Help your Primp-meisters out

Your dedicated Primp Your Blog instructors have created an extremely brief survey to help them be well-prepared for the session. Really they just want to know what blogging tools you guys are using, and what you most were hoping to learn in the session. ...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

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How to Build Blog Traffic - Content

This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). Everyone knows that if you want a successful blog you have to start with great content. But what does it mean to have great content? Your friends and family will read your blog because they know you and like you. To reach out beyond your social network to a much wider audience you need to provide something valuable, something a reader can't easily get elsewhere, or can't easily get all in one place. Here are some things to consider regarding what goes on the pages of your blog: ...more

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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

How to Build Blog Traffic - Intro

You spend hours, days, weeks, months writing, photographing, uploading, editing your blog. At the end of the day you hope that someone (or more than a few someones) takes the time to read it. One would think that it is pretty obvious the steps one must take to build an audience, or build traffic to one's blog; you have to have great content, right? But less obvious are the roles that community and technology play in increasing your blog audience. ...more

I am amazed at how little recent information is out there (the web) when I do a simple search ...more

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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BlogHer Session Discussion: Community Assistance on Day Two

19th 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: Community Assistance: BlogHers are cutting through the red tape and doing it for themselves, delivering tangible aid to communities in need, locally and around the world. Many blogs focus on raising awareness, but sometimes they actually raise money, become a hub for victim assistance or even put those who want to help directly in touch with those who need the help. Betty Sullivan, whose Betty's List has been assisting the San Francisco LGBT community for years, talk to Sara Ford, Grace Davis and Dina Mehta about why and how they did it. Learn how you can too. ...more

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BlogHer Business Blog Case Studies UnPanel - Day Two

What do cars, a giant goddess, web hosting, bones and bikes have in common? Add a little inspiration and some research and it's the biz blog 'unpanel' of Day 2 of BlogHer 2006. Susan Getgood is the "un-guide" of this session. Yvonne DiVita, Heather Sanders, Lori Taylor, Jody Devere, Average Jane, Stephanie Hendrik and I will share 5-minute mini case studies with you. We'll talk about what worked and what did not. For more information and the urls of the cases please check out this post: http://www.blogher.com/node/6506 ...more

Blogher '06 Session Discussion: Let's Talk About Sex on Day Two

18th 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: Let's Talk About Sex: Join Susie Bright, Melissa Gira, Logan Levkoff, Halley Suitt, and other blogging woman who prove: when it comes to talking sex online, women don't just like to watch! ...more

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Blogher '06 Session Discussion: Primp Your Blog on Day One

17th 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: Primp Your Blog: Maura Chace & Megan Garnhum will help you make your blog as attractive, accessible and just plain cool as possible. Learn the latest widgets, counters, mash-ups and cool tools to add to your blogs...and why you’d want to. Also, Skye Kilaen shares a few tips on how to make your blog more accessible and user-friendly.. Plus a Screencasting demo from Jan Kabili (a method for adding computer demos w/voiceover to your blog.) ...more

Only 8 days left and I can't wait! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all.

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