UPDATED: Here's How We Can Blog To Get Americans Back To Work (AUDIO)

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California Raisins Hosts Afternoon Poolside Getaway

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REOPENED - Announcing BlogHer '11 Call for Volunteers

 *******************************************************************************************************************UPDATE 7/20/11 - The Call for Volunteers is closed.Thank you to everyone that applied.  We received a tremendous response and will be notifying everyone either way beginning today, 7/20.*******************************************************************************************************************UPDATE 7/16/11 - You are in luck!  The Call for Volunteers has reopened! We have found that we are requiring additional needs and help for all of the fantastic events we are hosting at this year's BlogHer '11.  We are in need of Mic Wranglers and Registration Desk help.  There are not many spaces available so please let us know by Wednesday, July 20th, if you are interested. Please note that there is a mandatory volunteer training on Thursday, August 4th, at 1:00pm where you will receive the necessary training for your role and your pass for the Conference.Don’t delay -– apply now for a BlogHership.*******************************************************************************************************************We are proud to announce this year's Call for Volunteers for BlogHer '11 in San Diego, CA! Each year, BlogHer offers very few highly coveted BlogHerships in exchange for being a conference volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include working the registration desk and mic wrangling. You may see that we have eliminated the Live Blogging positions. This year, we have decided to go a different direction, but we will have the same number of BlogHerships still available....more

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Weighty Confessions of a Depressed Black Woman

Did you know that 4 out of 5 African-American women are overweight? A little over 7 months ago, I was one of those women. But after two years of trying and failing to lose weight, I became serious about wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. Since last Thanksgiving, I have lost 48 pounds and recently ran two 5ks. Currently, I am training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October. ...more

I have to admit I am always suspicious if I have bouts of depression. But only because I lack ... more

Boston Area Pre-BlogHer BBQ July 17th

It's hard to believe that BlogHer 2010 is nearly here. But before we convene in New York, we have the Boston Area BBQ on July 17th.Date and Time: Saturday July 17th, 1-5 pmWhere: 171 White Pond Rd. Hudson MAKids, friends, spouses, partners are all welcome. ...more

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RSVP Count for July 17th

Potential food sponsors for the Meet-up on the 17th need to know how many folks we expect. Spouses, partners, friends and children are all welcome.If you are planning (or even just hoping) to come, please RSVP by commenting on this post with number of adults and number of children. If you aren't entirely sure of the numbers or that you will be able to come, that's okay. At this point, we just need a rough count for planning purposes. It's okay if we end up with a little extra food. It's not if we don't have enough. When it get's closer, we'll do the final definitive count.

T-Mobile Is Looking Forward To BlogHer ’10!

T-Mobile is excited about being part of the wonderful BlogHer ’10 Conference – our third year in a row sponsoring!  We can’t wait to see some of our friends, including Leticia Barr with Tech Savvy Mama, Kristin Ruiz with Our Ordinary Life and Jennifer Leet with The Dirty tShirt blog....more

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Your OB/GYN Said What? Horror Stories From The Other End Of The Examination Table

Any woman can tell you that visits to the gynecologist can be - how to put this? - challenging to one's sense of modesty. You have not known examination room embarrassment until you have had an ob/gyn advise you on comfortable sexual positions in late pregnancy while probing your parts to see whether or not you're dilated, or had an obstetrical resident stitch his finger to those same parts (true story) while repairing a tear and announce it loudly to the entire room. ...more

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Interview: Anissa Mayhew Talks to BlogHer about Her Stroke, Her Recovery and the “Amazing” Support

Many of us know Anissa Mayhew as the ass-kicking, hard-charging author of Hope4Peyton and Free Anissa. Last November, we suddenly met her husband, Peter under circumstances we would never wish: Anissa had just suffered a massive stroke. He posted on her blog: I really just keep feeling like I’m in a bad dream. Do these people not realize who they are dealing with? This is Anissa Mayhew. The strongest, most amazing woman I’ve ever met. She’s thirtyfreakinfive and can move mountains with her smile. She can beat this. There was some hand squeezing the first evening. Baby step, but encouraging. Then came the news of the second bleed. ...more

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I somehow can't stop feeling that you belong to us (sorry Peter). To see you ... more

Celebrate BlogHer's 5th Anniversary With Us and Win One of Five Free Passes With #BlogHer5

Today BlogHer begins celebrating our fifth anniversary.When Elisa, Jory and I met five years ago and decided to organize BlogHer's first conference, we had no idea that in 2010 BlogHer would be the go-to community for women who blog and use social media to get their word out. It was February 2005, and we just wanted to answer the question "Where are the women bloggers?" for good -- so we put our credit cards on the table, put our hands on our keyboards and got to work suggesting a conference that became BlogHer '05 for 300+ people.Today BlogHer is not just a conference, but a community that gave rise to a growing media company that reaches 20+ million people. We come together to write the award-winning BlogHer.com news service, to publish Fortune 500 advertising on more than 2,500 superb blogs, and, of course, for events and conferences. With a team of 44 amazing human beings, via offices in New York and Silicon Valley and a growing number of fantastic sponsors who believe in women who blog, BlogHer, Inc. helps women who blog get read, get speaking gigs, get press and marketing for their writing and, if a blogger who embraces our editorial standards is interested in a publisher, get paid. We've loved every minute of it. As always, we want to hear what you think -- and we'd like to thank you with an anniversary present: We're giving away five BlogHer '10 conference passes. Here's how to participate:Step 1: Write a post, comment or Tweet tagged #BlogHer5 on any one of the following topics. Whichever one you choose, it can be abut anything BlogHer, including conference, site and network. Here are your five ways to play: 5 words: Define BlogHer in five words 5 connections: You made through BlogHer 5 pictures: You took at a BlogHer event 5 issues: BlogHer should tackle in the next 5 years 5 opportunities: You’ve gotten because of blogging or BlogHerStep #2: You can leave a comment here with your #BlogHer5 thoughts, but if you choose to blog or tweet, please come back and leave a link to your thoughts in the comments here.  We’ll give 5 BlogHer ‘10 passes at random by February 15, pulling from all of the people who leave a comment here with their #BlogHer5 entry. The pass will be yours to keep or share. (Apologies, but we just cannot track the Twitterverse or BlogHerVerse accurately enough to give everyone a chance to compete fairly for a pass.). So let's get this party started: You've earned it. Together this community has played an important leadership role in demonstrating the sheer power of women using social media -- as writers, commentators, readers, consumers, change agents and entrepreneurs.We are just so proud to be part of this community. Here's to the next five years. :) Best, Lisa for Elisa, Jory and Lisa BlogHer Co-foundersLisa Stone BlogHer Co-founder, Surfette  BlogHer is non-partisan but our bloggers aren't! Follow our coverage of Politics & News....more

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