Thoughts on Attending BlogHer '13 with a Disability

There are many blog posts about the mega BlogHer event that concluded in Chicago almost two weeks ago. Each one I read was wonderful, detailing the unique camaraderie between bloggers, discussing the brands at the Expo Hall, and summing up what each blogger learned both from the sessions and their own personal experiences. As a writer and a health advocate, I can’t sit still without using my own voice about BlogHer from the point of view of a midlifer and someone living with a disability. ...more
cgermans Thanks Christie!  What a lovely thing to say.more

10 Things I Brought Home From BlogHer '13

This past weekend, I traveled to Chicago with 5000 other bloggers to attend BlogHer '13, one of the largest blogging conferences for women around.  I was a BlogHer virgin and wasn't quite sure what to expect.  In the end I came way with way more than a name badge and hotel bill.Here are 10 things I took home with me in my BlogHer '13 doggie bag:...more

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BlogHer13 recap: struggling to find my place in the BlogHer community

So. BlogHer. The biggest conference for women bloggers. Was it everything I wanted?Eh? Maybe? Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations, so there weren’t too many ways it could disappoint me. And knowing that women think about BlogHer all year long and it is such a life changing and inspiring event for them, and here I am all “meh” about it… Felt like maybe something was wrong. Is it me, is it the conference?Let’s break it down…...more

I Left BlogHer '13 Feeling Like a Loser, but Maybe I'm Just on My Own Path

I left BlogHer '13 feeling like a loser. This was not the fault of the hardworking women who organized and led the event. BlogHer is the world's largest blogging conference for women and I felt quite privileged to have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for this year's event, which was held July 25-27. The breakout sessions were informative and to call the keynote speakers inspiring would be an understatement. I was in awe of the confidence of Ree Drummond (better known as the Pioneer Woman) and can't count how many times she made me laugh out loud. ...more
Girl. Listen... You got this. Trust me, it can all seem overwhelming and underwhelming at the ...more

BlogHer 2013 Taught Me

A 'lil over a week ago I went off to Chicago to meet some of my blogging friends and 5,000-ish of our peers at BlogHer '13. It was a conference I'd been looking forward to for many personal reasons. I love blogging, and I love the community. I just needed it all to come together. And that it did. #BlogHer13 taught me a lot about myself and why I do what I do....more

10 More Bloggers Share their BlogHer '13 Moments

What's the one thing I've been seeing time and time again in the recap posts from our BlogHer '13 attendees? Mention of connection in one way or another. Sometimes it's hard won. Sometimes it's a reminder that good people still exist. Sometimes it's about our readers, or our own family members, or ourselves and our writing. But connections were made this year. ...more
Love reading these recaps!  Took this long to finally be able to synthesize my newbie experience ...more

Bloggers Sound Off About Leaning In and Sheryl Sandberg at BlogHer ‘13

Last week, BlogHer Editor-in-Chief Stacy Morrison summed up what she heard Sheryl Sandberg say at BlogHer ’13, but many others of the 4000 women who were also sitting in the McCormick Conference Center in Chicago have also been blogging about their impressions from Sandberg’s keynote speech and the "Lean In" circles they participated in afterwards....more
I applaud anyone who encourages people to take responsibility for their choices and to think ...more

Pioneer Woman – Hi Im the girl who fell over herself talking to you

I scurried into the hall barely holding it together. Turning to the girls I said “I hope you all dont mind if we sit up front(as close as we can get)” We sat down and I couldn’t stop bouncing in my seat. I knew she was coming out any second and I couldn’t flipping wait. We will now relive this day of excitement and embarrassment through crappy cell pics and tweets…...more
Aww this was sweet and I might have gotten a little teary reading it.   Ree is awesome.more

A Newbie Speaker and Attendee at BlogHer '13: My 5 Favorite Things

A week has passed since I spoke at the Newbie Networking Workshop at BlogHer '13. I attended the conference as a n00b attendee and first-time speaker (although, not a newbie speaker outside of BlogHer) and wanted to share five of my favorite (fun) things about the experience....more
Awesome! Love #1 especially - that would be cool!more