Thank you for interrupting this blog with a brief commercial announcement. Seriously: some of you might be familiar with BlogHer, that conference that brings 100s of bloggers (actually more than 2,000 most recently) together for hands-on learning and lots of conversations.
So, I attended BlogHer two years ago, when it was practically in my backyard (no hotel reservations needed!). You might remember that I was thrilled to share everything I learned there with YOU, such as:
The workshop on “Is it safe to post your kids’ photos online?”
And some of the amazing single mom entrepreneurs who’ve shared their advice here.
I’d love to go back, and this time I have a mission: to rally all the bloggers out there who’d like to become more media-savvy.
A few of us — journalists-turned-bloggers — are hoping that BlogHer will approve a session about Bloggers and the Media.
Bloggers are increasingly getting mainstream media attention. This can be positive, which can result in wonderful, wide-scale exposure and traffic boosts for bloggers. It is also frequently negative, casting bloggers in a harsh light (sometimes as swag whores or company shills). It takes media savvy to properly handle an interview and look good in the final piece.
- methods for doing your own PR to get positive coverage
- what journalists seek in a potential story
- tips for handling an interview when the media contacts you about a controversial topic
- how to avoid misunderstandings and errors (and what to do when they happen)
- how you can apply journalism standards and ethics to your own blog
- how to position yourself as an expert source for the media
- a handout listing the journalists on Twitter who actually follow people back and interact
The panel would include three women who each bring knowledge from both the journalism and blogger perspectives:
Kelby Carr was a newspaper reporter for 15 years before becoming a publisher of social networks and social mom blogs like Type-A Mom, Foodie Mama and Investigative Mommy Blogger who has been interviewed by US News & World Report, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AOL and NBC News Greenville.
Danielle Smith is an award winning Anchor and Reporter who has turned her attention to blogging and vlogging at ExtraordinaryMommy.com, doing online TV and podcasting and has appeared on The CBS Early Show, Fox News and CNN.
And you know me….
Here’s how we can make this happen:
- Go to BlogHer and login or register.
- Click the list of Room Of Your Own idea proposals.
- Click on Bloggers and the Media.
- Click “I would attend this session.”
Thank you, thank you! Of course, I’ll share everything I learn here.
And if you’ll be at BlogHer in August — or you live in the New York area — let’s plan to connect!
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