Blogher Voices of the Year were introduced by no other than Queen Latifah! (Blurry but she moved around a lot):
...and I may be the only one of 4000-something blogging women at the conference who didn't know who the heck she was. So I had to Google her (this is why I always hated that game Trivial Pursuit. I always lost and always felt stupid.)
Here all one hundred Voices are trying to fit onto the stage for a group photo.
It was a small stage. It took a while and people were starting to look frumpy:
Then they got us organized, and I had to kneel in my gorgeous red dress so you can't see its gorgeous drape. Yes, that's me in the now too-brilliant red, smack in the middle:
A big thank you to Beth Gray, BlogHer's VP of finance, for taking this photo; you know the glowing gorgeous shot of her that flashed across the big screens as she was taking pictures of us that night? Well, that was my little iPhone she was snapping! Yes! In a very small (Iphone-sized) way I myelf made it onto those BIG SCREENS! Seriously, Beth. Thank you. You made this blog photo possible.
And talk about being published. Well, who needs a book when you can have a single post bigger than life on a foam core ?
(I witnessed one blogger stealing hers away to ship home. Would it be a centerpiece in her living room? Where does one situate a three-dimensional blog post?)
As a lonely blogger who blogs alone as most bloggers do, it has been quite something to be in the company of thousands of bloggers. And all women. There is a reason I've never joined the PTA.
All kidding aside. As much as I prefer the one-on-one of femail companionship, this was a fascinating and engaging cross-section of women from here and everywhere. The guest speakers were intelligent and powerful women who couldn't help but extend inspiration.
I am honored to have been one of the one-hundred blogging women chosen out of over over 2000 submissions. The kind of recognition, the nod, that makes the blogging lonely writer feel a little less alone.
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