BlogHer is a blogging community primarily for women. People are invited to join the site to gain readership for their individual blogs. Men whose work is deemed relevant to the BlogHer audience may be included at the discretion of the site administrators. There are many ways to utilize the offerings on BlogHer. Women with blogs are encouraged to list their blogs in the directory, according to theme. Requests for listing are reviewed by the editors prior to being added to ensure appropriate content. The site offers forums that are available for users to connect with other members, seek advice, list jobs, acquire conference information, or join groups with various interests. The Chatter feature offers a Twitter-like microblogging facet. Members are invited to enter blog posts using the rich text editor provided on the site. A link to a member’s BlogHer blog will be provided at the end of each post and new posts will appear on the front page of the site. BlogHer is a website for encouraging bloggers to connect, network, and expand their audiences. There are many resources and links to information relevant to female bloggers.
Founded in 2005 by Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, the BlogHer concept was to provide a place for women bloggers to connect. The network currently lists over 25,000 blogs in its directory. BlogHer is more than a blog hosting site and community. They offer annual conferences, an information and news network and an advertising network. Nielsen Netratings indicate that the site has more than 20 million hits per month.
BlogHer is a huge network that puts the spotlight on women bloggers all over the world. This is the first blogging site that has been created for women by women. It has become a go-to resource for many women who write. With topics ranging from business to relationships to technology to family, there is something for everyone using the site.
The website is very busy and slightly overwhelming. There are several prominent advertisements and dozens of links on every page. Understanding how to use the features of the site is somewhat cumbersome. The “Using this Site” tab helps to break down the basics, but clicking on “Create a Post” does not clearly explain the procedure. The home page features blog updates, news headlines, advertising, active group updates, Chatter entries, and recent comments. The volume of information makes the page appear somewhat disorderly and chaotic.
Registration requires a valid email address and preferred username.
Entering first and last name is optional as it will be publicly displayed if entered. Users must agree to basic terms of service and enter a code for confirmation. After the brief registration, an email is sent for confirmation with a temporary password and a one time use link to login and change the password to one of the member’s choosing. Once logged in, users may click the settings tab to enter a new password and add pictures and other information.
Signing up with BlogHer is completely free. Conferences are offered for varying fees, depending on the level of attendance. The 2010 conference, scheduled for August was sold out in February. There is a waiting list for conference attendance.
People who want to promote their blogs and network with others in the blogging community and are women or an interest in women’s issues would enjoy using BlogHer. This is a site geared towards serious bloggers, rather than the person who dabbles occasionally in blogging.