BlogHer is an online network that (prepare for scary word) (and Bossy isn’t kidding: this is in their Mission Statement) evangelizes blogging by women, for women, and to women. (Even though Bossy – who doesn’t own a
multi-million dollar online network – would argue that For Women and To Women are essentially the same thing.)
BlogHer began in 2005 when journalist Lisa Stone thought it would be kind of swell to organize a conference of fellow women bloggers. Unlike Bossy — who would have told her friend Wendy about the idea over two bottles of wine and then realized it sounded too hard — Lisa Stone recruited Elisa Camahort, a marketing executive with seventeen years experience. In Silicon Valley.
Next they recruited Jory Des Jardins who had tons of experience launching successful blog syndicates and blogging networks and Bossy is here to tell you that all of this recruiting and launching is the biggest difference between success and living like this.
Four months after its inception, the BlogHer Conference ’05 sold out with over 300 in attendance and tons of sponsorship from little known companies like Google and Yahoo. Here the three founders celebrate their newfound fortune:
And naturally BlogHer grew. In 2006 they launched BlogHerAds which connects bloggers to revenue-earning advertisements. BlogHer also offers a blog directory, newsletter, and open forums. But it’s their conferences that have really grown in size and expectation.
Bossy is going to this July’s BlogHer conference in Chicago. It offers sessions on topics such as
Cabernet Sauvignon The Business of You and Pinot Noir Our Bodies Our Blogs. And according to Bossy’s close and personal friend who shall remain nameless it promises to be a cornucopia of Blogger give-aways.
Buttons, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnates, and key chains are just
a trash bag a handful of the things that will be used to advertise blogs. Bossy now understands why she needs to attend the Promotion seminar can’t wait.
Which is also why Bossy spent all of yesterday designing this t-shirt:
This V-neck beauty made of 100% cotton is for
everyone that very unique person who one time left a comment on a blog they couldn’t stand. It’s for everyone that lone soul who linked to an A-list blogger in the hopes of one day enhancing their own Technorati score. It’s for everyone the individual who thought it would be cute to print their blog name on eight dozen wall clocks and then hand them out with a note that says, “Don’t you think it’s time to read my blog?”
This is the design up close:
And now for her
readers reader who begged Bossy to design a shirt although not necessarily a shirt with whore on it – Bossy will explain how to order this shirt for someone else and Bossy will do it like her father who was never one to scrimp on directional hyperbole:
The link is located in the left-hand column. Below the title banner. Look under the Guess and Press. Above the flickr photos. To the left of the center column and slightly under the heading New Spoof Tshirts. Now direct your mouse arrow to the BlogWhore logo. On the title or on the boobies or even on the byline “what happens in Chicago gets posted around the world.” Now click on this logo by pressing down on the mouse. Just $9.99.
BlogWhore tshirts also available in other versions: