BlogHer is a wonderful conference centered around women bloggers and the men who love and support them! Last year, I was invited to speak on a panel entitled, “Malcolm Gladwell Was Wrong! Revolutions ARE Happening Online,” with excellent bloggers and change agents, Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl), Katherine Stone (@postpartumprog) and Gina McCauley (@Gem2001)—and it was awesome. We covered the gamut of how we merge social change, social media and social good, at varying levels and in many different ways. The conference was in San Diego and even though I was dealing with a special set of challenges, my sister bloghers, @sofiaquintero, @cyn3matic, @socalmom, @anandaleeke @thecubiclechick and @adriarichards assisted me in many ways and I remain so grateful to them. We had a wonderful time together, filled with an exchange of wisdom and laughter.
The Marriott Marina Bay Hotel in San Diego was outstanding and I was able to spend one post-conference day in the pool and jacuzzi area (as I do actually attend conference sessions, even when I’m at a resort)—and it was fabulous!!! I needed it so bad, it was just wonderful and Adria and I had a great time. I even took my laptop to the pool and she gave me great tech tips in between sunbathing! Now, the fact that I got the cotton tip of a makeshift Q-tip (which was NOT from the Q-tip brand, a point not to be missed) and ended up having to go to the hospital to get it removed is another story for another day. But the trip was wonderful! Oh the hilarity…
And speaking of hilarity…
This year, for BlogHer 2012 in New York City, I organized a panel that I had in mind for well over a year. In fact, I submitted it for SXSW Film and it was rejected, which was their loss, actually. I knew it was still a good idea and I wanted to implement my vision, so I submitted for BlogHer 2012 and it was happily accepted: “Strategic Content Development Across Multiple Disciplines: Onstage, Onscreen and Online,” with Issa Rae (@IssaRae) of “Awkward Black Girl,” Franchesca Leigh Ramsey (@ChescaLeigh) of “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls,” Luvvie Ajayi (@Luvvie) of “Awesomely Luvvie” and yours truly, Dr. Goddess (@DrGoddess) of “Dr. Goddess!: A One Woman Show” and “Dr. Goddess Goes to Jail, a spoken word, musical comedy (unfortunately) based on a true story. Everybody seemed to love the idea and anticipated its debut. Chesca, who is also a graphics designer, designed that wonderful advertisement for our panel, as well. Thank You, Chesca!
It proved to be a stellar lineup. The room was PACKED. It was standing room only! After a brief introduction, we showed some of our artistic content from our work:
Next, we moved right into some strategically planned questions for the panelists, then onto Q & A from the audience. And the tweets, alone, prove that everyone had a good time and was properly given inspiration and information in order to get to activation—just how I like it.
If you missed it, I’ll be putting the video up soon (thank you so much to my girl, @adriarichards for coming through) and you can see the live tweeting below (or click here).
Are you fans of any of the ladies above? Do you think this was a good lineup? Is there a question you want answered? Feel free to use the comment section!
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