I hung around in the Geek Lab at BlogHer quite a bit this year. It was a hit, once again. Many sessions were crammed to the rafters, and the comments from people who attended the sessions were excellent.
Kudos to Nelly Yusupova who lead 4 sessions in the Geek Lab herself. She did sessions on Beginning HTML, PHP for bloggers, and two others. Nelly is from Webgrrls and is @DigitalWoman on Twitter.
Sarah Dopp did a session on CMS, one on hacking and mashups, and another on development platforms. She also simply hung around all day and gave individual tutoring to people who came by with questions. Sarah rocks. Can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of Sarah.
Shazia Mistry did sessions on CMS tools and social networking for bloggers. Shaz was our Canadian geek of the week.
Skye from All Access Blogging talked about making your blog accessible. Skye either filled in on a session for someone who got sick and had to be taken to the hospital, or Nelly filled in while Skye took the person to the hospital. Maybe someone who was actually there during that session can fill in the gaps in what I know.
Gena Haskett from Out on the Stoop provided information and tips for the bloggers who want to use video for vlogging, instructional video or business reasons. Here’s some video Denise took of Gena and myself at a noisy party.
Jan Kabili from lynda.com did a session on optimizing photos for the web in Photoshop that taught me some great tips I didn’t know. Jan and I have been roomies at two BlogHer conferences now—she’s a major Photoshop maven.
I did a session on CSS, which I already mentioned on Web Teacher in this post, with a link to the slides. Here I’m standing in the hall outside the entrance to the Geek Lab.
The good thing about the geek lab this year was that it was ongoing throughout the conference. Previously it had been an add-on after the conference proper. There was so much demand for it that it got rolled in with all the other activities.
We had some issues this year with noise because there was too much going on in one room, but this complaint has already found a way into Elisa Camahort Page’s notes for next year. Elisa deserves a big high-five for pulling together such a diversity of topics and presenters for the geek lab. She had help from a committee which included several of the people named above—like me! And, in true BlogHer fashion, BlogHers were allowed to suggest sessions and vote on which sessions they wanted to attend to help tailor the agenda to what BlogHers needed to know this year.