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
Whenever anyone new to the BlogHer annual conference has asked for a description of the Voices of the Year Community Keynote, I resort to saying something like, "It's the beating heart of the conference." And then I add, "And also its funny bone." Then, "Okay, and also its conscience." It may sound hyperbolic, but I wind up saying that the Voices of the Year Community Keynote is nothing less than an in-person demonstration of why so many of us bother to read and write blogs....more
In just under a week, we'll be closing submissions for one of the most highly anticipated elements of the BlogHer Annual conference program, Voices of the Year.
The Voices of the Year Community Keynote honors up to 120 of the brightest voices in the blogging community, as chosen by the community. We'll get the opportunity to hear 15 of them read their posts live during the Closing Keynote on Friday, August 3rd, and the others will be honored on BlogHer.com....more
Four years ago, a lone microphone stood on an empty stage in a ballroom in San Francisco. A crowd of BlogHer attendees sat waiting, not entirely sure for what, as Eden Kennedy walked out onto the stage and began what has now become one of the most eagerly anticipated events at the annual BlogHer conference -- the Voices of the Year Community Keynote....more
It's true: Video from the BlogHer '11 Voices of the Year is here! You can view each speaker individually or see the whole session all at once. Enjoy!**Please note, these videos might take a minute to load, so please be patient.**Image: Asher-Sears PhotographyIn order of appearance......more
This was my third BlogHer '11 Community Keynote/Voices of the Year, and once again I choked with laughter -- and choked up with emotion. You women, you women. You're truly an inspiration. And I can't wait to read more submissions and hear more of you reading next year.