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2009 offered BlogHer conferences and its community many advances and exciting new adventures – here’s a quick look at 2009…
Almost six weeks ago Lisa, Jory and I asked for your feedback and help on making BlogHer '10 even better than BlogHer '09 in a post we called: We're listening. And here's what we're mulling over so far...
Ahhh, Friday and woo hoo!  Monday is a holiday too :-) Another great week here at BlogHer and here are some items that are of particular interest:
Happy Friday! Another fabulous and productive week here at BlogHer and here are the highlights... BlogHer Food -  today we were able to open up the waitlist and add more bloggers for BlogHer Food!  We are taking names off the waitlist in order they were received - keep an eye on your inbox! 
It's Day Three post-BlogHer '09, and we are in our full-on, annual Listen-Real-Hard mode here at BlogHer. Since Lisa Stone, Jory Des Jardins and I first plunked down our credit cards to reserve a space for the BlogHer 2005, we have asked for everyone's help to make it happen. To make it better. To make it a celebration of women who blog.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh and cry. How can you not? It's the return of the BlogHer Community Keynote! This year, 21 bloggers from our community read their own work, curated by the marvelous Eden Kennedy of Fussy, Let's Panic about Motherhood, and NaBloPoMo.
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This is a four-week series to help attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One, Walking Tour Two and Walking Tour Three. If you haven't checked out the Chicago Walking Tours yet, and are looking forward to getting to know Chicago a bit, we suggest you look into them now. They're chock-full of history, architectural facts, hidden Chicago gems and some of the greatest shopping in the city. BlogHer community member Cynthia Clampitt created three tours, plus put together these tips and fun facts, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Read on for a great city guide about the city’s architectural history, expansive public parks, tips for keeping your bearings, and what to do near the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
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At BlogHer ’09, you’ll likely notice our Green Initiatives – policies we’ve enacted to help make our conference more sustainable. We’re proud of the ways BlogHer sponsors and the BlogHer community are making a difference, and wanted to highlight specific examples of our efforts to create a more eco-friendly conference.
It's inevitable. Someone at BlogHer, no...MANY people at BlogHer are going to have video cameras. Be it their Flipcams or their Kodak HD's or whatever else -- many of you will be taking and talking on video that will end up all over the internet. This means you will want your video to look good and you'll want it to make sure people can FIND your videos online. I have solutions!
BlogHer '09 is a few short days away and this year we introduced something brand new - LobbyCon! In an effort to help you meet up with fellow LobbyCon'ers' we have created a forum to chat about what  you'll be doing in between the the morning and evening general sessions. Click over, meet other LC'ers and start preparing your days! See you soon.
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We’re here to help you get geeky – two levels of geeky! BlogHer has planned Beginner and Advanced tutorials for attendees, which will run concurrently with other sessions in our conference agenda. And if you still need help afterward, most speakers are more than happy to hold some “office hours” following each tutorial for a little one-on-one action. Come learn new tech tricks in the Beginner Lab, like Stats for Word Nerds or Beginning SEO, or geek out in the Advanced Lab discussing a variety of content management systems or sharing your hacks, mashups and other rebel coding.
I've gotten so many private emails from BlogHers who want to meet these women that I decided to open a conversation about the BlogHer '09 Saturday keynote I'll emcee with Tina Brown, Donna Byrd and Ilene Chaiken.
One week from now the Chicago Sheraton and Towers most definitely will know what's hitting them, as almost 1,500 (mostly) women bloggers check in...and log on.
Welcome to Birds of a Feather '09 (BOF)! As we did last year, BlogHer '09 will feature BOF tables hosting various topics of interest that are either a continuation of a session topic or something new!  BOF will be held on both days during the lunch hour and you will be able to pick and choose which sessions interest you and you can "join your flock". Here is the process:
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This is the third in a four-week series to help attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One and Walking Tour Two. My favorite way to explore a city is on foot. I think it has something to do with the experience of using all five of my senses in a way that driving (or boat-riding) tours just can’t match. (Not to mention that walking is good for Earth, good for you and good for your wallet. Well, potentially good for you and your wallet. I suppose that depends on your discipline when in such close proximity to Garrett Popcorn Shops.) This tour takes you throughout The Loop. So if you’ve planned a little extra time before or after BlogHer ’09, and were hoping to see a little bit of the city (believe me: there’s plenty to see), then I’ve got a juicy tidbit for you: Chicago walking tours.
As you all know, our sponsors not only subsidize the cost of attendance, they've also made it possible for us to allow in over 200 additional bloggers off the waitlist. But they're not stopping there! Here's a round-up of just some of the things they've got planned: Once again Chevrolet is back! They'll be hosting Ride & Drives off the Expo Hall with some their new models including the all new Cheverolet Camaro - now that's a HOT car! In fact it's so hot that Chevrolet is having trouble keeping up with demand.
Update: We received some great feedback but not enough "I'm selling" comments.  Right now we don't have enough "I'm selling" commitments to make the swap meet happen. Please respond by Tuesday, July 14 and let us know if you will sell.  We have 10 open slots! Thanks! Lori  ****************************************** This is the official call for feedback - do you have something you would like to sell while at BlogHer '09?  If we bring the swap meet back will you shop there?
Wikipedia defines karaoke as: a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music (and/or a music video) using a microphone and public address system. BlogHer defines karaoke as: PARTY PARTY PARTY!!! And we will do just that - party like it's 1999 (and sing it too)!  Bring your shower voices, have a sip of liquid courage and belt out that song like you've never done before.  
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This is the second in a four-week series to help BlogHer '09 attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One. My favorite way to explore a city is on foot. I think it has something to do with the experience of using all five of my senses in a way that driving (or boat-riding) tours just can’t match. (Not to mention that walking is good for Earth, good for you and good for your wallet. Well, potentially good for you and your wallet. I suppose that depends on your discipline when in such close proximity to Garrett Popcorn Shops. Plus, this tour takes you right down the Magnificent Mile - home to hundreds of shops and boutiques.) So if you’ve planned a little extra time before or after BlogHer ’09, and were hoping to see a little bit of the city (believe me: there’s plenty to see), then I’ve got a juicy tidbit for you: Chicago walking tours.
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When BlogHer published our ’09 agenda late last year, we left two full tracks of break-out sessions unplanned. Each year BlogHer opens a portion of its sessions to community programming, called Room of Your Own sessions (sometimes abbreviated ROYOs). Room of Your Own sessions are a way for registered attendees to hold conversations around topics they think we missed in our programmed panels. They are a way to prove how much expertise and passion all attendees bring to the table when they come to BlogHer.
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As a company dedicated to creating opportunities for women who blog, BlogHer loves finding speakers across a variety of niches – whether food, activism, parenting, business or myriad other genres. Each week we’re highlighting a few speakers who have been in the news, like this week’s Paula Gregorowicz and Liz Gumbinner. Read on for an introduction to these women before you attend their sessions at the conference.
Thanks to all your input and amazing ideas we have really great blog bling in preparation for BlogHer '09...all of you are so clever!. Now, with LobbyCon Bling!!!: <a href="http://blogher.com/blogher_conference/conf/9/general/1"><img src="http://assets2.blogher.com/files/BH09-125-LobbyCon.jpg" alt="I'll Be at LobbyCon!" /></a> Here are the newbies:
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This is the first in a four-week series to help BlogHer '09 attendees explore Chicago. My favorite way to explore a city is on foot. I think it has something to do with the experience of using all five of my senses in a way that driving (or boat-riding) tours just can’t match. (Not to mention that walking is good for Earth, good for you and good for your wallet. Well, potentially good for you and your wallet. I suppose that depends on your discipline when in such close proximity to Garrett Popcorn Shops.) So if you’ve planned a little extra time before or after BlogHer ’09, and were hoping to see a little bit of the city (believe me: there’s plenty to see), then I’ve got a juicy tidbit for you: Chicago walking tours.
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If there’s one thing that Katie Orenstein is passionate about, it’s helping women’s voices penetrate the largely male-dominated (by 85%) Op-Eds (for those not familiar with journalism lingo, that’s an opinion piece historically published in newspapers opposite the editorial page, but which has now translated to online forums, as well). Katie is founder of The OpEd Project, a day-long seminar created to help women find their voices and engage in these public debates. She is bringing a portion of her seminar to BlogHer ’09, leading two sessions in our Leadership track: “Owning Your Expertise” and “Writing Your Op-Ed.”
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Whether you’re a BlogHer conference veteran or you’re making your first trek to our annual conference this summer, it’s probable that you’ve got questions. Questions about what to pack for BlogHer ’09, or what to wear, or how many business cards to bring, or whether you need your laptop. We’ve gathered together posts written by veterans who’ve answered those questions for you. And guys, we even have a little love for you, too.
Wow, what a week! We have been gearing up for the event and now it's go go go all the time!  This train has left the station.  Here are some highlights - 
BlogHer '09, BlogHer's fifth annual conference, will be our biggest conference yet. Every year we have sold out and dealt with the dreaded waiting list. This year we sold out BlogHer '09's original capacity in mid-March, which left us with lots of community members wanting in.
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Being green isn’t just about recycling your plastic bags or separating paper from glass. It’s about thinking smarter environmentally, and it can affect the foods you eat, the products you buy, your mode of transportation, the companies you support. On that note, all of our BlogHer ’09 Green and Eco-Blogging panelists have been in the news lately, and we couldn’t wait to tell you all about them!
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BlogHer ’09 speakers are a group of savvy women, and many are experts in more than just one domain. Take two of our speakers, for example, Jaden Hair and Michelle Lentz. Jaden, a foodblogger, has carved a career out of managing her blog’s relationship with different brands, which is why we’re thrilled she’s speaking on the Brands and Bloggers panel at BlogHer ’09. And Michelle, a social media consultant and instructional designer, has made a name for herself as a wine blogger in online food circles – one of the reasons BlogHer asked her to speak on our FoodBlogging panel. Recently different news outlets have highlighted both Jaden and Michelle – read on to find out more!
Today, we are thrilled to announce the final selections for the BlogHer '09 Community Keynote, our second annual Community Keynote, taking place on Friday July 24th. Just like last year, we received hundreds of submissions, and I have to start with a shout-out of gratitude to our tremendous Community Keynote grand poobah: Eden Kennedy from Fussy And the rest of the Community Keynote committee: Jes Ferris and Lori Luna from BlogHer
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS - DRUM ROLL....BDDDRRRRRRRRR (is THAT a drumroll sound?) 40 days to BlogHer Business! 41 days to BlogHer '09! OMG...I just gave myself heart palpatations ;-) Let's see, hmmm, what to tell you?  Oh, I know...
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Sure, sure. BlogHer sessions are generally awesome, and informative, and humorous and inspiring. You’ll undoubtedly leave the conference with a slew of new things to implement or try on your own site. Along the way, you’re certain to meet new friends. And BlogHer plans to help with that. We’ve got comprehensive details on EVERY open-invite party happening at BlogHer ’09 (and this post will be updated continuously, to keep you in the loop), so if you want the inside scoop on what events will be taking place during this summer’s hottest blogging conference, read on…
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With BlogHer '09 fast-approaching, join us for an introduction to some of the women who will be speaking at this summer's hottest blogging conference. This week's highlights: Twanna Hines and Ree Drummond. 
Happy Friday my friends! Another exciting week here at BlogHer but I must admit, I'm ready for the weekend.  I have a couple of items to call out as we wind up the week... Keynotes - We have announced the BlogHer '09 keynotes - take a peek!
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Lenore Skenazy is serious about allowing her children to grow, learn and experience the world from her “free-range” approach to parenting – and it’s one of the reasons we’re so excited she’s speaking at BlogHer ’09 about online safety for kids.
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Schedule

July 21 - Day 1
Time Event
6:00am Day One Breakfast, including a Newbie Breakfast!
7:00am Welcome...and Speed Dating, BlogHer-style
8:30am Identity/Passions: The Transformational Power of Blogging
Business of You: Bloggers are Pioneers in a Post-“Employee” World
Leadership: Owning Your Expertise
MommyBlogging: Have You Found Your MommyBlogging Tribe?
Room of Your Own 1: Realllly Personal Blogging - How much info is TMI?
Room of Your Own 2: Blogqueers - LGBTQ Bloggers
Geek Lab Beginner 1a: Blogging Basics 101 - Getting Started (10:30-11:00AM)
Geek Lab Beginner 1b: Wordpress for Beginners (11:15-11:45AM)
Geek Lab Advanced 1a: CMS Pros and Cons - Discuss Your Development Experiences (10:30-11:00AM)
Geek Lab Advanced 1b: CMS Tool #1 - Wordpress (11:15-11:45AM)
9:45am "Birds of a Feather" Lunch: Find your blogging flock over lunch
11:15am Identity/Passions: LifeBlogging Outside the Lines: When you’re not a Geek, a Political Wonk or a MommyBlogger
Business of You: Brands and Bloggers
Leadership: Writing Your Op-Ed
MommyBlogging: “Balance” is a Big, Fat, Lying, McLiar LIE for Moms who Blog (and the rest of us too)
Room of Your Own 2: Blogs & Body Image: What are we teaching our kids?
Room of Your Own 1: Your Blog is Great, Get People to Know About It
Geek Lab Beginner 2a: HTML for Bloggers (1:15-1:45PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 2b: You and Your CSS Style Sheet (2:00-2:30PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 2a: CMS Tool #2 - Typepad (1:15-1:45PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 2b: CMS Tool #3 - Expression Engine (2:00-2:30PM)
12:45pm Identity/Passions: PatientBloggers - You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day
Business of You: Blog to Book, the Threequel
Leadership: What is "Pro-Woman" in a Post-Palin World?
MommyBlogging: Is MicroBlogging the Path to MommyBlogging Bliss?
Room of Your Own 1: Blogging Identities and YOU
Room of Your Own 2: Gadgets for Blogging
Geek Lab Beginner 3a: Make Your Blog More Accessible (2:45-3:15PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 3b: Photoshop - Basic Tips and Tricks to Get You Started (3:30-4:00PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 3a: CMS Tool #4 - Dreamwidth (2:45-3:15PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 3b: CMS Tool #5 - Squarespace (3:30-4:00PM)
2:45pm Community Keynote
4:30pm Cocktail Party
10:00am "Birds of a Feather" Lunch: Find your blogging flock over lunch
4:00pm Cocktail Party
July 22 - Day 2
Time Event
8:00am Break
2:00pm Break
6:30am Breakfast
7:15am Day Two Recap
7:30am Keynote: Traditional Media Chops meet a New Media Calling
8:45am MommyBlogging: Blogging as a Homeschooling Tool
Identity/Passions: TravelBloggers as Boundary-Breaking Evangelists
Business of You: Advanced Social Media, Syndication and Stats
Leadership: Hope and Change in Action
Room of Your Own 1: Vaginally challenged bloggers - the men of BlogHer
Room of Your Own 2: Women of Color and Marketing
Geek Lab Advanced 1b: .htaccess for Bloggers (11:30AM-12:00PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 1a: Stats for Word Nerds (10:45-11:15AM)
Geek Lab Beginner 1b: Twitter Basics: How and Why? (11:30AM-12:00PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 1a: Apache Servers Are Your Friend (10:45-11:15AM)
11:30am Identity/Passions: FoodBlogging in the Time of Recession
Business of You: Advanced SEO
Leadership: The BlogHer ’09 International Activist BlogHer Scholarship Winners Share Their Work
MommyBlogging: Healthcare by Committee
Room of Your Own 1: Women Writing In The Age Of Britney: Pop Culture & Gossip & Feministy Stuff, Oh My
Room of Your Own 2: Sponsored v. Unsponsored - Blogging for $$ Where Do You Stand?
Geek Lab Beginner 2a: Managing Your Twitterverse: The latest, hottest, bestest tools (1:30-2:00PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 2b: Beginning SEO (2:15-2:45PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 2a: PHP for Bloggers (1:30-2:00PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 2b: Stupid Unix Tricks (aka Learn to Love Your Command Line!) (2:15-2:45PM)
1:00pm Leadership: Green and Eco-Blogging
MommyBlogging: Online Safety For Your Kids Who Are Online Themselves
Identity/Passions: Enough About You...Who's Reading You?
Business of You: Your burning questions about the BlogHer Publishing Network
Room of Your Own 1: Dying is Easy, ROTFLMAO Comedy is Hard: It's two, two, two comedy panels in one!
Room of Your Own 2: Blogging as Storytelling
Geek Lab Advanced 3b: Adding social networking to your blogging environment (3:45-4:15PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 3a: How to Use Social Media to Promote your Blog (3:00-3:30PM)
Geek Lab Beginner 3b: Web Video/Videoblogging Tutorials and Resources - Resources you can use to help upload your videos (3:45-4:15PM)
Geek Lab Advanced 3a: Hacking, mash-ups and other rebel coding (3:00-3:30PM)
2:15pm Break
3:00pm Closing Keynote: Who We Will Become

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