Monday, July 07, 2008

BlogHer Conference '08 Comes to San Francisco and Meet-Ups for Food Bloggers

Before you know it, over a thousand bloggers will be in San Francisco for the 2008 BlogHer Conference. Many of you know that I write about food for BlogHer.com, and I have great respect for all the women associated with BlogHer. I'm excited to be attending BlogHer '08, and also about meeting more food bloggers, not only the people attending BlogHer, but hopefully some San Francisco food bloggers as well. Here are a couple of announcements for bloggers who are attending the conference, plus news about plans you might want to get in on if you'll be in San Francisco that weekend.

First, if you're a food blogger who's attending BlogHer, please check the list below and see if your name is there. If not, leave a comment and I will promptly add you. Then be sure to attend the Food, Cooking, and Entertaining "Birds of a Feather" session from 11:15-11:55 the morning of Friday, July 18 to meet your fellow food and drink bloggers. In order to maximize the use of time and make it a learning experience, I've given a homework assignment for the session, so be sure to check that out.

There are a few food bloggers who are attending the conference only on Saturday, July 19, and since that day has a nice amount of time scheduled for lunch, Lydia and I are hoping to organize an informal meet-up with food bloggers during the lunch break. The plan is to save seats in one corner of the room where the lunch break is being held that day, and spend 12:00-1:00 having an unofficial "food blogger lunch." If you're there on Saturday, please find us a join in the fun. (If this turns into a more organized plan, I'll edit this post with an update.)

I've also been talking with Amy about a plan for food bloggers who are attending the conference to have a chance to meet San Francisco bloggers, and we've decided to have another informal gathering on Sunday, July 20, at 1:00 on the patio at Americano Restaurant and Bar (in Hotel Vitale.) If you're a food blogger who's in San Francisco that day, we'd love to hang out with you there for a few hours. (You can leave a comment on this post or contact Amy or myself if you want to let us know you're coming. Or just show up! People who are attending the Unconference that day, we hoped maybe you could come for a quick lunch.)

Finally, the absolute best part of attending a conference like this is meeting new people or re-connecting with old friends. I wrote about the food bloggers I met at BlogHer 2006 and more bloggers I met at BlogHer 2007. Below is the unofficial list of food bloggers I know about who will be attending one or both days of the 2008 BlogHer conference. (Again, if I missed you, leave a comment and I'll get you on the list!)

Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen (that's me!)
Sean from Hedonia (who works for BlogHer, starting today!)
Lydia from The Perfect Pantry
Amy from Cooking with Amy
Elise from Simply Recipes
Anne Marie from This Momma Cooks
Susan from Food Blogga
Shuna from Eggbeater
Genie from The Inadvertent Gardener
Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy
Anna from Cookie Madness
Andrea from Andrea's Recipes
TW from Retro Food
Stefania from City Mama
Steph from A Year of Crockpotting
Kristain from Londonelicious
Biggie from Lunch in a Box
Kathy from Panini Happy
Jess from Chirky (and a mysterious food blog, yet to be named)
Claire from Cookthink
Kat from Kungfoodie
Kath from Kath Eats Real Food
Lori from My Wooden Spoon
Kristin from Offbeat Eating
Sheri from Foodista
Eve from The Garden of Eating
Damaris from From the Corners of My Kitchen
Magpie from Magpie Musing
Lynda from TasteFood
Elizabeth from Mom Cooks
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36 comments:

  1. Looking forward to meeting everyone next week!

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  2. Ooh! That sounds faboo! Can't wait to see my blog idol (aka YOU) again!

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  3. Lydia, can't wait to meet you! I know we're going to have great fun together.

    Stefania, ditto to you on the "blog idol" thing! Can't wait!

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  4. Hi Kalyn! I'll be there this year - so looking forward to seeing everyone again!

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  5. Claire, great! Look forward to seeing you too, and I'll add you to the list.

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  6. I'm so excited to get to meet other food bloggers! Thanks for posting all this information, Kalyn.

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  7. Don't forget that Blogher is actually a THREE day conference now. I won't be able to make the first two days, but I'll be at the Open Space event all day Sunday.

    I'm not sure when lunch is scheduled or if I can break away to do the Sunday meetup, but I'll try.

    -Kat

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  8. Oh wow, I am excited to meet everyone! I am flying out to Las Vegas early on Sunday so I'll miss that meet-up, but I'll be around other than that.

    We may also want to carve out a corner at the Newbie or People's Parties on Thursday!

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  9. Thanks for pulling together the roundup, Kalyn - so excited to meet everyone!!

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  10. I already have plans for that sunday afternoon. I'll try but won't promise to try and pop by beforehand.

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  11. Andrea, you're welcome. Have fun in Hawaii!

    Kat, I did remember the Unconference on Sunday, but there was no time that didn't conflict with some official BlogHer event, so we hoped lunch on Sunday would work.

    Sarah, good idea.

    Kathy, see you soon.

    Sam, would love to see you if you can make it.

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  12. I'm going to be up in Walnut Creek during BlogHer (so close, yet so far!) but maybe I'll delay my drive back to Los Angeles long enough for some bloggy lunch on Sunday.

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  13. Cybele, yes! Do come if you can.

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  14. Will be so nice to meet everyone. I am flying out on Sunday so I will miss the big meetup, but will definitely swing by for Birds of a Feather.

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  15. Definitely count me in! It'll be great to finally meet so many cool food bloggers in one place -- I wouldn't miss it. Thank you so much for organizing this, Kalyn.

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  16. Krista and Biggie, look forward to meeting both of you!

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  17. I am jealous! It sounds like SF is going to be filled with fun! Have a great time!

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  18. I will make an effort to hit all the events so I can meet everyone. Yay!

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  19. Kalyn,

    I'll be attending this year! Hope to meet some of you :)

    Kath
    Katheats.com

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  20. Maria, we will have to go to dinner after I get back and I'll tell you all about it.

    Sean, look forward to seeing you!

    Kath, I've added you to the list and look forward to meeting you.

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  21. Thanks for the list, Kalyn. It's quite helpful!

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  22. Anna, really looking forward to meeting you!

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  23. I'll be at Americano Restaurant on Sunday. Look forward to meeting everyone!

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  24. Chuck, can't wait to meet you! Should be lots of fun.

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  25. I will definitely be there (my blog is the Garden of Eating)! I'm looking forward to your session, Kalyn. Thanks for posting this list -- I was trying to figure out which other food bloggers would be there but had a hard time telling who was who from the blogher site.

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  26. Hi Kalyn - it is increasingly looking like the timing of your even clashes too much with the other event on my calendar. If I don't make it - I hope you all enjoy.

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  27. Sam, sorry we are not going to get to see you. Hugs to you and give my best to Fred.

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  28. Kalyn, Thanks for organizing these get-togethers. I enjoyed the Friday birds of the feather event, but missed the lunch on Saturday. It's been nice to put faces to blogs this weekend!

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  29. Hi - I'm a food dabbler - some recipes, some talk about CSA - and I was at the food blogger break out session the other day. I was delighted to meet you, and thrilled to meet Shuna/Eggbeater!

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  30. my name is DAMARIS nor demarie from but thanks anyway. I enjoyed meeting you

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  31. Lynda, the link does not go to your blog url, so I can't add you to the list. If you see this, please leave the url.

    Magpie, got it, thanks.

    Damaris, sorry, will fix right now!

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  32. Kayln,

    It was so good to see you! I love hearing a success story like yours. So when are you throwing a retirement bash? We could do it virtually, which may be a lot of fun. Think about it.

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  33. Anne Marie, thanks. I'm not retiring until the end of next school year (May 2009) but that does sound like it might be a fun idea. My friends are egging me on to get one of those "counting down" widgets on the blog, but even if I don't do that I'll definitely be counting down!

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  34. Kalyn,
    It was nice meeting you at the Americano. Would you please add my name to the food blogger list? I was there! Thanks, Lynda

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  35. I was at BlogHer, but I was helping run the Bookstore, and I had almost no time to socialize! I can't even remember if I saw you or not :) I would have liked to have met Kath from Kath Eats Real Food, too.

    I did bump into Biggie at the Unconference, though. Hopefully I can spend more time hanging out with all the great Food bloggers next year!

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