BlogHer Conferences Are Coming Up: What You're Writing

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As we speed through the month of May, the fact that BlogHer Conference season is right around the bend can no longer be ignored. Our attendees and speakers have been writing and sharing in their own spaces -- about their excitement, their fears, their panels, their aspirations for their conference experience. We've been following along, but we also want others -- attendees and those not able to attend this year -- to follow along to so you can "meet" each other ahead of time.

Once a week, I'll be bringing you some pre-conference posts so you can click through, read, meet, assure, reassure, laugh, cry and generally support one another. It's a great way to learn a bit more about fellow attendees and speakers!

First up, BlogHer Food '13:

Dan Kamys of Chew on That, a food blog from the editors of Recipe 4 Living, shared that he's attending BlogHer Food '13 in Austin in a few weeks and hardly contained his excitement.

If you love food, you’re instantly “good people” in my eyes. That means everyone attending is “good people!” This has got to be the most I’ve ever used both exclamation points and quotes. But seriously, I’m excited!

Not registered for BlogHer Food '13? Register now!

And now for BlogHer '13:

Nicole Blades of Ms. Mary Mack shared some good news about BlogHer '13 in a recent post. Her excitement is contagious:

Earlier this week, I hinted at some great news that had come my way. It’s official now, so time to share it with you: I’ve been invited to speak at BlogHer ’13 this year! In Chicago!

Actually, let me clear my throat …

I AM GOING TO BLOGHER, Y’ALL! AS A SPEAKER! IN CHICAGOOOO!

Every time I think about it, I do a little shimmy where I sit or stand and smile like a superstar. I’ve attended BlogHer twice — when it was in NYC — and both times I came away clicking my heels. The panels, the conversations, the connections, the friends (who I finally to met face-to-face), all of it fantastic. And now being invited to sit on a panel and experience this fine, fine gathering from a different angle? We’ve moved past the clicking of heels, man. Time to bust out the Cabbage Patch-Vogue-Robot-Drop It And Twerk move. I mean, what better time for all that glory, right?

I totally want to attend her panel now -- Writing: Pitch & Publish (Presentation: Turning Blog Posts into Published Essays / Roundtable: Anatomy of a Story -- because if she brings that much excitement to her post, I can only imagine what the session will be like during conference excitement.

(Not) Maud at Awfully Chipper shares some concerns that some attendees share, about making that first impression in a conference room full of new people. She reminds us though that we're all imperfect:

But BlogHer is another story: I'll be meeting a whole passel of new people, mostly women, all of us trying to make the best first impression possible but look like we didn't have to try very hard because we always look this way. I won't lie - it's a scary notion. But in reality it will probably end up much like the swimming pool - we're all imperfect, and we'll all focus on the pretty, whether it's someone else's shoes or their necklace or their smile that lights up the room.

Not yet registered for the annual BlogHer conference in Chicago? You can still register and join us in July!

Check back next week for some more fun! (Or, you could write your own!)

 

Family/Moms & Events Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.

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