Since most of the folks that stop by this blog are not entrenched in the online blogging and tweeting world, I thought I’d quickly tell you a little bit about BlogHer. BlogHer is the largest organization for women bloggers. They hold a yearly conference where women bloggers (and some men) come together for 2-3 days and discuss various topics related to writing online both personally and professionally. As a corporate blogger and a “mommyblogger” as a lot of of have been named, I jumped at the chance to attend. (I attended last year as well & had an awesome time)
It was a l-o-n-g conference beginning when I arrived on Wednesday night and ending when I boarded my United flight on Sunday morning. I’ve been away from my family for 5 days at a time before but never when I’m surrouded by adorable babies making me more homesick with each giggle & toothless grin. And then one day, these guys rolled around the corner and their cuteness almost brought me to my knees! As soon as they were out of eye sight I quickly dialed the phone to hear my own DS’s voice.
Besides being a little more homesick then normal, I had a great time. It was exhausting but in a wonderful way- in a way that has every second of your day filled with one eye-opening, smile-inducing and mind-bending experience after the other. I met so many incredible people- some I had met before and some I was so excited to meet for the first time (and there were way too many people, it turns out, I missed meeting). It would be time consuming impossible to list them all here but like last year, the one thing I will talk about, that was the single BEST hour of the conference for me, was the Community Keynote. This is one hour dedicated to reading some of the best content on blogs. Out of hundreds of submissions by the community, there were 21 posts chosen this year in 5 different categories.
If they decided to turn BlogHer 2010 into 2 days of the Community Keynote I would sign up in a millisecond. It blew me away last year and it did not disappoint this year. One minute I was laughing so hard I wished I had visited the ladies room before it got started and the next minute I was crying so hard I thought for sure hiccups would follow. For me, THIS is what BlogHer is all about (and to think- there were 2 men featured this year!). This hour defines what it is to be a community of different people, different viewpoints, different voices – that all connect to each other through their beautiful, talented and touching written words. There is a generosity in what these people do- to give of themselves to others- to share what’s in their hearts; to uplift an entire community of people just by expressing their thoughts on a computer. For their generosity, I am grateful. For the BlogHer community bringing people like this together, I am also grateful. A wonderful experience I hope to repeat again next summer.