After 10 years of academic conferences, it’s probably no surprise that this past weekend’s BlogHer Boston conference felt revolutionary. Fun, energizing, and replete with interesting content, people, good food, and an affirming obsession with Twitter (I'm @bostonmamas...), I highly recommend that anyone interested or experienced in blogging attend this conference in the future. Here’s my wrap up of the event:
Impressively organized by BlogHer founders Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins, Boston’s first ever satellite meeting featured parallel sessions on blogging basics, social media, and tech troubleshooting. I was honored to speak alongside dynamos Candelaria Silva and Susan Getgood on one of the blogging basics panels (specifically, on finding your blogging mojo). To learn more about this and other sessions, hop over to In Good Taste and LaurieWrites to read some incredibly in depth recaps by Maris and Laurie, respectively.
In short, BlogHer Boston was impressive, and from what I heard from folks who have attended the annual meeting, while this event obviously was smaller in scope than the California event, BHB was similarly brimming with the energy and excitement of women convening around a common passion. I actually have little in the way of criticism, and below are my favorite things that this meeting got right:
It truly was a pleasure to meet so many new and experienced bloggers, and to finally meet in person many who I only knew through online communication. I also had a great time connecting with some of my very talented and inspiring blog/media peeps: Kristin Brandt and Erin Kane of Manic Mommies, Heather Kempskie of P & K Magazine, Meredith O’Brien of Picket Fence Post (these 4 ladies are pictured above), Laura Tomasetti of 360 Public Relations, Audrey McClelland, Jane Porricelli & Sharon Couto of Mom Generations (an amazing family trio that apparently travels everywhere - online and in person - together!), and Jill Notkin of The Daily Grind. I also had a chance to reconnect with Sandy at Momisodes (pictured with me above) and meet Angela from Mommy Bytes...what can I say, Asians naturally gravitate towards one another.
Finally, in impressively fast technological follow up, if you want to hear more from me at the conference, you can listen to my podcast interview with the Manic Mommies (I had no idea they were going to feature me on the podcast, and I was honored to be a part of it), and also see my interview clip with Playtex over on YouTube.
Here’s to hoping that BlogHer returns to Boston; there clearly is a critical mass and I can only imagine that mass will continue to grow!