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jane hamsher

I would love to have a session on women in political blogging -- it tends to be a self-perpetuating boy's club. I have a WHOLE LOT to say on the topic and I know other female bloggers do as well.

I'm very excited about the conference, and would love to be of help in any way I can. Kudos to you for putting it together, and thanks SO MUCH for having it close to LA!!

mobile jones

With a room of my own, I'd like to address the specifics of what Blogher can "do" to promote it's mission and members. Some loose goals seem to be getting female and ethnic minitority voices elevated in the blogosphere and beyond. Visibility seems to be very important to amature journalists and political pundits.

This begs for some analysis of the indicators of status in the blogosphere and some old fashion marketing creativity. For example:

Analysis of the indicators of blogger visibility.

1. Technorati 100
2. Blogrolling Top 100
3. BlogPulse Most cited 100
4. Mentions in traditional media.
5. Google Juice

Now, some interesting responses for Blogher.org could be:

1. A woman and ethnic minority blogroll segmented by area of expertise (e.g., technology, national politics, local politics, health care, culture, religion) that is made available on this site for others to post to their blogs.

2. Regular press releases.

2a. Press releases on traditional media mentions of women and minority bloggers. If there are no mentions, the press release should state that fact.

2b. Press releases on the rankings of women and minorities by Technorati, Blogrolling, etc. versus the number of women blogging.

3. A link from Blogher.org for every blogger that wants one based upon their birthday. See Joi Ito's site for an example of how this works.

4. Establish relationships with traditional media outlets to promote the availability of women and miniority bloggers for interviews, guest appearances, and/or speaker opportunities.

5. Speaker bureau

6. How-tos on increasing Google Juice. Links to existing resources makes sense to start.

7. Tool discovery. Busy developers are constantly releasing tools to make the blogging experience easier and more powerful. What's out there and which ones suit the Blogher purpose.

8. Create a feedback channel to blog software vendors on the wishes, needs or requirements of female and miniority bloggers.

9. Publish BlogPulse results for women and minority bloggers.

10. Create and publize female and minority BOFs at other conferences.

These activities are obviously beyond the scope of a single gathering. More thought would be needed to narrow and focus on what could be accomplished and in what timeframe.

Lisa Stone aka Surfette

Right on, mojo Right approach. Right order. Rock star! Now we need only find the time and dig in.

I'm particularly interested in these two ideas:

"7. Tool discovery. Busy developers are constantly releasing tools to make the blogging experience easier and more powerful. What's out there and which ones suit the Blogher purpose."

I'd like to see us equip someone (or two) with a display to hook up to their computer and show a room how it's done.

8. Create a feedback channel to blog software vendors on the wishes, needs or requirements of female and miniority bloggers."

This is important: worth standardizing and creating an ongoing feedback loop. Hmmm. Eager to hear how you would approach.

Sarah Dylan Breuer

I'd like to help organize a room for bloggers of faith, and would be glad to help in any other way with organizing the conference.

mobile jones

Lisa, gosh...thanks for the feedback and compliment. The conversation on implementation would be longer and require some collaboration, I think.

Yeah, it would be awesome to get some demostrations on new communications technologies. Some of my recent favorites are: Google Maps: see engadget's description; podcasting, screencasting, moblogging, WINKsites.

Maybe Barb Dybwad could be coaxed into a demostration of using annotated multimedia Google Maps on blogs.

I'd love to hear Shelly Powers talk about WordPress among other things.

John Udell is popularizing screencasts which in the words of Paris Hilton: "That's hot."

On the vendor feedback loop, let's discuss in another medium.

Mel

Blogs and our emotions

I was thinking about the sheer amount of energy - emotional and otherwise - that goes into my blog. I've certainly learned what to avoid engaging (i.e., trollish or offensive comments, etc) online but it's still sometimes a challlenge. Here are some questions that I think we should address:

- how much emotional energy goes into your blog and into your relationship with the comments you receive?

- has something you've encountered while blogging upset you to the point of effecting your work, your relationship or your general happiness?

- how good are you at dealing with the kinds of comments that have been produced by your posts?

- do you feel connected to a community when you blog or is it isolating?

- how safe do you feel about what you express in your blog?

- has blogging had a positive impact on your life, relationships, professional identity?

- what is your response to those who disagree with you or call you on something in a public space? (i.e, censor them or engage in debate?)

- what would your advice be to another woman who was just beginning to blog?

... stuff like that comes to mind.

Koan Bremner

Ditto on the emotions aspect, Mel. For me, the biggest unexpected benefits from blogging about intensely personal aspects of my life has been:

a) the greater sense of self-awareness it's generated in me;

b) the hugely supportive feedback I've received (both in on-blog comments, but, even more so, in private email); and

c) the sense that what I'm writing has positively impacted others (in ways I truly never expected).

I'd love to see this explored further, so that I can learn from the experiences of others in order to gain more from my own blogging, and also in the hope of inspiring other bloggers to blog this aspect of their own lives. I'd gladly contribute / lead / facilitate / blog / scribe / wash the dishes (no, scratch that last one) at such a session.

lynne

i recently posted a few things on my site that i'd love to see at blogher, to which Elisa Camahort suggested that i come over here and share a few of my ideas - one in particular, and for the same reasons that jane hamsher mentions the political blogging discussion, is one on hip hop blogs

i'd love to rally around that idea of getting the women who do blog about hip-hop and feminism to come out and discuss the difficulties of negotiating a love of hip-hop music while maintaining a feminist identity in a blog space that is dominated by males (much like the music itself)

Elisa Camahort

I'm so glad you came over Lynne!

We're announcing the official agenda later today, then we're ;launching a CivicSpaces site where people can propose their Room of Your Own session concepts and start promoting them.

Stay tuned.

charlene

i'd love to be a part of the mommyblogging "room of your own." i participate in DotMoms and also have my own blog, crazedparent, where i talk about being just that along with posting odd/interesting/relevant news, etc. how can i go about trying to get added to the list?

Lisa Stone

Hi Charlene,

You just did it -- step one, anyway! As Elisa mentioned above, we're going to launch CivicSpace boards within the next few days where folks can coalesce around a key topic. Watch this space--and thanks for your interest.

Celeste Lindell

I'd be interested in a discussion about the pros and cons of using character blogs for marketing purposes (and otherwise). I wrote the 90-Foot Babe blog for Lee Dungarees last year and would be willing to share my thoughts on the subject.

GraceD

I published a snit fit of a post on my blog recently that triggered a big response (32 comments, a trackback and references on other blogs - that's busy for my humble site). My rant touched on the personal politics of blogrolling and the implications of cliques. Sounds high schoolish, but it touched a nerve.

The post: http://gracedavis.typepad.com/i_am_dr_lauras_worst_nigh/2005/04/the_i_am_dr_lau.html

Blogher Friends, I am at your service...and local!

GraceD

RE: correct link for my comment above:

http://gracedavis.typepad.com/i_am_dr_lauras_worst_nigh/2005/04/the_i_am_dr_lau.html

GraceD

still not showing up...oh well. One can click my name and scroll down to the post.

Lisa Stone

Grace, you are drafted! Great post.

Elisa Camahort

Celeste: we are definitely covering your topic in two different sessions:

1. In the Blogging for Business session we are talking about best and worst practices in using blogs within organizations. One of the panelists is the head of GourmetDesign, the company that launched a blog written by a character, T. Alexander, that they had long used as the voice of their newsletters etc. It cause a firestorm. I'm sure we'll get Donna's perspective as a client on how they felt about the reaction and what, if anything, they would have done differently.

2. In the very next session, $$ and Sense, we're going to talk about ways to leverage and monetize blogs, while keeping one's credibility (from the blogger's perspective.) One of the panelists is consultant Toby Bloomberg who helped Donna launch that infamous character blog.


Elisa Camahort

D'oh. That company is GourmetStation. Have no idea what I was thinking of.

That's OK. yesterday I was on the phone with one of our lovely speakers while staring at my burgeoning email inbox. When it came to sign off I said "Goodbye xxxxx", "xxxxx" being the name on the most recent email to add to the load, not the name of the person speaking at all.

Sigh.

Anastasia

Hello ladies. I've posted a proposed Room of Her Own for Session #2 called Finding their voices: Teens & Blogging over at Blog Sheroes (http://blogsheroes.com/node/56#comment-24?PHPSESSID=6dbe1916cd47a56db958ef6e9be6c2d2). Let me know what you think, and if you know any teen bloggers who might want to join us!

Lisa Stone

Anastasia, thank you! This session looks terrific.

Lynda

Greetings. After chatting with Lisa Stone I'm proposing a design workshop titled:

Grab ‘em by the eyeballs:
Use visual design to enhance, engage and keep them coming back.


You don’t have to be a graphic designer or even have advanced design sensibility to incorporate design elements that will create a more appealing blog. Designs elements ranging from layout to icons to photography are easy to find and with most blog templates a breeze to integrate.

Good design encourages more readers, more interaction, more return visitors and more referrals. It also allows you to create an identity for you and the blog that will be memorable in a visual sense rather than only through your writing. It’s not about being pretty it’s about capturing attention and giving your readers the chance to quickly scan and decide what’s new, what’s interesting and what to spend to spend time on.

The Room of her Own will be a give and take and show some of the best examples of how blogs have used design to heighten the experience. We’ll show some before and after case studies and share resources of blog designers, design elements, template creators and other tools that help create a visual exciting experience that showcases your own style.

Not being a designer I encourage design professionals to join in leading this session.

Lynda Keeler
Delight.com---stylish blogs
HipsterCards.com---clever ecards for any occasion
Fidget.com---entertainment for restless minds

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