Merry Christmas to Me: Turning Off Email for Two Weeks

In a few minutes, I will turn off my email in-box. Zap. Cut off. Thus will begin two weeks without a clue as to what my world wants to tell me -- from holiday wishes from dear friends to real business opportunities to that one Chinese viagra spammer who won't take my no for an answer. Me? Bring it on. I'm so excited that I've already turned my cell phone ring into an old rotary phone sound. ...more

For the past two years, I've worked part time for the express purpose of spending more time ...more

BlogHer of the Week: Be Gay About It

"Coming out, I’ve learned, is not a one-time, one-closet deal. In fact, not a day goes by when I don’t have to decide how to manage my pronouns. My closet is a factory of doors and I’ve found that with each door I open, the ensuing reaction has far less to do with me than with the person reacting." ...more

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On Katie Couric's "Seven Most Powerful People in Media" for Forbes.com, BlogHer is #4

Congratulations BlogHer community, please take a bow -- you are the face of media influence in 2009. BlogHer is #4 on Katie Couric's list of the "seven most powerful people in media". As her contribution to Forbes.com's "One in a Billion" initiative, Ms. Couric chose: #1: Sergei Brin and Larry Page, Google Co-founders #2: Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC #3: Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, The Huffington Post #4: BlogHer Co-founders Jory Des Jardins, Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone #5: Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist #6: Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Twitter Co-founders of Twitter #7: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Co-founder There's not a single traditional media company on this list, which makes us think Ms. Couric is talking about who in media represents communities with the potential and power to truly move the needle when she writes, "[A]mong the many millions of sites and the svengalis behind them, there are a few classics that stand out." We agree: The accelerating influence of women in social media is stunning, just ask us [PDF]. BlogHer's mission -- to create opportunities and economic empowerment for women in social media -- is the driving force behind a community that now reaches more than 20 million* people each month via conferences, the BlogHer.com news service and a network of more than 2,500 excellent blogs. (*Nielsen Netratings Site Census.) Thanks, Katie Couric, we think women in social media are just getting started. Lisa for Jory, Elisa and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

Way to go - glad someone finally got it right!

And thank you. :)

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BlogHer of the Week: Livingston, I Presume

One week before the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter typed a blistering letter to 55 national representatives. In Open Letter on her blog Livingston, I presume, Ritter wrote: ...more

Ask Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about the future of health care: Thursday, Nov. 19 @BlogHer

Meet U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who recently argued on the Senate floor against what she described as discriminatory practices in health care coverage of women: picapp_gallery("475437","5366657,5031590,4911796,4542958,3762335,3748356","","1","1","2") ...more

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Ask Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis about the future of health care: Thursday, Oct. 29 @BlogHer

Meet Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, who recently told Neil Cavuto on Fox Business: ...more

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BlogHer of the Week: Minor Catastrophes

Let's talk about sex, parent-style. I mean your parents having sex. And you having sex if you're a parent. Don't cringe: Laugh instead. In Business Time, Megan Ault Regnerus takes on doing the wild thing after kids -- both as a child and as a mother. Her taboo-skewering story made both consenting adults in my household laugh so hard we wept. First she invokes her own childhood: ...more

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You just made a gray, rainy Monday at the office in Montana a whole lot brighter! ...more

Ask Senator Jeff Merkley about the future of health care: Wednesday, Oct. 21 @BlogHer

Meet Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, who recently went on CNBC to make a business case for health care reform: You're invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis to join us when BlogHer moderates a telephone conference call with Sen. Merkley at 1:45pm Eastern, 10:45am Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Please add your name below and any blog URL if you have one (that's not required :). We'll be back in touch with the phone number and logistics. We have room for a group of 20 bloggers, who will join BlogHer's contributing editors from both sides of the aisle. If you're unable to attend, no worries -- please leave your question in the comments below and we will try to ask for you. This call is the fifth in BlogHer's bi-partisan series of telephone conference discussions to connect women bloggers directly with legislators, in partnership with the Sunlight Foundation and OpenCongress.org. You can hear audio and read transcripts of our discussions at the links below: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) Rep. George Miller (D-Ca) Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) We hope you join us! Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

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Ask Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the future of health care: Thursday, Oct. 15 @BlogHer

You're invited to join Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) in a telephone conference call about health care reform legislation at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Oct. 15. The first 20 BlogHers who sign up in the comments below will be sent call-in information. More details below.It's a big week for this controversial legislation. Five health care reform bills are moving through Congress and today the Senate Finance Committee meets to take a final vote on their version, the most conservative of the bunch according to OpenCongress.org.Speaker Pelosi herself sent three versions of H.R. 3200 to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis last week, stating as she did that "it's very clear from our conversations with the members that the votes are there for a public option." (Source: Capitol Briefing.)The public option has been the speaker's rallying cry since July, when she said,"The glory days are coming to an end for the health insurance industry in our country. I have said that their profits are obscene, they have increased enormously over the past few years at the expense of America's consumers. And that's why what's in it for the consumers in our bill is that no longer will an insurance company be able to withhold insurance because you have a pre-existing medical condition. No longer can they pull back or rescind your insurance if you get more ill. No longer will you lose your health ins if you lose your job, change jobs, start a business, be self-employed. You will still have health insurance and think of what that means for the vitality of our economy, so we can encourage entrepreneurship while people have the confidence that they will have health insurance and can take more risks."This quote begins at one minute, twenty-nine seconds (01:29) into this YouTube video:You're invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis to join us when BlogHer moderates a telephone conference call with Speaker Pelosi at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 8:30 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, Oct. 15. Please add your name below and any blog URL if you have one (that's not required :). We'll be back in touch with the phone number and logistics. We have room for a group of 20 bloggers, who will join BlogHer's contributing editors from both sides of the aisle. If you're unable to attend, no worries -- please leave your question in the comments below and we will try to ask for you. This call is the fourth of BlogHer's bi-partisan series of telephone conference discussions to connect women bloggers directly with legislators, in partnership with the Sunlight Foundation and OpenCongress.org. You can hear audio and read transcripts of our discussions at the links below: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash)Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) Rep. George Miller (D-Ca)We hope you join us! Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

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Sign up to ask Congressman George Miller about the future of health care: Wednesday, Oct. 7 @BlogHer

Meet California Congressman George Miller. "Never again will they [Americans] be without health care," says Rep. Miller, announcing the vote he oversaw for H.R. 3200 as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and a supporter of universal health care: You're invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis to join us when BlogHer moderates a telephone conference call with Rep. Miller at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Please add your name below and any blog URL if you have one (that's not required :). We'll be back in touch with the phone number and logistics. We have room for a group of 15-20 bloggers, who will join BlogHer's contributing editors from both sides of the aisle. If you're unable to attend, no worries -- please leave your question in the comments below and we will try to ask for you. This call is the third of BlogHer's bi-partisan series of telephone conference discussions to connect women bloggers directly with legislators, in partnership with the Sunlight Foundation and OpenCongress.org. Please also see our discussions with: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) Audio Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) Audio We hope you join us! Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-founders ...more

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If you turn on CSPAN you can see the House is voting ...more