A decade ago, co-founders Elisa Camahort Page, Lisa Stone, and Jory Des Jardins asked, “Where are all the women bloggers?” They provided that answer by creating the first BlogHer conference in 2005. 300 + women and men attended, and from that start, they've grown to where last year's attendance at the 9th BlogHer conference in NYC was over 5,000. The hunger for networking and connection was so strong, that 99% of the attendees said "definitely" for a 2nd years conference.
I'm honored to be participating in this year's special conference celebrating a decade of the world's largest social media conference for women. And I'm excited to have been chosen to participate in BlogHer's 10x10 project: 10 minutes on 10 years.
I'll be one of 15 women giving a community keynote on the main stage, sharing our stories about our journey in this online life. We will collectively speak on what blogging has done for us, where it's taken us, and what the next ten years will bring for all of us. The 10x10 Project aims to bring those reflections and predictions to life online and onsite at BlogHer '14. We want to create a wonderful record of all that we've seen and done, shared (and maybe deleted) together as part of this community.
I thank everyone here. You are my online community. With your visits and comments, you have encouraged me and inspired me. You've given me friendship and support, and the confidence to live a life I dreamed of.
I will never take blogging for granted, and it's the interaction with you, that has made me feel that way. I am grateful for you.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
*To read more about BlogHer's 10x10 project and the others speaking, please click here.
(you really are the best)
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