A peek into programming a conference

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. ...more

An hour on CSS really doesn't do it justice, and I think with code it's pretty dry unless you ...more

Rethinking Sex and Gender

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. ...more

Hey Suzanne, Good post! It was great to meet you!

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"Look in the mirror and lead" BlogHer '06 keynote by Arianna Huffington, Caroline Little, Mena Trott and Grace Davis

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 ...more

I'm planning on attending next year's conference. I can hardly wait!more

Girl geeks speak from the heart

Girl geeks in the Get Deeply Geeky session at BlogHer have been speaking from the heart. A number of women have been telling their stories about working in traditionally male areas of technology. I've heard a lot of emotion in the voices we've heard, and applaud these women for telling it like it is. One thing that strikes me is that I've heard these stories before in other fields. I ran into similar situations as a lawyer and as a traditional journalist. There are lessons to be learned and solutions to be had there. Some ideas for solutions: 1. Mary Hodder (CEO of Dabble) told us that she can think of only four women CEO's who have founded tech companies. IMHO, the few women technologists who are at the head of the pack have an obligation to support other women (as Mary does, by the way). That means making a conscious effort to hire, promote, and mentor other women. ...more

I wish that I'd found a resource like this when I was in IT and then a software engineer ...more

How to Build Blog Traffic - How do people find your blog?

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? ...more
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So, what's a Birds of a Feather session anyway?

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. ...more

If you would like to be put on it please email me.

Elisa Camahort

How to Build Blog Traffic - Community

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: ...more

These are so helpful - thank you!!


As ol' Barbra Streisand once sang, I'm a ...more

BlogHer Session Discussion: Political Blogging on Day Two

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. ...more

Not that I'm one, but I am so surprised to see that everyone here is a self-proclaimed ...more

Ten types of Web writing: Get the words out

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. ...more

During the presentation I mentioned an online tool for determining the readability score of your ...more

BlogHer Session Discussion: 10 Types of Web Writing on Day One

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. ...more

Thanks Elisa. I just published our more detailed session description more