The BlogHer Quiet Space: for Breastfeeding and a Blogger Memorial Service

Wanted to let you know about a room we've set aside at the Hyatt as the BlogHer Quiet Space, Room #8111 in Building 8. The Quiet Space will have two purposes, further explained below: as a space for breastfeeding mothers, and as a location for a physical and virtual memorial for blogger Michelle Goodrich, aka Mandarin Meg, who died a couple of weeks ago. ...more

...that this spot will be available. As a breastfeeding mother, I'm thankful to be recognized. ...more

BlogHer Session Discussion: Identity & Obligation on Day Two

23rd in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Identity & Obligation: Do you control which parts of your identity are exposed? Do you feel an obligation to represent for your gender, race or culture? Do you feel you're not allowed to comment on issues facing a group to which you don't belong? Maria Niles moderates a discussion with Karen Walrond, Dawn Rouse, Marisa Trevino and Carmen Van Kerckhove on how we slice and dice our identity. ...more

Hello to all who particpated in our panel whether in-person or virtually. You made for an ...more

All about conference network security from volunteer Tech Guru, JC Dill

JC Dill is the woman who has come to our IT-rescue by tackling BlogHer Conference '06 network issues head-on. All I can say is that we thank our lucky stars that JC is going over every bit of the network diagrams and infrastructure specifications with the venue staff...not me! She brought up after our last venue meeting that most people didn't realize how insecure networks were at conferences. I looked at her blankly and said, "I guess I'm most people." JC took that as a challenge to blog all about conference security issues, and I now bring you the fruits of her labor: ...more

Great overview. I had no idea that people could "sniff" what I was doing online. Will be more ...more

Heads up: BlogHer registration nearing emergency shut-down phase

We are not only butting up against our absolute, otherwise-the-hotel-might-make-like-Monty-Python's-Meaning-of-Life-dude, capacity limits on Day Two, but we also have to handle all those little details...like getting name badges made. So BlogHer registration will be closed Sunday night. If you truly define procrastinator, I can only urge you to turn over a new leaf for as long as it takes to register for the conference!!! ...more

I am master of the name badge list, so use the Contact form to send me a note (or one of the ...more

The BlogHer Conference '06 Swap Meet: How it works

Great news, everyone. We heard you loud and clear: you want to buy and sell stuff. From books to baubles you are into it. Here's how it works: WHAT: The BlogHer Conference '06 Swap Meet WHEN: Saturday July 29th from 6:30-9:00PM WHERE: Governor's House C/D Meeting Room FORMAT: Bring your own, set up your own, sell your own. Keep reading... ...more

I dont' have anything crafty to sell, but I was wondering if it is ok if I bring some Steve ...more

BlogHer Session Discussion: Next Level Naked on Day Two

21st in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day Two: Next Level Naked: Staying naked as your body (of work) changes. How do you give your audience what they don't want? How do you blog under the weight of reader expectations? Sometimes bloggers face this when they experience blogger burn-out. Sometimes they face this when they enter the blogosphere with good or bad baggage by their side. This year Jory Des Jardins gets Naked with bloggers who have faced these situations, like Lauren Bruce, Maryam Scoble, Kirsten Osolind and Mecca Ibrahim (aka Annie Mole.) ...more

I know I'd like to explore the different kinds of Pressure (capital P) felt by more experienced ...more

Bravo to Boston-area BlogHers!

Remember that prong of the BlogHer Mission called "exposure"? I think some Boston-area BlogHers just got some exposure with the publication of this Maura Welch article in the Boston Globe this morning, Women tap the power of the blog; site's a key connection. ...more

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BlogMe Mixer Begins: Meet other BlogHers by adding your link here

Belinda of Ninjapoodles just interrogated me in the name of BlogMe, concluding her questions by asking me what superpower I would most like to have. ...more

...say "no big deal...really!"

And the rest of me says see you FRIDAY!

Politics & ...more

Only at BlogHer '06: Be among the first to see the new MomsRising documentary

Joan Blades is well known as the co-founder of MoveOn, but she has taken that activist passion and ability to set the grassroots on fire and started a new organization, and a new mission. The organization is MomsRising, and the mission is to "champion core motherhood and family issues in political, social, and economic spheres." You may know about the organization's book, The Motherhood Manifesto, but did you know they've also shot a documentary by the same name. Well, it's still in final edit mode, but Joan is bringing a copy of the film to BlogHer and will be giving BlogHers a sneak preview of this hour-long documentary on Saturday night, July 29th, from 7-8PM. ...more

Can't wait!!

--
Mir from WCS
(BlogHer Mommy & Family contributing editor)

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BlogHer Session Discussion: Tagging, Tracking...and what's this structured blogging? on Day One

20th in our series introducing you to each of our BlogHer Conference '06 sessions and their speakers, and finding out what you would like to get from each session. Today, I bring you from Day One: Tagging, Tracking...and what's this structured blogging?: Do taxonomies & folksonomies fill you with ennui? Charlene Li & Marnie Webb will help you discover why you care & how it gives you an edge. ...more

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