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."
9 years ago
In part 5, Elizabeth Edwards discusses Iraq, Rupert Murdoch, and how she reads blogs.
9 years ago
In part 4, Elizabeth Edwards answers your questions about childcare and how to get young people involved in the political process.
9 years ago
In Part 3, Elizabeth finishes her statements regarding universal health care, Hillary Clinton, and raising taxes.
9 years ago
In part 2 of Lisa Stone's interview with Elizabeth Edwards, she talks about Ann Coulter and why she doesn't have a personal blog.
10 years ago
It grew out of a session at the BlogHer Conference: One of the most gratifying things coming out of this session was that here we were, all sharing a general sense that we had to do something -- and someone suggested we start right there, in the room, by gathering everyone's contacts into one meta-group, networking and mentoring each other and just staying connected. That made total sense! As a self-taught geek who's too much the dork to be any good at networking, this was music to my ears. I mean, this room was its own estroswarm of geek power in this corner of the 'net industry. So I pulled my notepad out of my bag and started passing it around the room, and it seems like everyone add [sic] their name and email....
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
[img_assist|fid=1396|thumb=1|alt=TIME Coolest Websites graphic ] Congratulations to two long-time and ever-inspiring food bloggers for inclusion in TIME's 50 Coolest Websites! Munich-based Delicous Days made the Top 50 list. California-based Simply Recipes got a mention too, in the cooking section. (Does the name Elise Bauer ring a bell? She's a contributing editor here at Blogher, too! She recently wrote about How to Increase Blog Traffic. Do you suppose she'll be adding, "Get mentioned by TIME magazine" to the list?) By complete coincidence, today three food bloggers are sharing a little Elise Bauer & Simply Recipes Love starting at A Veggie Venture too.
10 years ago
Last year I wrote some posts about how we found speakers and how programming decisions for the conference got made, and there is definitely a group of BlogHers who like getting the "inside scoop." Now I've written a couple of posts over on my Worker Bees blog and my personal blog about my broader feelings about post-conference feedback, but I thought I would write here about conference content. This year there has been some feedback that people felt that conference content was skewed in certain directions. Some people felt it was skewed toward MommyBlogging; some felt it was skewed toward those who want to commercialize their blogs. Some people who only attended Day One said they wondered where the "conversation and community" was, and some people who could only attend Day Two wondered where the technical content was.
10 years ago
One topic I feel I covered poorly in my short time as a contributing editor on Feminism & Gender at BlogHer is gender. The second definition of gender at Merriam-Webster Online is “a: SEX b : the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex,� but I don’t agree at that idea all. Gender means many different things to different audiences. Unlike the dictionary, in past posts, I tried hard to not equate gender with sex, not always successfully.
10 years ago
Pictured from left to right: Arianna Huffington, Molly, Grace Davis' daughter, Grace and Terry Acebo Davis. Photo credit: Mary Tsao. Last January, when we were preparing to launch the new BlogHer.org site and create today's directory of 4,100+ women bloggers, one of our new editors emailed me to suggest a tagline. "You should call it BlogHer II: The Revenge," wrote Tracey Gaughran-Perez, who blogs Sweetney, referring to the question that inspired the first BlogHer conference. I was reminded of Tracey's comment Saturday night as 720 of us watched Arianna Huffington, Caroline Little, Mena Trott and Grace Davis answer Moderator Chris Nolan's questions at the closing keynote of BlogHer '06. In the past year, each of these women has leveraged Web-based technologies to pursue their professional agendas and triumphed -- while experiencing with unrelenting public pressure and excoriating personal criticism. If success is the best revenge, revenge must be sweet indeed for this quartet. For today, each of these women todays enjoys kudos from their readers/users (even critics), while at the same time being able to point to cold, hard facts such as Web traffic and revenue that demonstrate their ideas were worth pursuing. How'd they do it? Nolan's skillful interviews Saturday evening revealed four very different women whose core message was remarkably the same: Look in the mirror and lead. "Instead of waiting for the white knight to come and save us, we need to find the leader in the mirror and act on those skills fearlessly." - Arianna Huffington "I've always had my pilot light on. Sometimes I don't pay attention to it but it's there. In responding to Katrina, I didn't even think about the obstacles. I just thought that I should be there helping somehow." - Grace Davis "You either fly with it (change) or you don't ever get on the boat. And I think you get on the boat." - Caroline Little "I've followed my gut and my passion...I 've seen so many people driven by title. As soon as you know someone cares more about title than the product, it really shows." - Mena Trott
10 years ago
This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). If our goal is to increase our blog traffic, the primary question we need to ask ourselves is, how do people get to our blogs in the first place? Understanding how people learn about our blogs, and make their way over to visit them, will help us better understand how to use technology to increase our visibility. So, how do people find out about us?
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
This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). When I first started blogging in 2003, I viewed the exercise mostly as a way to express myself. I didn't know what a "blogroll" was, nor did I care that much when I learned. Over the last few years I have found that the main distinction between a blog and any other website, other than diary-like entries, is the interconnectedness with other bloggers who care about the same things I do. It's being part of a community of other similarly interested people that make blogging so compelling. Engaging the community of people who care about the same things you do can exponentially enhance your blog's visibility. The following tips are obvious to me now, but weren't when I first started blogging:
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
When: 1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., July 28, 2006 Where: Blogher Conference 2006 Day One Words matter more today than ever before, thanks to the Web. Today our words are scooped up by search engines, spat onto ever-tinier and ever-dirtier laptop screens and cell phones, shot across PDAs, and spoken into podcasts and videoblogs, even translated into different languages.
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
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
This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). Everyone knows that if you want a successful blog you have to start with great content. But what does it mean to have great content? Your friends and family will read your blog because they know you and like you. To reach out beyond your social network to a much wider audience you need to provide something valuable, something a reader can't easily get elsewhere, or can't easily get all in one place. Here are some things to consider regarding what goes on the pages of your blog:
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
You spend hours, days, weeks, months writing, photographing, uploading, editing your blog. At the end of the day you hope that someone (or more than a few someones) takes the time to read it. One would think that it is pretty obvious the steps one must take to build an audience, or build traffic to one's blog; you have to have great content, right? But less obvious are the roles that community and technology play in increasing your blog audience.
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.)
10 years ago
16th 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: From Here to Autonomy: Blogger as entrepreneur...fact or fiction? What does it take to leverage blogging to make a living? Heather Armstrong, Arieanna Foley and Jennifer James know from experience. They've each become blogpreneurs in different ways: superstar blogger using an ad-based model; professional blogger who writes for more blogs than most of us read; subject-matter expert blogger with writing, editing and speaking gigs around her subject. Rachelle Bowden grills them on best practices and pitfalls.
10 years ago
15th 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: Blog in a Box: All the basics for the beginning blogger, or the blogger who wants to take the next steps toward geekdom. New bloggers will create a blog with RSS feeds, a blog roll, and know how to add links/photos to their blog. Basic to intermediate html will be covered. We’ll also cover how to switch from one blog tool to another. Miss Zoot and Heathervescent are on hand to walk you through. Plus, Melinda Casino will cover the nuances of good blog manners: disclosure, attribution, non-spammy commenting and trackbacks.
10 years ago
14th 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: EduBlogging: Barbara Ganley from Middlebury College, Laura Blankenship from Bryn Mawr and Barbara Sawhill from Oberlin will discuss using blogging in the classroom & to raise academic profiles.
10 years ago
13th 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: Digital Photography: Heather Champ will get you comfortable with your digital camera. Learn not only how to take good digital pictures, but how to mess with them and post them on your blog. [Equipment list to be published.]
10 years ago
12th 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: Get Deeply Geeky: BlogHers want to talk technology and gender. Is the web itself a feminine construct? How about open source? Join Laura Scott, mir verburg, Nancy White & futurist Melanie Swan to discuss.
10 years ago
11th 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: Audio/Podcasting Instructors will be on hand to serve all user levels. Beginners will create & post an audio entry with Susan Kitchens. Advanced users will get hands-on instruction and interactive Q&A about advanced techniques, plus best practices in promotion and distribution from Nicole Simon and Anita Campbell. [Equipment list will be provided.]
10 years ago
10th 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: Business Blog Case Studies: Yvonne DiVita, Susan Getgood & Toby Bloomberg lead a rap session with you, the BlogHers, about what has worked (and what hasn't) when implementing blogs for business.
10 years ago
9th in our series introducing you to each of ourur BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, inspired by Health & Wellness editor Denise's recent post about self-harm, I bring you from Day Two: Outreach Blogging is not for the faint-hearted The debate: Life savers? Or Enablers? There's no doubt the online world can provide tremendous support, but can a blogger get in over her head? danah boyd will discuss with bloggers tackling the most sensitive subjects, such as anorexia, addiction and mental illness. Join Leah Peterson, Jenn Satterwhite, Denise Tanton and an anonymous blogger for a conversation you won't forget.
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