What worked at BlogHer–And what didn’t

Morning after thoughts about BlogHer, definitely my most-loved conference of the year–
What worked so well

  • Maintaining a warm, accessible tone, even with 700+ people
  • Giving the attendees a feeling of ownership and participation in the program
  • Being real and authentic and presenting a wide range of interests
  • The diversity–there were more people of color at this conference than any other I’ve attended–and that’s the way it should always be
  • Childcare

What could work better (aka plan for next year)

  • Speaker/presenter training for hands on workshops–I was in a poorly run session on day 1 and a little training would most likely have fixed things
  • Help/orientation for newvbies–If I had not known anyone, I would have felt lost in the crowd
  • Ways to keep it going via newsletter or social network after the conference

The last panel–with Adriana Huffington, Carolyn Little,Grace Davis and Mena Trott, moderated by Chris Nolan–was terrific–and a great indicator of how the BlogHer organizers (bless ’em all) are getting it right.

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  1. Maria Niles says:

    Susan,
    Thank you so much for this post. I am grateful for your excellent, specific suggestions for how to make things better next year. And, of course, they are excellent and perfect.
    Best,
    Maria

  2. Donna says:

    I agree with all you’ve said. I remember last year, they DID have a short session with speakers and live bloggers and I was surprised that this year they did not.

  3. Mary Tsao says:

    Nice, simple points. I agree especially with the one about help/orientation for newbies.
    The closing keynote was terrific. A really spectacular discussion with great moderation. My favorite part of the whole conference.

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