This time last year - just over a month before BlogHer in San Francisco - I was on bed rest. I'd given birth to Jasper a few weeks prior, and was laid up with a bad case of birthblasted nethers. I wasn't doing much other than nursing, applying ice-packs, and fretting over whether Jasper's big sister was getting enough attention. Oh, yeah, and I was mentally plotting what I would need to pack to take to BlogHer a few weeks hence.
Photo by Ezster
On Saturday, I attended BlogHer Boston. It was better than eating chocolate! The networking was fabulous - meeting many new bloggers in the Boston area as well as seeing long-time blogher buddies and of course, Jory, Lisa, and Elisa. The sessions were fantastic. BlogHer always inspires me and this one did not fail. And judging by reading some of the blog posts from other attendees, like Liz Davis and Candelaria Silva, I am not alone.
So, a funny thing happened on the way to posting audio tracks from BlogHer '08, our annual blow-out this past July in San Francisco. Namely: I didn't. Mea culpa, my bad, I apologize!
Here are a bunch of audio files, and i think we still have some more coming from our kind, generous event partner, ListenShare. (You may know them as Stephanie and James, and they've been there with their handy audio gear at most of our recent conferences.)
You can find their site with these links here.
A week ago, Siel wrote a great post called De-Plasticking BlogHer 2009! in which she discusses all the plastic at Blogher08 and ways that the next Blogher conference could be even more eco-friendly. And right after the conference, I too blogged about the plastic waste at Blogher.
UPDATED: I got the links for the Closing Keynote, Living the Truman Show, from Katy this afternoon, so I've added them below. It is in 8 segments on YouTube.
This post is just one big link-fest, mostly to point you to all the video taken by our official conference videographer, Katy Chen. To fill in the blanks on the Community Keynote I've also included links to some of Gena Haskett and Elaine from Wannabe Hippie's videos. At the end you will find a link to the videos you all submitted yourselves at the CNN iReport table.
==UPDATE: OK, the poll has been closed. With thousands of votes between the post-conference survey and this poll, I think we're all set. Thanks you so much everyone, not only for your votes, but also for the awesome civic pride on display in these comments :)
The leading contenders are:
This is the problem with going to BlogHer--it's like exercise. It makes you all healthy and energized. You come home and your thoughts feel cleansed as if they've just done a round of cardio and finished off the workout with a glass of carrot juice.
There is a certain kind of person that leans towards happiness.
I admire that kind of person.
Some religions and/or spiritual paths seem to be pretty sure that happiness comes from within and that it is within your control. Frankly, this blows my mind.
Just a quick reminder that you can still find all our conference information for BlogHer '08 (and BlogHer Business 08, and BlogHer '07...) by clicking on the Conferences tab and selecting "Past Conferences" in the left column.
Here's the direct link: http://www.blogher.com/previous-blogher-conferences
The moment many of you have been waiting for... the videos from the BlogHer 08 Mommyblogging track! I'm really looking forward to seeing these because I only managed to go to one of the sessions in that track.
Here's the one I'm going to watch first, Mirrors: Ours, the Media's, Our Cultures' and our Kids.
First part of the 1st ever BlogHer Community Keynote. Eden Kennedy curated Friday night's live blog readings. More will be posted, either in the comments section or at http://www.youtube.com/user/antkatprod.
“Blogging is like a marathon that doesn’t stop. Ever.” Elise Bauer
So, how do I process the mountain of information that was BlogHer 08 ? By figuring what I recall without having to dig too deep into my notes. I did a similar conference round-up last year and found it a great way to organize what I had learned in the three information-packed days at BlogHer 08.
Definitely less controversial and politically driven than a discussion on when life begins, the topic of when a woman becomes a mother was one of the underlying questions posed at the BlogHer panel on infertility, adoption, and loss. When you consider the multitude of ways a woman becomes a mother, it can become a slippery discussion. If it occurs with pregnancy, when does it happen for a woman pursing adoption? If it occurs after viability, what happens in the case of stillbirth or neonatal death?
We're here, we're everywhere, get used to it! Okay, that's not really the message that the travelers who attended the travelbloggers meetup at BlogHer 08 sent, but it's not far off. "We matter!" is closer to the heart of things.
"Go with the flow, Laurie. Go with the flow. It works every time."
So said my new friend Frances Ellen as we walked along Fisherman's Wharf, in the middle of a day where I was distinctly not following this directive for a variety of reasons, and she was nudging her daughter and my friend, BlogHer Health and Wellness contributing editor Catherine Morgan, to buy a tote bag in which to...er, tote the conference swag back to Florida.
I just returned from BlogHer 2008 in San Franciso. I appeared on a panel with four other women called FAQs for Beginning Bloggers. Our panel was flat-out amazing. We met fantastic bloggers and answered many beginner questions. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to answer everyone's questions.
I'm back from BlogHer '08 and it was such a jam packed weekend, I'm still processing all the great experiences. The women were as varied as their blogs, the parties were loud and fun, and the event itself ran, from my point of view, flawlessly.
Melissa Silverstein of Women & Hollywood and I had the pleasure of hosting an entertainment bloggers' meet-up and I wanted to use this first post after BlogHer '08 to showcase some of those women and their blogs. Anyone I don't mention in this post, I will make every effort to mention in upcoming posts.
What kind of ambition drives a woman to appear in a glamour shot on the cover of a nerd magazine under the caption, “Become Internet famous (even if you’re nobody)…Julia Allison and the secrets of self-promotion.” Did you all see the recent Wired cover with Julia Allison? Women on Wired are rare enough, and I read the piece with curiosity after ripping it away from my husband.
At the closing reception at Macy's Union Square, I caught Mocha Momma, Fausta Wertz (from Fausta's Blog), and Xiaolin Mama getting their shopping on with their cocktails! More videos from blogher08 and the party at this link. (Mocha Momma had a pair of gorgeous pink stilletos on before buying these! The woman knows shoes.)
This may come as a surprise from someone who is a Contributing Editor for Business, Personal Finance and Career, but I don't like to talk about money.
Truth be told, I avoid the topic at all costs. I hate money. Yes, I like to use money. But I hate what it does to people. It divides. It judges.It makes people who have great personal success feel like failures.
At last year's BlogHer conference, I loved the mommyblogging
sessions. They were full of spirited, lively and intelligent
discussions. And the session I attended Friday morning was no exception. The question for all of these women...Is MommyBlogging still a radical
act? Moderated by Lindsay Ferrier, the panelists were: Polly
Pagenhart (Lesbian Dad), Maria (Immoral Matriarch), and Charlene Li
(Forrester's Groundswell and also blogs at svmoms.com)(If I didn't ID
Watch the space below as we continually update the links with live-blogs from each of the BlogHer '08 sessions!
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Day One - July 18, 2008
Break-Out Session #1
Who We Are: Introversion, Blogging and BlogHer
What We Do: Taking Care of Business
If you're headed to the BlogHer Conference tomorrow and didn't happen to catch it in your inbox OR if you're not attending but want to know what's goin' on, you are invited to download the BlogHer '08 Conference Brochure.
Click on the link or right-click to save the file:
You've downloaded Second Life. You've registered. You've *maybe* dressed your avatar.
If you haven't already, you'll be receiving a 'group invitation' from ME, Queen Tureaud, to join "BlogHer in Second Life '08 REACH!" The notice will come to your avatar in Second Life. You need to join this group in order to be able to attend conference sessions and fun.
What would the BlogHer annual conference be without some proper blog bling?
UPDATE THE SECOND: This just in for those of you who ARE coming to the conference (and whose blog posts might temporarily suffer for it), we offer:
<a href="http://www.blogher.com/blogher_conference/conf"><img src="http://www.blogher.com/files/BH08-gone.gif" alt="Gone to BlogHer 08"/></a>
Sure, the first order of business is was actually registering. And then it'd be awesome if you'd like to add yourself it was cool that so many of you added yourselves to our ever-growing roster of attendees.
But even if you haven't gotten never got around to these first steps (ahem, tick tock), it's never too early to you can always add BlogHer '08 badge beauty to your blog. We've worked up our Official "I'm Going!" and "I'm Speaking" buttons for you again this year. But we've also added a few more "personal" buttons to the mix. (You're doing what at BlogHer?)
UPDATE THE FIRST: And for those of you who can't be with us in person, but who will be following along via live-blogs, check after the jump for a button just for you!
Check 'em out:
For a very lucky 300 BlogHer '08 attendees, the conference doesn't end with a wild Saturday night at Macy's. Nope, 300 stalwart attendees will get up and go to the BlogHer '08 OpenSpace all day Sunday, led by last year's facilitator, Kaliya Hamlin.
So, jumping on the bandwagon with the community's and Maria Niles's phenomenal guides to surviving BlogHer, I thought I would add one appropriate for the 1) sponsors, 2) networking non-bloggers, or 3) corporate bloggers trying to meet bloggers. All this stuff about introversion and wearing the right shoes seem irrelevant to you?
As you probably know, BlogHer in real life is sold out, make that waaaay sold out with a long waiting list. Now, there will be live blogs, and shortly post-conference there will be session podcasts. But if you're hoping for something a little more participatory, you still have time to register for BlogHer in Second Life.
Remember when we opened up two tracks of open slots for the community to schedule in topic-based Birds of a Feather meet-ups and community-driven Room of Your Own sessions?
OK, this might refresh your memory!
Those slots filled up pretty quickly, but since I'm not sure you all go check the agenda obsessively (you don't? really?) I thought I'd announce the final line-up.
This week BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort announced the Community Keynote selections for BlogHer '08 in San Francisco, and we're certainly not going to allow our Second Life attendees to just "watch" all the fun.
The Second Life version of this year's BlogHer conference will participate in the First Ever "Community Keynote" event.
Updated: As per Miriam's comment below, the event is now full. Thanks for your enthusiastic response!
If you're registered for BlogHer '08 and interested in attending a lunch with Rocco DiSpirito -- where he'll be offering samples of some great new Bertolli products -- sign up now! But please note: seats are extremely limited, so please note the official "rules."
Details can be found here, including how to RSVP ASAP!
Yes, just under the wire, I am here to announce the BlogHer Community Keynote line-up.
What to say about an idea that prompted hundreds of posts to come flooding in?
How about: We better do this again!
And how about: A heartfelt thanks to our selection committee:
Alice from finslippy
Debbie from Body Impolitic
Heather from NoPasaNada
Jessica from Oh the Joys!
Mona from Kirida
Kristy Sammis and Denise Tanton from BlogHer
And, of course, the woman who proposed the idea in the first place, Eden Kennedy from Fussy.
Are you an artist, crafter, writer, DIY-er (or many of the above) looking to sell your BlogHerrific wares? Come sign up for the BlogHer '08 Swap Meet! Interested in purchasing some homemade goodies? Please stop by.
If you're not sure what the Swap Meet is all about, read Jen's fabulous Call for Artists here. Then get the details below...
When: Saturday, July 19