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:
teryn saysJune 28, 2007 at 12:04 pm
Yeah, um … I totally need that t shirt. By the way, did I mention I have a new post up today. Please read my blog, please?
You can call me, 'Sir' saysJune 28, 2007 at 12:29 pm
Great. Now I need to start a blog so I can qualify for your stupid shirt. Thanks. Anything else, your majesty?
Erin saysJune 28, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Oh my God, this is brilliant.
mp saysJune 28, 2007 at 1:05 pm
I work full time so ideas like going to a conferce that has anything to do with blogging..which I don’t technically have time to do anyway..would be a moot point..plus a blog with run on sentneces all the time and would never have a bajillion readers….but if I were to go to a blogher conference I would so TOTALLY wear that shirt, every day w/ different accessories. It’s the coolest ever!
Biddy saysJune 28, 2007 at 1:18 pm
you. are. brilliant. and i am SO ordering one even though I’m not going to blogher
Oh, The Joys saysJune 28, 2007 at 1:34 pm
bossy is not afraid of lisa stone.
bossy is not afraid of Elisa Camahort.
bossy is not afraid of Jory Des Jardins.
bossy is not afraid to drink 35 free drinks with 100+ other blog wimmins, allow them to take photos of her horny head and BloGWhorey chest and post it on teh internets for all to see.
bossy is the bravest.
Jennifer saysJune 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm
I am not admitting to being an actual blogwhore, but I love, love, love the shirt!
I repeat, this is not an admission.
Megan (Velveteen Mind) saysJune 28, 2007 at 2:44 pm
I love this. I think that’s how I start all of my comments to you, but I don’t give a damn.
I linked to your store the other day in a whoring-myself-out post, and now I’m even more super-glad that I did. I should just delete that post and say, “Never mind. Just buy *these* shirts.”
Put this on a bumpersticker and I’m sold again.
BTW, I linked to Her Bad Mother today and then she left me a comment. I *immediately* felt like a whore. Same way I felt when I first wrote about BOSSY and Oh, the Joys. Ah well, I’m always looking for new pimps. Just don’t slap me across my right side– that’s my good side.
vuboq saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm
Quoth Wonkette, “It’s not whoring if you do it for free.”
Phoenix saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm
Love the shirt, but I’m not going. Hell, until reading this post, I really had no clue what BlogHer was. What can I say, I’m slow. 😉
Ich bin ein Landenberger saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:24 pm
Oy vey! Was haben wrought I?
mothergoosemouse saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:24 pm
The punctuation mark boobies and g-string made me choke. In a good way.
soNOTcool saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:25 pm
You are in Chicago?!
Damn, you are close enough to seriously stalk without it breaking the bank. Hot damn.
Mr Farty saysJune 28, 2007 at 3:43 pm
I’ve been to Chicago. Well, through Chicago. Read all about it on my blog.
Just kidding. This is ace.
Jen M. saysJune 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm
I am getting this TODAY. You are so the graphics queen. QUEEN, I say. I wish I could think of something witty to steal, er, direct Bossy’s readers to my blog. Oh, well….the t-shirt, it shall do nicely.
Queeny saysJune 28, 2007 at 5:25 pm
That’s got my name written alllllll over it.
slouching mom saysJune 28, 2007 at 5:36 pm
Oh how you do rock.
I am not going to BlogHer.
Does that mean I’m not a BlogWhore?
Ms Robinson saysJune 28, 2007 at 6:03 pm
Yes I wish to contribute to Bossy Inc. Please walk over hot coals and knock small children in the way of passing cars to RUSH me that T-Shirt. I don’t care what SIZE. I want them all. Even if the cotton is picked by babies who can only crawl I DON’T CARE.
Yes – Put me on your mailing list
Yes – Send me details of other things I had no idea I needed
Yes – Bossy is a clever bitch
The Domestic Goddess saysJune 28, 2007 at 6:20 pm
Great idea. Spend a whole week during one of the hottest times of the year with at least 300 women, of which approximately 25% are going to be menstrual, 25% will be premenstrual and possible 10% will be in menopause. Sounds like fun to me.
By the way, I am loving the blogwhore logo…it just dawned on me that you gave it boobies and a vagina. And a scoop neck teeshirt. I nearly peed myself laughing, except I would have to clean it up. I’m not THAT domestic.
deb abramson saysJune 28, 2007 at 8:56 pm
mothergoosemouse, I don’t think that’s a g-string. I do believe that’s pussy.
Anjali saysJune 28, 2007 at 9:11 pm
Well, I’d personally rather attend a BlogWhore conference, then a Blogher conference. But that’s just me…
Mrs. Chicky saysJune 28, 2007 at 9:35 pm
That is freaking brilliant on so many levels. And by levels I mean the floor level, of which you will all have to peel me off of at Blogher.
Rock on, sistah.
Dan saysJune 28, 2007 at 10:04 pm
Are guys allowed at BlogWhore conferences? Or are there BlogPimp conferences just for them? I need answers people!
flutter saysJune 28, 2007 at 10:46 pm
I love you.
jenB saysJune 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm
If Lisa kills me, I will blame you. Although I guess my only stipulation was not to put a gigantic penis on the shirt. I suppose a vagina and boobies is ok.
Meghan saysJune 29, 2007 at 12:54 am
So glad I don’t have to go to Chi town to get that shirt.
Brilliant. I especially love the logo to the left. Is it a vagi, or a The Devil’s goatee? No one will ever know…
Dorky Dad saysJune 29, 2007 at 1:08 am
What do you do at a blogging conference besides drink? Anything?
But I dig the shirt. I’d order one if I wasn’t a dude.
girlplease saysJune 29, 2007 at 6:28 am
Dude, just be real. You’re coming to see me.
Dawn saysJune 29, 2007 at 6:46 am
*sniffle* I want BlogHer to be on the East Coast, and by East Coast, I mean central or Northern New Hampsha.
Love the shirt design… I see you’ve tamed the evil beast that is photoshop … and did it with aplomb 🙂
Is that how you spell aplomb?
anyway, thanks for the smile – and although you’ve undoubtedly been awarded this “award” a few times, I’m totally going to whore myself out to you & your A-Listdom not for the bajillions of visitors you have, but simply because you really DO rock.
William saysJune 29, 2007 at 8:00 am
Can I go and be Bossy’s and OhtheJoy’s Pimp? Please? Please?
catherine saysJune 29, 2007 at 8:50 am
I’m still wanting to go (I live in Chicago) but am trying to decide…hmmm…it sounds fun…
maggie saysJune 29, 2007 at 10:21 am
Bossy is funny.
Kate saysJune 29, 2007 at 11:18 am
Bossy has a future in naughty logo design!
Seattle Mamacita saysJune 29, 2007 at 8:37 pm
cool shirt bossy. my husband wants you to make me one that says, “my wife has got a bad case of blogarrhea”
annie saysJune 30, 2007 at 12:16 pm
That is SO great, but I wonder how many BlogHer’s might get their panties in a twist over it? Naughty words and all.
I’m not the BlogHer type. I’ll stick to groups of thousands of drunken bikers, where it’s SAFE.
whymommy saysJuly 1, 2007 at 9:52 am
Love it. Love it. Love it.
Bossy, you make me laugh!
Lotta saysJuly 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm
That’s genius. If I wasn’t broke would buy them all!
Kim saysJuly 13, 2007 at 1:46 pm
That’s hilarious! If it wasn’t for my kids asking asking what a whore is, I would totally buy one.
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