The Conference The Community Built: Announcing the BlogHer ’09 Room of Your Own Sessions
When BlogHer published our ’09 agenda late last year, we left two full tracks of break-out sessions unplanned. Each year BlogHer opens a portion of its sessions to community programming, called Room of Your Own sessions (sometimes abbreviated ROYOs). Room of Your Own sessions are a way for registered attendees to hold conversations around topics they think we missed in our programmed panels. They are a way to prove how much expertise and passion all attendees bring to the table when they come to BlogHer.
We asked you to submit proposals for those panels you’d love to attend, but weren’t already part of our pre-programmed agenda. And WOW, did you ever blow us away! You submitted a bevy of interesting topics you are passionate about, topics that spanned every possible blogging topic, and we watched as dozens and dozens of submissions accumulated in our community polling system and then as hundreds and hundreds of community members voted on those sessions!
We reviewed every entry, and added Room of Your Own panels to the BlogHer ’09 agenda based on community interest and panel topic diversity, featuring new and fresh themes. You’ve helped us create the most full, exciting summer schedule we’ve ever had. So without further ado, we’re excited to announce all TWELVE of this summer’s Room of Your Own sessions:
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Realllly Personal Blogging - How much info is TMI?
Featuring Miss Britt, Genie Alisa from In A Bottle, and Terra Atrill from Mommy Is Moody
- Blogqueers - LGBTQ Bloggers
Featuring Kathryn Martini from Recovering Straight Girl, Stacy Jill Jacobs, and Liza Barry-Kessler from Liza Was Here
- Your Blog is Great, Get People to Know About It
Featuring Jen Miner from Traveling Mamas, Annie from PhD in Parenting, and Jessica Smith from Jessica Knows
- Blogs & Body Image: What are we teaching our kids?
Featuring Heather from MAMAvision, Carla Birnberg from Miz Fit Online, Claire Mysko, Kate Harding, and Roni from Roni's Weigh
- Blogging Identities and YOU
Featuring Anissa Mayhew from Hope4Peyton, Tanis Miller from Redneck Mommy and Janet Dean from The Caffeinatrix and IzzyMom
- Gadgets for Blogging
Featuring Beth Blecherman from TechMamas, Eliane Fiolet from Ubergizmo, Gina Hughes from TechieDiva, and Ponzi Pirillo from Gnomedex.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- Vaginally challenged bloggers - the men of BlogHer
Featuring BusyDad, Avitable, and Child's Play x2
- Women of Color and Marketing
Featuring Kelly from Mocha Momma, HeatherB from No Pasa Nada, Karen Walrond from Chookooloonks, and Stefania from CityMama
- Women Writing In The Age Of Britney: Pop Culture & Gossip & Feministy Stuff, Oh My
Featuring Tracey of Sweetney, Amy of Amalah, and Catherine of Her Bad Mother
- Sponsored v. Unsponsored - Blogging for $$ Where Do You Stand?
Featuring Anne-Marie Nichols of This Mama Cooks! Reviews and Lucretia Pruitt of GeekMommy
- Dying is Easy, ROTFLMAO Comedy is Hard: It's two, two, two comedy panels in one!
Featuring Anna from Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder, Deb from Deb on the Rocks, Jenny from The Bloggess, Jessica from Bernthis, Kelcey from The Mama Bird Diaries, and Wendi Aarons
- Blogging as Storytelling
Featuring Neil Kramer from Citizen of the Month and Amy Turn Sharp from Doobleh-Vay
BlogHer community members are full of great ideas, which is just one reason we love this community so much. And with all of these new agenda additions, the only problem is choosing which sessions to attend!
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