At the 2006 South by Southwest conference (Austin, holla!) I sat on a panel for Blogher on how blogger's online personas' negatively affected their real lives. I talked about my blog and how I thought that because one of my superiors somehow found it and shortly after I was laid off (NOTE: I never discussed my workplace or fellow employees on my blog) might have been a cause to my demise.
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."
It's live! The BlogHers Act team has launched a new mini-site to act as a clearinghouse for this community's initiative to improve the world by harnessing the power of women online. As many of you know, in 2007-2008, we're blogging to save women's lives by improving maternal health world-wide. On this page you can:
Story goes, when my grandfather was asked how to be addressed, he'd answer, "Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for supper." So here's the promised list of attendees at Blogher's food blogger panel The Art of Food Blogging, late but please, not late for supper.
Elisa Camahort moderates discussion about technology, social spaces, blogging women and the power of the internet. Guest speakers include tech visionary Esther Dyson, She's Such a Geek editor & tech journalist Annalee Newitz and Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha.
It's impossible to encapsulate all that a new blogger like me learned in the four heady days at BlogHer 07. So I did a quick memory check. What do I recall clearly enough not to have to refer to my notes, or at least know exactly where I can spot them in those notes? Here are the lessons I digested best:
Thank you to all the good people that stopped by the Multimedia Lab and those that wanted to attended.Thanks also to Kraft Foods for sponsoring the lab.
I'm suffering from a bad case of hindsight. There was so much we all wanted to share but were under time constrictions. Also folks at the session asked about additional resources. I t love digging up help and support resources for potential vloggers and anybody with access to a camera or camcorder.
Elizabeth Edwards was the keynote speaker for BlogHer -- She's a blogger! And Elizabeth graciously came to the cocktail party at the Chicago Children's Museum after the talk to hang out, meet people, and answer questions.
The moderator for this panel is Amira Al-Hussaini
This panel began by observing a minute of silence for silenced women all over the world.
Over the past couple of days we have been able to hear from many women - articulate, with much to say. There will be three questions, and then we'll open the floor.
The first question is: "Who are you?"
"Why do you feel you are being silenced?"
"What are you doing to break the silence?"
Let's make some noise!
Note: This session moved really fast, but I found it important enough to cover this that I'm willing to post this liveblog in its fully imperfect glory. I'll be cleaning it up today, with links, so you'll all have access to some great perspectives from smart women on some of our most pressing issues related to the upcoming election.
Lisa Stone introduced Morra Aarons, the moderator for today and Blogher's political director. Lisa is the timekeeper.
Panelists: Georgia Popplewell (moderator), Juliana Rotich and Amira Al Hussaini and BlogHer Contributing Editor Snigdha Sen (I didn't see her included on the panel description but she is definitely behind the table....)
You can find the panel description on BlogHer: Women Across the World.
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.
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.
I am liveblogging the first breakout session of the Blogher conference, "Finding and Following Your Passion." Here's the description from the conference website:
"Many people define blogging as writing with passion. How do you define passion? Do you follow your passion when you write, when you work, when you go through your day? Could you? Is blogging the only way and time that you allow yourself the freedom to follow your passion? Join bloggers who are blogging about and with passion every day."
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.
Speakers List: Jane Goldman (moderating), Carol Lin, Betsy Aoki, Aliza Sherman. You can find more info about them and the panel in the Day One Schedule.
Pretty full room this year, folks are starting to get seated and find electricity to charge batteries and getting their connections going (so far so good on that end.) We're starting.... No mic? Yes there's a mic but a couple of panelists are having trouble keeping the mic open.
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!
I started blogging by accident, just a 30-day project - and on April 1, so I could quit any time with a big smile and "April Fool's joke"! Two years and 750 vegetable recipes (and 41 beet recipes) later ... but I still don't 'get' artichokes.
Travel to me is like the Twilight Zone, it is both internal and external experience. There are miles between a thought and the surface of the skin.
In this last selection of videos before the conference I want to introduce you to fellow travelers who, like Robert Frost, intend to take the road less traveled, sometimes in plain sight.
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:
I have more goodies for you from the videoblogging realm. This time we are going to take a quick look at taking water out of a veggie car, how to convert plastic shopping bags into a messenger bag and answer the question can you turn a desert into a garden?
Editor's note: Gena Haskett is speaking on Day Two of BlogHer '07 on the Multimedia Advanced Video Lab. Don't miss her previous article, We Are The Tellers of Stories - Videoblogging Part 1
There are teachers all over the joint. Some are called â€œMomâ€. Some are called â€œNerdâ€ and some are just called by spirit to share what they know. In these videos there are lessons on project planning, how to make Cynotype prints, raw food recipes and a bit more. Letâ€™s get started.
We are the daughters and sons of the Griots, of the ancestors who sat around the fire who spoke the words and told the tales of years gone by. By text, photo, audio or video we carry the tradition forward. Each one of us adds our own narrative to the life pool of stories.
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