"You want to do what? Can you really make money at that?" is the reaction I usually get when I talk about wanting to leave the 9-to-5 world to stay home and become a full-time blogger. It’s said in the same condescending “Oh, that’s cute” voice used when a three-year-old says she wants to be the next president or pop star.
Now don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are supportive of my blog and writing, but many view it as more of a hobby than something “real.” But I know it’s real. So the question is, do I have what it takes to leave the work world I’ve known and make a-go of this, writing in my space and picking up freelance work because of my blog?
It's that time of the year! Summer is coming to an end, kids are back in school, and it's Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. -- but that only means the conference team is taking a few days off, and then we'll have exciting news for you next week!
BlogHer PRO in October. We already know the following:...more
Did you like the Expo Hall at BlogHer '13? I sure did. I loved interacting with the sponsors this year; I found them engaging and entertaining. (OPTIMUS PRIME! ZOMG!) As we've read through all of your post-conference write-ups, we've found that our attendees really liked the sponsors too....more
Happy Friday! Our BlogHer '13 official conference videos are live! We know that both those who attended and those who couldn't make it love to watch these, so we're thrilled to put them here for your viewing pleasure! Would you like to relive a little of BlogHer '13 with me? Okay, let's go.
I am pleased to tell you that our Official Photos from BlogHer '13 are IN HOUSE. We are excited to share them with you today. I love me a good picture, and our photographers -- Danielle Tsi, Nader Khouri and Ricky Kluge -- delivered some good pictures. You all are some good lookin' people! It's a treat for the eye, a way to relive all the fun of the conference again. Or, most of it anyway....more
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.
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.
Image Credit: Jasmine Banks, Just JasmineI have always thought of myself as a fat girl.I was the girl who never had a real boyfriend.Who, in spite of outward appearances, never really had a whole lot of confidence in my looks....more
After taking the stage Friday morning, Ree looked nervously at the wide open stage space, hovering to one side, as she jokingly pleaded for her long time gal pals and BlogHer founders, to not leave her alone. Ree wasn’t afraid to appear vulnerable, telling us, “I am not a public speaker, folks,” and winning the audience over by publicly declaring her Spanx discomfort. At that very moment, I too sat squirming in Spanx, and I suspect Ree would have been overwhelmed by the show of Spanx solidarity, if only she had queried the audience.
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