Volunteer Request: Speaker Wrangler

Update: The position has been filled by Jes of Just Say Jes Thanks a bundle (your lasso and hat will be waiting for you at coat check..) That's right cowpokettes, Blogher is looking for a speaker wrangler. Just to clarify, that's sort of like a universal personal assistant. The Speaker wrangler will take care of logistics around anything to do with the bevy of amazing speakers participating in Blogher '06. ...more

Tell the security guard you are going to a hotel full of drunk women and that you think maybe ...more

Blogher '06 Session Discussion: Audience Building and $$$ Generation on Day One

5th (and 6th) 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: Audience Building Elise Bauer talks traffic: how to build it, how to understand your site statistics, how to optimize your site to build search engine traffic, how to use syndication and subscriptions to build recurring traffic...the works! and $$$ Generation: There are many ways to monetize your blog. It's hard to keep track. What's the difference between BlogAds & AdSense? Chitika & LinkShare? And does ad placement really matter? Hint: Jennifer Slegg will tell you "yes." ...more

My session notes from Bauer's presentation are here:
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BlogHer @ SXSW Podcast: Respect Your ElderBloggers

The Respect Your Elders session that BlogHer produced at SXSW Interactive in March can now be downloaded here. ...more

Announcing Day Two Keynote Panel Speakers!

I am thrilled to announce the speakers for our Day Two Closing Session. Check it out: Closing Keynote - Creating Your Platform: Chris Nolan leads a discussion with four powerhouse women: Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief founder and professional blogger Grace Davis, Huffington Post founder and author Arianna Huffington, WashingtonPost.com/Newsweek Interactive CEO and Publisher Caroline Little and SixApart founder and President Mena Trott. These women have used the web to create and control their agenda...and give a voice to others. Whether your agenda is transforming your life, your business or the world, this closing session should send you back to your lives (or on to the cocktail party) inspired, energized and ready to make things happen! Full text of this morning's press release is in the extended entry. ...more

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BlogHer '06 Session Discussion: MommyBlogging is a Radical Act! on Day Two

4th 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: Day Two: MommyBlogging is a Radical Act Last year Alice Bradley brought the house down declaring MommyBlogging a "radical act." Now, she returns in a discussion with Tracey from Sweetney and Mir from Woulda Coulda Shoulda on what that means. Far from receding, this issue continues to resonate on- and off-line. Can you say "MommyWars"? Well, plenty of moms wish you wouldn't! ...more
I too have noticed that putting "mommy" in front of anything equals an immediate denigration. ...more

BlogHer '06 Session Discussion: So, You Have This Crazy Idea on Day One

3rd 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: Day One: So, you have this crazy idea... You want to start a community-based blog site, but aren't sure where to start. Melanie Morgan, Nancy White, Susannah Gardner & Lauren Gelman are among those who will help you examine what's out there, define what you can do differently, and create a plan to develop content, promote your efforts and watch your back. ...more

I have two live posts of notes from this session:

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Another BlogHer @ SXSW podcast: Increasing Women's Visibility on the Web

Yes, it's the session that caused a bit of controversy. Listen and judge for yourself right here. ...more

BlogHer '06 Session Discussion: Is the Next Martha Stewart a Blogger? on Day Two

2nd 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. Inspired by speaker Pim Techamuanvivit's appearance in today's NY Times Sunday Magazine, I bring you today's session: Day Two: Is the next Martha Stewart a blogger? Food and craft blogs have huge followings and opportunity. What, if anything, should they do with it? Maggie Mason sits down with Pim Techamuanvivit (Chez Pim), Gayla Trail, Marnie MacLean and Andrea Scher who have used or are trying to use blogs to help their commercial ventures, from professional writing to selling their handiwork. ...more

Sounds like you have a great team going on there. I wouldn't mind getting back to knitting ...more

BlogHer '06 Session Discussion: Video on Day One

Today we start a new series of posts. Each day we'll introduce you to one session and its speakers. We'll tell you what we were envisioning for the session, and ask you what you think. What do you want to learn? What do you want to hear? What do you never want to hear again? What would make you attend this session? Our inaugural session up for discussion is: Day One: Video For the beginning or new user. We're bringing back Video Goddess Ryanne Hodson, along with Zadi Diaz, to help you walk away ready to add video posts to your blog. ...more

First BlogHer/SXSW podcast is finally up

SXSW is releasing podcasts of the 2006 sessions slowly but surely. They've finally released the first BlogHer session: Public Square or Private Club: Does Exclusivity Strengthen or Dilute? Here's the mp3 file. ...more

For anyone interested, I've also written up and published my more