The CBC time machine?

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According to the weather guy on CBC Radio 2 today is Friday the 29th. I hope Arieanna had fun at BlogHer because it looks like she is going to do it all over again :)

But I never really believe what the weather guy tell me, so I’ll just stick with Sunday the 31st.

BlogHer Live: Mommy Blogging

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Session: Mommy Blogging

Speakers: Jenny Lauck, Jenn Satterwhite & Meghan Townsend


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Stigma of term – why is the connotation bad from the term “Mommy Blogger.” Perhaps it comes down to the whole mommy thing. There are, after all, stigmas as well on being a mommy full time. Why not be proud? So, just like putting “I used to be a…” before you say you are a mom, it’s all about how people self-identify in addition to how others classify moms.

It’s also a record of the lives for the kids – not the kids being used in any personal gratification way. [The Mommy Blog] I agree, and the value I would get as a parent in giving this treasure to others and as an archive to pass on would be great. Imagine if you had it – what memories! And what parenting knowledge too.

Mommy blogs are not just for family or other mothers. By putting them down to less than writing is like labeling films as chick flicks. It’s about writing, in many senses. And it’s just another form of identity blogs – personal blogs.

What is a mommy blog? Just one category of family/parenting blogs. It contributes to other parents and the community at large.

There is some backlash to mommy blogging – parenting is a very personal thing so I can see how others would push back.

It will affect what people read about themselves and what others will know of them in the future. We have to think that Googling someone is cool now and has value for anything from dating to employment, but later it will be only normal that things as broad as childhood also become a norm to what you see when you’re Googled.

Do you think ill of biographers or autobiographers?

Most mommy blogs are not about children in exclusivity. They are about life and opinion, really, like other personal blogs and other topic blogs in general. Heck, people may call their blog a mommy blog and only do it for 20%. Or, they may talk about politics most of the time on a political blog but also be a mommy blogger.

She is a mom, but she is, but she could be, but she was. BUT.

How much of mommy blogs are edited in light of families or spouses? This is a general blogger thing we feel, but families, as above, can be very passionate about how you raise your kids. The same is with spouses – blogs can be a good way to share and let off steam and writing can be a necessity, but if that is not embraced by those close to you, it can hurt relationships.

Sharing on blogs has broken marriages. It comes down to different comfort levels in what to share. What part of sharing is you and what part is the family?

There is also a lot of passion about “putting kids in danger” by blogging about them and posting pictures. Is it not true that sending them to school is also dangerous? And, blog or not, most of your life is available in Google. Most danger to kids is from people they know, when threats are personal, but there are those rare cases of people truly motivated to target strangers. Perhaps the threat is that of children celebrities – fixation may be more likely from this attention. Some may also be media attention. Stranger child abductions play on fear and sells in the media. It has happened that someone laid claim to another’s kids at a school by showing evidence gained on a blog. So, the risk is obvious in some cases.

Julie Leung brings up that not putting pictures up is a choice she made. She tells stories of mothering but gives later choice to her kids to be online or not.

If the kids ask, listen. If they don’t want to be online or if there are stories they want to keep private, respect it. Your kids have as many rights on this as any.

Last thought – it is seriously impressive to cram out some great posts on parenting or whatever in light of the task of parenting! Creating a permanent memory in minutes…

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BlogHer Live: Blogging for Business

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Session: Blogging for Business

Speakers: Lisa Meyers Brown, Susan Getgood, Christine Halvorson, Mary Smaragdis


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How to be successful:

1. Define your topic

2. Hit an emotional chord, not just intellectual ones

3. Use banners to your advantage to grow your traffic

4. PR works

5. Maybe ignore the ROI and focus instead on changing attitudes not sales

6. Corporate culture must foster trust and internal dialogue

7. Have a policy

8. If you don’t want it to be in a press release, don’t put it on a blog

9. Be risk tolerant – goes with trust

10. High level executive support

11. Be open to the value of community

12. Be willing to let go of some editorial control

13. Show you are committed to it

14. Keep the motivation high, and this can include helping with topics

15. Write about what you know (topic and opinion)

16. If you allow employees to blog, allow them to do it whenever with the caveat that the rest of what they do needs to be done

17. Speak to your niche community of readers, if you know who they are. Otherwise be more broad.

18. What is your mission? Stay true to it

19. Is it a product blog? An ‘on the scene’ blog?

20. Find the great writers in your company, no matter what they do

21. Do not be afraid of having opinions.

22. Express honest opinions on competitors, but don’t push it

Who should do it? You, your employees or (ack) your customers? Strategy comes into play here, of course. You can also do all three.

If you have evangelist customers, ask them to be a part of a customer blog. They must be customers present online, of course, and this is especially true if fan sites build up. You also must make it fun and easy for your bloggers to write. After teaching them how to do it, perhaps, you can also provide inside scoops and help interaction build through comments. You can also engage with fan sites, rather than starting up all new customer blogs. It need not be controlled within to filter your news.

Stonyfield Farms blogging came about after the CEO worked on the Howard Dean campaign and saw the benefits of blogging.

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BlogHer Live: How to be Naked

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Session: How to Be Naked

Speakers: Heather Armstrong (Dooce), Ronni Bennett, Koan Bremner. Jory Des Jardins, moderator.

“What happens when you blog your true self and the whole world shows up?”


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I was really looking forward to blogging this one. To taking pictures and blogging. On one hand, that is asking a bit to do both. But on the other side, this really was an eye opener. A topic I had not in the least explored with people I both knew and did not know. Now, I was glad I had no wireless and no desk, because it let me listen to it all.

Plus, I knew off the bat I would have my own little history through the live bloggers. You can see their posts here and here.

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BlogHer Live: Blogging 101

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Session: Blogging 101

Speakers: Susan Mernit and Julie Leung


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Live blogging – read here.

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BlogHer Live: Citizen Journalism

Posted in Events, Professional Blogging

Session: Birds of a feather meet-ups

What about ethics? Although we can clearly understand the need for perspective and for other news, ethics issues includes things such as “when do you draw the line.” Do you have a filter on what you do or say around bloggers? Are cameraphones etc intrusive upon private space? Many people do not pay heed to when to take pictures with new technologies, for example. The technology breaks the barrier to an ability to be immediate, but it also glosses over the need to ask permission. Can I post this? Can I take your picture? Have you been asked these questions lately?

Many people writing online or taking pictures and posting online would never consider themselves journalists. It simply extends what they would normally write offline or talk about and posting it online. However, with neither training or awareness, we tend not to apply ethics often associated with journalism. What are the ethics anyway? Who explains it?

Does the term citizen journalist imply a whole class above blogging and below journalism? I would tend to agree – that many are uncomfortable with the term. Perhaps because it accounts for some need for accountability not just in content but with ethics. However, if you moderate the term to blogger or forum writer, you also take away the pressure to be accountable. So, no matter what we term it, there appear to be issues – issues in definition but also in self-control. It just so happens now that the self has more power to extend into the public in a long lasting and searchable way. Some of this is my own rambling based on the ideas I see. And, being something I have not explored fully, I will need to come back to this later. But, before I jump out, what do you think of ethics? Of self-control? Of determining what we can blog or photoblog and when? And how to enforce it?

Journalists are not licensed in the US. So, technically, anyone can do it. Professional ethics are a self-bind.

What power comes from binding “citizen” and “journalist” – is the term citizen the opposite of professional? Amateur may be more appropriate. I would also suggest that citizen implies a political stance, since we connect it with democracy (both in the participatory sense, but also in the sense that it connects with with Politics in the “political” sense, not the general one).

The debate is polarized and the terms we use put things at two ends of the spectrum, both with negative connotations. However, no matter what you call it, how do you trust the validity of what is reported vs. the opinion. Things are not stamped editorial, per se, in the blogging world.

It is easier to be upfront about bias in the blogosphere – we can even add value by being upfront about where we come from and why we think what we do. Plus, there are links and whatnot. We do offer more transparency (hey, I know this guy and blah blah) online but mainstream media may not do this and corrections are hardly visible.

Mainstream media sometimes forget that all people are citizens and all are entitled to a voice.

Advocacy journalism as different from citizen journalism? Again, back to the word citizen and its political connotation.

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BlogHer Debate

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Women in this room are very passionate. I’ve never seen a debate, conference or not, start so heatedly so soon.

Women rock.

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