Arse panel: Avoiding the Emily Gould Effect

Arse Elektronika 2008 — “Do Androids Sleep with Electric Sheep?” — will take place at CELLspace (San Francisco). September 25 thru 28, 2008.

My friend Viviane and I will be presenting a talk at Arse Elektronika 2008 — Sept 27th at  CELLspace (San Francisco).

Here’s what we’re going to discuss–Avoiding the Emily Gould Effect
“Oversharing”, sex blogging & erotica. How to successfully
manage your online identity, whether you’re pseudonymous or right out

As the legions of bloggers sharing personal stories of
sexuality, erotica and adventure grow and as sex & relationship
blogs become big business we hear both stories of bloggers who regret
what they’ve shared (Emily Gould) and survived a tawdry outing (Zoe Margolis), and those who’ve parlayed sex & erotica blogging into far more mainstream careers (Rachel Kramer Bussel, Melissa Gira Grant, Violet Blue.
How do you manage your online persona so you’re in control of your
story? What to do if you get outed?  Join Viviane, leader of The Sex
Carnival, and Susan Mernit, sex and relationships contributing editor
at Blogher,
in a discussion of sharing, oversharing, and the best ways to put it
out there. A hand out of tips for beginners and getting started will
also be provided.

I’m excited about this panel and think it is going to be fun, and a complement to the BlogHer ‘Coming Out Via Blog” panel I moderated in July.