Remember Debi Jones' suggestion from the closing session that we make it our business to descend on conferences and make the BlogHer presence felt? Well, don't forget there are two conferences that are begging to be descended upon with their special BlogHer rates! See the extended body for more details on SXSW and BlogOn 2005 special BlogHer offers.
BTW: have you checked out the Speaker Wiki that Mary Hodder suggested in our closing session and subsequently created with SocialText's help? It's awesome, and now there's a page for people to post Speaking Opportunities. There are already several up there. Check it out!
If you weren't there I think you can tell some good ideas were tossed around in that closing session!
Asked to sum up BlogHer Conference '05 for The San Francisco Chronicle's page one story yesterday, co-Founder Elisa Camahort said, "This is a conference that the community built." (Read Carrie Kirby's story here).
Brilliant woman. Here's some (further) proof below. I rolled out of bed this morning to a mind-boggling 1,000+ photos and hundreds of your posts and have been giggling, exclaiming and, frankly, tearing up ever since. Here's a starter list of links to your writing for your recommendations and improvements:
Trackbacks to yesterday's session schedule (45 thus far)
Featured Sponsor Pheedo has been cooking up a special plan ever since they agreed to sponsor our inaugural conference, and it has now been unveiled. Pheedo has introduced the Pheedo BlogHer Ad Network.
If you host ads on either you blog or in your RSS feed, or if you have been considering it, this ad network is one way to do that, and benefit BlogHer. Pheedo has agreed to split their portion of the ad revenues with BlogHer on an ongoing basis...helping us to plan for the next BlogHer and beyond! (Locations outside Silicon Valley? 2-day conferences? More scholarships?)
I decided to give this a try on my Worker Bees blog, and rather than write a dissertation here on how it works, I can point you to two other posts if you're interested:
Start here if you want a brief run-down of how the idea was born.
But, more importantly, read this post to see how it went when I went to sign up and get a step-by-step run-down of the process.
News flash from Nokia: Those who attend the MoBlogging session will also be eligible to win one of the brand new Nokia 6680 cameraphones The winner will have the phone shipped directly to them. The phone can be used with any GSM carrier, and in the US that means Cingular or T-mobile. Install your SIM card, the phone works with your existing service. (Carrier service is not included.)
Plus yesterday's offer that all attendees of the BlogHer MoBlogging session will receive a code to download Nokia's Lifeblog software at no charge ($40 retail value) still stands. Lifeblog has both a computer and mobile element, so is usable even for people without Nokia phones.
Special Offer from media sponsor SXSW Interactive.
Yes, they're already giving away one conference pass on Friday night. They're also offering $20 off the already low Early Bird pricing for BlogHer attendees who register by September 30th, 2005. That makes conference registration only $175 (walk up price in March is $300.) BlogHer attendees only can email SXSW Interactive to get this special rate.
Special Offer from media sponsor Guidewire Group.
Guidewire Group is offering an additional $100 discount off their upcoming BlogOn New York in October. This offer will be to to all BlogHers who got into the conference or not, and it will be good off even the early bird rate. The registration site goes live on Monday, so watch this space for the BlogOn URL and discount code.
UPDATE: The BlogOn New York site is now live. If you use this URL to register, you will get $500 off the regular price ($1495)! That's one-third off. The conference is October 17/18 in New York (at the Copacabana...you know you want to sing it, so go right ahead.) See you there!
UPDATE: Special Offer from media sponsor Red Herring Magazine.
Each BlogHer attendee will find a free Red Herring Magazine in their conference bag. You'll find a special subscription card in that magazine that offers a rate of only $38 for an entire year (48 issues.) That's 80% off newstand rates, and the rate goes up $10 with any other subscription card.
Thanks to our various sponsors for extending the benefits of the BlogHer network beyond July 30th!
See the extended post for the other Special Offers that have already been extended:
BlogHer ain't Comdex, no doubledecker booths or brand new cars to win, but we will have some cool sponsors on the floor to check out.
We are thrilled to have a couple of several exhibiting sponsors who will be onsite at BlogHer:
UPDATED: Stop by our Book Table, where we'll have hand-selected titles relevant to our attendees, including some written by them! Provided by local independent bookseller:
UPDATED: Use COMMON.net's icebreaker tool, MORCA, to network with other BlogHer attendees through wireless laptops and other devices. Visit www.common.net before the conference, register to gain access to the MORCA link at the top of the page, and then build your networking profile. Other attendees at BlogHer will only see your “COMMON Ground,” or data about people, places and things you have in common and that will help you connect onsite. If you have any questions, we'll be onsite at BlogHer to help.
And say hi to Char and Alex at Web applications company
All companies will be demo-ing in our Vendor Alley, located next to the central atrium. You can't miss them. Come say hello.
In honor of our interesting cuisine choice on Friday (not exactly Tex-Mex, more like Italo-Mex, but close enough) we will be giving away one registration* for SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX this March at the Friday night dinner**.
Yes, Media Sponsor SXSW Interactive wants to let one lucky BlogHer in on the hippest conference action outside of BlogHer!
And stay tuned for more from SXSW Interactive, like a special BlogHer rate for all BlogHer attendees***.
**Must be present to win.
***The conference this time, not the dinner.
We're happy to introduce you to the wonderful individuals and companies who are sponsoring individuals to attend BlogHer by paying their conference fees. You can become a Foundation Sponsor yourself right here. Once you become a Foundation Sponsor you too will be added to this post.
UPDATED: Here's another great Foundation Sponsor running a contest to send a lucky blogger to BlogHer.
Technorati is running a contest on Dave Sifry's blog to send one woman to BlogHer...and that includes the fee, airfare from a major domestic hub and 2 nights at the Westin...with WiFi to boot!
Don't miss this great opportunity to come to BlogHer on Technorati's dime!
Six Apart Co-founder Mena Trott is a blog community leader who is stepping up to sponsor those who might otherwise be unable to attend BlogHer. Go to Mena's blog for details, and to apply for one of the SixApart Foundation Sponsorships.
In addition, SixApart will be offering all BlogHer attendees the following offer: Get 30 days free trial on Typepad and a 10% lifetime discount! This promotional offer will be available to BlogHer attendees upon check-in at the conference!
Katrin Verclas is on our BlogHer Team and is helping BlogHer in more than one way. Katrin has also donated a Foundation Sponsorship and both labor and materials for most of the Conference materials.
Roxanne Cooper from RoxPopuli is a confirmed BlogHer speaker, and a Foundation Sponsor.