PDF: A Wrap-Up

The Personal Democracy Forum was fantastic. Thanks again to Claire Cole and the Younger Women’s Task Force for the comped ticket.

The panels were all really interesting, and I met a lot of fantastic people — notables include Liza Sabater, Deanna Zandt, Peter Daou, Ari Rabin-Havt, Matt Stoller, and “Philo” (who I will not out here, since I’m not sure s/he wants her/himself revealed), among others who I am too exhaused to name and link to right now. But connections were made, people were met, and I left happy. The panel discussions were great — there was one that I didn’t liveblog because my computer was charging up, featuring Jonah Seiger (moderator), David All, Cheryl Contee, Mary Katherine Ham, and Matt Stoller. Mary Katherine and Matt were my favorite participants. Now, I don’t suspect that Mary Katherine and I will ever see eye to eye on a whole lot of issues — the woman does run Townhall, after all — but she had a lot of interesting things to say about the interaction between bloggers and the mainstream media, and was very insightful. Ditto for Matt.

Post-panels, there was an open bar at a lounge across the street, and we all got some good mingling in. Then a few of us went to Turkish food for dinner, and now here I am. All in all, a good — but long — day. I feel slighly less nerdy, though, having met other bloggers in real life and having realized that we aren’t all cave-dwelling pajama-wearing anti-social freaks (I swear, it’s true!). So it was fun. Pictures below the fold.

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The first all-male panel.

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“How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Blogosphere” — Have Testicles!

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DKos himself, on the second all-male panel. The screen in the background displayed a live chatroom, which had audience members giving feedback about the discussion. Note the comment by Liza.

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Three of the feminist bloggers: Jill, Jessica, Deanna

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Three other feminist bloggers: Jill, Jessica, Liza

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Jessica and Matt Stoller. What babes.

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Jill, Matt, Jessica

And now, bed.


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About Jill

Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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7 Responses to PDF: A Wrap-Up

  1. Jason says:

    >>> How to Win Friends and Influence People
    >> in the Blogosphere” — Have Testicles!

    That’s really insulting and stupid.

    My testicles had nothing to do with my success–at least not that I know of!

    How would you feel if I told you that your gonads make you write silly posts like this?!?!?

  2. Roxanne says:

    If one lives long enough, one will come across Liza and/or Matt at a blog-related event. ;-) Good that you got it out of the way.

  3. liza says:

    Oh Jason, boo hoo.
    You’re offended because she didn’t mention you.
    Heh.

  4. liza says:

    Roxanne, you kill me.
    You want to know the funny part of this …. Matt’s afraid of me.
    Heh.

  5. zuzu says:

    Aw, poor Jason.

  6. Matt Stoller says:

    There’s a dangerous underrepresentation of white men at technology conferences, and I am proud to be part of the solution.

  7. elana says:

    It was great meeting you and the other members of the feminist blogging society. I don’t really talk too much about the issues you guys cover on DMIBlog so it felt good to know that the cause online is in your highly capable hands.

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