I posted my thoughts on BlogHer07 at ZDNet BlogHer07: A 2.0 human community . Thought you might wish to read.
E-Communications & Community
Never let the urgent crowd out the important.
It is now two weeks post-BlogHer 07. The contact high created by the sheer energy of 800 women sharing face-to-face the ideas that they had previously only shared in text and photos is fading. I'm slipping back into the quiet; savoring the thoughts and ideas of women, many of whom I may never meet.
Although I have a category for blogging about blogging (I call it "Streaking the Quad") I try to use it sparingly. It quickly gets a little like like the kid on the cereal box holding a cereal box with a kid on the cereal box. Know what I mean?
I said that last week's Blogher '07 wrap up post would be the last space given over to the conference on Notes to Self, and I meant it.
But then I discovered that some conference attendees are hurting over the perception they were being overlooked or left out based on a social hierarchy.
Story goes, when my grandfather was asked how to be addressed, he'd answer, "Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for supper." So here's the promised list of attendees at Blogher's food blogger panel The Art of Food Blogging, late but please, not late for supper.
First off, try this: Google “earn women’s votes.” BlogHer posts are the first three. What a great association for our community. As BlogHer's political director, I want to present Draft One of our BlogHer “Voter Manifesto” for your delectation and debate. What is the Manifesto? The BlogHer community has developed 12 questions they want each and every candidate running for president to answer. Below, I explain why our Manifesto is more than just a fun exercise. These questions are non-partisan. Every asker will need a different answer to be satisfied. The questions fall under four topics, which were voted most pressing by the BlogHer community. These topics are:
Environment and Global Warming
It's here in all the excruciating (but mostly optional) detail you could ever want: The BlogHer '07 Post-Conference Survey.
Can you skate by giving us your high level opinions on most aspects of the conference? Yes.
Can you give your granular ratings and opinions on every single speaker and session you saw, on sponsors, on hotels? Yes.
Can you take this survey even if you weren't there, because you'd like to give your feedback on what you hope we'll do in the future? Yes.
An article appeared today in the Washington Post about an American University class assignment that forced the students to go on a 24-hour "media fast." This meant using no computers, video games, cell phones, mp3 players, or any other gadget for a day, for any purpose. Along with the loss of entertainment and immersion in information that accompany these tools, the students saw that it impacted their far-reaching social circles as well.
Whether you're single, married, or somewhere in-between, there are a lot of women out there who want to take care of their bodies. One woman who has succeeded in doing that is fitness expert Jillian Michaels. She spoke at an AOL Body-sponsored lunch event at last week's BlogHer '07, where she led a diet and fitness Q&A session. I put my name on the list the day before the event because I recognized her name; I thought it might be an interesting lunch diversion in-between the other sessions I would be attending.
Many times when I travel I'll receive an email asking me to evaluate the service given. I received an email from the W. Lakeshore the day after I returned home and I wrote back with what I felt was constructive criticism as well as praise for what I liked.
I enjoyed my stay at the W. Lakeshore. I slept like a baby in those beds. The rooms were a quiet getaway from a very busy week, I loved the two meals I had at The Wave, and even the club atmosphere of the lounge didn't bug me.
Did you know that the founder of Curves, Gary Heavin, supports anti-choice organizations like Operations Save America, pregnancy crisis centers, and abstinence-only sex ed programs?
Did you know this? How do you feel NOW about Curves sponsoring BlogHer07?
Read more and tell us how you feel!