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An investigative tribute to the unseen journalists on BlogHer.com, part I.
Unseen? No, actually they're in plain sight. Perhaps I should say they are "partially unrecognized." I just didn't understand how powerful the BlogHer community is when it comes to professional journalists. I bet many BlogHer fans have no idea of the years of experience combined within our ranks by these top line professionals. They put their smiling faces out to greet us as fellow BlogHers, rather than point to their walls full of credentials while handing out their heavy CV's.
And I, as a women, tend to see other women as approachable mother, sister, daughter figures, not intentionally meaning disrespect, but assuming a strong comradeship, an unwritten entrée to chat and become "drinking buddies." I mean, I know I would not as easily go up to and talk with powerful male journalists the way I did with the powerful women at BlogHer '12.
One reason these high powered women seem approachable is BlogHer has done a great job of presenting an even handed playing field. All participants may shine based on their performance on BlogHer alone, whether a first time poster or seasoned professional. I have come to believe that unless one's Spidey sense is turned on to rout them out like a truffle pig, many of these high powered woman journalists, these Lois Lanes, go unrecognized for who and what they really are. Take good ol' Stacy Morrison for instance, BlogHer's Editor-in-Chief, who is always ready for a smile and a hug.
Initially, I had raised eyebrows when Stacy Morrison came on board to BlogHer's top editorial position in December of 2011. Who WAS this woman selected to command such a position? It was natural to take note of her credentials, because after all, I had been on BlogHer for almost two weeks and I needed to make sure she measured up.
Reading BlogHer Co-Founder Lisa Stone's introduction
set me straight. I quickly learned Stacy was the Editor-in-Chief of Redbook magazine, a polished periodical known for its literary articles and style http://www.redbookmag.com
"Wow," I thought, "Editor-in-Chief at Redbook. Wow."