A benign case of Stockholm syndrome? Some of what I’ve learned this summer.

Big Boys WeekWe touched down on the outskirts of my hometown knowing that eager arms waited close by to ensnare the three of us in warm hugs. From within that circle of loving embrace, profuse excitement bubbled up as if we were a magic cauldron whose power only worked when none of the five was absent. After a short, familiar drive, we walked through the back door and settled in, and it was clear that no time had passed; this truly was a second home. Is a second home....more

7 Leaders Talk Race, Gender, Feminism, and the Internet at the BlogHer '14 Closing Keynote

In 2013, with the killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, talk about race, privilege, and what to do about it exploded on the Internet. In addition to the important discussions about race, gender and feminism came to the forefront in the past year on social media, most notably in the appropriately viral hashtag #yesallwomen....more

Get Your Blog Badge for BlogHer PRO '14

We just announced BlogHer PRO '14 last week. It's taking place in Redwood City (in Silicon Valley, just outside San Francisco) this December 3-4, and we're already so excited for this two-day intensive conference. We know you're excited as well, so we've made up some fancy badges for you to place on the sidebar of your blog... or wherever you so choose....more

6 Important Voices in 3 Great Interviews on the Future of the Social Web

Saturday morning's keynote hit on topics surrounding the future of the social web. We're all pretty interested in that since, you know, we are the social web. The keynote broke into three parts, featuring three smart interviewers asking three smart women all the smart questions. What resulted from these segmented interviews was a rounded look at what exists now on our Internet, how we got here, and where we might be going. First up... ...more

The 10x10 Presentations at BlogHer '14: 13 Videos You Don't Want to Miss

The 10x10 presentations made by long-standing community members rank as one of the highlights of BlogHer '14 in San Jose. These intelligent, witty, entrepreneurial, big-hearted, thick-skinned, been-there-lived-through-it-have-the-blog-to-show-for-it people took to the stage and shared the truth of their journey over the past ten years. We, the attendees, learned a lot and came away inspired by what our written word on the web can do. Make sure to watch each video as each speaker brings something important to the stage, to the table, to your listening ear....more
These presenters were outstanding. Every single one. Thank you, blogher, for the honor of being ...more

#TBT: A Love Letter to My #BlogHer14 Sisters

When I tell people that at 32 years old I’ve never been in love a pearl-grabbing gasp is the common response.Eyes bulging, jaws dropping, some slowly step back.I comfort them with my confidence, “It’s okay, it’s not a condition.”When I decided to share my story by blogging I thought it would be as simple as write, post, repeat.Little did I know, it would be more like write, hide, puke, repeat.Fear, anxiety and intimidation would sink in and I would rather push pins in my eyes than press publish on another post.But then, BlogHer happened....more

Announcing: Registration Open for Third Annual BlogHer PRO '14 Conference

Today we are thrilled to announce the return of the BlogHer PRO Conference. This December, the third annual BlogHer PRO will return to the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City for two days of focus on your blogging business. ...more
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Buying Hair at the Airport and Other Stories: Jenny Lawson's Keynote Interview at BlogHer '14

Jenny Lawson, the blogger and author behind The Bloggess, kicked off BlogHer '14 with a funny, witty, snort-laugh inducing, and real Keynote interview with BlogHer Co-Founder Jory Des Jardins. If you're unfamiliar with Jenny's story, it's really one that we love here at BlogHer. Maybe you've read her book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. Did you know she met her agent because of BlogHer? Yup. It's the stuff blogger-writer dreams are made of, really....more
Gosh- I have ALWAYS wanted to learn more about Jenny and her blog...  now I see why she is so ...more

It's (Not) a Scandal: Watch Demetria Lucas Interview Kerry Washington

Demetria Lucas, A Belle in Brooklyn, took to the main stage at BlogHer '14 and interviewed Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress, activist, and mom. These two women brought down the house. Their stellar personalities played so well off one another on stage, asking and answering the questions fans wanted to know....more
It doesn't happen often when the interviewer and the person being interviewed are having a real ...more

10 Tips for Cultivating Connections at Conferences and Events

All event and conference planners (including BlogHer's), sponsors and hosts hope they deliver on at least one of the main reasons people attend their events. And it's no surprise that networking is always cited as one of the top three reasons most people attend conferences, conventions or events. (The other two include, learning/education and getting out of the office.)...more