Nice. Instead of boring official speeches, they are passing the microphone around. Yay! They are doing nearly EVERYTHING right at this conference. (The food is good, too...)
Massive thankyous all around. Passing the microphone. A whole bunch of people stood up to sum up their experience of the conference.
Mary Hodder (Napsterization): Let's make a list, a serious effort, a wiki, something, let's talk about it and let's make it.
Someone else whose name I missed - suggests an open conference structure. People get together in small groups and decide what they want to talk about that day. I think I'd like this, but maybe as one day of a multi-day conference, with other days being structured beforehand (with flexibility.) I was also thinking that some 10-15 person discussion groups with whiteboards would be nice, the very quick round-robin introductions, then switch groups.)
Some journalist dude? (He says he came for the hot java-coding chicks.) He says he noticed a theme of people talking about fear or terror. Fear of being outed, stalked, speaking, etc blah blah. And we were especially brave for facing up to this and the solution to fear being blogging. er. An okay point but he sort of drove it into the ground and it was cheesy and a bit negative.... I thought even a bit condescending. I could picture the article that would be written about how women are bravely overcoming their fear of the Internet. Oh, spare me! Also, could he talk any longer... carried away by his theme, he pontificated with great authority... Greatly needs feminism 101 class.
Blither Blather Bloviate. This is the person who was talking at the academic panel about having a new academic blog, "Breathing History".
Amy from Contentious was contacted by a (male) major conference organizer, asking her for names of women to invite... and she said okay, but let's talk about this: let's move beyond tokenism. Woooo! Go Amy! She asks everyone to mention this to organizers. (I wondered how you DO move beyond tokenism. I've tried myself with the SanJo nonprofit... I wasn't very successful in helping the organization not be that way. Not tactful enough.)
A challenge (by someone with red hair - I was behind her and didn't catch her name) to find 5 blogs by people who don't look like you and don't talk like you. Read it for a few months and stick with it, learn something. (And link to it.)
Some other guy saying he had a great time, maybe took a few hits for being male but whatever, he doesn't mind, etc. it's probably deserved most of the time. His advice to all the women there was to make personal connections with people. Send a note, make a phone call. Not an email. Just really get to know someone from this conference and it will pay off for you and will be fun and rewarding.
Alice -finslippy. She is cool.. She had a lot of good stuff to say in the mommyblogging panel... and was so right on. I haven't read her blog but Jo Spanglemonkey says I would like it. Finslippy gets huge applause...
Someone else whose name I didn't catch but who designed the logo for BlogHer. She gave a short thank-you speech to Lisa as it was apparently mostly all Lisa's idea or effort. Lots of people stood up to clap and the clapping went on just forever... I think this was Lisa Stone of Surfette.
Mobile Jones. Mary's idea of building a speaker list. Are we familiar with concept of smart mobs? Ooops, I thought she said "smart moms". "Show up at etech with 300 of your very good friends. Mob them. Go to the next Blogger con. If we all show up. they'll change their program." hahahaha! What a great idea! She rocks! I love this sort of super proactive approach!!!!!
Liza (?) blog shero site, name, blog, bio. Please fill out the form. Okay... I'll fill it out... especially since everything Liza said was great and right on... though I can't quite wave with the name "blog she-roes." It's too cutesy. This, from me, a woman who wears knee socks with little pink bows on them.
Oh... I might take it back about the cutesy - look at the logo! damn! Cool! I would buy that tshirt.