Conference Corner: The Geek Bar (Online Sign-ups Now Open!)

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Are you new to blogging, and not sure how to customize your website? Been blogging for a while, but you want to add a new component, like video or podcasts? Or maybe you want to learn to analyze your stats to further your reach. Whatever geeky subject you want to learn, BlogHer’s got you covered with The Geek Bar at BlogHer ’11.

The Geek Bar takes place all day on Friday, August 5. It’s modeled after Apple’s Genius Bar: We’ve got lots of geeky topics going on at the same time, and attendees sign up for tutorials and hands-on help in 15-minute increments.

There are two ways to sign up for Geek Bar sessions:

You can customize your Geek Bar experience by signing up for as many or as few topics as you like. Each 15-minute timeslot will accommodate five (5) attendees. Once a timeslot has reached its capacity, it will “close” and a waitlist will open.

So ... are you ready to sign up? These are the geeky topics hosted in the BlogHer ’11 Geek Bar:

10am – 12pm

  • Sponsored: The Google+ community management team: Getting you on to Google+ and making the most of it
  • Ana Lydia Ochoa: Top Five Tools for Measurement
    Learn more about analyzing your blog stats with these tools for measurement.
  • Deborah Shane: How to Create and Host Killer Podcasts and Internet Radio Shows
    Learn how to create, edit, and host podcasts and Internet radio shows.
  • Leticia Barr: Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Media Platforms But Were Afraid to Ask
    Learn when, how, why, and whether to use these platforms: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, StumbleUpon, Instagram, and Skype.
  • Liz Henry: Internet Sleuthing
    Learn how to do a little Internet snooping to find out just who those anonymous blog comments are from, tracing identities, looking up IP addresses, and more.
  • Shanna Cote: Beginning WordPress
    New to Wordpress? Learn the ins and outs of setting up your own blog and using the platform for blogging, adding photos, and more.

12:30pm – 2:30pm

  • Sponsored: The Google+ community management team: Getting you on to Google+ and making the most of it
  • Gena Haskett: Tips for Editing Videos
    Learn how to edit video for your blog, including: splicing, uploading, embedding on your blog, adding text and captions, and much more.
  • Katherine Mancuso: Make Your Blog Accessible to All
    Learn to improve your site functionality to make your blog accessible to all Internet users. (i.e. for the Vision Impaired, etc.)
  • Sarah Kimmel: Fix Your Sick PC
    If your PC is acting up or slowing down, bring it in for help -- and learn tricks to replicate these quick-fixes at home.
  • Trina Schwimmer: Gaming
    Learn about the latest in gaming –everything from what you'll enjoy to what kids (of all ages) will love– and get other game- and console- related questions answered, too.
  • Dresden Shumaker: Get to Know Your WordPress Blog's Guts
    Learn how to transform your Wordpress blog with custom design, installing plugins, configuring site display, and more. It's easier than you think to customize your Wordpress blog yourself.

2:30pm – 4:30pm

  • Sponsored: The Google+ community management team: Getting you on to Google+ and making the most of it
  • Eva Smith: Improve Your Site Display on Mobile
    Learn how to make your blog mobile-friendly with these tips and tricks.
  • Jan Kabili: Post-Production Editing in Photoshop and Lightroom
    Learn how to edit photos using either Photoshop or Lightroom.
  • Liz Henry and Skye Kilaen: When Bad Things Happen to Good Blogs: What You Need to do BEFORE Disaster Strikes
    Learn how to prevent blog emergencies like being hacked, protecting your domain name, and stopping those who steal your content.
  • Sarah Kimmel: Fix Your Sick Blog
    If you've broken your blog, if sections display wonky, or if you have any other blog-related woes, resolve those problems in this session.
  • Shanna Cote: Self-Hosting Your Blog
    Learn how to transition your blog from Wordpress, Blogger, Typepad, or any other platform-hosted program to self-hosted.
  • Astacia Carter: DIY WordPress
    Self-hosted Wordpress bloggers learn about code, FTP and backups, and troubleshooting common DIY errors.

So, go ahead! Sign up online for any of these sessions, and then prepare to implement changes on your blog in just a few weeks!

If you’re a newbie, what would you like to know about BlogHer events before attending your first conference? If you’re a veteran, what do you wish you had known beforehand? Or, perhaps you’re an introverted veteran attendee ... are there are things you *still* wish you knew, despite the number of conferences you’ve attended? I’d love to know!

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