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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Last chance to vote for SXSW panels

Yes, it's true, today (Friday, August 29th) is your last chance to vote for SXSW Interactive 2009 panels. If you haven't voted yet, what are you waiting for?

Here are my picks again (with some updates):

It would be super, super awesome if you like my cupcake blog if you’d log in to the SXSW Panel Picker and vote for my proposed panel “Nom Nom Nom: The Secrets of Successful Foodblogging” and also leave a comment. First you register, then go to the panel URL, then give it 5 stars. (It’s easy, I promise. But if you have a problem, email me at rachelkb at and I’ll try to help.) The details are below:

What does it take to build a successful food blog? From niche single-food specific blogs like Cupcakes Take the Cake to broader blogs like Midtown Lunch, we’ll share the secrets of making readers hungry for more and attracting press and advertisers. Free cupcakes.

Tentative panelists include:

Rachel Kramer Bussel (Moderator) of Cupcakes Take the Cake

Nichelle Stephens, Cupcakes Take the Cake

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch

Hunter Walker, Editor-at-Large, Digital City (formerly Associate Editor, Gridskipper)

Cathy Erway, Not Eating Out in New York

Also, some other great panels worth your vote:

Touching Me Touching You: How We Feel Technology by Cory Silberberg of

Intimate computing is bringing real touch into the virtual world. But does computer mediated touch change the users, functions, or feelings about technology? We’ll be looking at interactive clothing design, philosophy and teledildonic sex and peer into the future to answer these and other questions about socially acceptable touch, and touch that brings in the money.

Sex Ed Online: How Teens Self Savvy

Creators of popular online teen sexuality content—including the Midwest Teen Sex Show and—community educators, scholars and advocates discuss teenagers, sex, and the Internet. Content developers, parents and teens: Bring your questions, fears and hopes. We’ll answer generational quandaries. Sexy prizes for the best questions. With Karen Rayne PhD, Heather Corinna, Nikol Hasler, Kris Gowan PhD.

How to Protect Your Brand Without Being a Jerk! - by Twanna A. Hines of Funky Brown Chick

You’ve already created content and a brand. Now, a copycat is making money pushing a product ridiculously similar to yours. Congratulations! Imitation is flattery. So, why are you pissed off? You’re upset because it’s unfair and, possibly, infringes on your rights. Learn how to protect your creative projects without going overboard…or broke.

- I’ll wait for her official word, but basically, she has created a unique site/brand, and has been dealing with another blogger trying to encroach on her brand by forming a similarly-named site, redesigning it to look a lot like hers, and covering the very same topics she did. When we did our Man and Wife podcast, the sites were confused by Shanda, an example of how easy it is to confuse people when it comes to names and branding online.

That’s Not My Name: Beating Down Online Misogyny by Samhita Mukhopadhyay of Feministing

This panel explores the complex and violent ways that women are treated online, specifically feminists when they speak publicly about politics. Presenting some of the lead feminist voices on the internet we will discuss and share our war stories while offering tips for how to survive the anti-feminist internet.

DIY Empires: Taking Your Online Fanbase Offline

The internet has increased our ability to spread information and ideas — and it’s also made it easier for grassroots organizations to promote, market, and recruit a following. In this panel, the founders of three “DIY Empires” explain how to use the internet’s community building power to create loyal, evangelical followings in the real world. Panelists include Molly Crabapple (founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School), Jenny Hart (Venus colunist and co-founder of The Craft Mafia), Chris Baty (founder of National Novel Writing Month), and Emily Bristow (Austin coordinator of National Novel Writing Month). And moderated by Lux Alptraum of Boinkology/Fleshbot.

Sex Lives of the Microfamous by Rex Sorgatz, with Nick Douglas and Melissa Gira

What kind of person talks about their sex and dating life on the internet? Someone desperate for attention? Or someone who already has lots of it? For the microfamous, having a relationship in public is as much a potential career boost as it as a vulnerability.

Now with a post-breakup update from Rex:

VOTE FOR IT! Seriously, behind all this fameball nonsense, there are serious questions about how breakups work when a micro-micro-micro audience can see it. Everyone has their Facebook status story, or their why-did-I-find-this-out-on-Flickr story. This is interesting stuff! And all the “microfame” aspect means is that a few dozen people can see it.

Bloggers: You’re Fired! by Zoe Margolis of Girl With a One-Track Mind

From anonymously whistle-blowing on your money-grabbing, corrupt colleagues in the Stock Exchange, to taking your employers to court when they fire you for blogging, ‘outed’ British sex-blogger Girl With a One-Track Mind moderates a panel to find out: have bloggers now got the upper hand?

Comics on Handhelds: Taking Webcomics Mobile by Dan Goldman, illustrator of Shooting War

Comics are evolving right off the printed page into an online medium all its own; what do new mobile hardware platforms mean for online/digital comics? Acclaimed webcomics creators discuss what portability means to expanding your readership, creating new business models and exploring new global distribution channels. Did I miss something super-awesome I should know about?

Let me know!

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