Here's the problem with BlogHer. We've spent the better part of today trying to document what happened, what we think it all means and what impressions we got from the event. Okay, fine. But then in doing so we're looking for links to give you and going to the liveblogs to try to verify some of the quotes and other notes we took down.
Five hours later, we emerge from a daze - we've been following link after link, looking at photos and generally just getting really caught up in the actual blogs of the conference's participants. Not just what they had to say about BlogHer but also delving deep into archives to get to know these women.
And that, very simply, is the point.
BlogHer was impressive - a packed conference, with significant sponsorship, put together in about four months. Sessions ranged from the basics of blogging to how to make money from blogging. Smaller sessions, called "Birds of a Feather" let participants gather in more intimate groups, with no official leader, to talk about whatever topic most interested them, whether that be digital identities, photoblogging, obscentities in blogging, and many more. If you couldn't find one that interested you, you were free to start your own on the spot.
Some statistics we were given in the opening session: 80% of the attendees are women, 20% men (see how we did the math there for you?); 11% are students. More than half the people there were from outside the Bay Area and 52% had never gone to a conference or event about blogging before.