Find Your Tribe at BlogHer: MeetUp for Leadership, Business & Organization Change Bloggers

by cv harquail on July 28, 2010

BlogHer is a great place to meet other women who are trying to change the world with their blogging.

Everyone you meet there has some kind of expertise and insights to share. Almost everyone there can find someone else who blogs about similar issues, and get connected to a tribe.  There are many ‘domestic’ bloggers who write about home, marriage, family, and parenting. There are political bloggers who address government, policy, campaigns, and party politics. And there are lots of advocacy blogges, who work to create supportive communities around an issue. All of these bloggers are plentiful at BlogHer and can find their tribes easily.

Sadly, though, it can be really hard to find your tribe if your tribe is small. [Read on if you’re going to BlogHer…]

201007280927.jpgIn my experience at BlogHer9 last year in Chicago, it was virtually impossible to find women who blog about leadership, organizational change, and the world of work.

We women are out there– I see us on Twitter all the time. But I want an easier way to find each other at BlogHer this year. I want a way to find our tribe!

4 Ways to Find the Leadership Bloggers Tribe

1. Add your name, url, and twitter handle to the comment section below. I’ll gather these to create an email list where I can send any update about a meetup location.

2. Cluster in the top left quadrant during the “Speed Dating” introductory event (details below).

3. Help to create a “Birds of a Feather” table at lunch on Friday.

4. Meet in a specific spot at one of the open parties.

201007280926.jpg1. Add your name, url, and twitter handle to the comment section below.

I’ll gather these to create an email list where I can send any update about a meetup location. Also, we can share this list to find and follow each other online.

2. Cluster in the top left quadrant during the “Speed Dating” introductory event.

On Friday morning, in the first session, there will be an activity called speed dating– where we line up in a double circle (a circle within a circle) facing each other, and then pair by pair introduce ourselves to the person opposite us. If we gather in the same general location on that circle, we’ll be more likely to meet more people in our tribe rather than just a completely random set of interesting women bloggers.

To find the top left quadrant, face the stage, stick our your left hand, and wave it from your nose to your left ear.

3. Create a Birds of a Feather Table

in past years, BlogHer has organized some lunch tables around certain themes (e.g., feminism, autism, crafts). Anyone could sign up on a list to take a seat at that table, and be guaranteed to find some women in her tribe. I made two great friends this way last year. If I can, I’ll try to get Leadership Bloggers as a topic for BOF– if not, we can do this informally by sitting near each other at the open tables. if you do #1, I can find you electronically and let your know what’s happening.

201007280926.jpg4. Finally, there’s the “Let’s Party” option.

There are lots of parties to attend, but often no one you know to talk to. Sure, your can be brave and meet people, and you can also look for folks you expect to be there– lie other women     Leadership Bloggers. Again, if you do #1, I can find you and let you know of any party plans.

Other ideas? Please let me know via email or Twitter

@cvharquail use #Blogher hashtag

harquail at authenticorganizations dot com


Morra July 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

I’m in!

The Mama Bee July 28, 2010 at 9:52 am

Here’s my info — can’t wait to meet everyone. Warmly, The Mama Bee

The Mama Bee
mamabeeblog at gmail dot com

Chrysula Winegar July 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

Count me in CV. Thanks for leading the pack on this. Can’t wait.

Elisa Camahort Page July 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hi there: All the Birds of a Feather lunch tables will be in the Mercury Ballroom, or you could choose to do it in the Job Lab…lunch will be served down there as well.

There will be a desk near registration where the Birds of a Feather clipboards for sign-up will be. I’ll ask Lori to pre-assign one on Friday to Leadership Bloggers. You can state your preference for the Ballroom or the Job Lab…smaller room, so probably less noise 🙂

Hope this helps.

cv harquail July 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Hi Elisa-
Man, you BlogHer gals are right on top of it– Thanks so much for adding us to the Birds of a Feather list… we’d love the job lab but we’ll be glad to gather wherever…!

Mary Hall, The Recessionista July 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

what a great idea, thanks so much!
I am keen to network with other fashion bloggers + frugal bloggers.
Thanks so much!

Mary Hall
The Recessionista Blog

Julie Power July 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Great idea. Is there room at a table for MomstoWork? I am going, my first blogher, and it will be nice to see some fellow twitterers … Don’t know if MTW is a leadership blog, but certainly one about management and the workplace … when we get away from the workplace enough to write.

cv harquail July 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Julie, absolutely there’s room for the women behind MomstoWork! “Leadership” is a big-tent category for all of the business, organizations, work stuff….

Hello Ladies July 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

Would love to find and meet you.

Hello Ladies

Thank you!

Cali Williams Yost July 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I got a ticket (thanks, TMB!)

Cali Williams Yost
@caliyost and
cali at flexstrategygroup dot com

See you next week!

Anita July 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hello! This is a great plan.

Anita Sarah Jackson
MomsRising blog

Terri Klas August 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Looks like a great learning and sharing community of leadership.

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