Room of Your Own Candidates

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We have had many suggestions for Room of Your Own sessions, from fully-fleshed out panel abstracts to brief emails.

We currently have only SIX Room of Your Own slots. We will announce the selections by March 10th.

Here are the proposals we've received (in alphabetical order.) As always you can comment here with feedback, or feel free to email me directly.

1. Bi-Blogging
No, not what you think...we're talking bilingual. There are practical, political, even legal considerations. Bev Trayner and Liz Henry are the main instigators here, and you can see the Forum topic they started and read the very active thread on their ideas. That thread alone has already led to a new blog carnival, the Carnival of Translation!

2. Business Blog Case Studies
Susan Getgood and other blog consultants want to to have a session where people come and share their experiences...good and bad. Conferences often feature a handful of hand-picked case studies, with a goal of highlighting the best-case scenarios. But we know those are only a tiny part of the story, and that the attendees often have a lot of stories they could tell, if given the chance. This session would be that chance.

3. Comedy bloggers
According to Susie Felber, who submitted this concept: Comedy has always been a man's domain, but what about all the funny women who have their own domains? Comedy casting skews male, but blogging allows all to participate. A room devoted to either women who are professional comedians who blog (c'est moi, and many friends) or women whose focus is humor, but not necessarily pros. Again, why do we do it? What has come from it, if anything? And finally, it will be funny. So very funny.

4. EduBlogging
Three academics from prominent colleges note that women are using blogging in and out of the classroom but, and this will sound familiar: it's the male academics who get noticed. So, the session is about how to use this technology and how to raise the profile of the women using it. Barbara Ganley from Middlebury College, Laura Blankenship from Bryn Mawr and Barbara Sawhill from Oberlin are leading the charge and have this to add: Blogging in the Classroom and Blogging the Classroom: Using social software to create learning opportunities for our students and ourselves. This panel will bring educators and educational technologists together to talk about the benefits and realities of using blogs and other Web technologies in the classroom. We will discuss how social software
enhances and transforms the learning environment, dynamics, and outcomes; the responses of students to blogging classes; and impacts on our teaching and our network of colleagues when we blog the experience.

5. FaithBloggers
There are women of every faith blogging, and blogging their faith. But you probably wouldn't know that by looking at how blogging is covered in the media and at conferences, for that matter. I've seen bloggers blogging about the wish for a faithblogging session, but no one has submitted a specific idea. Before you think that means there's not enough interest, chew on this: that's exactly how MommyBlogging was this time last year. Could it be that bloggers of faith feel marginalized?

6. Feminist science and technology development
Is Open Source a "feminine" initiative? Do female developers develop a different product using the same requirements? Is the web itself a feminine construct? Several BlogHers have expressed interest in exploring these ideas and getting deeply geeky, including contributing editors mir verburg, Anne Zelenka and Nancy White. Melanie Swan also has a lot to say, given she has one of the very few futurist blogs by a woman out there.

7. Group Blogging
Amazing stories out there of people getting together, building communities, raising voices. From Sarah Gilbert building a group blog for Portland mothers to Mini Kahlon's inspiring work with teen podcasters. It all sounds so rosy, but our group bloggers also have to deal with practical realities. Technical and organizational realities. So there will definitely be some take-away to go with your inspiration!

8. MilBloggers
Another group that may need a BlogHer Room of Your Own to get their voice heard. They are out there...serving their country. Isn't this what blogging is supposed to be all about: hearing about important issues straight from the source, the woman on the street (or in the trenches)?

9. Sex
Say no more, say no more. Sex, erotica, relationships. Women have been writing about those subjects online for a long time. Susie Bright is just one such woman who wants to talk about it at BlogHer. Who's up for it? (heh heh.) Clearly I need help since the topic is making me break out both Monty Pyton and Beavis & Butthead references!

10. Transforming Your Life and Work via Blogging
Whether changing paths altogether or simply taking a current path to an entirely new level, there are women who have done amazing things, simply by using their blogs. Deni Bonet and Nina Smith are two such women. Deni is a musician who has built an incredible and loyal following by building a community with her fans. Nina is a former software-geek who, in only eight months, established herself as an authority in a new field by carving out a specific niche: personal finance for the queer community. Those are only two stories out there of women who have made radical changes to their life and work with a click of the 'Publish' link.

Phew. You BlogHers are full of ideas.

I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of all of these topics. My problem is that I think they're all great! I think I'll take advantage of some of the great features of Drupal technology and create a poll. In the meantime...comment (or post in the Forums) away!


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