One of my dear friends,* the incredibly articulate GeekyMom, is headed out to San Jose to present at the Second Annual BlogHer conference! The theme of this year's conference is "How is Your Blog Changing Your World" - examining the impact that blogs have on helping people change their own lives, and this impacts their families, their businesses, and their communities.
I find GeekyMom's writing to be both thoughtful and thought-provoking. So often, she says exactly what I am thinking, but she sums it up so beautifully, and in a way that I never could.
That is not to say that she thinks my every thought - in fact, I don't always agree with her on all topics, but she always makes me think, and I do appreciate seeing the other side of arguments.
She is presenting on the second day of the conference on the role of blogging in the classroom, and its use in raising academic profiles. I know she will do an outstanding job, and I wish that I were able to be there and get to see her in action....
Other BlogHer sessions that sound interesting to me are a session about group blogging, featuring Yarnageddon from the KnittingBloggers community, and a session entitled "MommyBlogging is a Radical Act!" - how I'd love to hear more about that.
I do realize that there is a (somewhat large?) contingent out there in the blogshpere who write off what I do here as just "MommyBlogging". Not just me, but what so many of you, my beloved CraftyGrrls, do on your sites, too...
To paraphrase Linda Hirshman, we're all a bunch of poor benighted souls, pregnant and renovating, reporting daily on our roofing and our barfing... I try not to read too much from the vitriolic MommyBashers out there - I can beat myself up for not making a more meaningful contribution to society, thankyouverymuch - but I would love to see a bunch of educated, articulate women argue that we MommyBloggers do have something to say, and an audience to whom to say it.
Good Luck, GeekyMom - travel safe!
*and one of my oldest, since I've known her since kindergarten/first grade!