Experience | The Unexpected Viral Explosion (Room 3)
Ashleigh Burroughs of The Burrow was shot in Tuscon with Rep. Gabby Giffords and found herself on national news and in the hospital. Liz Henry was the blogger who helped uncover the false identity of Gay Girl in Damascus, sparking international outcry. And Sarah Manley of Nerdy Apple Bottom wrote about her son’s Halloween costume (Daphne, from Scooby Doo) in the post heard ‘round the world. How do you respond when your formerly small-to-medium blog traffic suddenly skyrockets? What does your family say when Good Morning America, The Today Show, or BBC-NYT-WashPo are knocking down your door? And is there a way to turn lemons into bloggy lemonade? Liz moderates a discussion wih Ashleigh and Sarah, who all three share what their exceptional experiences have taught them about the power – and challenge – of online communities and unexpected notoriety.