BlogHer13 recap: struggling to find my place in the BlogHer community

So. BlogHer. The biggest conference for women bloggers. Was it everything I wanted?Eh? Maybe? Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations, so there weren’t too many ways it could disappoint me. And knowing that women think about BlogHer all year long and it is such a life changing and inspiring event for them, and here I am all “meh” about it… Felt like maybe something was wrong. Is it me, is it the conference?Let’s break it down…...more

I Left BlogHer '13 Feeling Like a Loser, but Maybe I'm Just on My Own Path

I left BlogHer '13 feeling like a loser. This was not the fault of the hardworking women who organized and led the event. BlogHer is the world's largest blogging conference for women and I felt quite privileged to have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for this year's event, which was held July 25-27. The breakout sessions were informative and to call the keynote speakers inspiring would be an understatement. I was in awe of the confidence of Ree Drummond (better known as the Pioneer Woman) and can't count how many times she made me laugh out loud. ...more
Girl. Listen... You got this. Trust me, it can all seem overwhelming and underwhelming at the ...more

BlogHer 2013 Taught Me

A 'lil over a week ago I went off to Chicago to meet some of my blogging friends and 5,000-ish of our peers at BlogHer '13. It was a conference I'd been looking forward to for many personal reasons. I love blogging, and I love the community. I just needed it all to come together. And that it did. #BlogHer13 taught me a lot about myself and why I do what I do....more

10 More Bloggers Share their BlogHer '13 Moments

What's the one thing I've been seeing time and time again in the recap posts from our BlogHer '13 attendees? Mention of connection in one way or another. Sometimes it's hard won. Sometimes it's a reminder that good people still exist. Sometimes it's about our readers, or our own family members, or ourselves and our writing. But connections were made this year. ...more
Love reading these recaps!  Took this long to finally be able to synthesize my newbie experience ...more

Bloggers Sound Off About Leaning In and Sheryl Sandberg at BlogHer ‘13

Last week, BlogHer Editor-in-Chief Stacy Morrison summed up what she heard Sheryl Sandberg say at BlogHer ’13, but many others of the 4000 women who were also sitting in the McCormick Conference Center in Chicago have also been blogging about their impressions from Sandberg’s keynote speech and the "Lean In" circles they participated in afterwards....more
I applaud anyone who encourages people to take responsibility for their choices and to think ...more

Pioneer Woman – Hi Im the girl who fell over herself talking to you

I scurried into the hall barely holding it together. Turning to the girls I said “I hope you all dont mind if we sit up front(as close as we can get)” We sat down and I couldn’t stop bouncing in my seat. I knew she was coming out any second and I couldn’t flipping wait. We will now relive this day of excitement and embarrassment through crappy cell pics and tweets…...more
Aww this was sweet and I might have gotten a little teary reading it.   Ree is awesome.more

The BlogHer '13 Fashion Show Style and Beauty Look Book

You asked for it, and here it is: The lookbook for the BlogHer '13 fashion show--including the clothes, the shoes, and more info about all the gorgeous model/bloggers who walked. ...more
This was wonderful.Thanks for all the detailed info. Love the Monif C dresses.more

Women Judging Women

Ok. The women judging women thing has to stop. Fuck this idea that because we are women, when we go to conferences we need to behave like prime proper school marms or be shamed and judged – mainly by other women....more
"Men don't need to keep women down. Women are doing a damn fine job of keeping women down ...more

The Right Fit - BlogHer 2013

This isn’t going to be one of the typical, “I went to BlogHer and all I came back with is ” posts. . Yes, I saw and participated on some great panels, reconnected with some old friends, met new ones and had some fun too during the official evening events....more
I love that you found your people. I felt the same this year.more

Newbie

Hard to believe but this is not Farrah Fawcett. It's me in my high school annual. Wow. I really look vulnerable.  She was with me at BlogHer....more
It was great to meet you!more