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- Elisa: We do this to get results -- as you define it. (@ElisaC)
- Jory: Mobile is not a trend, mobile is a platform. (@JoryDJ)
- Lisa: Diversify your reach. (@LisaStone)
There were three 10x10 speakers:
- Doug French :
I am a proud veteran of 7 BlogHers, I am the co founder of Dad 2.0 Conference, and I am a man. I am a white, straight, Anglo Saxon, 11th generation male, and I'm here to talk about minorities and how they have benefited me over the years. I've always felt very comfortable here as a part of your community and I hope I can express the gratitude I feel. In 2008, I was the first male to speak at BlogHer. The 3 events I can distill this down to is I began a blog in 2003, I was laid off, I wad a dad, I called my blog Laid Off Dad. I interacted with mostly women. I saw that all these women I was interacting with were coming together to a conference called BlogHer. so in 2006, I came to the next BlogHer.
- Elise Bauer
In 2001, I was an executive at an internet start up. My company went bankrupt, I had to layoff 100 people. I also got sick with the flu. I didn't really recover from the flu, I would get well then I'd get sick again.... In 2003, I just gave up, I packed everything, moved home with my parents. I felt like a complete and utter failure, i was in my early 40's and I was devastated. There was a little light in this sea of darkness, I had started a food blog [Simply Recipes]. I had been collecting recipes from my family, hand coding them, and putting them in html. With blogging software, I was able to publish them easily. I didn'tk now how long I would have to be with my mom and dad so I just learned how to cook and documenting it.
- Deb Rox -- who totally rocked it. I loved her use of The Emperor's New Clothes as a story vehicle.
Blogging gives us a front row seat at social media. Front row is where you get all the beads and the candy and you want all these. We're not just watching, we're creating this thing. We are leading the parade. Blogging is the fulfillment of a fairytale. My favorite fairytale is the Emperor's New Clothes. In the story, the emperor parades around in no clothes and all his yes men don't say anything, until one child points out the truth. Blogging is that child. You can tell your truth every day. We say how things are, which in effect says how things could be better. I love being the child calling things out. I love the call out culture. We actually playing every role in that myth. I can remember times when I've been the conman, or the silent townspeople, and I've definitely been the emperor who has made mistakes and needs to be called out. But that's all good. That's how we're learning and creating the capacity to do better and do more. Blogging lets us grow and become more as we are helping the culture become more.Here's her report on what it was like for her to stand up in front of a full room of 2,000+ people
Next up: Tig Notaro, a set and an interview with Elisa Camahort Page. Now, I'm kind of a popular-culture avoider, so I had no idea who she was, but I was charmed. Her delivery -- so dry and so droll! (A different set).