BlogHer Conference Update -- June 3, 2011

Happy weekend! I am going to go against my own rule and I am going to say (out loud) that we are 61 days away from BlogHer '11 in San Diego which means we have a lot to share, and want to make sure you are up to date on all things BlogHer Events. Let's start...First things first, wahooo! for BlogHer Food '11! Another fun and exciting event in fabulous Atlanta, Georgia....more

BlogHer Conference Update -- May 13, 2011

Happy Friday friends! We have a lot to share with you, so I'll cut the chitchat and dive in! BlogHer Food '11 -...more

I'm hoping to meet other bloggers who write about the arts - whatever the media - I'm wondering ...more

BlogHer Conference Update -- May 2, 2011

Hello, friends! Let's dive in to our updates for the week... BlogHer Food '11 is officially sold out! We will not have a waiting list for the conference but if you are looking to buy (or sell) a ticket, please check our Community Forum and you might find a ticket or a buyer....more

BlogHer Conference Update -- April 15, 2011

Happy Friday! I'm happy to say that today is "not" Tax Day but the 18th is -- so hint hint, wink wink, make sure to get them done this weekend (I'm talking more to me than anyone else). Okay on to this week in BlogHer Conferences... BlogHer Food '11...more

BlogHer Conference Update -- April 8, 2010

This has been a busy week for BlogHer Conferences, with lots of announcements -- so let's dive in!...more

BlogHer Conference Update - - March 18, 2011

More March Fabness for this week -- let's get started!! First, I hope you all had a great St. Patrick's Day and didn't get too much green in your system. BlogHer|bet...more

BlogHer Conference Update -- March 11, 2011

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend! Let's jump right in to BlogHer Conferences March Fabness -- week two. BlogHer|bet...more

Conference Corner: Add Yourself to the Conference Attendee Pages!

Want to get a jump start on networking with other BlogHer conference attendees? Each year, BlogHer offers attendees a way to connect via our Conference Attendees page. Divided by event, you can view who will be at which conference ... and if you’re attending, you can add your name, too! ...more

Such a smart idea. I love how much BlogHer does pre-conference to connect people. The ...more

BlogHer Conference Update: March 5, 2011

Happy Friday, friends! We are excited to share all the new and exciting things happening with BlogHer Conferences. We shall call it March Fabness -- as in, we are so excited and exhilarated! Let's start... BlogHer|bet '11...more

Announcing the BlogHer Handmade '11 Call for Ideas

Please submit panel ideas that could fit into one of the following tracks: 1) Content and Community Building, including topics such as how to engage your readers, how to build a community of other bloggers, blogging etiquette and ethics; 2) Traffic Building: focusing on using technology to build traffic -- everything from SEO to social media distribution; 3) Monetization: anything you need to know to turn your avocation or hobby into an income stream. ...more

Oh man, I just noticed that date too... the 4th! That's coming up soon, I can't wait as well. ...more


Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, artist and founder of the award-winning site, She is celebrating her 12th year of blogging! Her art and crafts have been carried by hundreds of retailers, including Bloomingdales, Target, and Michaels. She is a former entertainment reporter for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, including Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing and the novels, Waking up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing. She has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR, and now has an extensive Crafty Chica product line. Kathy lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and four Chihuahuas. Her mission is to spread positivity through creativity.

Wendy Piersall has been blogging professionally for nearly 5 years and established herself as an early voice helping people build a business online via blogging. She has written for and was featured on the Today Show as an advocate for mom owned online businesses. In 2009 she was named by Nielsen as one of the 16 most influential moms online. She transformed her personal blog into a powerful blog network, selling it to private investors soon thereafter. Today she runs the Woo! Jr. Kids Activities Blog Network, attracting nearly 250,000 monthly visitors.

As an accomplished author, television personality, entrepreneur, actress, motivational speaker, blogger, wife, mother, and grandmother, Cristina Ferrare dishes out yet one more curtain call: hosting her own show for OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love features celebrity guests along with members of Cristina’s family and friends who serve up great ideas for all kinds of real-life situations. Cristina recently joined the “Oprah family” as a regular contributor, featuring Oprah’s favorite meals, and hosting a series of web cooking classes for—preparing delicious meals for families on tight budgets and little time.

Cristina is a New York Times bestselling author of Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache, Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment, and Cristina Ferrare Style. Her most recent book, Realistically Ever After, is a humorous view of finding happiness when he’s not Prince Charming, you’re not Snow White, and life is not a fairytale. The success of Cristina’s books attest to her expertise in the areas of women’s health and well being, culinary arts, and stylistic design. Her books also reflect her great zest for life and sense of humor. Cristina has just completed her fifth book, a cookbook due out in April, 2011 entitled A Big Bowl of Love.

In the early 80’s, Cristina co-hosted AM Los Angeles, which was the #1 rated morning television show during her five-year tenure. Among her many TV appearances, she has hosted her own shows:  Cristina and Friends and a two-hour live show from Universal Studios called Home and Family. She has substituted as a co-host on Good Morning America and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Her primetime series for CBS, Shame on You, was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed. For NBC, she co-hosted Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus with Dr. Drew Pinsky. At one time, Cristina had three ABC shows on the air at the same time: AM Los Angeles, The Home Show, and the primetime series Incredible Sunday. In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in The Impossible Years and the critically acclaimed J.W. Coop with Oscar winner, Cliff Robertson.

In 2006, Cristina, along with partners Brian Thorson and Tim Hosier, designed a line of home accessories that sells domestically and abroad. “Ferrare With Company” products include picture frames, napkin rings, lamps, scented candles, candle sticks, table accessories, and show-stopping, one-of-a-kind mirrors and chandeliers. Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, pearls, shells, and metals are placed by hand, piece-by-piece, onto each object and are true works of art. The pieces are sought after by top interior designers around the country and sold to over 60 stores, including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. The company has expanded its business to meet the needs of clients in France, Turkey, Istanbul, Dubai, and Saudi Arabia.

Cristina is a sought-after speaker and has spoken at various conventions around the country including the 2004 “The Women’s Conference” where she monitored a session about women’s health and sexual well being. In 2007 she hosted, along with Chef Art Smith, a session on cooking for 300 women! She sits on the board of directors for “The Women’s Conference,” headed by California’s First Lady Maria Shriver. Once a year, over 14,000 women attend the conference for a day of transformation and empowerment. The Women’s Conference encourages women to be their own “Architect of Change” for a better life–for themselves, their families, and their community.

Cristina lives in Los Angeles with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have a blended family of seven children and four grandchildren.

Holly Becker is the founder and editor of decor8, the internationally-known design site dedicated to delivering fresh design ideas meant to inspire its over 45,000 daily readers to live a more fulfilling, authentic and creative life. Since its launch in January 2006, decor8 has been mentioned in over 70 national and international publications, in addition to radio and television programs and Blogger ranked it #10 in 2008. Holly is an American freelance journalist, author and design consultant living in Germany while also maintaining a US office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In addition to decor8, she is the founder of the first online e-course about creative blogging, Blogging Your Way, which was launched in March 2009 and includes written lessons, videocasts and podcasts along with a dedicated forum for students to interact with Holly and her co-teachers, Leslie Shewring and Thorsten Becker along with other students. In the past two years, she has taught over 2,000 students worldwide through Blogging Your Way and teaches workshops and classes in-person on decorating and blogging with her most recent being in Morroco for ACE Camps. In addition to decor8, Holly maintains her more personal blog, Haus Maus, which documents her life as an expat living abroad navigating a new culture.

Holly has worked with a number of top magazines, she was an online columnist for Domino magazine for two years along with parenting magazine, Cookie, and a style editor for both HGTV magazine and their online site. Holly also reported on trends for The Boston Globe’s Style and Arts section as a bi-weekly columnist before relocating to Germany. Holly is currently in her fourth year as a weekly columnist for Real Simple magazine online. She has been quoted in and has contributed to a variety of books, which include: Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living by Lotta Jansdotter (2010) and The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin (2010).

Her debut book, Decorate: 1,000 Professional Ideas for Every Room in Your Home published by Chronicle Books, just released in the United States and was simultaneously published by Jacqui Small Publishing in London and Murdoch Books in Australia. Decorate will be translated and published in Germany by Callwey Verlag in September 2011 under the title, Lust auf Wohnen.

When Holly isn’t working she loves to spend time with her husband, Thorsten, as they both love to comb flea markets for treasures, take photos and spend time outdoors — particularly in the huge forest behind their home. She also loves to decorate, work on craft projects, travel, inline skate and take daily “night walks” with her sweetheart as they have been doing since they first met 12 years ago.