MSM Not Interested in BlogHer??

Mon, July 30, 2007

Women in Politics

One of the main items of business at this weekend’s BlogHer Conference was to announce the results of the BlogHers Act survey of thousands of women bloggers to determine what main issues we, as women, want to hear the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates address if they want to get our votes in 2008.

It wasn’t difficult for Cooper Monroe and Emily McKhann, two activist bloggers who were behind the been there clearinghouse to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, to figure out that if major advertisers like GM, Dove, Yahoo and Google are interested in a conference where close 1,000 women bloggers will be, that we, as a group, could also have significant influence on the major political issues in the next election.

The winner? Global Health.

A pretty significant issue for a whole variety of reason, especially when it comes to the whole health insurance coverage question.

But who is going to find out about this amazing effort to lead the way on gaining attention for and promoting solutions for the myriad health care issues we all face when no one from the main stream media shows up to cover it?

If we blog about health care and no one covers it, do we make a sound?

It didn’t occur to me that there was no one there really covering BlogHer — 800+ (mostly) women bloggers working together to be more politically savvy — until someone mentioned that the YearlyKos convention is going to be held this week, as well.

So I did a news search for the BlogHer conference — there were no major media stories that reported on this historic event. There’s a Yahoo Tech entry, some press releases and a mention in the Orlando Sentinel from another woman blogger.

For YearlyKos? Plenty of stories, including ones in the National Journal, the Washington Post, MSN, FOX News and the New York Times. That’s what I’d call Main Stream Media attention.

So if the MSM is interested in the political aspect of the YearlyKos and the impact that conference has on political coverage, where were they for BlogHer?

Last year’s Kos Konvention attracted close to 1,000 bloggers, according to the NYTimes. This year, BlogHer had 800+ — doesn’t seem like much difference to me.

So where are they? And why aren’t those reporters clamoring to interview us bloggers with two X chromosomes about our agenda?

A woman with a blog, especially a politically, active and pissed-off woman, is a powerful thing.

MSM — you might want to reconsider before we get testy.

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10 Responses to “MSM Not Interested in BlogHer??”

  1. jen Says:

    My thoughts exactly.

    and SO lovely to meet you this weekend, sister.

  2. Mamma Says:

    Mmm. That crossed my mind too. Especially during Elizabeth Edwards’ session.

    Need a press secretary though to get good press. Don’t know about the inner workings of BlogHer. Maybe Kos has a better communications person? I honestly don’t know.

    The other idea that crossed my mind is that many women who were there weren’t at all interested in politics. I talked to some folks about finding a way to get the message across to the attendees that, “you may not be interested in politics, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to affect you.”

    I’d love to discuss more how we can harness the power of all of those women.

  3. Julie Pippert Says:

    AMEN!

    Dude, that is SO blatant it’s not even cute.

    I say seriously…get this question out there, make them answer it.

    There are plenty of PR mavens in this group…

  4. Lawyer Mama Says:

    I’d love to know too. Like Amy, I started thinking about that when EE was speaking too. Where the heck was the press?

    The thought that it’s because we’re women makes me do a slow burn. You’re so right that a bunch of pissed off women who like to write is a powerful thing….

    (On a separate note – my word verification is a dirty word. teehee.)

  5. Momish Says:

    Wow, I am shocked. In all honesty, I would have thought the media would have been all over BlogHer. Maybe not last year, since blogging was not so mainstream, but now? I am shocked. Has to be the women thing like you said. And that makes me pissed too!

  6. Bridget Magnus Says:

    I am a BlogHer member, and I consider one of the founders to be a friend. I did not go to the conference. Frankly, I think it is both wonderful and miraculous that 800 of their 13,000 members made it there! I didn’t notice a copy of this post at BlogHer (I found you through HuffPo), so I assume I missed it?

    Perhaps the conference needs more press releases next year. On the other hand, maybe the MSM has decided that 800 bloggers aren’t a big deal, even if Elizabeth Edwards shows up (I hate to attribute *any*thing to “the Patriarchy,” I don’t believe they are half as powerful as some people want to think).

  7. Mauigirl Says:

    Amazing that it isn’t getting the same amount of coverage…

  8. Sornie Says:

    There’s a place for everyone and I can’t believe that this didn’t even get a mention on a 24-hour news channel with their seeming vacuum of items to cover or their website which is nothing but a spacious area to cover everything. Perplexing.

  9. ElisaC Says:

    I wonder if part of it was also geography? We actually had more MSM attention the last two years in Silicon Valley. We contacted all of the same outlets that have covered us before: the Times, the WaPo, CNN, numerous major city newspapers, major magazines etc. etc. Far less take…other than the Chicago papers: the Trib, the Sun-Times and the Daily Herald all had pre-conference blurbs and sent folks.

    Although the geography explanation breaks down since YearlyKos is in Chicago too. however, if we’re perceived as a tech conference, then perhaps being in S.V. garners more attention?

    It’s an interesting question to ponder.

  10. Ruth Dynamite Says:

    Yes yes yes.

    I e-mailed Oprah about “the story” of the conference several months ago, but alas, I heard nothing. This would’ve been right up her alley, don’t you think?


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