Are you going to BlogHer Food? I am, but I have an issue. I know that no conference schedule is going to please all the attendees, but I find the lack of any session specifically addressing cooking for families to be a glaring omission.
I want to address two things right up front:
1. This is not about turning every single fricking conference into one that focuses on moms, mommies, mommy blogs or parenting. I repeat, it's not about that.
2. I support BlogHer and my record as having been a BlogHer contributing editor, panelist at 2 past conferences, as well as a member of their ad network (see MOMocrats and Kimchi Mamas) speaks to that.
After I bought my ticket to BlogHer food, I immediately shot a note off to Elisa Camahort Page letting her know that I'd be delighted to be a panelist at BlogHer Food and suggesting some "cooking for families is a radical act" session ideas. I did this for two reasons:
1) I have food blog cred. I've been writing about food and cooking for my family for a good long time. I had a food blog called Family Food that I merged with CityMama several years ago because cooking is so much a part of my life that I didn't want it to be separate anymore. I was also one of the original bloggers on AOL's Slashfood and have a column on Delish.com (one of the top 10 food destinations on the web) that focuses on cooking for families.
2. I honestly thought, given that so many companies want to reach out to parents, that there would be a family-focused session at BlogHer food. There isn't. I didn't expect families/moms/parenting to be the primary focus of the conference at all, but if there was going to be one panel or one break-out session, I felt qualified to be a part of it. I may be biased, but not having even one session? I think the silence is deafening.