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I’m disappointed in BlogHer

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I have my issues with BlogHer. There is such promise for an organization to empower and support women of all types, but unless you are a mother, you may find very little in the way of encouragement, advertising, or opportunities.

One place where BlogHer purports to listen to the community that supports them is with a series of “community”-driven sessions during the BlogHer Conference called the Rooms Of Your Own (ROYO). Anyone who is a BlogHer member can submit a session idea, and the community can vote on the rooms that they want to see or present. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as “the sessions with the most interest get chosen”. BlogHer states that when they choose which ROYO sessions are picked for this year’s conference, “there were two primary criteria: (1) Community interest and (2) ensuring that the panel would bring diversity to the program schedule.” This allows BlogHer to subjectively ignore the sessions that get the most interest in order to ensure that there is diversity (no definition provided) to the program schedule. Why is this a bad thing? Because the conference already has a set, official agenda, and these ROYO sessions are designed to be chosen by the community, hence the name “Room of YOUR Own”. Not “Room of your own unless we think that it doesn’t fit in with our agenda”.

I heard from several sources that TPTB at BlogHer were seriously contemplating limiting or eliminating male involvement at this year’s conference, and the email that I received today supported that. I was informed that the ROYO I submitted, about the male personal blogger and how they are a part of a female blogger’s audience, was not being chosen this year.

According to a spreadsheet I made the day before voting ended, comparing all ROYOs submitted, my session was in the top 6 among all sessions, and was #2 in the category I chose, “Passions”. Out of over 100 sessions, that puts it in the top 6%, which demonstrates strong “Community Interest” to me, especially if you consider the overwhelming positive response from last year’s attendees and the fact that we had over 150 people in our room, standing in the hallway trying to get in. The ROYO I submitted was the only one about male bloggers as readers, which certainly brings “diversity to the program schedule”. The only possible option left is that BlogHer made an arbitrary and capricious decision not to include my session. And that’s what disappoints me.

For those of you who will blindly object and say “It’s called BlogHER, not BlogHim”, I say that your argument is specious. Male personal bloggers make up a tiny percentage of the personal blogging community, and many of us read primarily women bloggers. We comment on their posts, we make friends with them, and the only avenue we have to socialize with all of these bloggers on a large scale is through a community such as BlogHer. And in my opinion, our value to the female blogger as an audience is just as important as female athlete bloggers or Canadian bloggers, just to mention a few niche audiences. It’s not our gender that matters, but how we affect and impact the female blogger.

If BlogHer truly wants to eliminate male involvement (however misguided that is), they need to do it in a transparent way. They could either just do away with the ROYO system completely and enact their entire official agenda rather than forcing community involvement to fit within said agenda, or they could try the following for next year:

1. Do not allow men to register for BlogHer’s site.
2. Only registered members can submit sessions for the ROYO.
3. Create a clear policy that says that any session that couldn’t be presented without a male presenter will be removed.

This will allow you to limit the diversity to an arena where BlogHer feels comfortable and permit them to actually listen to the community interest instead of only pretending to do so.

In the end, I think it’s unfortunate that BlogHer does the same thing to male personal bloggers that the world has done to women in the past. Women finally have a voice and they have power, thanks in no small part to BlogHer, but if BlogHer ignores what these women are saying, they are doing everyone a disservice.

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169 Replies to “I’m disappointed in BlogHer”

  1. Adrienne

    Discrimination is discrimination no matter which way you swing the bat. It isn’t ok and if it is true that BlogHer is trying to eke out the men from the conference and the site involvment, then that is very sad indeed.

  2. Clayton

    I honestly didn’t read any personal blogs before, since I know you from outside the world of blogs, I’ve learned about several female personal blogs which I make it a point to visit from time to time. It has to be beneficial for men to have access to a variety of points of view on today’s world through the eyes of female bloggers.

  3. Mama Kat

    Awww…I’m sorry your ROYO wasn’t accepted! Is it possible they already have a similar room chosen? I think male bloggers absolutely need to be supported at Blogher. Maybe they’re afraid of you.

  4. Elisa Camahort Page

    As in my email and tweets to you, Adam, there is no conspiracy or pre-determination here. There is no attempt to bar men from ROYOs (although actually ROYOs *are* indeed for registered attendees.)

    As I also shared, your numbers simply don’t agree with the votes tallied in our system. We are choosing two ROYOs per programming track, and although we considered the panel for two different tracks, the one in which you submitted and a second one, it wasn’t one of the top two vote getters in either track. So, even if we went by votes alone, the panel wouldn’t have been chosen this year.

    As a side note: The reason we, like SXSW and many other events, use both community interest and curation to choose programming (which we do for both the first round of programming and the ROYOs) is to make sure it is not only the most popular bloggers or subjects that get featured in the same way year after year after year. We need to mix things up and make room for new topics and new niches and new voices, so that the program is constantly refreshed for those who attend every year.

    Hundreds of submitters don’t get to see their sessions chosen every single year. The fact that that happened to you this year is really not about anything bigger than other sessions garnering more interest and new voices and topics getting a first-time airing.

    • Avitable

      @Elisa Camahort Page, I understand that your numbers and mine don’t add up. I’ll admit that mine were done the day before, so maybe there was a rush of votes that I somehow missed. In the end, though, mine was in the top 6 or 7 among all ROYOs submitted, and it’s unfortunate that you’d rather schedule a Geek Lab that has 10 attendees instead of a popular session that will have 150.

      New topics, new niches, and new voices are always a good thing. One thing that I think would always be interesting, and I’ll admit that I’m biased, is the men of BlogHer. With different panel members and a different audience, there would be new voices and new topics brought up.

      I’ll be interested to see what new niches are given ROYO sessions this year, and which sessions are obviously the result of popularity. And I stand by my statement that your goal is to remove men’s voices as much as possible. Which is fine – it’s your prerogative, but be transparent about it.

  5. CP

    There is a lot of discrimination in the BlogHer community which is why I pulled away from their site quite awhile ago. Not only does it blatantly lie when it states that it encourages male participation (it doesn’t) but it also does not embrace the single, childless female perspective. As a matter of fact, being a mother alone doesn’t even qualify. As the mother of much older children, there is no place in the BlogHer community for that demographic. There is also no room for grandparents who blog. They are another segment that is greatly overlooked.

    It’s a shame, because at one time, this organization was really a force to be reckoned with. Now it is basically one long product placement advertisement.

    • Karen

      @CP, That’s a lot of accusation toward BlogHer. There are several bloggers in the demographics you’ve mentioned that are represented in BlogHer’s community. Several of them write for BlogHer regularly.
      If you really did your research, you would also realize that those same demographics are not as prominent in blogging – so obviously the ratios would be similar at BlogHer. They can’t shove laptops into people’s laps just to represent them – that’s ludicrous.

  6. B.E. Earl

    “Male personal bloggers make up a tiny percentage of the personal blogging community,”

    You know, I guess that’s true. I didn’t think I cared about the gender of the blogger whom I read, just as long as they are interesting. But looking at my feed reader, I would say that around 25% of the personal blogs I read are written by men. That percentage is probably higher than yours, looking at the number of women who comment on your blog.

    I think your voice would have been a welcome one at that event. Too bad.

    • Avitable

      @flutter, I don’t think they’re elitist as much as they require you to play politics. They are poorly managed – they have poor site design and the conferences are usually complete clusterfucks.

  7. Nancy from Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas

    I’m with Angie. For whatever reason, I’m sad that you won’t have an official pulpit this year. Does this mean you’re opting not to attend? Just because you’re not on the official agenda, doesn’t mean you can’t, let’s say, go to dinner with a pack of devotees and have a thoughtful discussion on your ROYO topic. If I make it (plans are still pending), I’d be happy to be in the thong…uh, I mean throng.

  8. Shannon

    (I think the filter ate my d@mn?)

    And not all women are, or want to be, mothers. Even if I had a blog that, you know, people read … I am 37 and single and happily childless (and don’t get me started on openly …. there are so many blanks you can fill in here) and am so not the target demo for BlogHer. I can’t think of a single reason I’d want to go, honestly. Ah well. Life in the minority I suppose.

    Still, bummer about your room. Sorry to hear it.

    • Avitable

      @Shannon, BlogHer is definitely more than just moms, but their advertising programs tend to ignore the non-mother. It’s a good community of people, and the conference is fun to attend just to meet all the bloggers you may have been reading. Last year, I didn’t attend a single session, because most of them are irrelevant to me, but I had a blast.

  9. Breigh

    I joined the blogher site when it first came out and then stayed FAR FAR FAR away. No big group of women like that can ever be good. Especially (fuck I’m gonna get flack for this) American soccer moms. ANY group of women get catty and bitchy but the idea of a hoard of those women makes me cringe. So what are the neighbours doing, what do the neighbours think, Oh MY GAWD did you see her shoes??? My husband makes more money than your husband, My child goes to a better school than your child. NO fucking thank you.

    I have had the same with different expat women groups I joined over here. My best friend is American and I love her to pieces. I have a lot of American girlfriends. Not ALL are like I’m describing, but he ones who are… SO fucking are. I know people of all nationalities here. Get together in a big group, and it’s the loud, obnoxious, elitist, snobby American women that ruin it for me every time.

    Let the hating begin.

      • Breigh

        @CP, Yeah when it first opened and I joined I thought hey, this could be cool! It didn’t last though. As a married woman with no children, living in Europe… I found I had little to nothing in common with most of the women and it really wasn’t my bag at all.

    • Avitable

      @Breigh, I disagree – it’s not really that bad. These are just bloggers. Some people are obnoxious, that’s true, but I’ve never seen that type of mentality as a group. Just because someone is a mom or is a BlogHer member, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to be bitchy or shitty, and I’d never characterize the group of people I hang out with to be like “soccer moms”.

      • Breigh

        @Avitable, I’m not saying they all are. As I pointed out in my comment my best friend is an American woman (from California) and I know many others. There’s no way that you can say that there aren’t these groups in blogher and that they aren’t a driving force though. Even if it’s not the ones you hang out with in particular, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. When it comes to things like BlogHer / the expat groups I associate with, all I can say from MY experience is that it’s the uppity American women that ruin it for -me-. I’m not saying all American women are uppity, nor am I saying all the women in BlogHer are. What I AM saying is that a group that is made up almost entirely of women which are largely American, is one for me to avoid.

          • Breigh

            @Avitable, well as I said in my original comment, I’d avoid ANY large group of women regardless of nationality. I think women in large groups can be disastrous. The American women thing was an aside, not my entire reason for deciding blogher wasn’t for me.

          • Breigh

            @Avitable, really? See now I’d rather hang out with a group of men anyday. There’s not as much drama, I find. Men just get on with it and have fun and can all be friends with each other without sweating the little things.

      • Breigh

        @Miss Grace, I think anyone who has ever met me or read my blog can say I’m about as far from elitist as they get. Bitchy and judgy, I don’t know… I’m speaking from my own experiences, if that makes me bitchy then I guess I’ll let my bitch flag fly. If someone went to Canada and said they found it too cold, I’m not going to get my hackles up because of it. I may not find it as cold as they do because I’m used to it and grew up in it, that doesn’t mean it’s not cold to them.

        If people enjoy BlogHer more power to them, I’m just not one of them and I gave my reasons why.

  10. DaDa Rocks!

    I’ll see you there 😉

    Either way if the male audience needs a ‘royo’ then there is a great bar around the block.

    I’m totally looking forward to this “blogher” I’m amazed at the numbers of people I know going to this event.

  11. RW

    That sucks. Outside of a few side stories and the once in a while I can see folks if the event is in my town (like last year), it isn’t on my radar. I mean neither are school and the military and voters but… you know what I mean.

  12. Sarcastica

    You have fantastic points, and I hope that whoever is running the show at BlogHer sees your post.

    I’ve never been to a BlogHer conference, nor have I taken much interest in the workings of BlogHer (shocking, I know), but from what I hear they have GREAT room for improvement.

    Did I mention you’re awesome yet today? Because you’re totally awesome.

  13. Miss Britt

    I already gave you all my reasons by phone – but I completely support BlogHer’s decision on this.

    In a nutshell, without knowing the facts about number of votes, blah blah blah, it’s enough for me to say this:

    You get your voice in damn near every other aspect of life. Hell, you even got your voice LAST year. To try and hijack a venue where women actually get a predominant voice? Meh, it’s hard for me to want to defend you on that.

  14. Karen

    I see Elisa’s point, totally. Having been to several conferences run by BlogHer, I gotta say it gets old quickly hearing the same voices over and over. I love hearing from new bloggers. I don’t think it’s a conspiracy as you have outlined. Not at all.

  15. Maria

    I MOTHER FUCKIN’ LOVE BLOGHER. The organization, the conference, the whole shebang. They have opened so many doors, gotten us (women) so much more opportunity and respect in the online/blogging world. Without them, who knows where we’d be in the blogosphere? So, yeah I have nothing but adulation and respect for them no matter if I disagree with some of their decisions or not – let me just get that out of the way.

    I don’t know why your panel wasn’t chosen, and I’m sad that it wasn’t, I was totally looking forward to getting more crotch shots – and hopefully of Britt too this year. But, I don’t think there’s a conspiracy. And I take issue with the whole ‘if you’re not a mother’ thing…

    Just as you say that you’re a smaller presence in the personal blogging world as a male – women who aren’t mothers are a smaller presence as well. Because of this, tracks and sponsors are less likely to focus on the women that aren’t (even though there is a tremendous amount of non-motherhood oriented stuff there). That just makes sense to me. But your statement, opening up like that, just fuels the whole ‘BlogHer is for mommy bloggers’ only thing, which turns a lot of people off.

    But, you came last year, you have experienced it, you’re active in the online community of those that participate in it. I completely respect your opinion. On the other hand, I have no respect for the opinions of those that blast it and have no personal experience with it, or those that are just bitter because they didn’t get into the ad network or whatever.

    • maggie, dammit

      Adam, I didn’t want you to get your ROYO because the passions track is during the panel I’m speaking on, and I worried no one would come to my panel because they’d all be at your room. Which says a lot about how popular I anticipated it would be (and, yes, I was part of the standing room only crowd last year.) I don’t pretend to understand the reasoning behind it, but I’m sad you’re sad.

      (BTW, I ended up voting for you anyway because I’m self-destructive like that.)

      (I’m replying under Maria’s comment so she, too, will know to PLEASE COME TO MY PANEL.)

      (I just wanted to say one more thing in parentheses.)

    • Avitable

      @Maria, I think that if you’re not a mother, the advertising opportunities are much less for you. I think that BlogHer could be called BlogMom and it would still mean the same thing. Bloggers of color, lesbian bloggers, political bloggers – they do exist in the BlogHer community, but they are shunted aside except when to show how diverse they are.

      • Maria

        @Avitable, I think that’s an unfair statement to make. It’s for women, period, and I don’t think they broadcast being a voice for any group besides that one. I don’t go there and expect them to highlight me for being a minority or a single parent or a fucking awesome mother fucker.

        • Avitable

          @Maria, I don’t think they make that message very clear. I think that a newcomer to the site who wasn’t a mom could easily get frustrated and decide that site wasn’t for her. And you are a fucking awesome mother fucker!

  16. Amy @ The Bitchin' Wives Club

    I am really sad to hear the news, Adam. Your ROYO was by far one of my favorites last year at ROYO! You and the other guys, along with Miss Britt, really did a great job explaining why and kind of HOW you ended up in this enormous group of women bloggers, you all dispelled any lurking suspicions I, ahem, may have had that any man who would brave the hordes of women at BlogHer MUST be looking to get laid, and *most importantly* you guys just confirmed that the guys who blog are just as genuine, caring, real, and amazing as the women.

    It is a real loss to the BlogHer conference schedule to not have the men in the community represented.

  17. Miss Grace

    I think, keeping in mind that I have no spreadsheets to back up this theory, that it is much MORE likely that they didn’t select your panel because you had a panel last year, and that by the ‘bringing diversity’ bit, they mean bringing new voices to the table?

  18. Maritza

    This is why I have being part of organized stuff. Sooner or later, flexibility is lost, change is avoided, cliques form and people just get stoopid. I think having male bloggers like yourself and my friend Ricardo over at unloaded.com is very very important. I like reading your personal male take on life. I also like reading blogs by women who DON’T have children (gasp!) are NOT married, don’t like domestic crap, etc. I even read some blogs by young black women. Are they not part of the female blog community? Blogs of interest to women are not always about raising kids and homeschooling. “Dooce” is not my idea of the golden standard of blogs. We’re not all white, funny and have kids or even female!

  19. Krystle {snarkykisses}

    That’s maddening in more ways than one. Plain and Simple.

    I’m sorry you’re unable to have your ROYO, however that is an unfortunate choice by BlogHer. Little do they know how many people were looking forward to it.

    Clearly they should have realized how great it was last year. Obviously not.

  20. sam {temptingmama}

    I love that you were cockblocked by BlogHer. That made my day.

    Seriously though? I hope you still go. I’m sad that there’ll be no ROYO Avitable-style. But dude. What-the-fuck-ever. Have fun, hang out with friends and revel in friendships and laughs rather than thinking BlogHer is out to get you.
    XO

  21. Elizabeth Kaylene

    I have my own issues with BlogHer. I wanted to sign up and get the ads, but they weren’t accepting new members. What does a person have to do to get “in”? It shouldn’t be such an exclusive club. It seemed to me to be awfully clique-y and it shouldn’t be that way. If you’re a female blogger, you should be able to be a member of their ad network, period. I stopped caring after the first few attempts, though, and I feel better off.

    I think your conference topic would be interesting to listen to. Maybe you could do a live video chat instead, as it seems you have a lot of people who would be interested in listening, judging by the comments.

    Don’t let it get to you. I bet a video chat would be a lot of fun, and people who couldn’t normally go to BlogHer — hi! — would be able to join in.

  22. lizriz

    I’ll never get the thing about Blogher and mommy bloggers. I’m not a mom, and I’ve never felt that BlogHer was a place just for moms. In fact, the years that mommybloggers had separate tracks at BlogHer, I was frustrated because I never saw them! I’m so glad that’s not happening this year. And the site is about a million different topics. So I’m always really confused when someone says BlogHer is mom-centric.

    Anyway, I’m sad you didn’t get your room, because it definitely would have been on my list, and I’m mad at myself because I’ve been dealing with my own shit and voted for exactly one room this year, and because it was specifically brought to my attention on Facebook. So I’ll just apologize for myself, and not getting my crap together and looking at the rooms, because I would have voted for yours for sure.

    Next year?

    • Avitable

      @lizriz, I’ve found BlogHer to be mom-centric because a casual perusal of the site, the ads, and the content is very mom-heavy. And not just “mom” heavy, but newborn/young kid mom heavy. I’m glad you’ve found your own niche within it, but I know of many women who haven’t been able to penetrate the poor organization far enough to find the gems in there.

      I’ll try again next year – I’m nothing if not tenacious.

  23. Coal Miner's Granddaughter

    Aunt Becky is correct. Have your own ROYO. In fact, call it your RROYO, Rouge Room Of Your Own. Seriously.

    I’m not sure what it is about BlogHer that gives me the willies, but I get them. A lot. I enjoyed seeing the big city of Chicago. I LOVED meeting Momisodes, LouCeeL, and The Bloggess, getting to know Random Memorandum, and seeing you, Britt, Karl, and Muskrat. But overall, the conference was meh for me. I’m not a blogger who needs search engine optimization or to garner more readers or to apply for ads. I’m just a blogger who needs to get out of the fuckin’ house. Honestly? The only panels I attended were yours and Britt’s. That’s it.

    I’m upset that you didn’t get your ROYO. But if I was going? I would help you set up a Rouge ROYO at a local bar. That? Would be awesome.

  24. Tanis Miller, RNM

    Sorry dude, but I’m not feeling much sympathy for you here. Hundreds of panels weren’t selected, yours wasn’t any more important than all the others that weren’t chosen.

    And since you keep banging on this drum, I’ll point out that all of the ROYO’s that I attended last years (which as you know, didn’t include yours) were standing room only. The ROYO that Anissa and the Caffeinatrix and myself held was standing room only and people were standing in the halls and sitting on peoples laps. As was the Mamapop panel and the humour panel. Those rooms were SMALL.

    I’m really sorry you are disappointed but you know, suck it up Princess.

  25. Jenny, Bloggess

    Meh. The best Room of Your Owns happen in hotel rooms with no microphones and stages. Just random bunches of people hanging out and talking who all happen to be there by chance and have no hidden agendas. I’d actually go to a Room of Your Own in your room. That’s not a proposition, by the way. Probably.

    See you at Blogher, sweets.

  26. Backpacking Dad

    A legitimate complaint is: The decision procedure, which only takes the top vote getters in their tracks, and not the top vote getters overall, is a bad decision procedure.

    That’s something that you can actually have an argument about.

    Loading it up with hurt feelings and insinuating sexism doesn’t do any good, unless what you really want to do is just lash out at BlogHer with any accusation you can dig up (“It’s all about mommies.” “Their decisions are arbitrary and sexist.”) If you’re really upset because you think that the decision procedure is a bad one, talk about that. You can have an entire conversation about decision procedures and why it’s bullshit that the Division leaders in the NHL are automatically seeded 1-3 even if a fourth team has more points than one of the other three. You can find the best decision procedure to meet the needs and desires of whatever group you’re talking about. But concluding arbitrariness from a result you don’t like is totally uncharitable. Really? The ONLY reason they could have to exclude your ROYO is because they do things arbitrarily and capriciously? There’s a whole lot of space between the premises and conclusion there.

    Likewise, if you’re really just disappointed that your ROYO didn’t get enough votes to qualify under the decision procedure in place, then talk about that. It’s entirely valid to say that the BlogHer community, as represented by the votes cast along the various tracks, does not support male involvement at the conference this year, and that is a problem (a case similar to that of institutional rather than overt racism in other areas). Some people will disagree with you, but at least you’ll be disagreeing about something valid.

    But pointing out that your ROYO passes some OTHER decision procedure, and then using that as evidence of sexism or discrimination is completely illegitimate.

    However, all of that being said, I am extremely disappointed that BlogHer did not offer me airfare, hotel accomodations, and a conference pass for free. I am awesome, and everyone loves me and my presence would greatly diversify the conference. And if anyone from BlogHer is reading this, I prefer a garden view room.

  27. Mr Lady

    I’m glad you didn’t get a ROYO. Because I am whole heartedly, in every way, above all things, opposed the the entire concept of the ROYO, insofar as it is butted up against actual conference time.

    I have my reasons. They are personal and I am bitter. So I’ll shut up now.

    Also, it’s a cheerocracy. And I CANNOT BELIEVE you didn’t make that reference. You have failed me for the last time.

  28. NYCWD

    I don’t believe that BlogHer is discriminating against you because of your gender… at least in this case.

    I think they are cutting you out because BlogHer is a business and they need to support their advertising publishers and trick them into feeling they belong so they can advertise soon to be recalled products made in China with lead paint. So unless you have some Graco ads running around here that my ad blocker has blocked, you are not in their interest to promote.

    It was purely a business decision in my opinion.

    And this comment in now way shape or form should be insinuated that I agree with BlogHer‘s discrimination practices… just that I don’t think this is the case this time.

  29. Hugo Fitzpatrick

    This post was suggested to me in my google reader and i have to say i am disturbed.

    The idea that any community would exclude 49% of the worlds population just because they’re differnt is completly backwards. So what if the website has “her” in the name. Blogs are meant to be read by everyone. Personal or topical everyone who is an avid internet user or those curious searchers is a potential reader of blogs featured or referenced by such a site. By excluding anyone you are making a very big mistake.

    Life stories are interesting to all. No matter how they are presented. I can’t remember the blog but i remember the story of a Single father whose wife died in child birth and his struggle’s and learning curve’s as he raised his daughter alone. Through his blog and contact with other blogging parents he learnt a lot and managed to cope. Male or female i wouldn’t have anything against reading such a blog.

    This website’s readers shouldn’t either!

  30. Undomestic Diva

    IMHO, I don’t like any process based on popular vote because that means the lesser known bloggers (therefore ROYO submitters and their ideas) don’t stand a chance at getting chosen because they don’t have a whole brigade of blogger friends to go vote for them. (See: ROYO, Hot Blogger Calendar, Bloggies, et al.)

    I submitted a ROYO topic but knew I didn’t stand a chance unless I annoyed the shit out of people with tweets to “PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!” and even that didn’t feel right so I didn’t.

    And so… just an attendee. That’s, unfortunately, how it works. I really wish they’d accept submissions and then choose or create a committee to pick some diverse topics from DIVERSE GROUPS.

    • Elisa Camahort Page

      @Undomestic Diva, I just wanted to address your comment about submissions. That’s exactly what we do. The first round of programming starts with a call for ideas where anyone can submit, and since we set a goal of 80% new speakers at each annual conference, that process actually favors newer bloggers in some ways. And there’s no voting during that process. Then we announce the schedule and open up the ROYO submissions to fill in additional slots.

      The thing is that the call for ideas happens way in advance. This year we closed it in November, so we could announce the first round of programming around the New Year. So, that is a lot earlier than some conferences do it, but we want to do it early since people buy tickets so early. So, please look for next year’s call for ideas in the fall and bring it on 🙂

  31. Rachael

    Totally disappointed with/for you. I REALLY wanted to get to BlogHer this year, but I don’t have the money and it’s sold out now anyhow, plus I’m going to have a couple months old baby. Actually I thought that would be an asset and I could meet people more easily. ANYway… I TOTALLY voted for your session. I saw pictures from last year, and your session was obviously appreciated and loved. I think that a LOT of female bloggers are interested in how to get more male readers and hearing from those of you that are in our world. I don’t understand why BlogHer would make the choice to ignore that, but I also agree that if that IS their decision, this wasn’t the way to go about it.

  32. Two Non Blondes

    That is a real shame. I read the recap of last year’s and I thought the session with you three was great. I am not sure they understand the meaning of the word diversity. Yes, there is diversity in opinions, religion, and race, but also in gender.

  33. Poppy

    Dude, I’m holding an even called BeerHer and you bet your ass men are invited. I don’t know why BlogHer cares if men are involved in their event, but I like men so I think men should show up to my events.

    Also, glad to see you’re still coming to NYC. Aren’t we supposed to have Avitable Takes Manhattan when you’re here????

  34. martymankins

    Well stated post. I read the positive feedback from last year’s BlogHer and figured it was a no brainer that they would have you back. Obviously their loss. But your ending statement says it well. It’s like now that they are in a place and have power, they are forgetting how they got there.

  35. lanned

    This is very disappointing to me. I’ve only been reading blogs for a few months now (not computer illiterate but living in the gaming world). I found your blog through female bloggers (Tanis rocks, doesn’t she?) and I tend to think females are way more enlightened than males. I hate being proven wrong..this sucks. Going to pout now.

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