Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Six)
So this summer you're going to BlogHer with a thousand of your closest friends (okay, fine - maybe they're not all your closest friends yet, but just wait until the end of the conference, when you're giving last hugs goodbye and hoping you run into more BlogHers and BlogHims while at the airport). We undestand that while you're at the conference, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your BlogHer buck. And that's why we create so many different types of sessions each year, so we can make sure there's something for everyone. Between the Geek Lab, which is perfect for both advanced bloggers with technical interests and new bloggers with tons of questions, and the Room of Your Own track, where attendees speak out about what they're most passionate about, BlogHer '09 is serving up LOTS of bang. And just to whet your appetite, I've outlined a few of the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own sessions below.
(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.)
- Fast websites: now with flames, proposed by Liz Henry
Do you have a slow-loading blog? Join this session to learn about the best applications to help speed it up, as well as to get personal back-end coding help from Liz. She can help optimize your blog for performance and speed.
- TypePad Blogs-Using Advanced Templates to RAWAHHHHK Your blog!, proposed by Noelle Mena
Hey Typepad users, feeling a little bland? Needing a little blog design pick-me-up? This session promises to teach you to use advanced templates to make your site a little more unique, which helps you show off your personal brand.
- Tweaking your feed, proposed by Skye Kilaen
If you didn't know that you can do more with your feed than provide updates on most recent posts, let me tell you now: you can do more with your feed. (Hey, don't feel bad - I didn't know, either.) Attend this session to learn about your feed's various uses, how to change your feed, and how to customize your site even further.
Room of Your Own
- Consumer research and investigative reporting for parent bloggers, proposed by Jennifer McNichols
Some bloggers are moving from news commentary to researching and producing their own investigative reports. Attend this session to learn how to investigate responsibly, how to work with print reporters and why having the best story is often better than having the first story.
- Growing Your "Real World" Organization Through Social Media, proposed by Liza
Your organization/group has begun using social media. You've created a Facebook page, maybe added a blog. How do you know when it's time to do more? Or even where to start, considering all the social networking applications available? Attend this session to learn what's worked, and what hasn't, from a variety of organizations and groups.
- Review Bloggers Unite!, proposed by Anne-Marie Nichols
You like free stuff. And you like getting paid to write about it. You review books, or gadgets, or products, or movies, or any number of things. And you want more! Come to this session to learn about review ethics, getting more review gigs, whether to join review networks and to make lots of new connections.
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!