If Sarah Palin Was Really Smart, She’d Have a Ticket to BlogHer ’09

sarah palin winkingI know soon-to-be-ex-Governor Sarah Palin is busy tweeting and taking one last swing around Alaska on the taxpayer’s dime.   But if, as I suspect is the case, she’s got more on her post-gubernatorial to-do list than: (1) play with the kids, (2) clean up the house and (3) make a Costco run, she’d sashay herself and her fancy pageant walkin‘ to Chicago where almost 1,500 women bloggers (and a few brave guys) are gathering for the biggest ever BlogHer conference.

Now, Alaskans might not want to foot the bill for laying the groundwork for the next chapter of the Sarah Palin Saga, but if she’s really trying to increase her profile, you’d think a little soiree to BlogHer would be in order.  She might not have a sponsor, but if she’s looking to improve her national status and convince us that she’s made a wily political move by resigning her governorship, a Sarah Palin suite where she could chat and maybe serve some crab legs and sockeye salmon wouldn’t be a bad investment! You know how we bloggers love our snacks!

Seriously, as I’ve pondered the last couple of years, if you put this many women writers, bloggers and social media mavens in one place, it doesn’t make sense that politicians and others ignore this gathering of opinionated women writers and influencers.  I know that many can’t get past the stereotype that we’re just a bunch of mommybloggers who want to write about potty training and disposable diapers.  And there are others who think the only one who matters out here is Dooce.   But it just strikes me as amazingly shortsighted that some politician hasn’t figured out that conferences like BlogHer are, if you’ll excuse the pun, the mother lode when it comes to spreading their word.

For better or worse, major marketers have figured it out — why haven’t the politicos?

I know I’m going to be seeing a bunch of high profile political players at the Netroots Nation conference next month.  But that’s so inside baseball.   For those looking for attention and votes in the coming years, I’d just say again, you really want to be where the real influencers are — at conferences full of opinionated women bloggers who have readers who love what they say.

It’s really not rocket science.  Governor Palin, I’m not a fan, but if you’re smart, you’re going to be keeping your eye out for when BlogHer ’10 tickets go on sale.

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6 Responses to “If Sarah Palin Was Really Smart, She’d Have a Ticket to BlogHer ’09”

  1. jodifur Says:

    I’m just wondering, come sun, won’t she have to change her twitter name?

  2. PunditMom Says:

    I was wondering that same thing!

  3. Lawyer Mama Says:

    Don’t encourage her! LOL!

  4. Maia Says:

    Oh, don’t worry… she’s already promised a new Twitter account with “less politically correct tweets” flying from her fingers (her words) beginning Sunday. I can’t wait to see what she’s like when she’s not holding back…

  5. Elisa Camahort Page Says:

    You nailed something: I often say that media, politicians and industry have lagged for a long time in realizing the power of women in general and women who blog particularly. Considering we’re more than half the voter, more than half the Internet users, and spend over 80% of the household dollar, it’s very short-sighted.

    You’re also right that commercial forces have opened their eyes first. As evidenced by how all over the blogosphere and social media space they are right now. And many of their efforts are well-intentioned and even effective, despite the far greater amount of attention paid to the mis-steps.

    Meanwhile the traditional media is so threatened their coverage crosses the line into hyperbole and downright misdirection. And politicians still want to push their message and get what they can from bloggers…not really engage with them and give back.

    They’ll catch up, I think. They’ll have to.


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