Thanks Elizabeth from Table4Five for the following post about the upcoming BlogHer conference:
If you have been reading blogs and would like to start one of your own but aren’t sure where to start, or if you have a blog and would like to improve it, and if you would like to meet some of your favorite bloggers in person, then the BlogHer 2006 Conference is for you!
The first BlogHer conference was held last year on July 30th with the theme “Where are the women bloggers?” The response was overwhelming. Women from all over the country came together in Santa Clara, CA to discuss both the technical and community aspects of blogging. There were women who had not yet started a blog as well as experienced bloggers. It was an overwhelming success!
This year’s conference has been expanded to two days, July 28-29th, at the Hyatt in San Jose, CA. Unfortunately, tickets to the first day are sold out, but tickets are available for the Day One cocktail party, and for Day Two.
The theme for this year is “How is your blog changing your world?”
For me, that is an easy question to answer. Because of my blog, I have not only made friends from all around the country, but I have also started learning HTML, bought a digital camera to take photos for my blog, and even learned how to design a t-shirt. My blog has given me opportunities I doubt I would have had without it.
Topics to be discussed on both days include: how to set up a blog, how to create an online community, what to do with food or craft blogs, as well as the sure-to-be-popular session on Mommyblogging. More sensitive topics to be tackled include political blogging, blogs that address race, culture or gender, and “Outreach” blogs that are upfront about mental illness, addiction, or eating disorders.
If you’re interested in attending, be aware that rooms at the Hyatt San Jose are filling up fast. I checked the availability today, and there were rooms available for check-in on the 27th and check-out on the 29th. The room rate is an incredible 75 DOLLARS for the night! But please call and check yourself as room availability and/or rates are subject to change.
I strongly urge you to check out the BlogHer website whether you can attend the conference or not. There you will find posts from Contributing Editors and BlogHer members on a huge variety of topics.
Being a blogger is about more than just writing a “web log” of your personal thoughts. It’s about being part of a community of people that are also blogging.
I have found support, advice, and real friendship as a blogger. I’m proud to be part of the blogging community, and I ‘m excited about attending BlogHer 2006! I hope you will be there too.