This Weekend: SF Zinefest or BlogHer Conference?

Yeah, I know. BlogHer isn’t a particularly radical site, but I still thought this was going to be a tough choice since I’m new to blogging and want to learn more about it.

Then I downloaded the stuffed-full-of-corporate-ads brochure for BlogHer ’08, and realized that A) I can’t afford it, and B) it’s not up my alley anyway. Not that some of the sessions don’t sound interesting – there are several, in fact, that I’d love to attend. But even if I could afford it (really? all that corporate sponsorship and you still gotta charge $348?), I wouldn’t go because I suspect I’d feel more often alienated than inspired. What with an entire track devoted to mommyblogs (presumably this is supposed to be offset by a single session about being childless, “Women Without Children and the Blogosphere”); plenty of party politics, such as two concurrent sessions in the “What We Believe” track – one for conservatives and one for progressives (way to be inclusive of all two possible political identities!); so much Second Life* activity there’s a separate schedule for it (!!!); meet-ups consisting mainly of topics such as style/fashion, travel, personal finance/career, blogHims, health/fitness, home/garden………………ajdijeoiuhfjknclj;alweijf;oihjnvmieurohriowuijefoikugd

Sorry, I fell asleep.

Well, at least I got a good laugh out of it – morning yoga brought to you by Boca Burger! Really. Soy-protein-sponsored stretching. Every day.

So, poor me – looks like instead of learning how to make money off my blog about raising babies while fretting over which politico speaks to my virtual second heart, I’ll be attending an SF Zinefest ’08 Q&A with Cindy Ovenrack Crabb, creator of the frickin’ amazing zine Doris! Is it Saturday yet?

* For a more critical analysis of the f*ed up aspects of Second Life, check out the article “Same Shit, Different World” by Lauren Bans in the Wired & Inspired issue of Bitch magazine. You can also listen to an abbreviated (I think) version of the article on their podcast for free here. Oops, that’s the second time I’ve linked to Bitch in only 4 blog posts.


July 18, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized.


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  2. debbie rasmussen replied:

    i love your description of the blogher conference. i had no idea it was so corporatey and expensive.

    will you be posting anything about the sf zine fest?

  3. Deborah replied:

    I saw the NYT article about this conference and giggled when I read the part about how the men’s bathrooms were taken over for the female attendees and Cafe Gratitude-esque signs were put up on stalls saying things such as: “You are perfect!” Puking.

  4. Alex replied:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  5. mymammouth replied:

    Debbie, late response I know, but I’m not going to write a post about the zinefest. I bought a bunch of zines and watched/listened to Cindy Crabb being characteristically brilliant and endearingly nervous (I don’t mean that to sound condescending, I hope it doesn’t). Then I tried to say something to her afterwards and it came out all wrong, so I felt like a twat. Mostly for being more nervous to talk to someone whose zine is often about the desire for more open, honest, community-building relationships than I would be to talk to someone I know nothing about. Seems backwards and ridiculous.

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