What Happens when a NORMAL BLOGGER Goes to #BlogHer14

      While many bloggers love the anonymity of living behind a computer, personally, I love being around people. ...more
LindaCSmith Yay for normal bloggers!  :)  It's so nice to know that there are so many of us out ...more

BlogHer14 – 20 Observations & Reflections upon Re-Entry

I always look forward to the annual BlogHer Conference. This was my 4th year attending. In no particular order, here are 20 observation and reflections about my experience last weekend at BlogHer14 in San Jose, CA..... ...more

How 125 Bloggers Surprised Katherine Stone at BlogHer '14

A few months ago, I was quietly added to a secret group online with a singular mission: come up with a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Katherine Stone’s life saving website, Postpartum Progress. Created by A'Driane Nieves, a mental health blogger (and 2014 VOTY reader), the group quickly grew to over 125 people. ...more
postpartumprog Yes, so amazing! Had me in tears. You deserve it so very much!more

The Power of Owning Our Stories

I don't believe in accidental coincidences. The universe is always conspiring and giving us fodder. It is up to us whether we take the time to listen, digest and act....more
I could feel your spunk and passion bleeding from every passage.  Thank you for being you!  The ...more

Why Did The Blogger Cross The Road?

The streets of San Jose are expansive lanes of cars zipping this way and that, each rushing to their individual destination. Standing on the corner, a bit intimidated by this new city, I watched from the safety of the sidewalk as drivers travelled their path. I wondered what their journey entailed on a Friday morning in the middle of summer. Where were they coming from? Where were they going?...more

Pathfinder Day: The Path to Business Owner #BlogHer14

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a Pathfinder Day at the 10th Anniversary of BlogHer's annual conference. Along with Erica Diamond from Women On The Fence, we covered an entire day on "The Path to Business Owner".  The primary purpose of the presentation was to create a conversation about the many options involved with blog monetization and help advise new bloggers on the ins and outs of this process....more

BlogHer 2014 Recap: 8 Things I Learned from the Conference

I was so excited to be able to attend the BlogHer 2014 Conference this year. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed it and looking forward to attending more BlogHer conferences in the future....more

I Didn't Find My Tribe at BlogHer '14

I found my village. Seems that it has become pretty popular to write about, or talk about, finding one's "tribe." Finding a like-minded group to which to belong. A group that thinks in ways similar to you; or rallies around a cause or champions a segment of society. In the blogging world, seems a "tribe" can be expressed as "mom bloggers," or "food bloggers," "one-cause bloggers (i.e. breast cancer), or "women of ___" [certain ethnicity]. And there seems to be great value in this for those who belong to such. ...more
This is such a great perspective. The only place I felt like I belonged to a tribe was in the ...more

How Kerry Washington Became My Spirit Animal

I’m about to get bossy all up in here.It doesn’t happen super often, so I thought I’d warn everyone before I got down to the bossy business. I won’t start yelling, I promise. It’s all gonna be ok.But I have to ask: When was the last time you put yourself first? No really. I’m not talking about going to the bathroom by yourself, you guys. I mean, when was the last time you took good care of yourself on a regular basis??...more

#IAM ENOUGH: Lessons from BlogHer14

This past weekend's blogging conference was amazing. Seeing as it was my first time doing something like this, I spent much of the time feeling nervous and unsure of myself, especially when speaking with other bloggers who were more established than I am. However, I also pushed myself to brave and make connections and be proud to tell them about who I am and what I write about (even if I only spoke to like, 5 people). I left the conference feeling more sure of where I am in life right now and the direction in which (I think) I am headed....more