I don't mean to put any more pressure on you than you're probably already feeling, but I'm here to remind you that it IS already the second week of December.
But hey -- who cares if your shopping isn't done? Or if you still don't know what you're taking to that holiday potluck next Saturday? Or what on earth you're going to do on New Year's? There's still plenty of time for all that. (Ahem.) Whereas there's only THREE MORE DAYS until the BlogHer Meet-Up!
Where else will you go this holiday season where you can speak freely about CSS and RSS and ad networks and that time that commenter said that thing, and not have to worry about anyone's eyes glazing over?
Come, feel the blog love.
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."
Hi everyone, I come bearing an update on our new conference web site and imminent conference registration launch.
For those of you keeping score, we had originally planned to launch those both today, however, it may have been a little over-optimistic to plan on such a launch on the day after a four-day weekend.
It's time to get your festive on!
What holiday calendar would be complete without a little BlogHer revelry? Certainly not ours...and we'd love for you to join us!
Who: All Bay Area BlogHers
When: Thursday, December 13th
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cafe Royale, 800 Post St. @ Leavenworth in San Francisco
Our holiday event is a great opportunity for you to meet, mingle & jingle with the ever-growing BlogHer community. Members and non-members are welcome, as are friends, family, and colleagues.
The event will take place at Cafe Royale, the cozy cafe in downtown SF where we held last year's meetup. Once again we'll be offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres along with a fine selection of wines, beers, and Soju cocktails (no-host bar).
So join the party, and eat, drink, and be merry!
*Due to the venue's capacity limits, we do need you to RSVP if you intend to join us. Please RSVP in comments below, or send an email to let us know to expect you!
Today we are proud to announce our entire 2008 schedule of events, centered around one unifying theme: Reach!
BlogHer in 2008 will include a second annual BlogHer Business, the fourth annual BlogHer Conference and the introduction of a brand new BlogHer event: The BlogHer Reach Out Tour. The BlogHer Reach Out Tour will stop at 6 cities on the East Coast and across the South. Yup, we're growing from 2 events in 2007 to 8 events in 2008!
We reviewed the survey, compiled the poll results, read your blog posts and comments, and we are ready to unveil our BlogHer in 2008 plans...this coming Thursday, September 27th at 9AM Pacific time.
And we'd like to do it live and "in person" on a community conference call. We'll take about 15 minutes to outline our entire schedule for 2008, and then we'll have time for Q&A as well. As soon as the call is over we'll push the info live in a blog post and press release too, so don't worry if you can't make it. You won't have to wait too long for the info.
I think it is safe to say you liked the Second Life version of BlogHer '07. 514 is my new favorite number. I'll explain why shortly.
When I brought the idea to Elisa, Lisa, and Jory a few months ago, we agreed the virtual BlogHer was an experiment. The idea was to offer bloghers unable to travel to Illinois a way to attend and be a part of the conference. We were not sure how many of you would "attend" and in all honesty, we were not sure how it would all turn out. I'm not normally a numbers person (or avatar) but in this case, I'm making an exception for some amazing stats:
I want to dispel three common misconceptions about getting dressed:
1. "Stylish" is synonymous with "expensive."
2. "Comfortable" and "fashionable" are mutually exclusive terms.
3. "Personal style" is an oxymoron.
Not ONE of those things is true. Inexpensive clothes CAN be stylish, comfortable clothes CAN look terrific, and personal style is alive and well and hanging out at BlogHer '07, where I spent three days stopping complete strangers to ask where they got their shoes. All for you, of course.
At 10:30 Chicago time (8:30 SLT), I'll be moderating a panel on Covering the News in Second Life with a fascinating and eclectic group of speakers. Journalism is a burgeoning activity in Second Life, which has become a growing source of hard news and controversy and real-world consequences.
I'm happy to introduce Katy Chen, who is videoblogging BlogHer Conference '07. Katy somehow managed to be everywhere on Day One of BlogHer '07. Here's a viewer guide to her vlogs -- and I encourage anyone else who vlogged the day to link their pieces below. Thanks!
Why are you at BlogHer 07?
Favorite Day 1 BlogHer Sessions
When I began my blog, I only used my first name and mentioned that I live in New York City. I figured that there were probably thousands of Suzannes living in New York, and I'd be fine. My fear was less about being harassed than about my employer reading my nutty ramblings (even though they had nothing to do with my job) and deciding that my services were no longer needed. Over time, I realized that the powers that be at my work didn't know what blogging was, and if I wanted a writing career I would need to use my name, so I did.
Updated: Now that Cooper and Emily have kicked off our spirit of activism with the unveiling of BlogHers Act's global issue, I want to remind both BlogHer conference attendees and site visitors that tomorrow at 10:30 am, the BlogHer community begins to develop its voter manifesto for 2008.
If you're planning to attend the session, here are some "thought starters": questions from BlogHer members and YouTube video submitters to get your thoughts churning. Thanks to Val Jones and Zoe Chafe for helping to put these together.
We're still getting email from people who would like to attend the Off the record: Sex & Relationships blogging meet up at Blogher.
If you are a sex and or relationship blogger, if you are interested in discussing authentic voice and personal journeys and privacy and protecting your privacy this session is for you.
We ask you let us know you want to attend so you can agree to support the confidentiality of this session.
If you couldn't be at BlogHer in Chicago or in Second Life, but want to follow along with every session, you can do so by clicking to our volunteer live-blogger links below. And if you live-blogged from BlogHer '07 please add your links in the comments, or accept our invitation to blog it right here. Here's the tag we're encouraging everyone to use so that we can find your live blog posts, photos, audiocasts and videos: blogher07.
Enjoy! (On-site and need conference info? Start here.
Barnes & Noble is bringing books by BlogHers to their mini-bookstore in the Yahoo! Internet Cafe on the third floor fo the meeting center, and we're lucky enough to have a bunch of BlogHer authors on hand to do signings.
Here's the schedule. Find your blog hero, buy their book and get their sure-to-be-highly-valuable signature!
The schedule http://www.blogher.com/node/22273 is set. The panelists in place. The exhibitors ready. The teleports placed. Our table up on the stage even has bottled water, sparkling and still, of course. We're ready for your avatar to join us for BlogHer '07 in Second Life.
With the conference now just two days away, some of you may be wondering, "Hey, ah...where am I going, exactly?"
Which is a good question.
Yes, the conference is located at the Navy Pier, but the Pier is a very big place. And is almost a mile long.
(Click on thumbnails for larger.)
There are three food venues for the BlogHer gatherings in Chicago, and all three have agreed to donate any leftovers that we have from meal or snack functions. The bulk of our donated leftovers will go to The Pacific Gardens Rescue Mission, a well-respected charity that feeds over 2,400 people a day and runs two shelters in town -- one for men and one for women and children. Pacific Gardens has been feeding, clothing and housing the poor since the late 1800's.
The BlogHer Conference is in just a few days (wow!), and it's quite possible that you're doing some last-minute scrambling, trying to make sure you have everything you need.
Laptop charger? Check.
Business cards with my blog's URL so I have something to hand to all the amazing people I'll be meeting? Erm...whoops!
Never fear! This year, we are offering business card and sticker printing right at the conference.
I have finally had my bowl of coffee ice cream for breakfast (serious and sad!) and I am sitting down to tell you guys some GREAT news. Too many CAPS? Sorry, I am excited.
blogher t-shirts are now available at goodstorm.com. There is a great variety this year and they won't break the bank. Go check them out!
Beyond all the programming goodness going on at the conference (Day One, Day Two, and in Second Life), there are a whole lot of "extras" and activities we want to be sure you're aware of.
Many of these extras are sponsor-related, and we think they're pretty cool.
For instance, did you know that you can earn $200 at BlogHer just for telling one of our sponsors what you think of them?
If you could ask Blogger Elizabeth Edwards anything, what would it be?
Because you can. In ten days, Edwards takes the stage at BlogHer '07 in the final keynote discussion of this year's conference. She and I will talk for a few minutes and then we'll open up the microphones for a room-wide conversation. For those of us who cannot be there in person, I'd love to ask your question and credit you and your blog if the conversation goes in your direction. All you need to do is list your question below.
In a year when social media is dominating both the run-up to the 2008 American Presidential Election and world news, Elizabeth Edwards stands out in the pack of political newsmakers as the one who doesnâ€™t just â€œgetâ€ the Internet â€“ she uses it. She blogs for husband John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and comments regularly.
Whether or not you like Mrs. Edwardsâ€™ politics â€“ and let me re-confirm immediately that BlogHer is a non-partisan organization â€“ she has embraced the Web, using it to make an enormous amount of news in the past six months, some of it quite personal, some of it strategic and political. Hereâ€™s a sampling, including some of her own posts:
It is time to sound the clarion call: Time and space are running out to register for BlogHer '07, so it is time for action!!
Registration officially closes at 9PM Monday July 23rd (that's Pacific time.) But space is also running out, particularly for the BlogHer OpenSpace on Sunday the 29th at the Chicago City Center, which is, by design, a more intimate event.
BlogHers, the game is afoot! To play, start here: http://coolmompicks.com/blogher.
Bloggers Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner, have unveiled a scavenger hunt designed to introduce all conference-goers to each other. In the days before we descend upon Chicago, we can all get mighty busy digging in to their challenge -- and let me tell you, the prizes look almost as fun as the activity!
Here's how they describe it:
BlogHer is two weeks away, and we could use some more volunteers. because of the short time frame, and the fact that we cannot provide travel expenses, to volunteers, I assume that Chicago bloggers are my most likely suspects. (If you're not from Chicago and can pay your own way there, I'm more than happy to take non-Chicagoans too.)
With the conference just a couple weeks away, we're really coming down to the wire now...and it's exciting!
(There's also plenty to report, so check back often.)
As of today, our hotel blocks at the W and Chicago City Centre are almost completely sold out -- but that shouldn't stop you from coming to Chicago. For those of you who haven't registered yet, you still have options:
This year, as part of the Business of You track, BlogHer is presenting a session about Mentoring and Coaching. If you've ever done the professional coaching thing, we'd like to get your opinion on the interplay between professional coaching and mentoring of all kinds. (It's very short...only six questions.)
Skeletons, old prom dresses, 50 pairs of shoes...we all have closets full of stuff. As you ready your avatar for the BlogHer '07 conference in Second Life, think of your "inventory" as your virtual closet.
As part of this year's conference "extras," BlogHer's Gold Sponsor, Yahoo!, is hosting an on-site Internet Cafe & Bookstore. The Cafe will be open to all attendees throughout both conference days, and will feature a free espresso bar, cafe tables, lounge furniture, and wifi. (Plus a few ethernet hook-ups for those of you doing heavy-duty downloading.)
The Cafe will also feature a special BlogHer Bookstore, where we'll be stocking, selling, and offering signings of books written by...you. We are pleased to announce that Barnes & Noble Booksellers will be setting up a mini-store, full of titles that are not only relevant to women bloggers, but also written by them.
If you have written (or contributed) to a book that you would like for us to offer for sale at the BlogHer Bookstore, please let us know!
OK, I don't feel quite so bad about how long it takes us to occasionally get all of our audio feeds from the conferences up online. The fine folks at SXSW Interactive just posted the podcast from the second BlogHer session at SXSW this past March.
[img_assist|fid=4088|thumb=1|alt=BlogHer '07 Buttons - I'm Speaking] Kristy just created our beautiful BlogHer '07 Speakers page (even though she's supposed to be on holiday today) so I can't resist telling you all to check out the line-up.
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