For me, now, Mother's Day no longer means brunch. It means community.
Okay, it means brunch first -- likely with a mimosa-- immediately followed by community.
Three years ago, I started blogging, with no concept of that I would become part of an online community. Slowly and organically, I found myself forging friendships and connections with my blogging peers through a shared dedication to the craft of writing and creative self-expression. Attending my first BlogHer conference -- and experiencing blogging voices sprung from their screens, voiced by their readers in the "Community Keynote" (now called Voices of The Year)-- made me realize how much I wanted to make my own voice and other voices in my real life community heard.
In 2010, the first Listen To Your Mother show in Madison, Wisconsin gave twelve readers -- twelve voices -- a podium for their story and an audience to receive it, and a new community Mother's Day celebration ensued. After I put that first show online, I heard from Wendi Aarons, Stacey Conner, Stephanie Precourt, and Lisa Rosenberg -- each of them wanting to give Mother's Day a microphone in their cities.
In 2011, Listen To Your Mother gave voice to 69 unique iterations on the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested of Mothers and Motherhood before hundreds of live audience members and thousands more across the globe via LTYMShow's YouTube channel. A new national Mother's Day story-sharing movement was born, and sounded around the world through the megaphone of social media sharing.
THIS SUNDAY April 29th at 2:00 local, LTYM directors and producers Wendi Aarons and Elizabeth McGuire in Austin, and Lela Davidson in Northwest Arkansas, kick off our TEN CITY 2012 season, welcoming to the podium an incredible array of local writers, and giving Mother's Day a microphone across our entire country.
In the coming two weeks, eight other cities host LTYM Shows. 140 mothers, sons, daughters, fathers -- some call themselves writers, many call themselves bloggers -- take to the stage to give their community the gift of their words for Mother's Day. Please join us--bring your Mom, your Aunt, your best friend too, and celebrate women and writing as a community.See you at the show!
SUNDAY MAY 6
THURSDAY, MAY 10
FRIDAY MAY 11
SUNDAY, MAY 13 (Mother's Day)
LTYM feels forever grateful to BlogHer for both the original inspiration, as well as the national media sponsorship that allows LTYM's infrastructure to continue to thrive. We also thank our new premier national sponsor Snapfish, not to mention the dozens of local sponsors that help sustain each local LTYM Show.
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