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01 August 2006

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KT

I didn't mention my obsession with Gabrielle's abdominal muscles, though, because I have an image to preserve.

Oh so tempting ... no, be nice! ... don't mess with Christie's sense of image. Just walk away ...

... I could so tell stories ;) But I won't. I think.

Judi

Hey Christie-

I must have my head in the clouds. I didn't know blogging was so damn popular. Your blog is the only one I read (or look at) at least once a day. I am always looking for those blogs about dogs though. Shit, I didn't even know you were gay until I found your obsession with Xena (and shit, who knew Xena was gay??)

Judi - obsessed with dogs and nothing but.

Melinda (Sour Duck)

I didn't attend the "Identity.... and Obligations" panel, opting instead for the "Get Deeply Geeky" Room of Your Own, so I'd be very interested in a post on this, if you have one boiling on the back burner.

As far as the BOF clipboards, I don't think it was clear to those new to BlogHer that they could create a clipboard.

Best,

Melinda

Elisa Camahort

Hi there, thanks for your feedback. I do want to point out that we put out mostly *blank* sheets of paper for the birds of a feather organization. The whole point of that session was to be self-organizing and not try to dictate.

I think an emerging theme for at least a panel next year would be Us vs. Them. I think that many different segments of bloggers were represented, and it seems like sometimes it felt like oil and vinegar to people. I do think there is a value to finding common ground, though. There's no sense in ignoring that sometimes groups didn't relate to one another. But could that be discussed productively? And what would the goal of such a discussion be?

I'm not asking you as though it's your job to answer of course, I'm just throwing the questions out to the blogiverse :)

arse poetica

Christie, wonderful to meet you, and thanks for all the info about sugar substitutes! =)

Re: BlogHer's being "too mommyish," I've hardly read all (or even 10%) of the posts on this, but I hope folks don't confuse the presence of an enthusiastic and coherent group of women w/ the more frustrating product pitches to same (and the rest of us). In short, mommybloggers rock. Advertising and heteronormativity do not.

I said to Melinda and others that what I wish for BlogHer next year is that a benevolent billionaire will make an anonymous donation so we can be blissfully ad-free.

Christie Keith

I didn't attend the "Identity.... and Obligations" panel, opting instead for the "Get Deeply Geeky" Room of Your Own, so I'd be very interested in a post on this, if you have one boiling on the back burner.

I do and I will! I just wanted to let it all settle.

As far as the BOF clipboards, I don't think it was clear to those new to BlogHer that they could create a clipboard.

No, and when I registered, I didn't see any blank clipboards, so it wouldn't have occurred to me.

Thanks for commenting!

Christie Keith

Hi there, thanks for your feedback. I do want to point out that we put out mostly *blank* sheets of paper for the birds of a feather organization. The whole point of that session was to be self-organizing and not try to dictate.

Yes, that makes sense - when I picked up my registration, there were no blank clipboards or any way to know that was a possibility.

I think an emerging theme for at least a panel next year would be Us vs. Them. I think that many different segments of bloggers were represented, and it seems like sometimes it felt like oil and vinegar to people. I do think there is a value to finding common ground, though. There's no sense in ignoring that sometimes groups didn't relate to one another. But could that be discussed productively? And what would the goal of such a discussion be?

I have no problem with many groups of women without structured overlapping, nor with attempting to create a panel or event that seeks to create such overlapping - either can be fine. For me, it was more about feeling extremely invisible. Not unwelcome. I didn't feel any hostility, to the contrary, on a personal level, everyone was quite welcoming and inclusive. But from the minute I got there, I kept thinking... I'm not their audience. This isn't about me. Which surprised the hell out of me and wasn't what I expected.

I'm not asking you as though it's your job to answer of course, I'm just throwing the questions out to the blogiverse :)

I'm glad you did, and I'll keep posting my thoughts as they crystallize.

Christie Keith

Christie, wonderful to meet you, and thanks for all the info about sugar substitutes! =)

It was great meeting and talking with you, too... in fact, it was something of a high point of the conference for me! Thank you very much for coming by, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for the benevolent billionaire as well.

Maria Niles

Hi Christie,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up and speaking at the Identity and Obligation panel.

Because we could have dozens of "identities" on the panel and because the panel, in part, grew out of the Brown Bloggers session last year, the panelists were primarily clustered around race and you are correct that none identified as lesbian.

We hoped and were thrilled to have the audience expand the discussion beyond race and y'all did so brilliantly. Hopefully the panel will continue to evolve and your comments and observations will help the conversation grow.

And just another quick note on the BOF sign-ups - we started off with ~2/3 of the sheets blank and they quickly filled up. I personally put out some more blank sheets and those immediately filled up. It is great to know, though, that this option was not clear and that is something that can definitely be addressed next year.

Best,
Maria

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