I've been given the go-ahead to announce this, so, guess what?
I'm going to be on a panel at BlogHer '09 in Chicago! Here's the description:
Identity/Passions: LifeBlogging Outside the Lines: When you’re not a Geek, a Political Wonk or a MommyBlogger
Friday, July 24, 1:15-2:30 PM
Blogging started as a geek's game, and by 2004 political bloggers were making waves and mainstream media news. Post-BlogHer 2005 the rise of the MommyBloggers, first as cultural, then as commercial, force began. So where does that leave the rest of us... blogging about who we are and what we do with as much dedication, passion and amazing writing as any of those other blogging archetypes? We know that many of you who don't fit neatly into the above boxes share the same concerns:
- How can I dispel stereotypes about people like me?
- How can I build community without something like an ideology or a kid of a particular age to serve as the common thread?
- How can I get a piece of the monetization pie... I have income and spend money too, you know?
I'm really looking forward to this panel! And I have to say, the title amuses me... remember when "lifeblogging" was called, well, blogging? Heh. Also, I am a geek, but I know what they mean... my blog isn't trying to be TechCrunch (thank god).
If you're able to make it to BlogHer, register soon to get early-bird pricing through this Saturday!