BlogHer '07: Look Out, Chicago! Location, Hotels and Buttons

(aka "A very long post about all things BlogHer Conference '07, and then some!") I am so excited to be making this here announcement that I almost don't know where to begin. What do you want to know first? Where we're going? What we're doing? Where we're staying? I know, me too! But please, let me start by putting this in a little bit of context. Because we are taking our theme -- "A World of Difference" -- very seriously. You all? You are amazing and wonderful and thoughtful and interesting and opinionated and represent tremendous diversity. Which is what makes our community so incredible...but, to borrow a quote from Fast Company's Lynne D. Johnson's blog: "Getting a room full of bloggers together is kind of like gathering together everyone who uses pencils." Meaning that while we have blogging in common, we have different ideas about what, exactly, will make for a great BlogHer Conference '07. But! Rest assured that we have listened to your feedback... We loved the yoga! We hated the yoga! There was yoga? * * * The hotel had a great set-up! The hotel had a horrible set-up! Wi-fi? Anyone? * * * Thanks to the sponsors for defraying the cost of the event! I wish we didn't need sponsors. Hey, are these pasties in my bag? ...and are working hard to ensure that this July, our World of Difference will offer something for everyone. So! Now for the information you've all been waiting for: ...more

I've stayed in quite a few hostels on my travels, and it is quite common for lockers to be ... more

Of droughts and flooding rains

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. This quote is the start of one verse of My Country, by Dorothy McKellar - a poem that I (and a number of my friends of the same age as me) had to memorise in Grade 3 or 4. The issue of droughts and floods in Australia is just as prevalent now as it was when MacKellar wrote her poem, with most Australians obsessing over not enough rain or too much rain, depending on where they live. ...more

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Funny the things we remember from when we were much younger, huh? According to my ... more

Surf's Up, ANZO style: Celebrating Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is the national holiday celebrated in New Zealand on 6 February every year. It commemorates the signing of a treaty between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori population in 1840. ...more

First we steal credit for pavlovas and then I get the date wrong...

I've changed the date ... more

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open Convincingly

Serena Williams defeated opponent Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 to win her third Australian Open Women's Singles title. Kelly at Wicked Backhand says: Serena Williams has defeated Maria Sharapova in a mere 63 minutes... To say that Serena spanked Sharapova would be a severe understatement. Sharapova could neither serve nor return the ball, Williams could do nothing but... ...more

It wasn't just the Australian media talking about Serena's weight gain - for example, from the ... more

Celebrating Australia Day

The 26th January is Australia Day - a public holiday in Australia where we commemorate the arrival of white settlers on the First Fleet in 1788. For me, Australia Day has always consisted of a number of traditional events with family and friends: backyard cricket (while drinking a beer), jumping in the swimming pool fully clothed after getting all hot and sweaty playing cricket, listening to the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown, watching the Australian Open Tennis on TV, a BBQ lunch or dinner, eating watermelon and ripe juicy mangoes... Here's a wrap up of Australia Day from the blogosphere: ...more

I don't know why pavlova is the traditional Australian celebration dessert - we have it for ... more

Work to live, or Live to work?

Since resigning from my job in Dubai and returning to Australia, I've been thinking a lot about what my next career move will be. I'm at the point now where there are two opposing options, and I'm wondering which path to follow. Like the Robert Frost poem goes "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both." ...more

Thanks for the blog article - its really interesting and has given me some things to ... more

Work to live, or Live to work?

Since resigning from my job in Dubai and returning to Australia, I've been thinking a lot about what my next career move will be. I'm at the point now where there are two opposing options, and I'm wondering which path to follow. Like the Robert Frost poem goes "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both." ...more

I guess that finding an interesting job in Melbourne is a possibility in the long term, but in ... more

Roundup: Treating Tourists Like Criminals Hurts US Tourism. Duh.

George Bush’s America tops the list of the most unfriendly places in the world to visit. And that comes from a group that tries to promote American tourism. Discover American Partnership was formed by major US businesses to promote tourism. So they surveyed tourists. Their survey asked over 2,000 international travelers in 16 nations what they thought about travel to the United States. Apparently not much. ...more

"Research shows that those who have visited America are 42 percent more inclined to ... more

The New Single Woman - a book and a life

A few weeks ago HeatherB's great post SINKing and loving it prompted an interesting conversation among BlogHer's Contributing Editors. One of the topics it touched on was single women bloggers who don't really fit into a niche. They aren't photo bloggers, or book bloggers, or relationship bloggers. They just are what they are and they don't fit into any one category. Someone mentioned in passing the book The New Single Woman by E. Kay Trimberger (since I am unable to find the email thread my thanks to that person). I read the description and I thought it would be interesting to read. ...more

With the wonderful world of email, I find it pretty hard to fall of the grid (so to speak). ... more

The New Single Woman - a book and a life

A few weeks ago HeatherB's great post SINKing and loving it prompted an interesting conversation among BlogHer's Contributing Editors. One of the topics it touched on was single women bloggers who don't really fit into a niche. They aren't photo bloggers, or book bloggers, or relationship bloggers. They just are what they are and they don't fit into any one category. Someone mentioned in passing the book The New Single Woman by E. Kay Trimberger (since I am unable to find the email thread my thanks to that person). I read the description and I thought it would be interesting to read. ...more

I was the one who recommended the book - glad you liked it (I still haven't picked up a copy of ... more