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Everyone Says to Create an Elevator Pitch, but How Do You Do That?

Every single list of advice you'll read about attending #BlogHer16 will include some variation on this line: Have an elevator pitch. Perfect your elevator pitch. Practice your elevator pitch. Own your elevator pitch. Be your elevator pitch. Which is all fine and dandy, except no one seems to be telling people how to create an elevator pitch. Womp womp. We discussed some ideas on the BlogHer Editorial Team. First and foremost, we'll define an elevator pitch for you: ...more
Tagline, the about page, and now elevator pitch - lots to work on in the near future!more

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
Navigatepartner BlogHer Thank you Peggy! Hoping you are great. Would love to touch base sometime.more

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
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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 Breakout #1
Blogging Fundamentals | Size Isn’t Always Everything: The Difference Between Page Views and Community
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
Deep Blogging | Digital Activism: Lead the Change You Want to See in the World
Writing Lab | Good to Great: Radically Improve a Blog Post in Real-Time
Geek Bar
Lean In | Lean In Circles
12:00pm Lunch and Keynote featuring Tig Notaro, Plus the 10X10 Project
2:30pm Breakout #2
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
Deep Blogging | Non-Profit Boards: How and Why to Join One
Writing Lab | Be Your Own Editor
Geek Bar
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 Breakout #3
Blogging Fundamentals | “New” Rules for “New” Tools
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
Geek Bar
12:30pm Lunch and Keynote Conversation with Author & Blogger Demetria Lucas and Actor & Activist Kerry Washington, Plus the 10X10 Project
2:00pm Birds of a Feather Mini-Cons
Boomer & Beyond Mini-Con
Special Needs Mini-Con
Healthy Living Mini-Con
The Future of Personal Blogging Mini-Con
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

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