Almost six weeks ago Lisa, Jory and I asked for your feedback and help on making BlogHer '10 even better than BlogHer '09 in a post we called: We're listening. And here's what we're mulling over so far...
Another fabulous and productive week here at BlogHer and here are the highlights...
BlogHer Food - today we were able to open up the waitlist and add more bloggers for BlogHer Food! We are taking names off the waitlist in order they were received - keep an eye on your inbox!
The wait is over. Following are the videos of each BlogHer '09 general session. You'll laugh; you'll cry; you'll think; you'll see your favorite blogger read their most amazing blog post; you'll see Tina Brown ask you to give her your business card; you'll see Ezter Hargittai and danah boyd obliterate our assumptions about today's teens and tweens.
Whenever I write something and put my thoughts out there I feel pretty done with it. Like that thing that was taking up all of this valuable space in my brain is now out and I no longer think of it. Such as it was with a post from two years ago; a brief recap of the events that occurred during the State of the Momosphere session during BlogHer 2007.
It's Day Three post-BlogHer '09, and we are in our full-on, annual Listen-Real-Hard mode here at BlogHer. Since Lisa Stone, Jory Des Jardins and I first plunked down our credit cards to reserve a space for the BlogHer 2005, we have asked for everyone's help to make it happen. To make it better. To make it a celebration of women who blog.
It has been a summer of adults getting themselves into trouble verbally or socially. And no, I’m not necessarily talking about Crowley, Gates or Obama. Here is the deal. I became angry with myself. In one social situation where you would think I’d blow a gasket I was calm and rational. In another situation two days later I acted in anger at the mention of two words.
Hey there, Alanna here, just back from the insanity, no make that intensity that is BlogHer the conference. Which food bloggers were there? Here's the list plus an easy summer recipe from each. BlogHer readers? I've got to tell you, this is a great group of cooks but more than that, now that I've met so many new food bloggers face-to-face, and re-acquainted myself with others I've known for a long while, a special group of human beings too. Food bloggers? Tis a pleasure, tis an honor, to know you. I'm proud to be in your company.
This past weekend, style guru Tim Gunn made an appearance at BlogHer. He spent two hours meeting and greeting conference participants, signing autographs and posing for photos. Gunn, who is most famous as the co-host of "Project Runway," is also the chief creative office at Liz Claiborne (he's the one who lured Isaac Mizrahi away from Target, which is truly the best thing to ever happen to Liz Claiborne).
While the sessions are informative and there's always something to do, I attend BlogHer conferences for the people. And what people they are! I know that when I go, I will be inspired by the women -- by who they are and what they do -- and they never fail me. I have three examples of inspirational women that I’d like to share from this weekend. In no particular order:
Inspiring woman #1: Lisa Stone, one of the three founders of BlogHer
I've attended four of the five BlogHer conferences. I stayed home for the first one and was just about as jealous and miserable as a woman blogger can be.
I've spoken at two BlogHer conferences.
I've officially live-blogged four BlogHer conferences.
I've been drunk at BlogHer Con (which is frightening since I don't drink.)
I've cried at BlogHer Con.
I've gotten angry at BlogHer Con.
I've been the life of the party.
I've been the blogger hiding in a corner because she just can't handle the people.
My heart has hurt over the sessions I wasn't able to attend.
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh and cry. How can you not? It's the return of the BlogHer Community Keynote!
This year, 21 bloggers from our community read their own work, curated by the marvelous Eden Kennedy of Fussy, Let's Panic about Motherhood, and NaBloPoMo.
Valerie B Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison, is at BlogHer 09 to talk with a group of women BlogHers about health care.
BlogHers in attendance are (links to their blogs will appear later):
This is a four-week series to help attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One, Walking Tour Two and Walking Tour Three.
If you haven't checked out the Chicago Walking Tours yet, and are looking forward to getting to know Chicago a bit, we suggest you look into them now. They're chock-full of history, architectural facts, hidden Chicago gems and some of the greatest shopping in the city. BlogHer community member Cynthia Clampitt created three tours, plus put together these tips and fun facts, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Read on for a great city guide about the city’s architectural history, expansive public parks, tips for keeping your bearings, and what to do near the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the unique experience of bringing a baby to BlogHer, and offered some tips to moms who were going to be enjoying - yes, really - that unique experience this year in Chicago. I've been thinking about that post a lot lately, because until, like, yesterday, it was looking as though I'd be one of those moms. Again.
We're off to the Windy City, yes, tomorrow or the next day? And what about our diets, are we leaving them behind or taking them along? Here are a few tips for having fun and eating well, both at the same time. I write this post as much as a reminder for myself as a helpful guide. You see, I've got this pesky mindset that food is free -- dollar-wise and calorie-wise -- that sets in within 50 miles or 50 minutes from home. Two eggs for breakfast instead of one, why not, I'm on vacation! Two drinks instead of one, why yes, thank you very much! McDonald's ads call to me and hey, wasn't that a Krispy Kreme at that last exit? (Can anyone relate?)
At BlogHer ’09, you’ll likely notice our Green Initiatives – policies we’ve enacted to help make our conference more sustainable. We’re proud of the ways BlogHer sponsors and the BlogHer community are making a difference, and wanted to highlight specific examples of our efforts to create a more eco-friendly conference.
Are you going to BlogHer '09? Sadly, I won't be able to make it this year. But, if you're planning on flying to Chicago (or anywhere else for that matter), you might be worried about getting sick. If so, I can totally understand. Because after my first BlogHer Conference in 2007 I ranted about how sick I got from flying, and in 2008 I blogged about coming down with the dreaded Post BlogHer Bola Virus. It's not just BlogHer, I seem to get sick whenever I travel.
It's inevitable. Someone at BlogHer, no...MANY people at BlogHer are going to have video cameras. Be it their Flipcams or their Kodak HD's or whatever else -- many of you will be taking and talking on video that will end up all over the internet.
This means you will want your video to look good and you'll want it to make sure people can FIND your videos online.
I have solutions!
When it comes to food, there are two distinctly different kinds of people. First there's the type that could go somewhere, like say the 2009 BlogHer Conference in Chicago, without giving much thought to what kind of food they'll be eating. Then there are people like me who are happy to spend hours reading about restaurants and searching out the best possible food experiences whenever they visit a new city. If you're a fellow food-thrill seeker, this post is for you.
BlogHer '09 is a few short days away and this year we introduced something brand new - LobbyCon!
In an effort to help you meet up with fellow LobbyCon'ers' we have created a forum to chat about what you'll be doing in between the the morning and evening general sessions.
Click over, meet other LC'ers and start preparing your days!
See you soon.
One week from now, 07/24/09 - 5:21pm CT, I will be blissfully exhausted and thrilled to have met all of you. I'll have a whole lot of business cards in my pocket and a whole lot of names and faces and phrases jumbled up in my head that I may or may not be able to make sense of once the post conference glow wears off and I'm trying to figure out just which of you said THAT brilliant thing.
On 07/25/09, while basking in the post conference glow, I'll begin to hear stories about amazing women who I did not meet and I'll be sad that I somehow missed your awesomeness in person.
We’re here to help you get geeky – two levels of geeky! BlogHer has planned Beginner and Advanced tutorials for attendees, which will run concurrently with other sessions in our conference agenda. And if you still need help afterward, most speakers are more than happy to hold some “office hours” following each tutorial for a little one-on-one action. Come learn new tech tricks in the Beginner Lab, like Stats for Word Nerds or Beginning SEO, or geek out in the Advanced Lab discussing a variety of content management systems or sharing your hacks, mashups and other rebel coding.
Welcome to Birds of a Feather '09 (BOF)!
As we did last year, BlogHer '09 will feature BOF tables hosting various topics of interest that are either a continuation of a session topic or something new! BOF will be held on both days during the lunch hour and you will be able to pick and choose which sessions interest you and you can "join your flock".
Here is the process:
This is the third in a four-week series to help attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One and Walking Tour Two.
My favorite way to explore a city is on foot. I think it has something to do with the experience of using all five of my senses in a way that driving (or boat-riding) tours just can’t match. (Not to mention that walking is good for Earth, good for you and good for your wallet. Well, potentially good for you and your wallet. I suppose that depends on your discipline when in such close proximity to Garrett Popcorn Shops.) This tour takes you throughout The Loop. So if you’ve planned a little extra time before or after BlogHer ’09, and were hoping to see a little bit of the city (believe me: there’s plenty to see), then I’ve got a juicy tidbit for you: Chicago walking tours.
I got the jits, as in jitters. I know better but I'm starting to get the "What do you mean I'm meeting 1,400 plus people? What am I suppose to do and say and not say…" and the screaming Mee-Mees are in full gallop. After laying off the ice tea and other forms of caffeine I have some answers. As always I have to start with what I know. So, in the order of each prior conference location here are some ideas on how you and I can cool our jets and make the most of any convention.
BlogHer '05: Santa Clarita (Correction: Santa Clara) Lessons
As you all know, our sponsors not only subsidize the cost of attendance, they've also made it possible for us to allow in over 200 additional bloggers off the waitlist. But they're not stopping there! Here's a round-up of just some of the things they've got planned:
Once again Chevrolet is back! They'll be hosting Ride & Drives off the Expo Hall with some their new models including the all new Cheverolet Camaro - now that's a HOT car! In fact it's so hot that Chevrolet is having trouble keeping up with demand.
We received some great feedback but not enough "I'm selling" comments. Right now we don't have enough "I'm selling" commitments to make the swap meet happen.
Please respond by Tuesday, July 14 and let us know if you will sell. We have 10 open slots!
This is the official call for feedback - do you have something you would like to sell while at BlogHer '09? If we bring the swap meet back will you shop there?
Wikipedia defines karaoke as:
a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music (and/or a music video) using a microphone and public address system.
BlogHer defines karaoke as:
PARTY PARTY PARTY!!!
And we will do just that - party like it's 1999 (and sing it too)! Bring your shower voices, have a sip of liquid courage and belt out that song like you've never done before.
This is the second in a four-week series to help BlogHer '09 attendees explore Chicago. Please also visit Walking Tour One.
My favorite way to explore a city is on foot. I think it has something to do with the experience of using all five of my senses in a way that driving (or boat-riding) tours just can’t match. (Not to mention that walking is good for Earth, good for you and good for your wallet. Well, potentially good for you and your wallet. I suppose that depends on your discipline when in such close proximity to Garrett Popcorn Shops. Plus, this tour takes you right down the Magnificent Mile - home to hundreds of shops and boutiques.) So if you’ve planned a little extra time before or after BlogHer ’09, and were hoping to see a little bit of the city (believe me: there’s plenty to see), then I’ve got a juicy tidbit for you: Chicago walking tours.