What Does It Feel Like to Be a VOTY? 3 More Voices of the Year Share Their Stories

As your submissions for Voices of the Year (VOTY) and Photos of the Year (PhOTY) continue to roll in, we continue to send virtual high fives in your direction. Whether you're submitting your own work or submitting the work of your fellow bloggers and photographers, you are continuing in our efforts to make BlogHer the conference the community built. Your voices and photos, submitted now and honored later on stage, make our conference unique, personal, and oh-so-awesome. ...more
Jeez, these posts are killing me #wipestearsawaymore

What Does It Feel Like to Be a Voice of the Year? 3 Past Presenters Share Their Answers

We are so happy, so excited to see your submissions for Voices of the Year (VOTY) and Photos of the Year (PhOTY) come rolling in. Seeing you submit your own work or the work of your fellow bloggers is inspiring. But I know how big and scary it can feel to submit your own work -- or to learn your work has been submitted by someone else. Maybe you don't even know what to expect from the process....more
I love this.  Last year was my first BlogHer conference, and listening to the readings was a ...more

Voices of the Year and Conquering Fear

A mulling cauldron of thoughts and emotions began to bubble and boil the moment I read the headline: Voices of the Year Submissions for BlogHer '14 Are Open! PLUS: Introducing Photo of the Year! ...more
maomau Oh, can we still vote? If so, please link me to your photos!more

VIDEO: Relive a Little of BlogHer '13 with Our Videos, Now Live!

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. ...more
@Mediamum Phew, thanks for the catch!more

BlogHer '13 Photos Are LIVE -- and Lookin' Good!

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
Hello there, Jenna! What a fun, exceptionally inviting post. The photos are just BlogHer-icious. ...more

Queen Latifah To Host the BlogHer '13 Voices of the Year Community Keynote!

Yesterday there wasn't just one #RoyalBirth. BlogHer announced the arrival of a QUEEN. Queen Latifah, that is.Now, Queen Latifah is an accomplished person. She's a musician, award-winning actress, record-label president, author, entrepreneur, and Cover Girl. She has earned a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, and a Grammy Award as well as nominations for six additional Grammys, an Emmy, and an Oscar. And this fall she's going to add daytime talk show host to her long list....more
And she was FANTASTIC!!!  What a gorgeous woman, inside and out!  I was in awe just being in the ...more

I Owe Who I Am to Queen Latifah

Allow me to express the indescribable joy I felt upon learning that Queen Latifah will be at BlogHer '13 hosting the Voices of the Year Community Keynote. I literally squealed with joy and became teary-eyed. She is the primary reason I am a Black Feminist. ...more
@Lisa Stone I'm so excited for this show, Lisa. You don't even know!!!   Thank you for your ...more

Gearing Up for BlogHer '13: Pre-Conference Fears & VOTY Thoughts

BlogHer '13 is right around the corner! With the quickly approaching dates and recent announcements, the number of posts you have been writing in your own spaces has sky-rocketed. As always, we're reading along -- and bringing your words to our readers to help calm their fears, get them excited, and, yes, help calm some fears, too. Let's see what people are saying this week....more
Oh, hey - thanks! I really was so very tickled and excited by the honor. It absolutely kills me ...more

Announcing: The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

Six weeks + 2,600 submissions + 15 committee members = The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year! (Affectionately known as #VOTY.)This year's VOTY submission process has been a magnificent journey through the hearts and minds of the blogosphere. We are so excited to honor these 100 bloggers -- writers, speakers, and artists, who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, and do more....more
@Linda Anselmi Woo-Woo! Looking over all of these again. Can't get enough. Really enjoyed ...more

Scared to Submit Your Work for VOTY? Don't Be!

I know when you’re a small fry in the blog/writing arena, it’s easy to get intimidated and feel left out because those with bigger platforms are being nominated, called out, read, and recognized -- and recognizing their own peers. But hear me: SMALL DOES NOT EQUAL INSIGNIFICANT and is in no way an indication of the value and worth of your work and your story....more
@lindalainey YOU ROCK.more