July 23rd, 2008

BlogHer 2008: 1,000 Women Bloggers and Me

By Rob

Actually, I’m exaggerating a bit – there were a bunch of us guys there , but we were definitely a tiny minority.

In many positive ways, this conference is unique, but on the other hand, a BlogHer is a blogger, is a blogger. And I’m finding there is ample common ground, information sharing and interests between all of us.

One thing that you can’t help noticing is the amazing positive energy here. It’s palpable. It’s also extremely well organized, with fabulous snack foods – danish, Snickers, popcorn, chocolate, even Swedish Fish at the Sesame St. booth. It is also striking how non-commercial this is. Even though there are sponsors (Johnson & Johnson was represented here via its corporate sponsorship of Safe Kids Worldwide organization), there is surprisingly little “pitching” going on. Maybe I’m stereotyping, but it seems that there is a female sensibility for “sharing” and connecting, as opposed to a masculine one of “selling” and deal making.

Speaking of which, I’m reluctantly being impressed by Twitter, which the participants here seem to love. While it seems a bit like “social stalking” to me, it certainly is an interesting way to keep in touch. I noticed a Twitter from BlogHer yesterday which read: “I’m amused that there are men here at BlogHer…they’re smarties! ;-)” I was kind of amused by THAT! But I think she may be right.


3 Responses to “BlogHer 2008: 1,000 Women Bloggers and Me”

  1. Lisa Stone says

    Rob, thank you so much for joining us at BlogHer ’08! I have a confession: Because I hate (hatehatehate) IM, I resisted the siren call of Twitter for years. A week before BlogHer I cracked and gave in. Now? I have never felt so connected in a way that was fun — instead of feeling like a mounting pile of work (e.g., email). Just had to testify to that.

    Only one problem with Twitter: No snacks. Perhaps we can change that…

  2. Viv Bruss says

    Dear Rob;

    I, for one, was so glad that J&J was represented at BlogHer08! I ran into lots of great friends, both bloggers and J&J folks, that I had met at Camp Baby. I wanted to ask you what your Twitter ID was? I’m not sure I have you on my “follow” list. You are more than welcome to follow me on Twitter, as well (I’m coolmomsrule). I’ve also added this blog to my blogroll over at Cool Moms Rule! (don’t know what took me so long, honestly.)


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