Announcing: BlogHer ’09 Geek Lab

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. ...more

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Let's talk about BlogHer '09 Internet, shall we?

One week from now the Chicago Sheraton and Towers most definitely will know what's hitting them, as almost 1,500 (mostly) women bloggers check in...and log on. ...more

If you can't get wireless, check and see if your smartphone can act as a tethered modem. My ...more

The Unofficial BlogHer Stay-At-Home Spouse Survival Manual

Hear that groaning and moaning? It's a long, low whine coming from husbands all over America as they realize that they get to watch the kids for a night or two - or even three - while the wives are away at the BlogHer ’09 conference in Chicago. ...more

What I'm wearing to BlogHer 09

The other day I finally decided what the main pieces I'd be wearing at BlogHer 09 were and decided to blog about them with photos.  I also put in my entry to meet Tim Gunn at the conference.  Want to see what I'm wearing? Check it out on my blog here.   What are you wearing? Have you blogged about it? Let me see! ...more

Explore Chicago on Foot: Walking Tour Three

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. ...more

Thanks for the clarification, Cynthia!

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Getting to know Nicole: Pre-Conference Introduction

My name is Nicole and I'm a BlogHer Conference newb.  But honestly, who cares.  That just means that I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off (and yeah, I'm from Iowa and raised chickens as a kid so I DO know where that phrase comes from).  By no means does it imply that I'll be hiding in a corner. ...more

Have to be honest...I am shy in big groups.  It's one of the reasons I push myself into stuff ...more

Getting to know Mel: Pre Conference

Well I've already gotten my hotel sorted, ticket for the event and yesterday I worked on what clothing I'd be bringing along with me.  I've also got a Word document started with all the parties I've RSVP'd for, so I don't forget as well as a list of gadgets I'm bringing with me.  The only thing that's left is to figure out if I'm riding with my friend SAHM Ramblings or taking the train :)  I saw "Getting to know Shash" and thought I'd do that here, so here goes.   My name is Mel.  It's short for Melissa!   ...more

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Getting to Know Shash: A BlogHer Primer

I think these posts are  a wonderful idea. Anything that helps me pick out some faces in the ...more

Coaching Up Your Conference Skills; What I Learned from BlogHer '05, '06, '07 and '08

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 ...more

You aren't going to have problems getting those rascals to talk to you.

If you hear my jaws ...more

The Conference The Community Built: Announcing the BlogHer ’09 Room of Your Own Sessions

When BlogHer published our ’09 agenda late last year, we left two full tracks of break-out sessions unplanned. Each year BlogHer opens a portion of its sessions to community programming, called Room of Your Own sessions (sometimes abbreviated ROYOs). Room of Your Own sessions are a way for registered attendees to hold conversations around topics they think we missed in our programmed panels. They are a way to prove how much expertise and passion all attendees bring to the table when they come to BlogHer. ...more

I can't pick just one! THey're like Pringles! Arrgh.

Great topics, can't ...more