What is BlogHer 2011?
BlogHer ’11 will bring over three thousand attendees together from all over the world to share hands-on learning, rich discussions, opportunities to meet with the brands that support them and plentiful networking opportunities.
Last year Alex Vega, our design director, was a panelist at BlogHer 2010, which was held in New York City. She schooled a room that was probably 75% Moms on how to enhance your content with graphics and pictures and so forth and I snuck into the gay cocktail party and everyone had A Time. See:
This year, BlogHer is taking over San Diego from August 5th-6th and apparently it’s my turn to wow the crowd of people who’ve never heard of Autostraddle with my incredible expertise in the following topic:
This is a funny panel for me to be on, because I have definitely gone completely insane and I’m 75% sure it’s your fault. If I wasn’t on this panel, I would go to this panel:
Among the top reasons that bloggers blog, according to every social media study BlogHer has ever conducted, is to create and be a part of a community. But make no mistake: building, nurturing, and sustaining community can be as draining as it is bolstering. It can pump you up anddrag you down. Your community can be there for you when you need them… and sometimes they can be the last thing you want to deal with! If you’re in it for the long haul, if the long-term gains far outweigh the occasional unwanted drama, how do you take care of your community and yourself? How do you enlist deputies? How do you recognize when there are elements, topics, or members that need to go? Some community-builders, such asEden Kennedy, Elisa Batista, Julia Roberts, Marie “Riese” Lyn Bernard, and moderator Maria Niles, share their insights and concrete tactics.
Will there be other gays there?
YES DUH. Our friend Vikki from Up Popped a Fox will be on a panel called Peer Networking: Working Together To Help All Boats Rise, which is probably about boating and our friend Polly of Lesbian Dad is on a panel called The Write Brain: Essential Writing and Editing Skills, which I believe is about brain surgery. Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend will be lending her expertise to Old-School Bloggers: Beginner to Big-Time to Burnout and Everywhere in Between.
Autumn Sandeen, a transgender woman who blogs at Pam’s House Blend, will be speaking on “Cyberbullying Isn’t Just for Teens: What to Do if You’re the Victim of Trolls, Haters… and Worse.” Barb Dybwad, who got a free t-shirt from Taylor at Dinah Shore 2010 and now runs Tecca (which Taylor now writes for), will offer expertise on “How to Pitch Freelance Editorial Work from Some Busy Editorial People.” And also Mombian will teach you why diversity is “good business” and also probably all these lezzers will be at Deb on the Rocks’ Queerosphere Party.
You can buy tickets at the BlogHer website.
If any of you, members of my online community, have any insight to how I’ve apparently been keeping my sanity while managing you people, please do share in the comments!