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Don't Tell Me They're Not Real: Internet Friends Are Real Life Friends

Don't tell me they're not real. I left a comment on the most random blog post I had ever come across in my many times clicking the "Random" button on LiveJournal. The blogger replied. I replied. Then the blogger's friend replied. I looked at his avatar, this friend of the original blogger, and my eyebrow raised a little bit. The back and forth conversation went on all evening, one comment after the other. Days later, AOL Instant Messenger names were exchanged. Three years later, we stood in front of our friends and family and exchanged vows. ...more
ktmadeblog <3 See. I told you! I'm still trying to write something new. It's stuck in my head.more

Lisa, Elisa, and Jory on the Power of Blogging, Favorite Moments, and 10 Years of BlogHer

BlogHer co-founders Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins sat down with genConnect at BlogHer '14 to talk about the company and the conference the community built. Do you know how BlogHer began? CEO Lisa Stone shares how it all started, and what it's felt like to watch the community grow (and grow and grow and grow). ...more
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Tig Notaro's "Boyish Girl Interrupted" Tour Kicks Off This Month

Comedian (and BlogHer '14 keynote speaker!) Tig Notaro announces her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour across the U.S. and Australia this fall and winter—including a breast cancer benefit on October 13 at Largo Theatre, where she had her groundbreaking set announcing she had cancer in 2012. ...more
I was SO excited to see this!  And at the Austin theater, there was 1 solo stranded seat in a ...more

Featuring Our Voices and Photos of the Year Videos: Grab Some Tissues and Watch Them Now

The Voices and Photos of the Year Community Keynote is always a highlight of the BlogHer conference. This year was no different, as 12 readers took to the stage to share their written words with their voices. Sometimes they trembled due to the weight and emotion of the piece, but these strong, well-written, and well-spoken women stood at that podium and spoke their truth. Additionally, we honored all of our winners for our first ever Photos of the Year with three amazing photographers present on stage. ...more

Comedian Tig Notaro Takes the Stage at BlogHer '14

Tig Notaro took the stage with BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort Page to talk life, personal setbacks, and what happens when you go viral—when you don't really know what going viral means. That's right. This not-on-Twitter comedian didn't realize people were tweeting and blogging a set of hers at Largo in Los Angeles, and woke up to an overflowing inbox, book deals, and you name it. She was baffled. ...more

7 Leaders Talk Race, Gender, Feminism, and the Internet at the BlogHer '14 Closing Keynote

In 2013, with the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, talk about race, privilege, and what to do about it exploded on the Internet. In addition to the important discussions about race, gender and feminism came to the forefront in the past year on social media, most notably in the appropriately viral hashtag #yesallwomen....more

6 Important Voices in 3 Great Interviews on the Future of the Social Web

Saturday morning's keynote hit on topics surrounding the future of the social web. We're all pretty interested in that since, you know, we are the social web. The keynote broke into three parts, featuring three smart interviewers asking three smart women all the smart questions. What resulted from these segmented interviews was a rounded look at what exists now on our Internet, how we got here, and where we might be going. First up... ...more

The 10x10 Presentations at BlogHer '14: 13 Videos You Don't Want to Miss

The 10x10 presentations made by long-standing community members rank as one of the highlights of BlogHer '14 in San Jose. These intelligent, witty, entrepreneurial, big-hearted, thick-skinned, been-there-lived-through-it-have-the-blog-to-show-for-it people took to the stage and shared the truth of their journey over the past ten years. We, the attendees, learned a lot and came away inspired by what our written word on the web can do. Make sure to watch each video as each speaker brings something important to the stage, to the table, to your listening ear....more
These presenters were outstanding. Every single one. Thank you, blogher, for the honor of being ...more

Buying Hair at the Airport and Other Stories: Jenny Lawson's Keynote Interview at BlogHer '14

Jenny Lawson, the blogger and author behind The Bloggess, kicked off BlogHer '14 with a funny, witty, snort-laugh inducing, and real Keynote interview with BlogHer Co-Founder Jory Des Jardins. If you're unfamiliar with Jenny's story, it's really one that we love here at BlogHer. Maybe you've read her book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Did you know she met her agent because of BlogHer? Yup. It's the stuff blogger-writer dreams are made of, really....more
Gosh- I have ALWAYS wanted to learn more about Jenny and her blog...  now I see why she is so ...more

It's (Not) a Scandal: Watch Demetria Lucas Interview Kerry Washington

Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, took to the main stage at BlogHer '14 and interviewed Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress, activist, and mom. These two women brought down the house. Their stellar personalities played so well off one another on stage, asking and answering the questions fans wanted to know....more
It doesn't happen often when the interviewer and the person being interviewed are having a real ...more

A Bold, Passionate Career Awaits You

Levo League arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections with peers, mentors, and jobs. Stay inspired day in and day out as you grow and develop.  ...more

You're Invited!

Join the New York Women in Communications Foundation for our annual Ladies Who Laugh fundraiser, Tuesday, July 21 at Carolines on Broadway!  ...more

ColorComm

You're invited to the ColorComm Conference in Miami! ...more

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A Parents Magazine 'must-read' book, The 52 Weeks is all about trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone and taking even baby steps toward change! Exclusive Book Culture price for SheKnows: $9.95 with code 52WEEKS.  ...more

Community Partners

WiRL is offering all BlogHer members a special 25% off discount! Use Promo Code WIRL25 ...more

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Schedule

July 24 - Pre-Conference Events
Time Event
9:00am Pathfinder Day at BlogHer '14
6:00pm Kick off the Selfiebration! Evening at the Expo
July 25 - Day 1
Time Event
7:00am Registration Opens
8:00am Breakfast and Newbie Breakfast
9:00am Welcome Keynote featuring Jenny Lawson, and the 10X10 Project
10:00am Speed Dating, BlogHer-Style
10:45am Writing Lab | Good to Great: Radically Improve a Blog Post in Real-Time
Geek Bar
Blogging Fundamentals | Size Isn’t Always Everything: The Difference Between Page Views and Community
Breakout #1
Level Up | The Blog Monetization Landscape: Don’t Leave Money on the Table
Publishing | Getting Your First (Great) Book Deal
The Visual Web | Get Started in Video: Easy Tools and Strategies
Lean In | Lean In Circles
Deep Blogging | Digital Activism: Lead the Change You Want to See in the World
12:00pm Lunch and Keynote featuring Tig Notaro, Plus the 10X10 Project
2:30pm Geek Bar
Blogging Fundamentals | Set Yourself Up for Business Success
Level Up | Crowdfunding and Financing: Get Money for Your Great Idea
Publishing | What A Freelance Writing Career Really Looks Like
The Visual Web | Developing Your Visual Voice
Breakout #2
Deep Blogging | Non-Profit Boards: How and Why to Join One
Writing Lab | Be Your Own Editor
4:30pm The 7th Annual Voices of the Year Community Keynote, Plus the 10x10 Project
6:00pm The Voices and Photos of the Year Reception
8:00pm Open House Suite Parties
July 26 - Day 2
Time Event
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am The Future of the Social Web Keynote. Plus, the 10x10 Project
11:00am Geek Bar
Blogging Fundamentals | “New” Rules for “New” Tools
Breakout #3
Level Up | Social Media Optimization (SMO) and Social Advertising
Publishing | Taking It To The Limit: Screenplay Writing
The Visual Web | Tools to Analyze Reader Behavior & DIY Mobile Optimization
Deep Blogging | The Blogging Pivot: When It’s Time to Change
Deep Blogging | Mom Blogging - The Next 10 Years
Writing Lab | Challenge Yourself to Continuously Improve Your Writing
12:30pm Lunch and Keynote Conversation with Author & Blogger Demetria Lucas and Actor & Activist Kerry Washington, Plus the 10X10 Project
2:00pm Boomer & Beyond Mini-Con
Special Needs Mini-Con
Healthy Living Mini-Con
The Future of Personal Blogging Mini-Con
Birds of a Feather Mini-Cons
Style Mini-Con
Craft Mini-Con
5:00pm Closing Keynote: The Intersection of Race, Gender, Feminism and the Internet. Plus, the 10X10 Project
7:00pm BlogHer '14 Closing Party

Speakers

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from Schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the GraceInSmallThings.com social network, is a co-founder of GenderAvenger.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. She is on a grass roots mission to put the "care" back in health care, and to heal our broken health care system - one doctor and one patient at a time.

Discouraged by our broken health care system and curious why some patients do everything "right" but still wind up sick, Lissa set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. She researched what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness - not just diet, exercise and standard healthy behaviors, but everything else. What she uncovered in the mainstream medical literature led her to develop a type of medical practice she terms "Whole Health Medicine," based on the scientifically-proven healthy behaviors she shares in Mind Over Medicine. She is now leading a health care revolution to empower patients to heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such medical "miracles."

Lissa's work is featured on a hit public television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, which aired nationwide. She also delivered three popular TEDx talks, and she is on the speaking circuit with Hay House's "I Can Do It" conferences. Lissa's work has also been featured on over 30 television shows, over 50 radio shows, and in publications such as O Magazine, the New York Times, Health, Women’s Health, Forbes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, Huffington Post, People, Woman’s Day, WebMD, and CNN.

Danielle Smith is a former award-winning television news anchor and reporter turned digital correspondent, lifestyle entrepreneur, host, spokesperson, media trainer, lover of all things video and public speaker who lives to empower women to utilize the power of social and media to follow their passions. She is the author of two books, Social Media Engagement for Dummies and Mom, Incorporated and is the founder and primary author of ExtraordinaryMommy.com and DanielleSmithMedia.com. She hosts and produces the original lifestyle series ‘Keeping Style in Your Life' and is proud to be a contributor to well-known online magazine, SheKnows. She has emceed events that included guest appearances by the First Lady, Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart. Additionally, she does regular media appearances, has worked as a Red Carpet correspondent at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the 2011 ProBowl in Hawaii and 2010 Winter Olympic Games on beha lf of P&G and has championed the fight against Child Hunger, working directly with the Con Agra Foods Foundation. As a result of her work, Smith has been featured nationally on the CBS Early Show, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and in USA Today, Forbes, and Publisher's Weekly.

Alicia Navarro became an entrepreneur at an early age, with several ventures under her belt before Skimlinks. She studied technology, earning the university medal for Computing Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She worked for over 10 years with a series of telcos, media companies and startups, designing and launching mobile and internet-based applications in Australia and the UK. She eventually launched Skimbit, a company offering social decision-making tools, in London in 2007. The following year, at the heart of the financial crisis, she pivoted Skimbit into Skimlinks, after users and investors showed interest in the automated affiliate marketing technology she’d developed to monetize her site. She now splits her time between London and San Francisco.


Since 2007, Alicia has grown the company to over 60 employees across offices in London, San Francisco and soon, Tokyo; has raised $10m in venture capital funding; and last year, drove annual retail sales of $500M.


Alicia's vision for Skimlinks is to see online publishers rewarded for the role they play in informing purchase decisions, by removing the technical and administrative complexities that hamper would-be affiliates. This, she believes, will help evolve affiliate marketing into a mainstream ubiquitous revenue model.

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