The Voices of #BlogHer’13


Discovered at the convention center during BlogHer’13

Already, the flood of BlogHer’13 posts are up. I’m starting my reminiscing with what I think is the most important part of blogging: the writing.

I repeatedly heard before the conference that the highlight of BlogHer is the Voices of the Year (VOTY) Community Keynote. This is when bloggers who have been selected by a jury of their peers present funny, powerful, moving, and emotional posts they have written during the past year. Over 2,000 posts were submitted for VOTY (including two by me), and 15 were selected to be read at the conference. Others were selected as VOTY and displayed onsite.

The people who told me about VOTY did not underestimate the importance of this can’t miss event: it was my favorite part of the conference. To be in a room with thousands of other bloggers and celebrate the words of our colleagues was so inspiring. I have to share some of my favorites with you. I’m also drawing attention to posts I heard during the open mic night which followed VOTY.

These women are brave, they are hilarious, they are vulnerable. They encourage the writer in me to keep at it, word by word.

From the VOTY readers…

Manifesto: Demand the Supply from Mocha Momma – I tweeted the author after her reading that I would “carry her voice” home with me, and I have.

Behind the Veil from One Crafty Mother  – Cancer sucks but this post is filled with strength.

Taking About Race With my Biracial 5-Year-Old from She Writes – How do we discuss racism with our children?

A Dislocation of Mind from No Points for Style – A very smart and meaningful post about healthcare in the US.

I’m Tired of Defending My Nationality from I’m Not the Nanny – So good.

How to Check for Pinworms from The Animated Woman – What an artist — and storyteller!

DIY is Full of Danger: A Cautionary Tale from Raising Colorado – This is why I am not a crafter.

What I Know About Sex Now That I’m in My 40s from The Woman Formerly Known as Beautiful – I almost fell out of my chair laughing along with this one.

From the open mic…

“Doc, Are You Telling Me This Sucker is Nuclear?” from The 818 – Explicit, so perhaps my mom shouldn’t read it. But laugh out loud funny.

My Greatest Privilege from Sunshine Daydreams – I was missing my kids and this post fit right into my yearning heart.

Open Letter to the Perfect Woman at Zumba from Busy Since Birth – For all of us who are uncoordinated

These are but a fraction of the women (and men) who have taken to blogging as an outlet for their creativity and voice. I hope you find their stories as meaningful as I have.


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