Best Quotes From the BlogHer '13 Sessions
By Julie Ross Godar on July 31, 2013
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I'm like Jenny Chiu of Mommy Nani Booboo -- I just can't quit BlogHer '13 quite yet (go watch the video and come back -- so funny!).
So I've been reading the panel transcriptions, and just had to share the nuggets of wisdom I've come across so far. BlogHers floor me every year -- so smart, prepared, powerful, willing to share. Read on for my favorite quotes. I'll be adding more as I find them, and stay tuned: We should also be getting the presentations attached to these transcriptions by next week.
Image: Danielle Tsi Photography
I believe in the power of the personal narrative to change the writer and the reader. And so I believe every story matters. So the most important advice that I have for people is to be yourself. Be you, tell your story. Because that's the one that people really want to hear because you're the only one that can tell it.
--Vikki Reich, Anatomy of a Story
Go after your dreams, don't let anyone tell you no. I started out not knowing that I could achieve what I did, and you know, and it was that one mentor.
--Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Closing Keynote
If one midlife blogger does well and refers to others, then we created a wave. Magic. And they see that we are a real market. You can't be a market force of one person. You have to be a market force of millions of women. We're just beginning. And we're just starting it in this room. It's powerful.
--Chloe Jeffreys, Midlife Bloggers
My mother did not cook. So I have never grown up feeling like I needed to keep up with my mother. That's kind of what we're all doing. Trying to be the ideal of a mother who never really existed.
--Lisa Belkin, Glass Ceilings, Work-Life Balance and other Working Woman Worries, brought to you by Intel Media
The proudest moment of my career was when I hosted President Obama at Facebook to do a live town hall to all of America using a live streaming service that makes me happy. I got nominated for an Emmy for it but I lost to Anderson Cooper shirtless in a ditch in Haiti. How can you win against that?
--Randi Zuckerberg, Makers and Creators Keynote
I turned on a computer for the first time, when I was in college taking computer science. I had no concept what computer science was. I actually thought that doing computer science was Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel really really well. I always use myself as an example of a person who wasn't born into computers at all. And I'm like a CTO now. It is all a mindset game, and just really being passionate about what it is that you want to do, and seeing the future and the opportunities. It is all in your head.
--Nelly Yusupova, Girls Code
Finding my voice, continuing to put my voice out there -- whether I get a comment on that post that gives me the goose bumps or not, I'm still a success. I don't need to charge the 200. I don't need it to be re-Tweeted 87 times. I just needed to say it and I just needed to press publish, and that to me is sometimes all the success I need.
--Jenna Hatfield, Unmarketing Manifesto
Wow, there's a lot of small, very intelligent phones out there. These are very, very intelligent women with intelligent phones to match. Brilliant phones, genius phones.
--Queen Latifah, Voices of the Year Community Keynote
So I want to just remind you, that as people in this room you already are social media leaders. Why? Because you have two things. You have digital power and you have a digital platform of influence. Please don't take that for granted.
--Ananda Leeke, What Type of Social Media Leader Are You?
Image: Danielle Tsi Photography
The first step toward being a nonprofit is to gather a board of directors, your advisors who will help you through this process. It's hugely important to reach out for that as a founder, because it means you're sharing your vision and you're hoping to inspire and get the work of others, but you're also going to be bringing their ideas to your work. You know, you're bringing in this village and that's awesome because you have a village now, and it's also hard because they want to hold the baby.
--Deb Rox, Ad Hoc Advocacy vs. Non-Profit Structure