Inspiration at BlogHer14
By KylieMJ on August 15, 2014
BlogHer14 Was A Blast!!
I went to BlogHer14 not really knowing anybody and a little nervous about whether I'd fit in. The whole experience was an exercise in trusting my gut, reaching out, making friends, and building connections. I left rejuvenated and doubly committed to making blogging an essential part of my life.
I have SO MUCH to say about it. Some profound, some not so profound. I met some blogging friends, and deepened our friendships: Emily from The Waiting, Dawn from Tales from the Motherland, Amy from The Bumblefiles!!
And then there was Katia from I Am The Milk! And Natalie from The Cat Lady Sings. And so many more, including The Militant Baker and Seven Little Mexicans, both of whom are friends in real life with friends of mine in real life (and those friends are also friends in real life). Squee!! Hug!! Another Selfie!!
THE Michelle W., WordPress editor extraordinaire, invited the Voices of the Year to chat, and was SO nice, and SO inclusive, and SUCH a good listener. It was an absolute huge highlight for me to be part of it and to also meet the amazing Butterfly Confessions, who later read a must-read post, America's Not Here For Us, as part of BlogHer's Voices of the Year Celebration.
I got out of my shy shell, quieted the Voice that says, "You're nobody," and it was worth it. I talked to panelists after their presentations. I talked with whomever I was standing next to in line or sitting with at tables.I tried so hard not to be fametimidated. I collected cards and exchanged contact info on BlogHer's nifty app. I said, "Yes." And every time, there was a connection, a spark, a little emotional bridge that we built by being ourselves. Hey Voice: You're somebody.
And every time, there was a connection, a spark, a little emotional bridge that we built by being ourselves.
I tweeted more than I've ever tweeted before, determined to participate and engage. And HOLY SHIT THE BLOGGESS FOLLOWED ME!
I took selfies, Tweeted, Facebooked, hashtagged, and wore the hell out of my thumbs and wrists. Luckily, AmLactin (yes--my actual favorite lotion) was there with hand/arm massages and travel-sized lotions. AND I won some essential oils from Flawed, But Authentic as part of BlogHer's Selfiebration!
Oh my gosh, I met so many amazing people, listened to so many amazing speakers--Arianna Huffington (whose talk I wrote about on my healthscaping blog)! The Bloggess! The tear-jerking, laugh-inducing, thought-provoking readers for Voices of the Year! An incredible panel about nonprofit work with Shot@Life and Morra Aarons-Mele! A panel on making transitions on your blog with Carrie on Living! The Mrs. Band debuting "I'm Enough" with its rockin' empowerment of women of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and the best magic mirror ever. And so, so much more.
And, oh yeah, there was this the larger-than-life blow-up of my post about my dad:
And, so much more. So.Much.More.
Have you been to a blogging conference? What was your experience like?