Newsflash: Heather Armstrong to speak (and celebrate her birthday) at BlogHer '08

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Heather Armstrong Hot on the heels of her quadruple-win at the 2008 Weblog Awards, I am pleased to announce that Heather Armstrong (aka Dooce) is returning to BlogHer '08 this July in San Francisco.

Heather was part of the very first BlogHer "Naked" session at the inaugural conference in 2005, and spoke about the ups, downs and late nights of monetizing your blog in 2006.

In 2008, with her first book being released in April (along with other impending opportunities yet to be announced) Heather will be part of BlogHer '08's closing general session discussion about what it's like "Living the Truman Show*."

Bloggers everywhere are putting their lives online...and now into other media too. We'll talk to Heather about how it feels to put yourself under that microscope. Heather may live it on a bigger scale than most of us, but haven't you experienced some or all of these symptoms?

  • Parts of life get nearly fictionalized in your own head as you plan your next blog post about events happening in real-time
  • People confuse you with a character and forget you're a real human being
  • As your friends, co-workers and family become more aware of your blog they either get caught up in it all...or get more and more uncomfortable.
  • The session will take place on Saturday July 19th, which just happens to be Heather's actual birthday. (I'm seeing a mass singalong in her future, what do you think?)

    Stay tuned, as this is just the first of many announcements to come about BlogHer '08 programming!

    Earlybird registration is still in effect through March 31st, 2008, for more info go here.

    *The Truman Show was a movie from 1998 about a man who discovers his "life" is actually a reality TV show that the entire world is watching. Hmmm...sounds like how I felt the first time I wrote something snarky about a public figure...and they actually sent me an email complaining about it! Here I thought I was the only one in the world tracking with ego-feeds!

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