Making Connections at Home During BlogHer '12 Week

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BlogHer '12 Week buzz is ramping up, and I hope everyone following along with @BlogHeratHome is getting ready for some fun and community, too.

BlogHer at Home

The first giveaway is closed, but we have a few more in the works this week. Stay tuned for announcements every day. We'll announce the first round of winners, as well as the second prize-winning opportunity, soon. There were so many great introductions in the the comments -- definitely check those out if you'd like to link up with some new blogs and Twitter friends. Some participants wrote blog posts for extra entries, and that was an awesome way to get to know them better.

Mimi at French Kitchen in America writes from Green Bay, Wisconsin. In "Why I am Enthusiastic About Blogging, BlogHer, and So Much More," she shares how blogging is changing for her. 

I've always been rather coy about my location and my identity. But after six years of blogging and after a gradual loosening of my self-imposed identity rules, I am ready to break free and participate more fully in the world of blogging. (I'm even hanging out at BlogHer again and entering a competition for a conference swag bag, which you can do right here.)...

I'm coming out of the kitchen, so to speak, because earlier this summer, I created two new blogs that I hope will enable me to continue to promote my community, which is located about 50 miles north of Green Bay, Wis., (and we all know what Green Bay is famous for, don't we?) on the Wisconsin-Michigan border, and its food sources.

Thanks, Mimi. We are so happy to be a part of this new stage of your work. 

Kim is making BlogHeratHome part of her summer vacation: What to Do When Summer Is Over: Just Keep Swimming

Heather at Terrell Family Fun is already wondering where BlogHer 2013 will be. (Hint: follow the hashtags, so you'll be among the first to know when the announcement is made.)

No Ugly Duckling had a great time in San Diego last year, and is sad not to go to New York. She spent some time last year with International Scholarship Winner Reem Abbas, and I'm so glad she's sharing that story

Reem is seriously an amazing woman to write about about social problems, refugees, conflict and culture in Sudan from a gender-sensitive perspective. What a conscientious lady, and how wonderful that BlogHer can bring this woman from Sudan (who I would probably not likely meet otherwise) into my life.

Haley at Our Life Flying By is staying home in Nashville, but really wants to go to BlogHer. She wants to plan outfits and meet "tons of new bloggers." Those are things I say you can do from home. Say hello! Share your shoes on Instagram. Why not? (And with the money you're saving by staying home, what's a couple new pairs of shoes, right? Yes, I am a fashion enabler.)

Kathy at Kathy's Calm to Chaos Life will be following along from BlogHer's 2012 home of New York. 

Nap Time is My Time will likely be checking in during...nap time! Just a hunch. 

Terri at Gathering My Roses says "events conspired against" her BlogHer Conference plan. Help her have some fun at home.

I love Raquel's ideas for following along from the West Coast (and not just because she called me her new BFF.) 

  • Using the BlogHer Conference App for my iPhone (so I can pretend I have to be somewhere in 10 minutes..)
  • Shopping for some new shoes for the conference because it will be kind of like therapy for me.
  • Commiserating Connecting with other bloggers who will also be on #blogherathome
  • Making hot dogs, black and white cookies, cheesecake and deli sandwiches so I feel like I am in New York
  • If you will be joining me from somewhere other than New York, please let me know in the comments.  If you are from SoCal, come by and have a cookie with me!

Elizabeth plans on cocktails and commiserating -- care to join her?

Erin loves the BlogHer community -- and her post comes replete with a tabbouleh hummus recipe, if that's a snack that's up your alley. 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts about and plans for BlogHerAtHome in a blog post. We look forward to hearing from more of you here, on your blogs, and of course, on Twitter, as the week rolls on. Don't forget to grab your blog badge, and to set up your Twitter app of choice to follow along with the hashtag, too. BlogHer 2012 -- in New York and at home -- is almost here! 

Contributing Editor and BlogHer at Home Host Laurie White writes at LaurieWrites. Her photos are on Flickr

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