellness for Bloggers (Room 3)
Change Yourself | Your Perfect Imperfections: Blogging Your Way to Self-Acceptance (Room 6A)
Change the World | Cyberbullying Isn't Just for Teens: What to Do if You're the Victim of Trolls, Haters... and Worse (Room 6B)
Minding Your Own Business | Bad Blogger Pitches (The Other Side of the PR-Blogger Relationship) (Room 6F)
Room of Your Own | Leveraging Your Blog to Build E-Products for Sale (Room 4)
The Write Brain | Essential Writing and Editing Skills (Room 6E)
Birds of a Feather Track Two | PatientBloggers (Room 5A)
11:45am Lunch and Birds of a Feather (Sails Pavilion)
Lunch and Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (Room 4)
12:30pm Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)
1:15pm Birds of a Feather Track Two | We Don't Need No Stinkin' Recession: Frugal Blogging Is Always in Fashion (Room 5A)
Birds of a Feather Track One | Boomer Bloggers (Room 5B)
Experience | From Page to Stage (Room 3)
Change Yourself | Food Photography That Will Feed Your Soul (Room 6A)
Minding Your Own Business | Connecting with Brands from the Inside Out (Room 6F)
Change the World | Media Literacy: Today's Most Necessary Skill (Room 6B)
Sponsored: Success on Our Own Terms: A Discussion with Huffington Post Women, brought to you by AOL (Room 11B)
The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E)
Room of Your Own | Special Needs Mini-Conference (continued) (Room 4)
2:30pm Social Media Geek | The BlogHer Geek Bar (Room 2)
2:45pm Room of Your Own | Perfecting Product Reviews (Room 4)
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Patriarchy! (Room 5A)
Birds of a Feather Track One | FaithBloggers (Room 5B)
Experience | Lose Your Inhibitions, Live Your Dreams, Learn the “Single Ladies” Dance (Room 3)
Sponsored: The Tie that Binds Parent and Child, brought to you by Verizon, Parenting Magazine and BlogHer (Room 11B)
Change Yourself | Old-School Bloggers: Beginner to Big-Time to Burnout and Everywhere in Between (Room 6A)
Minding Your Own Business | Peer Networking: Working Together to Help All Boats Rise (Room 6F)
Change the World | Our Food Future: Kids, Cooking, and Health (Room 6B)
The Write Brain | Essential Blog Content Development Workshop [Double-Slot] (Room 6E)
4:00pm Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion)
4:45pm Community Keynote (Ballroom 20 A-D)
6:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Voices of the Year Reception (Pavilion Terrace & West Terrace)
8:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Listen to Your Mother/Letter to Your Mother Open Mic Salon (Room 8)
9:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Sparklecorn (Ballroom 20 A-D)
August 6 - Day 2
Time Event
9:00am Breakfast (Sails Pavilion)
10:00am Day Two Recap (Sails Pavilion)
10:45am The Write Brain | How to Pitch Freelance Editorial Work from Some Busy Editorial People (Room 6E)
Sponsored: The Path to Healthy Financial Balance, brought to you by Chase Blueprint (Room 11B)
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Online, Everyone Can Walk, Hear, Speak, See: Disability and Blogging (Room 5A)
Social Media Geek | Video Blogging U (Room 1B)
Change the World | BlogHer '11 International Activist Scholarship Winners (Room 6B)
Room of Your Own | Great Blog Design (Room 4)
Change Yourself | 'Til Blog Do Us Part? (Room 6A)
Birds of a Feather Track One | Stepbloggers (Room 5B)
Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Social Media Marketer (Room 6F)
Experience | The Unexpected Viral Explosion (Room 3)
12:00pm Lunch Keynote: Exploring Inspiration and Leadership with Indra Nooyi (Ballroom 20 A-D)
1:30pm Experience | Create a Vision Board (Room 3)
The Write Brain | How to Pitch a Book (Room 6E)
Sponsored: Being a Mobile Role Model, brought to you by LG and their Text Ed Council (Room 11B)
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Milbloggers (Room 5A)
Social Media Geek | Implementing Community Features on Your Blog (Room 1B)
Birds of a Feather Track One | Modern Marthas: Women Who Blog Hearth and Home and the Stereotypes They Smash (Room 5B)
Room of Your Own | Putting the "Professional" in Professional Blogging (Room 4)
Change the World | Malcolm Gladwell is Missing the Point: Revolutions are Happening Online (Room 6B)
Change Yourself | Unplug, Unfriend, Unfollow, Unwind: Is That Sacrilege? (Room 6A)
Minding Your Own Business | Your Blog Can Make You a Local Hero (Room 6F)
3:00pm Minding Your Own Business | When Diversity is Simply Good Business (Room 6F)
Experience | Create a Vision Board (continued) (Room 3)
The Write Brain | Uncharted Territory: Video Storyboarding and Scripting for the Writer (Room 6E)
Birds of a Feather Track Two | Twitterholics (Room 5A)
Social Media Geek | Mobile Multimedia: Making Media on the Go (Room 1B)
"Coming Out" as Undocumented: The Children of Immigration; The Definition of American (Room 11B)
Birds of a Feather Track One | Humor Bloggers (Room 5B)
Room of Your Own | How to Create a Kick A$$ Proposal (Room 4)
Change the World | Owning Your Beauty: If We Change the Conversation, Can We Change the Culture? (Room 6B)
Change Yourself | How Do You Sustain an Online Community and Keep Your Own Sanity? (Room 6A)
4:15pm Afternoon Break (Sails Pavilion)
5:00pm Closing Keynote: Women in the Media. Women Making Media. (Ballroom 20 A-D)
8:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Social Fiesta (Marriott Coronado Terrace)
9:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: Aiming Low (Marriott Seaview)
10:00pm OFFICIAL BLOGHER PARTY: CheeseburgHer (Marriott Marina Ballroom)


After being born in South Africa and surviving everything from poverty to riots, Nirasha (known as Niri) shelved her desire for writing in a turbulent time to pursue a career in software engineering.  While dusting off the remnants of Apartheid, Niri left for the shores of the USA to be a techno-geek by day while pursuing philanthropic interests by night.  Fast forward 12 years…with a baby in tow (and another soon after), Niri traded the rat race for her rug rats and turned back to her passion of writing at She has been featured on, and India New England.She’s coupled her work in blogging to further several charitable projects and events, such as putting an end teacher-funded classrooms, supporting Rwanda Path2Peace and Heart 4 Haiti, building playgrounds with Kaboom, hosting events to support Autism, and working on the End Child Hunger campaign. In December 2010, she launched a Mommy Niri Cares holiday drive to provide items to children born into poverty instead of a holiday gift guide. Brands received free advertising while their products were donated.That spawned a newly launched site, which focuses on using social media for social good.

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Sofía Quintero is a novelist, screenwriter and producer whose work crosses genres and garners acclaim. Her latest novel Efrain’s Secret (Knopf, 2010) earned raves from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus, was a winner of the Parents’ Choice Award and is a nominee for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2010 Best Fiction for Young Adults. Quintero’s screenplays have won the San Francisco Black Film Festival and Montage Entertainment Diversity in Screenwriting Award as well as semi-finaled for the ABC New Talent Development Program and the Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab. She is a member of the inaugural class of the TV Writers Studio at Long Island University where she is pursuing her MFA in Writing and Producing Television and studies under Norman Steinberg (The Cosby Show, Blazing Saddles, My Favorite Year) and Bernie Orenstein (Kate and Allie, Sanford and Son, That Girl, What’s Happening.) Quintero and her work have been profiled in Latina, Upscale, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times and Catalina. Quintero is also the creator the HomeGirl.TV network and web series which she will launch in March 2012. A self-proclaimed “Ivy League homegirl,” Quintero was born and raised in the Soundview neighborhood of the southeast Bronx. Although she attended an academically challenged high school, her intelligence and discipline gained her admission to Columbia University where she earned her BA in history-sociology as well as a New York State provisional teaching license through the highly regarded education program at Barnard College. Quintero went on to earn an MPA from the University’s School of International and Public Affairs as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. From there she embarked on her first career as a policy analyst and community advocate who worked on behalf of diverse issues and communities in the areas of public education, criminal justice and public health. These experiences inform the many stories Quintero many of aimed to tell when she decided to heed the muse and pursue a second career in multimedia entertainment. Upon making that decision, her talent and perseverance enabled her again to realize quickly what many aspire but few achieve – the publication of her first novel in 2004. In fact, under the pen name Black Artemis, Quintero published three novels of “hip-hop noir” with Penguin – Explicit Content, Picture Me Rollin’ and Burn. She also scored a two-book deal with Random House which published her 2006 “chica lit” novel Divas Don’t Yield based on her award-winning screenplay Interstates. Having been published by virtually every major house in the industry, Quintero has authored almost a dozen short stories and novellas in anthologies and collections including Friday Night Chicas (St. Martin’s), Juicy Mangos (Simon & Schuster, Names I Call My Sister (Harper Collins), Iridescence (Alyson), Dirty Girls (Seal) and Politics Noir (Verso.) She joins Joyce Carol Oates, Nikki Giovanni, R.L. Stine Meg Cabot and other notable authors who are contributing young adult fiction for an anthology by the Book Wish Foundation; the proceeds will go toward building a library in Darfur. Quintero’s novel-in-progress is the young adult novel Show and Prove and will be published by Knopf in 2012. She is also a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation’s innovative reading program BookUpNYC and was awarded the Gaea Foundation’s SeaChange Artist Residency in 2008. In 2001, Quintero co-founded Chica Luna Productions to identify, develop and support other women of color seeking to make socially conscious entertainment. The award-winning East Harlem-based nonprofit quickly became known for its signature filmmaking institute the F-Word and its innovative workshops that uses popular media from independent films like Girlfight to studio fare such as Thelma and Louise to cultivate film literacy as well as appreciation and awareness of women’s stories and their makers. The almost two dozen graduates of the F-Word have had their work screened on HBO, POV, ITVS, Showtime as well as festivals nationally and internationally. Lauded for her insight, accessibility and humor, Quintero remains an in-demand public speaker, providing media commentary, giving platform readings of her own work, delivering lectures and facilitating interactive, multimedia workshops. Her novels are taught in colleges and universities across disciplines and alongside authors such as Margaret Atwood and Asha Bandele, a rare achievement for an unapologetically commercial novelist. In partnership with Elisha Miranda, Quintero has also become the screenwriter/producer of the short films Blind Date and Corporate Dawgz which not only have been well received on the festival circuit but also continue to be screened in diverse venues. Along with Miranda, Quintero founded Sister Outsider Entertainment in 2007, a multimedia production company that creates content by and about women for television, film and theater. SOE produced and premiered the off-Broadway multimedia production of Pandora’s which at Theater Row in New York City and is presently developing the television series Sangria Street in 2008. This year SOE launched Athena Casting, a multicultural talent boutique serving the entertainment industry in the United States and abroad. In the next two years, Athena is slated to cast four feature films and commercials in the next two years. Quintero is represented by literary agency Avenue A Literary and the speaker’s bureau SpeakOut. She is also a writing mentor for Urban Word NYC, literary coach for aspiring authors and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Post, New York Daily News, Ms., Urban Latino, El Diario/La Prensa and Russell Simmon’s360HipHop.

Doug French is a writer and single dad who began blogging in June 2003. He is also co-founder and organizer of the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, SlateThe Huffington Post, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he co-created When The Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two sons live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Based in Orange County, California, Marcy Massura is a Digital Community Manager at Weber Shandwick. In addition to developing social strategies for numerous high-profile clients this award-winning international agency represents, Marcy serves as the digital voice for Oscar Mayer and Lunchables within the social media space. Her love of writing inspired her to create Smartly, a network of regional websites showcasing essays from a national collective of writers. Additionally, Marcy is Co-Founder and President of the largest North American regional blogging organization, BlogCrush. She is also heavily involved in several other websites, where she contributes essays, photography and video on a weekly basis. She maintains her own popular humor website The Glamorous Life Association, and speaks as often as possible spreading her passion and joy for all things social. Her second book “How to Play with Words and Make Them Do (great) Things” is expected for Spring 2012.

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