Bloghercon conference proposed
By Charlene Li
Quick – name me five woman bloggers. You probably came up with Wonkette, and if you’re reading this post, you’ve got me on your list. Can you come up with three more?
It’s not that there are no women bloggers out there – it’s that we haven’t built up a network comparable to the “blog-boy’s club” that dominates the Technorati 100. This is not to presume that there’s a conspiracy – just the reality that for a number of reasons, woman bloggers have had difficulty gaining visibility.
My hope is that the conference (in-person and in an ongoing, virtual meeting place) would 1) provide support and training for woman bloggers; 2) showcase all the great things woman bloggers are doing; and 3) connect women with each other.
Hey, isn’t that what all good meetings do? So how would Bloghercon be different? Here’s one example: One question raised so far is if there would be child care available. I think this highlights one major difference between male and female bloggers – it’s not that we want to bring our kids to Bloghercon, but a reality that women are called upon more often to juggle multiple facets of our lives (men do this a lot too, but admit it, the burden still falls mostly on women). It’s that unique point of view, that vantage point that women provide, that I hope Bloghercon will develop.
So let’s do it! I can’t wait to get together to grow our ranks and the volume of our voices.