Planning to attend BlogHer '09? Why not let everyone know? We've got the goods below -- our tried and true, BlogHer Badge Basics. But we're also looking for great ideas for new badges, too! As you may recall, last year we made a few less traditional, more fun buttons as well, including: "I'm breastfeeding at BlogHer '08" "I'm geeking out at BlogHer '08" "I'm drinking at BlogHer '08" "I'm wearing cute shoes at BlogHer '08"
Every year, we announce that our annual BlogHer event will have something for everyone. And every year, we get lots of feedback like: I don't think I'm a big or important enough to go... I won't know anyone there.. I can't go, I'm a dude! I'm not techie enough for a blog conference... I'm way too techie for a blog conference... So in case you -- or someone you know -- is feeling hesitant, here's our take. Please pass it on! For new and beginning bloggers
In case you missed the first announcement (which we made right before Thanksgiving, so we suppose it's possible that you were a little busy), registration for BlogHer '09 AND BlogHer Business '09 is OPEN! Click here to register: Our hotel/venue is ALSO taking reservations under the BlogHer room block now, too. You can make reservations by calling (877) 242-2558 and letting them know you're with BlogHer OR (NEW!) you can use this handy-dandy URL:
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we've added a new way to celebrate... Registration is now OPEN for BlogHer '09 and BlogHer Business '09! Just follow this link: We hope you'll find this year's registration process easier and more straightforward than ever before.  And remember: - EarlyBird pricing is in effect through February 28. After that, the cost to attend the annual conference goes from $99/day to $149/day.
Good news! The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, site of all things BlogHer '09 (including BlogHer Business '09, taking place on July 23) is now taking our reservations! To reserve your room via phone, just call (877) 242-2558 and let them know you're with BlogHer. As a reminder, BlogHer '09 takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 24-25. Our room rate is $199/night, and includes free in-room internet.
BlogHer DC kicks off bright and early on October 13, 2008. This is the place to find the liveblogs, which will be posted shortly after the sessions end. Check back often as the links go live! * * * * * * *   Blogging Basics: I Blog, Therefore I Am… How to find your blogging mojo Online Community building as natural promotional tool
BlogHer Boston kicks off bright and early on October 11, 2008. This is the place to find the liveblogs, which will be posted shortly after the sessions end. Check back often as the links go live! * * * * * * *
There's still time to register for BlogHer Boston and BlogHer DC...but not much! Click here to register for BlogHer Boston. Click here to register for BlogHer DC.
If you've been waiting to reserve your hotel room (or to register!) for BlogHer BOSTON or BlogHer DC, time is almost up! The last day to reserve your room in Boston is this Friday; DC is TODAY, Monday, September 22. Reminder:
If you're anything like me, you cannot believe it's going to be September already...which means that autumn really is right around the corner, with BlogHer's Reach Out Tour right along with it. (And also if you're anything like me, you also haven't begun packing for your vacation even though your plane leaves tomorrow morning at dawn. Ahem.) So before you head into the long Labor Day weekend for your final(ish) summer hurrahs, don't forget to make plans for BlogHer's Tour. We kick off in Boston in only 45 days!
Just a quick reminder that you can still find all our conference information for BlogHer '08 (and BlogHer Business 08, and BlogHer '07...) by clicking on the Conferences tab and selecting "Past Conferences" in the left column. Here's the direct link:
Watch the space below as we continually update the links with live-blogs from each of the BlogHer '08 sessions! * * * * * * * Day One - July 18, 2008 Break-Out Session #1 Who We Are: Introversion, Blogging and BlogHer What We Do: Taking Care of Business
If you're headed to the BlogHer Conference tomorrow and didn't happen to catch it in your inbox OR if you're not attending but want to know what's goin' on, you are invited to download the BlogHer '08 Conference Brochure. Click on the link or right-click to save the file:
What would the BlogHer annual conference be without some proper blog bling? UPDATE THE SECOND: This just in for those of you who ARE coming to the conference (and whose blog posts might temporarily suffer for it), we offer: Code: <a href=""><img src="" alt="Gone to BlogHer 08"/></a> Sure, the first order of business is was actually registering. And then it'd be awesome if you'd like to add yourself it was cool that so many of you added yourselves to our ever-growing roster of attendees. But even if you haven't gotten never got around to these first steps (ahem, tick tock), it's never too early to you can always add BlogHer '08 badge beauty to your blog. We've worked up our Official "I'm Going!" and "I'm Speaking" buttons for you again this year. But we've also added a few more "personal" buttons to the mix. (You're doing what at BlogHer?) UPDATE THE FIRST: And for those of you who can't be with us in person, but who will be following along via live-blogs, check after the jump for a button just for you! Check 'em out:
Updated: As per Miriam's comment below, the event is now full. Thanks for your enthusiastic response!  If you're registered for BlogHer '08 and interested in attending a lunch with Rocco DiSpirito -- where he'll be offering samples of some great new Bertolli products -- sign up now! But please note: seats are extremely limited, so please note the official "rules." Details can be found here, including how to RSVP ASAP!
If you can't make it to BlogHer '08 in San Francisco this year, maybe you can join us in one of our SIX "Reach Out Tour" cities this fall? We'll be condensing our annual event into one-day extravaganzas in Boston, DC, Nashville, Greensboro, Atlanta and New Orleans. And you can register now for any or all of them!
Are you an artist, crafter, writer, DIY-er (or many of the above) looking to sell your BlogHerrific wares? Come sign up for the BlogHer '08 Swap Meet! Interested in purchasing some homemade goodies? Please stop by. If you're not sure what the Swap Meet is all about, read Jen's fabulous Call for Artists here. Then get the details below...   When: Saturday, July 19
Almost all of the rooms in the BlogHer room block at the Westin St. Francis are sold out. But now, thanks to our friends at Kimpton, BlogHer attendees can still get special rates at hotels within just a few blocks of the Conference.  
Everything you need to know before you go, now in one handy guide! Thanks to your great questions and feedback (See Advice You Shared), this downloadable guide features: frequently asked questions, tips for how to prepare, what to expect, and advice from former BlogHer attendees.
The BlogHer Bookstore & Internet Cafe, brought to you by iRobot, will be selling titles from authors within the BlogHer Community. Along with an espresso bar, wifi and charging stations, the bookstore will feature author book-signings -- so be sure to stop by! The schedule is below.
UPDATED: Please note that childcare registration will remain open until all spaces are filled. There's still a few open spaces, so we encourage you to sign up asap! BlogHer is pleased to announce that, following a comprehensive search, we have agreed to partner with KiddieCorp to provide on-site childcare on both Friday and Saturday of the event (July 18 and July 19). KiddieCorp comes highly recommended, and we're confident that they will offer attendees' children a safe and fun experience.
We're wrapping up the first official Pre-Conference Attendee guide (which will be sent to all those who have registered for the conference), full of information about how to prepare and what to expect at BlogHer '08. But we thought -- hey, why not ask YOU what YOU think? What advice do you have for the newbies? What advice do you have for the veterans? What do you wish someone had told you before you showed up for your first BlogHer Conference? And if this is your first time attending, what is it you wish you could know ahead of time?
We know how you like to party. But do YOU know how many opportunities you'll have this year to rock on wichyo bad selves? Let us count the ways...
As of this afternoon, we have closed registration for Sunday's OpenSpace event -- we are at capacity! Thank you to all who have registered for the upcoming BlogHer '08 Conference. Your response has been tremendous and we're looking forward to seeing you all soon.
By now, we hope that you've registered for the BlogHer '08 conference in San Francisco. As Elisa pointed out last week, we're almost sold out (so please register soon if you haven't!).
The room block at the Westin St. Francis is just about completely booked. For those of you searching for other options, we wanted to let you know that we have secured a few beds at a nearby hostel. Check out the San Francisco Downtown Hostel. It's located less than a block from the Westin St. Francis (seriously -- see the map here), where the conference is taking place. It's right in the heart of downtown, in a well trafficked, safe area, one block from Union Square itself, and super affordable: You can reserve a "dorm" bed for $29/night, or your own private room for $90/night.
We are pleased to officially announce that, thanks to the generous folks at iRobot, BlogHer will once again host an on-site Internet Cafe and Bookstore at BlogHer '08. Which means that the BlogHer Bookstore will again be stocking, selling, and scheduling signings of books written by you. If you have written (or contributed) to a book that you would like for us to offer for sale at the BlogHer Bookstore, please let us know!
Did you know there are still opportunities to get free passes to BlogHer '08? Time's running out, but there are a few offers floating around the blogosphere we thought you might like to know about -- pass them on!
We are pleased to announce that the second stop of the first-ever BlogHer road show, the Reach Out Tour, is officially open for registration! BlogHer DC '08 will be taking place on Monday, October 13, at the Hyatt Regeny Bethesda. It will feature many of the same elements of our annual event, along with a little local flavor.
We are pleased to announce that the first leg of the first-ever BlogHer road show, the Reach Out Tour, is officially open for registration! BlogHer BOSTON '08 will be taking place on Saturday, October 11, at the Boston Marriott Burlington. It will feature many of the same elements of our annual event, along with a little local flavor.
We have some very important information regarding making hotel reservations for the BlogHer '08 Conference in San Francisco! As of this morning, we are at about 80% capacity on our room block. This means that there ARE still rooms available (really!), but our room block will sell out. 
The BlogHer Business '08 podcasts are here! Thanks to our friends at ListenShare, we are now able to offer you complete podcasts of BlogHer Business '08 sessions. Click here to access the podcasts. The podcasts are also available in iTunes (you will need to have iTunes on your computer in order for this link to work):