The Recap of BlogHer '14 Recaps: You Write, We Listen, Everyone Learns

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You know what bloggers do after a conference? They blog about that conference. We've been reading all of your recaps; laughing with you, crying with you, engaging in very important conversations, learning from you, getting shoe crushes with you. We chose ten little bits of wisdom—funny or poignant or somewhere in between—to share with you today.

So sit back and relive a little bit of BlogHer '14 with us.


Jill Krause of Baby Rabies instructed bloggers on how to become rich. But wait... read the whole post.

"The hard work gives you power, and if you’re wise, you work even harder to make sure you use it for good. It gives you a platform to make a change, to speak up, to bring people together, and make smaller voices heard.

One day, you will find yourself in a place you only got to because of blogging. And you’ll look around the room, inspired, knowing that you are part of a movement that is changing the world."

Read the rest of Jill's post.


Danielle Barnsley of Another Version of Mother speaks truth about whether or not blogging is dying.

"There are people who have been screaming that blogging is on it’s way out. That it’s not cool, or relevant. Is it changing? Yes, but that’s the nature of these things. We should expect evolution. We should expect that our platforms might change, and look different than they did even just two years ago. This does not equate death.

Bloggers are writers, and we will find a way to write, even if the environment changes. Stop trying to put us in an early grave, ya’ll."

Read the rest of Danielle's post.


Leigh Ann Torres of Genie in a Blog commented on the feeling of belonging.

"I felt like I belonged, which is hokey and silly, but whatever. It’s encouraging to hear that personal blogging still has a place in the internet, in the midst of so much 'A monkey stole this mom’s minivan. What happens next will bow your mind!'"

Read the rest of Leigh Ann's post.


Thien-Kim Lam of I'm Not the Nanny found a thread moving through so much of the conference: why we must continue to tell stories about race.

"We must continue to tell our stories about race.

If we stay quiet, then others will not know. They will hope and wish to believe that racism no longer exists or does not affect them or their families. We can’t stop. Not ever. While the themes of each of our stories are the same, our perspective is different. Racism is not about the individual. Racism is about the lack of understanding and refusal to learn about other’s cultures."

Read the rest of Thien-Kim's post.


Amber at Climb Out of the Cubicle felt comfort in realizing that there are lots of other normal bloggers.

"My best part of the whole conference was discovering that there are normal bloggers out there. NORMAL. REGULAR PEOPLE.

I met so many amazing bloggers. There are bloggers like me, who don’t have 10K followers or a book deal in the works. There are bloggers who need a creative outlet or who love writing. There are bloggers with ambitious aspirations who are unwilling to give up, no matter how the odds. But mostly, there are normal people, who love being online and making friends around the world through writing and relationships. For me, this was the best part."

Read the rest of Amber's post.


Maureen French pointed out how awesome it is to get that many women in one space.

"I loved the energy of 2500+ women and a smattering of men of all ages, colors, sizes, sexual preferences, writing styles and levels of blogging success. Every time I sat down at a table for a meal or a speaker, everyone was so darn friendly, I LOVED that. Where else can you go where people are genuinely excited to meet and talk to you? Don’t answer that, but for me that place was BlogHer."

Read the rest of Maureen's post.


Kimberly at Red Shutters realized the importance of listening to others' stories.

"What I took away from BlogHer14 was the importance of paying attention to the stories of others, especially those who have experiences that are different from mine. And what was unexpected was how much my experience at BlogHer14 shifted my worldview.

I heard from many women whose stories were uncomfortable, different, and powerful. I listened to them, and I hope I’ll be better for it. All of the issues I listed above were discussed openly and with a rawness and deep power that blew me away. I hadn’t expected to get all that from BlogHer14—and that’s probably one of the best reasons to attend a conference of this kind: you get the awesome opportunity to step out of your familiar and learn from others—an honor that changes and shapes you."

Read the rest of Kimberly's post.


Kristi Trimmer won the best swag ever.

"I realized early on that my soul yearned for this time with these blogging women. It yearned to be around people that were like me – who wrote their lives out on the Internet for the world to see. Who chose their words to make a living. I have missed being around women who get me, who know me, who I don’t have to tell my story over and over too."

Read the rest of Kristi's post.


Amy at Using Our Words was a bit nervous heading over to the closing party. But then...

"As hundreds of bloggers sang about that sweet child o’ mine, being girls who just wanna have fun, and bustin’ a move, nobody was a category. There was no race, no religion, no creed, no geography, no niche, no age, no hierarchy, no stats, no struggle.

Just joy.

And in that moment, I realized it was the perfect ending to a powerful weekend. I couldn’t have been more proud to be a part of this huge, diverse blogging community. Because there we were united—smiling upon one another—living passionately, fully, and with everyone’s happiness on our hearts (and in our feet)."

Read the rest of Amy's post.


Lizz Porter at Am I a Funny Girl? has some very, very wise words about re-entry.

You might expect people to hand you random gifts, or snacks or shots. Do not help yourself when you see lovely displays in stores. That’s stealing.

Read the rest of Lizz's post.


We know that there are more recaps out there; we've been reading them all. Many were shared on Facebook. Some have been shared here on the site. They've been tweeted and retweeted and shared and loved. We love each and every one of your posts; they help us better understand what matters most to you at our conferences. Know what else helps? Taking the post-conference survey. It will help us make a great conference next year.

Haven't written your recap yet? There's still time; your point of view still matters. We're still listening. We're always listening.

Feel free to share a link to your recap below. We'll read it. We promise.


BlogHer Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.


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