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July 29, 2008

Ask Patty Went to BlogHer, too - A Recap

Blogher_logo_2Ask Patty once again participated in BlogHer this year -- in more ways than one. We were sponsors for BlogHer in Second Life and I went to the conference in San Francisco as a representative for Ask Patty. I got to talk to a variety of women about female-friendly dealers and learning how to repair your own car (or just know enough to understand your mechanic). And we gave out great car care guides, too!

This was my third year at BlogHer. I met many great women. Learned a lot. Would I do it again? Absolutely. BlogHer is a very family-friendly conference. I took my little guy with me. They had daycare and he was happy to play all day. And the evening parties? Awesome -- a great chance to mingle, meet new people, put faces to the names we see online.

We can't thank Elisa, Lisa, and Jory enough for all of the hard work that they and their employees put in to this conference. It's one of the best conferences you'll find for women -- and the price is super reasonable, too. If you haven’t had a chance to go, and you do any writing online (including personal journals) do seriously think about it.

One session that really struck me in particular was Can You Take Back Naked Blogging? Personal blogging is sometimes called naked blogging. The session was about the challenges bloggers face when putting their lives online. At one point, the discussion turned towards some of the bad things that can happen online -- a.k.a. mean people leaving bad comments on your personal site. An audience member stood up and stressed that you should find a safe place to write, a community of good. That you should do what it takes to find that community.

And that’s what I feel we have here at Ask Patty. A community that helps women with their car questions. People who work to make automobiles easier to understand and less intimidating for women. It’s a safe place to ask questions and increase your knowledge without fear of ridicule. Without games. I am happy to be a part of it and I hope you are, too.

If you ever need help with finding a dealership, understanding what to look for in a new or used car, how to talk to your mechanic, or anything car related at all, won't you drop us a line and let us know? We want women to be empowered in their decisions and will do what we can to help you reach that goal.


By Becky Scott
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