Last night, I left the BlogHer closing parties around 11 p.m. with a heavy heart that, in spite of that, was filled with hope.
I’m not going to say I made every possible effort not to grow attached to my new friends, but I never expected it to be this hard for me to say goodbye to them. It was impossible not to love them; they treat me exactly the way I always long to be treated– like a friend, a sister, an ally, a confidante– anything but a physically challenged girl.
And they definitely know how to shake things up! They’re mothers, wives, bloggers, lobbyists, CEOs, founders, homemakers, powerful movers and shakers.
In short, they demand to be taken seriously– when appropriate!
This is why I want to dedicate one entry to BlogHer, not only to reach out to them and ask them to do whatever they can to promote my cause, but also to pay tribute to the thousands of amazing women who were in attendance at the conference.
BlogHer is both a media company and a community that embraces both the distinct and collective voices of female bloggers, as well as the voices of male bloggers who write content relevant to women. In short, BlogHer is all about bringing people together to talk about the issues that matter to her.
And, they do a heck of a good job at it. BlogHer, which is known as “the largest community of women who blog,” boasts more than 20 million unique visitors each month.
They’ve created a unique site where women can post their blogs, feature them in a blog directory, and meet and network with other women bloggers.
But BlogHer is much more than simply that. At the conference, many women shared their personal stories of loss and triumph, tragedy and comedy, weakness and resilience. The topics they blog about cut across all lines of stereotypes. Where else can you meet such a diverse group of ladies that write on the whole gamut of subjects– from food to furniture, from children to charity, from couture to culture, from glamour to globetrotting?
The possibilities are as staggering as they are endless.
never would have found out about BlogHer had it not been for my friends at LATISM. I also would not have made it to the conference without them, or without HITN, who generously sponsored me. Muchas gracias y bendiciones. Without all of you, I would have remained completely oblivious to this invaluable, unforgettable experience.
I truly hope that, after this humbling and exhilarating experience, and after meeting one of BlogHer’s founders in person (Elisa Camahort), that the entire BlogHer community will feel compelled to speak out for spina bifida awareness.
Well, I hope you’re all having a great weekend, and that you have a great week, starting tomorrow!
Love from NYC,