Coming Out at BlogHer

I’m a huge fan of BlogHer. Their conferences, community, and resources have changed my relationship to the Internet and grounded in me in a sense of belonging. Seriously — I went a really long stretch of my life thinking that women’s issues, technology, and writing didn’t belong in the same room with one another, and that I was just a fragmented oddball for being passionate about all of those things at once.

But one magic day, I met Liz Henry at a literary reading, and she told me I needed to go to WoolfCamp. Then everyone at WoolfCamp told me I needed to go to BlogHer. And my life has been on the upward spiral of awesomeness ever since.

That’s why I’m overjoyed to be speaking on a panel this summer at BlogHer 2008. This is the community that took me in as a misfit internet duckling and told me I would turn into a beautiful blogger swan. Being invited to speak is a huge honor to me.

Here’s the panel description:

Who We Are: “Coming Out” via Blog

“No, this doesn’t only apply to the most common meaning of “coming out”, but rather to taking the brave step to reveal and address something highly personal to your blog community. The risks are real, but what about the rewards? Susan Mernit will moderate a discussion with some very brave bloggers. Stephanie Quilao blogs about health and a positive body image. Making the decision to blog a bulimia relapse risked losing a core audience who counted on her to be a voice of body image reason. How did they react? JenB has been up front about both mental and physical health issues on her blog. Does she feel supported…or judged? Finally, Sarah Dopp did launch a new project about being gender queer. At first she used a pseudonym, although she shared the site with people she knew. Eventually she came out and associated her real name with the site. Was there fallout? Or none at all. Find out how coming out via blog turned out for these women, and share your own story.”

I’m going to be up there with some incredible people talking about deeply personal stuff, and I hope you’ll come (you know, so I can turn bright red when we make eye contact from across the room). This particular panel is on Day 2 at 1:45 pm.

And if you’ve never been to BlogHer before, I sincerely hope you get off your butt and come this year. It’s in San Francisco from July 18-20 (that’s a weekend). In the past, they’ve sold out out of full conference badges way before the event, so REGISTER RIGHT THIS MINUTE.  Go.  Now.  I’m serious.  Don’t give me that look.  Just do it.

And if the idea of paying for an expensive hotel room is the reason you’re hesitating, talk to me. San Francisco is my home turf. I might be able to hook you up. ;)

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3 Responses to “Coming Out at BlogHer”

  1. GraceD Says:

    {{weeps silently to self about not attending BlogHer this year and watch excellent friend Sarah speak her truth. dog looks on, worried this will me no walk for the day}}

    **JUMPS UP AND REALIZES EXCELLENT FRIEND SARAH LIVES IN THE HOOD AND DOPP TRUTHINESS IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE! DOG LEAPS FROM COZY BED THINKING IT’S WALKY TIME!**

  2. nikkiana Says:

    Damnit Sarah, why do you have to tempt me? :P

  3. debra Says:

    Wow. Similar story.. but different.

    Was reading friends’ blogrolls and kept seeing Grace Ds. Then she mentioned that BlogHer was looking for editors. Emailed and got the gig. Life changes upward at that point.

    Then heard about WoolfCamp and met awesomeness face-to-face. Including the fabulous Sarah.

    Life just can’t be the same.

    And if anyone needs it, I’ve got a hotel room to share (cause I’m NOT spending 3 hours/day commuting and I’m an older broad who tires easily).