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Saturday, August 11, 2007

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And ANOTHER thing... example of the ruthless sort of shredding I engaged in at Blogher07

I said I was done writing about the conference here, and I am. So when I caught a mighty whiff of complaint yesterday, I wrote what I thought about that over here.

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Blogger jen said...

I couldn't find a place to comment over there, but wanted to say, Well put! I obviously didn't attend Blogher, but I'm very familiar with the conference/blog meetup circuit here in the Seattle area.

Here, where technology abounds, social and networking lines blur, and suddenly you are getting invited to the wedding of an A-list blogger without even seeing that coming. It can be exciting, confusing, and heartbreaking, all at the same time.

I can certainly feel for women who perceive they are being left out intentionally. But the truth is, you get out of a conference what you bring to it.

Maybe for next year, conference organizers will consider a track for novice bloggers to learn techniques of networking. I learned from the best (my husband), and his wisdom has paid off for me in new friends and new writing opportunities.

4:28 PM  
Blogger LetterB said...

(Dude! I told you about crying in the bathroom in the strictest confidence!)

I think that you are spot on. Blogging for many women is taking the private public and that comes with a good deal of personal risk. When you are basically selling your story (not necessarily for money but everyone wants respect) it's hard to separate a persona to work behind as you might when you have a title and corporation behind you. I think that is why this theme of snubbing and cliqueishness comes out repeatedly after the BlogHer conferences. It's a response to the perceived slights that seem so personal when you're letting it all hang out so to speak. I think that this kind of reaction, based on the pattern so far, is just part of the territory. As blogging (or whatever we'll be calling it in a few years) evolves there will be less and less of this. But I also think the other side of that sword is a reduction in the soulful moments too.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Mocha said...

It's not letting me go to that site yet, but I'll keep trying. You laying the smack down in your reverential manner would be something to see. I would cherish it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Well said. :)

10:15 AM  

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