What a miraculous journey! 10 years of blogging! What an incredible feat!
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In August, I was incredibly proud and excited to join BlogHer and become part of the blogosphere. To learn about blogging and what it takes to become a blogger. I had no idea how many people I would meet, the amazing blogs that I would get to read, and all of the priceless advice that I would receive. I've learned so much, and it has only been a few months.
I love reading about the amazing women that started this space: Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins. The women that weren't happy about the silence of female bloggers. The women that wanted to hear from us because they knew that we had stories to tell. The women who, against all odds, started BlogHer from the ground up. And now, it's a worldwide phenomenon that is bringing women from around the world together. If it wasn't for BlogHer, many of us wouldn't know one another.
Reading about blogging and its start makes me wish one thing. That I'd known about blogging in 2004. Even though I was only 16, I wish that I'd gotten an earlier start. Because the blogosphere has changed dramatically! I've been reading your blogs and posts here, and I've missed nine years of it. But I am glad that I didn't miss more. Because now that I've started, I can't see myself not blogging.
Blogging is a fascinating world. There's always something new to do and to learn. I am always excited to read these great posts. Everything from, "Secrets to Thriving as a Mom and Entrepreneur" by hellenbarbara to "Run Women Run" highlighting the incredible feats being made by women in politics. Reading about Gail Carmichael, the story of the mathematician balancing life and work long before the modern working woman. To reading about Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo! It's remarkable watching the growth of BlogHer and the way that the conferences are growing.
Last year, I could not stop reading the tweets that you all were sharing from the annual conference. I got some great pieces of advice that I carry with me. Watching the clips on YouTube on the BlogHer channel, especially about Understanding Pinterest and how you can build a business there opened my eyes to things that I never knew were possible.
I read about the BlogHer Entrepreneurs conference that you had two years ago, and the mentors that were part of the experience. I am amazed at the many facets that you all cover, you leave nothing to chance. Watching bloggers and their businesses develop through BlogHer. Reading the work of the BlogHer bloggers. Learning about marketing, publishing, social media, and how to write books. Learning how to build an audience and learning how to blog properly.
BlogHer has been an entity for over a decade now. And it's only getting better. Seeing Lisa on the CBS morning show made me feel so good. It made me feel really good to see that it's bringing more viewership and bloggers to BlogHer. Hopefully, it will pique people's interest in finding out more about blogging. Help people to know what we're about and that we've got a powerful point of view and that we can deliver great work.
So, here's to many more years of BlogHer. To many more bloggers, writers, and people that will fall in love with BlogHer, just as I did. Here's to many more conferences and many more amazing people that will bring great posts and points-of-view to BlogHer.
B10GHER! Here's to making it B10GHER!
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