Updated With Links: Announcing the 2010 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

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Today we are pleased and proud to announce the 2010 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

This year we expanded the Community Keynote concept that we started in 2008 (thanks to Eden Kennedy's brainstorm and ongoing curation) to allow us to shine a spotlight on even more great work. As we announced in March, that means that below you will find 90 finalists across five categories, including three finalists per category who will also present their work as part of the 2010 Community Keynote on Friday August 6th.

That same evening the Voices of the Year Gala will include an art auction, curated by kirtsy, featuring custom-commissioned artwork that evokes the spirit of these 90 Finalists.

This year we received nearly 1,000 submissions, so I must start by thanking our Voices of the Year Committee who helped us arrive at the 90 amazing pieces you'll see below, and hear a sampling of at the Community Keynote:

Curator: Eden Kennedy from Fussy.org
BlogHer: Elisa, Jory and Lisa, BlogHer Co-founders and Jes Ferris, Conference Programming Manager

Phase 1 "Pay It Forward" Judging Committee (all former Community Keynoters):

Danielle Henderson 
Deb Rox
Grace Davis 
JD from I Do Things
Karen Walrond
Laurie White
Liz Gumbinner 
Mike Adamick
Stephanie Bergman
Tanis Miller

Phase 2 Judging Committee:

Annalee Newitz, journalist and IO9 founder
Heather and Jessica from Go Fug Yourself
Katie Orenstein, founder of The Op-Ed Project
Lizz Winstead,Comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
Riccardo Spina, Creative and Brand Director for brands such as Walmart.com, Sun, Intuit, Disney and BlogHer
Stacy Morrison, author and former editor-in-chief of Redbook Magazine

Thanks to you all!

Now, without further ado, here is the list of the 2010 BlogHer Voices of the Year! 

We'll reveal the specific work chosen to represent the non-presenting finalists, but in order to maintain some suspense for the Community Keynote itself, we won't reveal which post or design is being presented by the Community Keynoters until immediately following the Keynote. (Editor's note: Updated below!)

Go. Read. Enjoy. And remember to check back after the event to check out the Community Keynote works and to bid on the art pieces all of the below Finalists inspired.

Category: DESIGN

Finalists:
Bill Colgrove for the MamaPop site design
Calliope for the Creating Motherhood masthead
Katherine Center for the KatherineCenter.com site design
Krystyn Heide for the GwenBell.com site design
Laurie Smithwick for the Leap Design logo
Maria Melee for the Unfinished Dad masthead
Nap Warden for the Full of Snark masthead

and...

BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote DESIGN Presenters:

Jill Smokler from Scary Mommy showed the process behind her self-designed blog logo

Roxana from Everyday Treats shared how she redesigned her blog

Stephanie Roberts from Picture of Hope showed and read about the Pictures of Hope project.

Category: GEEKY/NERDY

Finalists:
Amy Tucker: I Miss Gaming
Ann Imig: What To Expect: Your First Blogiversary
Cabinessa: I Love Country Music
Cecily Kellogg: Thin-Skinned and Proud Of It
Celeste Lindell:  How Average Jane's Brain Works
Dawn Rouse: Teacher Thoughts
Eden Riley: Blogging Out Loud
Elizabeth Kate Switaj: Lady Gaga, Pop-Absurdity and Telephone
Jenna Hatfield: The (Non)Lament of the Mommy Photographer
Juliet Terzieff: New Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly
Kate from The Urban Primate: Real Science
Kate Bladow: My Name is Kate & I Am a Listener
Kristen Howerton: Social Networking: Sucking Time, Saving Lives, and the Gray In-Between
Mardi from Eat, Live, Travel, Write: Graine de Macarons!
Megan Hook: The 140
RJ from Vampire Vocab: BlogHer: There really isn't anything I can say to describe it. Really.
Veronica Arreola: Does Science Ever Trump Human Lives? 

and...

BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote GEEKY/NERDY Presenters:

Liz Henry from BadgerBag read What Is Geek

Liz Rizzo from Everyday Goddess read Phone Karma

Sarah Kimmel from Tech4Mommies read Online Scams, Chains and Hoaxes

Category: HUMOR

Finalists:
Alice Bradley: Oh, six-and-half-year-old--you always know what I'm REALLY saying
Climb To Nowhere: Naked on the Subway
Dingo from As I Was Saying: Cookie Monsters
Holly Burns: Spoiler Alert: We're Still Alive
Jessica Bern: Biggest Loser, Any Chance You Think This Could Happen?
Kami Lewis Levin: Chewbacca Brings All the Boys to the Yard
Katie from Overflowing Brain: P.S. I Love You Too
Liz O'Donnell: FTC Regulates the Red Carpet
Lorrie Watson: A Guide to the South
Luvvie from Awesomely Luvvie: Dear BET: I Quit You
Morgan Shanahan: Mazel Tov, 13-Year-Old Me
Mrs. G from The Women's Colony: Lori
Neil Kramer: Dear Vivian
Queen of Everything: How I Tried To Sell My Panties Online
Suburban Kamikaze: An open letter of apology to my future daughter-in-law
The Checkout Girl: Target Sells Useful Things. Like Immortality.
Willam from Poop and Boogies: Turn On

and...

BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote HUMOR Presenters:

Amy Windsor from The Bitchin' Wives Club sang The Popular Blogger

Marinka from Motherhood in NYC read Fantastic News!

Metalia from Metalia performed Twilight: New Moon Rap

Category: LIFE

Finalists:
Alex Iwashnya: WARNING: Don't Read If You Quit Smoking Yesterday
Alicia Kan: March 26, 2010: Alicia Kan
Amy Storch: The Friendship Jungle
Angella Dykstra: My Side Of The Story
But Why Mommy: What It's Like
Carmen Staicer: Don't Borrow Trouble, for Trouble Will Find You Easy Enough
Chrstine Miserandino: The Spoon Theory
Holly Renee: (Un)Damaged
Kelli Best Oliver: Her Story
Kelly Wickham: I'm Black Irish And I'm Proud
Momo Fali: Into the Light
Raisa from My So-Called Feudal Life: 
Diary Entry #7 - Honor Killings
Stacey from Any Mommy Out There: Matching
Sue Wagner: Baby Girl 
Suzanne Reisman: Yom Hashoah 
Tracey Gaughran-Perez: Wonderwall
Tracy Zollinger Turner: Mean Girl, Reconsidered 

and...  

BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote LIFE Presenters:

Deborah Goldstein from Peaches and Coconuts read Divorce Is So Gay

Faiqa from Native Born read Welcome to American

Karen Green from The Kids Are Alright read Miami

Category: OPINION-EDITORIAL

Finalists:
Alex Iwashyna: Prayer Changes Me And Even The Atheists Say Hallelujah
Britt Reints: The Power of Rich White Folk and Why Gandhi Was Only Half Right
Christy from Transplanted: Perky Breasts Won't Fix Your Life. Really. They won't.
Country Fried Mama: On Writing Well in the Blogosphere
Deb from I Obsess: Top 10 Reasons Bloggers are Strippers
Genie Gratto: A Healing Garden, and An Affirmation
Joanne Bamberger: An Open Letter to the New York Times About Mom Bloggers, Women Writers & the Universe
Kate Inglis: Top Ten Ways to Find Inner Peace
Kelli Oliver George: Pissing off people Left and Right
Kelly Russell Donner: Fauve
Kim Pearson: Why Black History Month Still Matters
Loco YaYa: Lunch With Death
Megan from The Terrys: Lisanga
Burgh Baby: The Trailer Trash is Furious
Sharon Casey: No Need for Refugees in the Modern World!
Siobhan Connally: No Babies Are Saved in Killing of Doctor
Yoani Sanchez: In the Corridor of Those Condemned to Stay


and...

BlogHer 2010 Community Keynote OPINION-EDITORIAL Presenters:

Jason Mayo from Outnumbered Online read Valentine's Day Is a Greedy Whore

Lissa Rankin from Owning Pink read What? We Can't Say Vagina?

Susan Niebur from Toddler Planet read In the Name of Awareness

Please join us in congratulating this year's Finalists, and a big thank you to every one who submitted their own work, or the work of someone they admire. We were blown away by the quantity and quality of submissions this year!

Elisa Camahort Page 

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