On June 6, Clif commented, “After checking out the blogs of Crunchy, Chili, etc., I just realized what happened to all those girls who got A’s in class and contributed all the poetry and stuff to the middle school yearbook while we boys were having fistfights and sneaking cigarettes…they grew up to start blogs!”
Well, many of those “girls” will get to meet up in person the weekend of July 18-20 in San Francisco, CA. I’m so excited that the Blogher conference for women bloggers will be hosted in my town this year. I’ve registered for all three days. But you don’t have to sign up for the whole conference. If you can only make one day, I’d suggest Friday the 18th, since that’s the day of the Blogging Birds of a Feather Meet-Up for Green/Social Change bloggers. It will be hosted by Britt Bravo of Have Fun * Do Good, whom I interviewed on Fake Plastic Fish back in May. I’m also looking forward to meeting Green LA Girl Siel Ju, as well as Green Bean (are you still planning to come?)
But today is the last day to sign up!
Of course, I couldn’t register for the event without finding out about how green it would be. So I spoke with Kristy Sammis, Blogher’s events & marketing manager, and here’s what she told me about steps they are taking to make this conference as green as possible.
First, there will be no individual water bottles offered. Instead, there will be water stations, and each attendee will receive a reusable water bottle in their 100% organic cotton swag bag.
Don’t need an extra water bottle because you’re bringing your own (hint hint)? Blogher will have a special Swag Recycling room sponsored by Zwaggle where attendees can bring give-aways that they’d rather not take home. Have you ever gone to an event and been mesmerized by all the free stuff, only to get home and wonder why you felt you needed yet another key chain? At Blogher, you can return your regretted items before leaving the conference, and they’ll be returned to the sponsors or donated or recycled.
And of course, Blogher is working with the hotel to have adequate recycling and composting facilities and as little disposable food packaging as possible. (Although Kristy did tell me that for practical purposes, they will be serving boxed lunches as opposed to sit down meals.) I plan to come prepared with my own lunch and reusable cutlery, and I hope other attendees will do the same.
The entire conference will take place at the Westin St. Francis hotel, and attendees staying at the hotel will be encouraged to request their towels and linens not be washed every day in order to save water and energy.
For those bloggers who don’t live in the SF Bay Area, GM is sponsoring carpools and providing hybrid vehicles for 3 or more attendees coming together from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York/Tri-State area, and Dallas. More information here.
So who’s coming? One of my 2008 intentions was to “meet a few more Fake Plastic Fish readers and bloggers in person.” What a great opportunity for us to see and hear the folks we’ve only imagined through blog reading. Remember, the voice you hear when you read a blog is really just your own. Come to the conference and hear how different we all are.
Sorry guys. You’ll have to keep reading and imagining what we sound like.