9 years ago
Advertising slogans are supposed to state the main benefits of the brand. Good slogans, make that great slogans, have a distinct personality of their own and are  hard to forget. Scotland used to have such a slogan. It was,"Scotland, the Best Small Country in the World."
10 years ago
We're looking forward to our very merry meet-up, and thrilled we'll be seeing so many new and familiar faces...[img_assist|fid=2506|thumb=0|alt=Cafe Royale|caption= ]but we are starting to reach capacity! Details about the event can be found here, and if you'd like to join us, just let us know to expect you. Happy Holidays!
10 years ago
I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the BlogHer team, and am eagerly looking forward to getting to know all of you better - both online and in person. And what better way (or time of year) to do so than with a Bay Area BlogHer Holiday Bash?
10 years ago
We had so much fun at our BlogHer meet-up in Seattle that we figured why not take the opportunity to have another meet-up outside Silicon Valley? The occasion this time is a meeting of the Downtown Women's Club of Washington DC. I'll be their guest at their December mixer, giving a brief talk about blogging. Don't worry there will be more time spent networking then speechifying!
10 years ago
At this summer's Blogher Conference, I had the opportunity to hear Lauren Gelman, Associate Director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society,  and Dean of State of Play Academy present at the blogging communities session called, "So, You Have This Crazy Idea."  She gave us a primer on copyright and fairuse,  shared her experienced from a blogging community for law students, talked about her plans for teaching this topic on the 3-D virtual world, there.com.
10 years ago
There are many ways in which you can financially support issues, causes and communities you care about beyond the traditional ones we think of such as making a donation to a non-profit organization. Whether it's your corporate or your personal spending, wielding your checkbook wisely can help bring about change. One of the ways in which the BlogHer '06 Conference was able to support a community was through the stuffing of the tote bags given to attendees. In 2005 the bags were stuffed by a handful of volunteers in Elisa's living room. Given that conference attendance nearly tripled in 2006, this option was out of the question if we wanted to maintain our sanity and leave any room in the house for Elisa's kitty, Samantha.
10 years ago
Last week we sent out a post-conference survey to recipients of our BlogHer Conferences Newsletter. Realizing that not every attendee is subscribed to the newsletter I thought I'd also put the call out here: If you attended the conference and would like to get a link to the survey, please email me and provide the name or pseudonym with which you registered for the conference. I'll reply with a direct link to the survey. UPDATED: Should mention that the survey itself is totally anonymous, even though I'm asking for your registration name to send you the link.
10 years ago
One of our '06 Technology partners, ListenShare, conducted a bunch of interviews at BlogHer '06 and has posted them to a variety of places: -Download from the ListenShare site. -Subscribe or download via Odeo. -Subscribe or download from iTunes Music Store.
10 years ago
Here are the first batch of BlogHer breakout session audio recordings. The sessions from Day Two, Session #1 can be found after the jump.
10 years ago
I'm excited to publish the first of many recordings from the BlogHer Conference '06 sessions. Each of BlogHer's sessions were lovingly recorded by our crack volunteer audio team!! Day One Lunch Keynote Recording (44.9MB) Day Two Closing Keynote Recording (66.8MB) See descriptions after the jump.
10 years ago
As many of you who attended BlogHer '06 know, a digital locker was provided for accessing speaker bios, session presentations, and sponsor special offers. One of the offers by American Greetings' division for women, Bloom, was not uploaded into the file properly, and the link to their special offer was broken.
10 years ago
[img_assist|fid=1228|thumb=1|alt=BlogHer 06 Audio Team] Behold them in all their glory! The BlogHer '06 Audio Team, led by toy, who was ably assisted by Mr. Feet on the Street Kirk...and a team of volunteer audio-geeks or wanna-be audio geeks.
10 years ago
The minute I walked into the reception at blogher tonight, Susan Getgood came up to me and said "Don't photograph my shoes.  These aren't the good ones.  I'll have those on tommorrow."   Several other women came up to me and told me not take photos because they forgot to get pedicures!  
10 years ago
Don't get me wrong: We love schwag! But with roughly 20 items going into this year's conference tote bag, being an attendee this year could be a mighty heavy proposition.
10 years ago
For those of you who are like me and like to plot their schedules at conferences (do you color code too?), you should know about BlogHer's Presentation Theater.
10 years ago
On Saturday morning, immediately after we open the conference in rousing fashion, you'll note that we're sending you off to get caffeinated and meet your blog crushes during an informal Birds of a Feather hour. Or as I like to call it: BOF.
10 years ago
BlogHer Whitney Brandt brings up an excellent point for those of you traveling to San Jose for BlogHer this week: The San Jose Grand Prix is happening the same days as BlogHer this year. Some of the downtown San Jose streets and freeway exits may be closed off, and there might be a lot of detour signs. It tends to be more downtown, and the Hyatt is closer to the airport, but it could make things crowded/congested at the airport and maybe at some parking lots.
10 years ago
25th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Political Blogging: Same shit, different day? What did political blogs accomplish in 2004, besides bringing down Dan Rather and selling tickets to Farenheit 911? Will poli-blogs and hyper-local citizen journalism sites really make a difference in 2006 and 2008? Are bloggers better off trying to influence their own communities or sway the masses? Lisa Williams talks with Jarah Euston, Kety Esquivel, Courtney Hollands, Lindsay Beyerstein and Ann Althouse...bloggers representing all types of blogs, and with a range of opinions on what they expect to achieve with those blogs.
10 years ago
So, some of you may be wondering about our weather here in beautiful San Jose for the conference. It's hot. Really, really hot. Yesterday the high in San Jose was 103 degrees. Today it's forecast to be 102 degrees...what a relief! And yes, it's a dry heat, but when it gets over 100 degrees I'm not sure that's all that helpful. (For those of you who know this area and its weather, I think you'll understand how unusually hot it's been when I tell you that the high yesterday in San Francisco was 95 degrees!)
10 years ago
24th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day One: 10 Types of Web Writing: And how to execute them professionally. Lisa Stone and Lynne D. Johnson walk you through everything from short-form sign post blogging to long-form essay blogging.
10 years ago
Your dedicated Primp Your Blog instructors have created an extremely brief survey to help them be well-prepared for the session. Really they just want to know what blogging tools you guys are using, and what you most were hoping to learn in the session.
10 years ago
Wanted to let you know about a room we've set aside at the Hyatt as the BlogHer Quiet Space, Room #8111 in Building 8. The Quiet Space will have two purposes, further explained below: as a space for breastfeeding mothers, and as a location for a physical and virtual memorial for blogger Michelle Goodrich, aka Mandarin Meg, who died a couple of weeks ago.
10 years ago
23rd in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Identity & Obligation: Do you control which parts of your identity are exposed? Do you feel an obligation to represent for your gender, race or culture? Do you feel you're not allowed to comment on issues facing a group to which you don't belong? Maria Niles moderates a discussion with Karen Walrond, Dawn Rouse, Marisa Trevino and Carmen Van Kerckhove on how we slice and dice our identity.
10 years ago
JC Dill is the woman who has come to our IT-rescue by tackling BlogHer Conference '06 network issues head-on. All I can say is that we thank our lucky stars that JC is going over every bit of the network diagrams and infrastructure specifications with the venue staff...not me! She brought up after our last venue meeting that most people didn't realize how insecure networks were at conferences. I looked at her blankly and said, "I guess I'm most people." JC took that as a challenge to blog all about conference security issues, and I now bring you the fruits of her labor:
10 years ago
We are not only butting up against our absolute, otherwise-the-hotel-might-make-like-Monty-Python's-Meaning-of-Life-dude, capacity limits on Day Two, but we also have to handle all those little details...like getting name badges made. So BlogHer registration will be closed Sunday night. If you truly define procrastinator, I can only urge you to turn over a new leaf for as long as it takes to register for the conference!!!
10 years ago
Great news, everyone. We heard you loud and clear: you want to buy and sell stuff. From books to baubles you are into it. Here's how it works: WHAT: The BlogHer Conference '06 Swap Meet WHEN: Saturday July 29th from 6:30-9:00PM WHERE: Governor's House C/D Meeting Room FORMAT: Bring your own, set up your own, sell your own. Keep reading...
10 years ago
21st in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Next Level Naked: Staying naked as your body (of work) changes. How do you give your audience what they don't want? How do you blog under the weight of reader expectations? Sometimes bloggers face this when they experience blogger burn-out. Sometimes they face this when they enter the blogosphere with good or bad baggage by their side. This year Jory Des Jardins gets Naked with bloggers who have faced these situations, like Lauren Bruce, Maryam Scoble, Kirsten Osolind and Mecca Ibrahim (aka Annie Mole.)
10 years ago
Remember that prong of the BlogHer Mission called "exposure"? I think some Boston-area BlogHers just got some exposure with the publication of this Maura Welch article in the Boston Globe this morning, Women tap the power of the blog; site's a key connection.
10 years ago
Belinda of Ninjapoodles just interrogated me in the name of BlogMe, concluding her questions by asking me what superpower I would most like to have.
10 years ago
Joan Blades is well known as the co-founder of MoveOn, but she has taken that activist passion and ability to set the grassroots on fire and started a new organization, and a new mission. The organization is MomsRising, and the mission is to "champion core motherhood and family issues in political, social, and economic spheres." You may know about the organization's book, The Motherhood Manifesto, but did you know they've also shot a documentary by the same name. Well, it's still in final edit mode, but Joan is bringing a copy of the film to BlogHer and will be giving BlogHers a sneak preview of this hour-long documentary on Saturday night, July 29th, from 7-8PM.
10 years ago
20th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day One: Tagging, Tracking...and what's this structured blogging?: Do taxonomies & folksonomies fill you with ennui? Charlene Li & Marnie Webb will help you discover why you care & how it gives you an edge.
10 years ago
19th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Community Assistance: BlogHers are cutting through the red tape and doing it for themselves, delivering tangible aid to communities in need, locally and around the world. Many blogs focus on raising awareness, but sometimes they actually raise money, become a hub for victim assistance or even put those who want to help directly in touch with those who need the help. Betty Sullivan, whose Betty's List has been assisting the San Francisco LGBT community for years, talk to Sara Ford, Grace Davis and Dina Mehta about why and how they did it. Learn how you can too.
10 years ago
18th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Let's Talk About Sex: Join Susie Bright, Melissa Gira, Logan Levkoff, Halley Suitt, and other blogging woman who prove: when it comes to talking sex online, women don't just like to watch!
10 years ago
17th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day One: Primp Your Blog: Maura Chace & Megan Garnhum will help you make your blog as attractive, accessible and just plain cool as possible. Learn the latest widgets, counters, mash-ups and cool tools to add to your blogs...and why you’d want to. Also, Skye Kilaen shares a few tips on how to make your blog more accessible and user-friendly.. Plus a Screencasting demo from Jan Kabili (a method for adding computer demos w/voiceover to your blog.)
By JenB
10 years ago
When I was anticipating coming to BlogHer last year I was really nervous. Partially, such is my nature, I am an anxious worried person, and part of it was that I was flying to another country (ok Canada to the States, isn’t that big a deal, but still!). The worst source of my nervousness was that I had never met any of these fabulous women in person. Sure, we had read each other’s blogs, commented on each other’s posts and corresponded through email, but a face to face meeting had not occurred and it made me a little anxious.
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