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Live from BlogHer, pt. 1

Here I am, at the BlogHer conference.
 
 
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I'm posting from the BlogHer conference in Santa Clara, CA. Currently I'm sitting in on a "Birds of a Feather" meeting group for "non-profit bloggers." In my wee group of eight women are freelance tech ladies, independent consultants, librarians-in-training, fulltime nonprofit employees and people just generally interested in starting a blog.

Questions being raised right now: Global voices for nonprofits. What makes a blog a blog? How many hours are we actually expected to spend on blogging every day? How can we bridge across communities and technologies? Is the aim of nonprofit blogs to connect with each other, or connect with a readership?

We learned about an important-sounding paper called "Appropriating the Internet for social change" (mental note: check this out later).

Earlier this morning was the welcome session and a very lively debate between two prominent female bloggers with very different viewpoints about traffic, links, and "blogwhoring." More to come ...

Laura Barcella is an Associate Editor at AlterNet.