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Damn, I was in the same session as you

Damn, I was in the same session as you - the political blogging one. Didn't spot you although I certainly looked around the room. I was sitting right next to Liza Sabater (blogs: Culture Kitchen and Daily Gotham), who got up to speak several times...

Well. And now for feedback on your post.

I think you're quite right in that mommyblogging was the dominant vibe. From the speakers to the panels to the sponsorship money - it all seemed to assume that women meant "heterosexual, married mothers".

Secondly, I almost feel sorry for people who had Blogher 2006 as their first experience of Blogher. While I'm sure most people valued meeting people, etc., the sponsorship presence was oppressive and in-your-face.

The conference was also more mainstream this year, less political and more vanilla. I think this has to do with the newly unveiled BlogHer Ad Network and glut of sponsors.

I found the closing panel on Day Two an absolute bore and not only that, but a toe-curling love-in between the panelists. Plus Mena Trott used it to plug Six Apart and Vox.

- Sour Duck

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Posted by Sour Duck on 1 August 2006 - 12:33am
I can't blame the organizers for who attended

There were a lot of mommiebloggers because, well, there are a lot of mommie-bloggers! If the dominant age group in blogging is under 40, it only makes sense that many, if not most, of the women would be mothers.

I was just writing about my own sense of not being a part of the group. Flashing back to high school, you know? After a glass of wine, I was thinking about that at the airport, which is where I wrote this post.

But really, what happened to political blogging? Are we all supposed to be cowed by the astroturfed netroots? Are we all supposed to just be dittoheads?

Political blogging is about getting out there and expressing one's own beliefs and values, and bucking the manufactured consent we get from the mainstream media and, now, from some "A-list bloggers." And it's especially true when it comes to women bloggers, where the pressure to be nice and not buck the Democratic Party line on reproductive rights or try to "distract" from what the men consider "important shit" seems to be increasing.

I didn't see that. I guess I'd been hoping for a more spirited discussion led by these eloquent women. Maybe they were as burned out by all the crap as I am. I'd hoped to get inspired and come away re-energized, but instead I found my own mood reflected back at me.

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Posted by media girl on 5 August 2006 - 9:09am
Great writing on BlogHer

This is the best write-up I've read on BlogHer. And, yes, the attendees and the personality of the event is not the fault of the sponsors, but the mommy blogs constitute an entirely different genre.

I started my site with a .com name from when my kids were little. They are no longer small and my interests are way beyond mothering but the mommy bloggers are a social entity with commentary closer to a dog's marking territory than anything full of erudite information...(don't mean that in a snarky way).

After reading your write up (compared to Jill's (from Business of Life) from last year), I'm glad I was too busy to go.

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Posted by H.A..Page (not verified) on 9 August 2006 - 4:26pm
Oh, but I have no regrets

I enjoyed myself, but was disappointed in the political session. At least it was free of punditry.

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Posted by media girl on 9 August 2006 - 7:28pm