Who We Are: "Coming Out" via Blog

BlogHer Original Post
Event Date: 
July 19, 2008 - 11:45am - 1:00pm
Conference Day: 
Day 2
No, this doesn't only apply to the most common meaning of "coming out", but rather to taking the brave step to reveal and address something highly personal to your blog community. The risks are real, but what about the rewards? Susan Mernit will moderate a discussion with some very brave bloggers. Stephanie Quilao blogs about health and a positive body image. Making the decision to blog a bulimia relapse risked losing a core audience who counted on her to be a voice of body image reason. How did they react? JenB has been up front about both mental and physical health issues on her blog. Does she feel supported...or judged? Jess Howard blogged about a suicide attempt and felt an outpouring of support...online. But she discovered it was a lot harder for people to interact with her in person, like at BlogHer. Finally, Sarah Dopp did launch a new project about being gender queer. At first she used a pseudonym, although she shared the site with people she knew. Eventually she came out and associated her real name with the site. Was there fallout? Or none at all. Find out how coming out via blog turned out for these women, and share your own story.

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