Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Five)

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BlogHer '09 In Real LifeI'm going to let you in on a little known fact, and I hope you'll tell all your friends. You may not know this, but often some of the Room of Your Own sessions are BlogHer's best kept conference secrets. It's where MommyBlogging got its start at our first conference in 2005, and where, in 2008, high-ranking advisors from both the McCain and Obama campaigns discussed which candidate is better for women like us. Combine a host of offerings from the Geek Lab track with a handful of Room of Your Own sessions and you'll find that BlogHer '09 has just about every type of session or meetup you could want. In true secret-sharing style, I'm here to give you the dirt on a few of these sessions that are up for grabs.

(Three Things I Love About You is a weekly series exploring Room of Your Own and Geek Lab sessions programmed by the BlogHer community. You can find last week's edition here.)

Geek Lab

  1. Add Widgets Galore To Your Blog, proposed by Megan Garnhum
    If you want to add something to your sidebar and aren't quite sure how to go about it, this is the session for you. You'll leave this session understanding how to install widgets for Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Kirtsy, or any other widget available.
  2. PHP 101, proposed by webgrrl and Jeffrey Ramsay
    In this beginner-level class, learn to read php scripts and make basic modifications to your blog's WordPress code, as well as how to edit and customize plugins.
  3. Getting Started with ExpressionEngine, proposed by Susannah Gardner
    So you're looking to start a blog, or perhaps to switch your content management system. ExpressionEngine offers flexibility and easy use. Come learn what this system can do, and take home cool tips/tricks you can put to use immediately.

Room of Your Own

  1. The Female Fan Base, proposed by Rachel
    Calling all female fanatics, whether your passion is sports or otherwise - this session is designed to give you that little shove you need to start blogging about what you love.
  2. What Does An Online Community Manager Do?, proposed by Dave Peck
    If your personal or corporate blog has really taken off, and you're having a hard time managing it, rally behind this session to learn whether you need to hire a community manager (and if so, what kind of person are you looking for?). 
  3. Blogqueers: LGBTQ Bloggers, proposed by Kathryn Martini
    It's true that queer bloggers are in every corner of the blogosphere - so let's talk about it, and how writing online has helped and hurt us. From family to politics to haters to marriage, we plan to cover it all.

Visit the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own polling systems to see the full lists of suggested panels. Do any stand out to you? Let me know by commenting below, and I may feature them in this space next week!


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