Behind the Scenes at Voices of the Year

As we announce this week our #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year honorees, my mind is back in the main ballroom of last year's BlogHer conference. Though I became VOTY chair in 2014, 2015 was the first time I really saw behind the curtain to everything that goes on to produce the Community Keynote. Friends, it is crazy....more

Telling an Audience of 3,000 About My Mental Illness

The joy of learning the Voices of the Year judges chose me as one of the readers to read my post at BlogHer '14 waned very quickly. It wasn't a lack of pride in a well-written piece, nor was it a lack of understanding what an honor it is to stand on the stage at the BlogHer conference and read in front of 3,000 women. The joy slowly seeping out of my soul and puddling around my feet was based on the fact that I'd need to stand in front of those 3,000 women and read about my mental health. ...more
Thank you for your beautiful words and your courage to read them. It does help to know that ...more

Fashion Forward

Last week I bought a new dress.It took me a long time to make up my mind to buy it. It’s not my usual thing. It’s red and fitted – no, downright snug – and cut alarmingly low in the front. It’s sophisticated and sexy. The fabric has just enough give that it’s comfortable, not confining, and I loved it from the moment I put it on....more

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

BlogHer 2013: The Social and the Savvy (Part 1)

It's now been four days and counting since I got back from BlogHer 2013 (#BlogHer13) and the adrenaline rush of being "social" butterfly Estelle, is slowly dissipating amidst the daily onslaught of my "mom"  responsibilities, from doing six loads of laundry, to cleaning up messes, to dealing with temper tantrums, to organizing like a banshee three supremo playdates for my four-year-old daughter, one after another (sprinkler park, beach trip, pool/shopping trip)....more

On Finding Myself...at BlogHer

I admit it.  My elevator speech at BlogHer was awful.  I'll show you what I mean.Typically, it went a little something like this:So what do you blog about?...more
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