Starting in 2004 with just 300 people, BlogHer has grown to a gathering of upwards of 4,000 bloggers. Bloggers range from extremely established with book deals, to those just starting out and getting their feet wet.
With inspirational speakers like Jenny Lawson – a popular blogger who gained notoriety when her book “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” hit the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, and Kerry Washington, activist and star of the TV show Scandal.
Bloggers spent the days in sessions learning about improving their writing skills, getting started in video, monetizing blogs, and social media optimization and much more. They also spent time cruising around the Expo and connecting with brands. The Expo was filled with brands showcasing their products – clearly understanding the power of women (and men) bloggers. The vendors expertly attracted moms to their booths through fun treats, giveaways, photo opps and samples (I was even offered a shot of alcohol at 9am – you’ll be happy to know I declined).
In between sessions, bloggers sat at tables laughing with friends and typing you guessed it, blogs. I am sitting at one of those tables now next to a new friend I just met typing this blog on a super lightweight, easy to travel with, Toshiba Chromebook.
Best of all, bloggers connected and networked. They met people they had ‘known’ only through their writings and never met in person, bonded with friends and spent a few days fully immersed in what they truly are passionate about – blogging. What could be better?