Some Thoughts on Voices of the Year

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
Polly, I can't even begin to tell you how honored and proud I was to have been a VOTY reader ...more

Announcing the Writing Lab at BlogHer '12!

We want you to leave BlogHer '12 feeling not just informed, connected, and inspired, we want you to leave more confident about your writing. So this year we're trying something new. We're splitting up the Writing programming: Friday will have traditional panels (check them out here), but Saturday will be all small-group, hands-on workshops. Six workshops will take place at small round tables during each breakout session on Saturday: three will run by editors, three by writing professionals from the BlogHer community. ...more
@FireMom Thank you! I feel that getting in line that early would mean I'd miss out on other open ...more

Announcing the BlogHer '12 Pathfinders

Today we are thrilled to announce the Pathfinders who'll be leading the five paths for the second annual BlogHer Pathfinder Day. Taking place on Thursday, August 2th, the day before the full BlogHer '12 conference begins, Pathfinder Day was created to to help answer questions that bloggers, regardless of how long we've been at it, often face: Where do I go from here? And, How do I help my blog get me or my work from where it is now to where I want it to be?...more
Hello there, Polly! Well, the marketing staff at BlogHer wins again! I am coming early and was ...more

Voices of the Year Eve: The Announcement Is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, we'll be announcing the names of those bloggers who will be honored as Voices of the Year in 2012 -- including those who will be reading their honored posts at the Community Keynote at the BlogHer '12 conference this August 3-4 in New York City (register here)....more
I do have to admit to being a bit curious about this ... it's one of the first submissions I ...more

BlogHer Food Speakers: Authors and Their Books, Part Two

Yesterday we brought you a Baker's Dozen of BlogHer Food speakers and their published books. Today we're bringing you another dozen -- 12 great speakers and their numerous works. You might not be able to read all of these books and make all of the amazing recipes in the cookbooks before BlogHer Food '12, but you do have time to grab a few. ...more
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BlogHer Food Speakers: Authors and Their Books, Part One

You don't need to wait 'til BlogHer Food in Seattle next month to start sampling the recipes and poring over the prose of the talented folks who'll be speaking there. They're all online, most of them via their own blogs, which you can find on the speakers' pages here.But did you know that between them, this year's BlogHer Food speakers have also published over fifty books? That's not counting the contributions many have made to other cookbooks, and the books that they're in the process of -- forgive me -- cooking up....more

I'll Take Obama's Symbolic Gesture, Thank You Very Much!

Pundits and analysts are actively working over yesterday's statement by President Obama that "same-sex couples should be able to get married." It was calculated! It was a cynical attempt to recoup lost demographics he needs to get elected! He just wants to motivate a lackluster base!...more
 @kat56 Please don't condemn all Christians because of one ignorant man's rant. According to the ...more

Announcing: BlogHer '12 HealthMinder Day Programming!

Back in February, Elisa introduced HealthMinder Day, a brand-new, pre-conference add-on opportunity for BlogHer '12 attendees:  The day will focus on expert information and looking at the latest tools, services, sources, and products for taking care of yourself and your loved ones. And for sharing with your online communities. The day is a stand-alone, so you purchase a ticket separately from your BlogHer '12 registration (here).   Health and wellness -- including care of self and care of others -- are matters of huge interest to BlogHer community members....more

Speaker Spotlight: BlogHer Food Day Two, The Innovator Interview

Last week I introduced you to Diane Cu, Todd Porter, Bryant Terry, and Terry Walters, the keynote speakers for BlogHer Food '12's first day. Today, it's the end of Day Two's headliners. (Registered yet? There are still a few spots left, so get moving!)....more
It would have been a dream come true to have been able to attend and participate in BlogHer Food ...more

Speaker Spotlight: BlogHer Food Keynotes, Day One

In a little over six weeks from now, hundreds of food bloggers and food blog readers, all kinds of food industry professionals, scores and scores of speakers, a whole bunch of sponsors, and around a dozen behind-the-scenes staff will be taking over the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle for BlogHer Food '12 (register here). Today I'm going to take a moment to introduce you in greater detail to keynoters for Day One of the conference....more