Rita Arens

You CAN Edit Yourself Without Losing Your Voice

I would love it if everything I wrote passed through a gifted editor's hands before I sent it out into the world. Unfortunately, I can't afford to keep one on retainer and am forced to edit my own stuff frequently. Over the years, I've learned to focus on three things to retain my voice even as I'm massaging a piece for publication. Image: Tim Gouw on Unsplash...more
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Zahra Aljabri Wins $10k + $40k in Marketing Support at The Pitch

And we have a winner of the #BlogHer16 Pitch Competition! Congratulations to Zahra Aljabri, who received a prize package worth $50,000 sponsored by GoDaddy. The custom prize includes a cash prize, marketing and media support, and a mentoring sessions with GoDaddy chief marketing and customer officer, Barb Rechterman. ...more
tessadoghor What's your company? :)more

Watch The Pitch Entrepreneurs Compete on Our Livestream, Sponsored By GoDaddy

The Pitch Keynote this year is being supported by our longtime conference partner, GoDaddy....more

What We Saw at the #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Community Keynote

The #BlogHer2016 Voices of the Year Community Keynote (emceed by Aisha Tyler and brought to you by Merck for Mothers) was full of truly outstanding talent, and we wanted to share what saw and heard and felt with the world. The first video is off the entire performance. Scroll down to see the individual video winners and find links to the other honorees' posts and streams. Congratulations to all this year's honorees!...more
all good, but why I was watching Kim K talking trying to give parenting lessons?more

How to Follow #BlogHer16 on Social Media

Whether or not you're in LA at #BlogHer16 on August 4-6, you'll want to keep up on social media. Here's where to find us! We’re sharing info, videos, and pictures all during the conference at @BlogHer and @SheKnows on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and SnapChat. Hashtags #BlogHer16 #VOTY #ThePitch...more

Personal Storytelling in a Public World

As media changes, our stories expand and contract to fit new forms of delivery. Serials become novels become novellas and then audiobooks. Essays become posts become listicles become infographs. Pictures become videos become streaming. No matter what form your narrative takes, however, there's one thing that separates you from the pack: your personal voice. Your storytelling should always be compelling, concise and completely yours. ...more

Yes, You Can Be Organized at a Conference. Here's How.

I hate packing, but even more I hate unpacking. I hate the zillions of pieces of paper that I'm pretty sure are important. I hate losing receipts. I hate worrying my car will break down on the way home from the airport because my phone is totally dead. Do you hate these things? Read on, because after ten BlogHer conferences (plus, well, almost twenty years of business travel), I have a plan. And I'm going to share!...more
Awesome advice! I wish I could attend this year...more

Behind the Scenes at Voices of the Year

As we announce this week our #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year honorees, my mind is back in the main ballroom of last year's BlogHer conference. Though I became VOTY chair in 2014, 2015 was the first time I really saw behind the curtain to everything that goes on to produce the Community Keynote. Friends, it is crazy....more

Announcing the #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honorees, Brought to You By Merck for Mothers!

Today we unveil the #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year honorees. It’s our ninth year producing the Voices of the Year (affectionately known as #VOTY) but it never, NEVER gets old. This year the #BlogHer16 Community Keynote will be brought to you by Merck for Mothers and held on Friday, August 5, at 4 p.m. PT. Aisha Tyler will emcee: It's going to be amazing....more
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Pro Tips: Preparing for a Conference

Hey everyone, #BlogHer16 is NEXT MONTH from August 4-6 in Los Angeles! NEXT MONTH! In our excitement, we're dedicating July's BlogHer University to getting yourself ready for #BlogHer16 (or really any professional content creation conference). We want to help you present your best self and get the most possible benefit out of your time, travel and commitment. ...more