BlogHer '11 Recap: It Really Was "Life Well Lived"
I've attended a lot of BlogHer events, (six main conferences and three food conferences), and BlogHer '11 was by far my favorite. I've also written a lot of BlogHer conference wrap-up posts but the BlogHer '11 wrap-up post has been the most difficult to write. I can't just say "Best. Conference. Ever." even though a lot of people who've attended multiple BlogHer conferences have said the same thing. I have to tell you why it was the best conference ever, and that's hard to explain.
The sessions, as always, were educational, interesting, and inspiring:
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- BlogHer '11 was a Defining Moment for LindaCSmith who attended the Owning Your Beauty session.
- The Military Bloggers found their tribe.
- BlogHer Session Awesomeness or What I Learned at BlogHer
- Backpacking Dad attended the Patriarchy! Birds of a Feather and can now tell you all about the patriarchy. Go ask him about that.
The keynotes, with Indra Nooyi, Fatemeh Fakhraie, Carol Jenkins, and Ricki Lake were inspirational. I heard people talking about them for hours after they ended. Those keynotes also inspired some truly outstanding blog posts. My two must-read recommendations are from The ZenMom: BlogHer Lunch Keynote and BlogHer 2011 Closing Keynote.
The Voices of the Year presenters made us laugh and cry and I don't know about you but I went home and read all of their posts again along with the posts written by the honorees. There's not a better way to decompress but stay inspired after a BlogHer Conference, if you ask me.
Maybe it was the location that made BlogHer '11 the best conference ever? I have seen an awful lot of love for San Diego. And then I saw Heather Barmore's tweet: "It was so chill. I was so happy." I nodded my head and said "Yes. That's exactly how I felt." If San Diego can make me feel that good, I should really consider moving there.
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In the end, I don't know why I walked away from my ninth BlogHer Conference feeling like it was the best. It just was. BlogHer 11 was spectacular and it was an event that took the phrase life well lived to another level.Your turn: What did you think of BlogHer '11? Leave a link to your recap in the comments!
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