Listen To Your Mother co-hosted our 7th annual blogging Open Mic at #BlogHer16!

LTYM Founder Ann Imig

LTYM Founder Ann Imig

Word-lovers filled the room and threw their name in for a random chance to read at the microphone. We heard more readers than ever before, and a large proportion of writers new to the blogging and/or BlogHer scene.

Allie Heemstra reads "You Must Have the Audacity to do That Which Ignites Your Soul"

Allie Heemstra reads “You Must Have the Audacity to do That Which Ignites Your Soul”

We also heard from blogging veterans excited for a chance to share their work before a warm and receptive live audience.

Roshni reads "Compassion for Immigrants"

Roshni reads “Compassion for Immigrants”


Huge appreciation to everyone who came; to all who threw their name in the hat, and especially to our generous listeners–the warm and welcoming audience. Special thanks to all of our courageous readers:

Julie Anderson of Feminine Collective

Amy Arndt of The Amy Situation

Joy Bennett

Marla Carlton of Feminine Collective

Lauren Carlisle of The Olive Shoe

Dottie Camak

Suebob Davis of Suebob’s Red Stapler

Aida Davis

Michelle Dowell-Vest

Allie Heemstra of Allie Illuminated

Elise Cohen Ho of Ask Dr. Ho

Gail Hoffer-Loibl of Maybe I’ll Shower Today

Lauren James of The Olive Shoe

Jenny Kanevsky

Allison Kenny of Raising a Go Girl

Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More

Bridgette Ramirez of Golden Gate Bridgette

Roshni of Indian American Mom


Amy Stine of Tales From the Circus

Leigh Ann Torres of Genie in a Blog

Zakary Watson of Raising Colorado


A final and gigantic thank you to Listen To Your Mother’s North American media sponsor, SheKnows #BlogHer16

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Official #BlogHer15 Open Mic photo

Official #BlogHer15 Open Mic photo

National Media Sponsor SheKnows Media #BlogHer16, and Listen To Your Mother are thrilled to announce our 6th blogging Open Mic!!

What is the Open Mic?

The Open Mic is just one part of the incredible #BlogHer16 agenda, providing attendees a chance to relax and celebrate  a rich day of learning and networking. After celebrating the Voices of The Year #VOTY (bloggers selected from thousands of submissions to read their own writing at a microphone before the entire conference), you can throw your name in a hat for a chance to be randomly selected to read one of your very blog own posts before the most supportive audience that exists–your fellow internet writers.

All you need to do is bring a 5 minute piece (or shorter) to read, fill out a card, and throw it in the hat. We select readers randomly and aim to hear as many as possible. We request you respect your peers by limiting your piece to five minutes or under. Practice beforehand so you have an idea of the time. Or simply come to the Open Mic to enjoy a quiet space as an audience member, to enjoy the creative, hilarious, soul-bearing and heart-warming stories from your blog peers.

Note: You can read anything you’ve written online. It does NOT need to be remotely mother-related!!

Why have an Open Mic?

If there’s one thing that LTYM has demonstrated, it’s the amount of stories begging to be heard, out loud, in front of an audience. The Open Mic helps us create more opportunities for this to happen, reaching beyond LTYM’s annual Mother’s Day live-show season, beyond (yet still inclusive of) mother-related stories, and beyond BlogHer’s highly-coveted #VOTY podium.

When/Where is the Open Mic?

You can’t see the show if you don’t go to #BlogHer16. Register now for your seat in sunny Los Angeles August 4-6, 2016.

#BlogHer16: Experts Among Us is THE largest conference for women content creators in the world.

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All of the fabulous Friday night festivities take place at the LA Live Marriott, and all registered attendees are welcome. We open our mic at 7pm and we’ll hear readers until 9pm.

The Open Mic serves as the perfect opportunity for you to share your work aloud, springing your voice from the page to the stage. Even if you have zero desire for the spotlight yourself, come and experience the thrill of your fellow online content creators claiming their voices In Real Life. SEE YOU IN LOS ANGELES!


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Listen To Your Mother on YouTube: 500 NEW stories from our 2016 live shows!

July 14, 2016

ELEESE BOHANNON-SCOTT reads at our 2016 DC show, by Julie Lowery Photography   This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Now we invite YOU to experience our extraordinary season featuring powerful voices that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families. You can listen to each and every story from the 2016 season. To watch the stories as they appeared live on stage, click on a city playlist below: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boston, Boulder, Burbank, Charleston, Chicago, […]

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41 Successful #LTYM Shows and $34,000 Raised for local causes! See you at #BlogHer16!!

June 8, 2016

We were honored to give to local causes in all of our 41 cities for 2016. We raised over $34,000, bringing the project total over $114,000 to date in charitable giving to women and families in need! A HUMONGOUS GIGANTIC thank you to BlogHer & SheKnows Experts Among Us and Luvs–our North American sponsors. Click through an individual city below to take note of the spectacular support we received on a local level as well, through hyper-local sponsorship. FORTY-ONE SHOWS. 41 LTYM teams created 41 casts who shared their stories on 41 stages across North America! Albuquerque Atlanta Austin Baltimore   Continue reading for the gorgeous photos of LTYM 2016! And if you haven’t already, buy your #BlogHer16 conference pass now with this LTYM discount code!! We’ll see you at our co-hosted Open Mic event at BlogHer in August 4-6th in Los Angeles. More info on that coming soon!

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May 10, 2016

“I was honored to be part of this year’s @LTYMshow Boston cast. Today’s show was an inspiring look at the many different faces of motherhood.” Lynne Doncaster In our final weekend, LTYM: Austin, Boston, Evansville, New Orleans, North Jersey, NYC, Rochester, Seattle, and St. Louis took the stage on Saturday — with Madison and Spokane closing the curtain on Listen To Your Mother 2016 on Mother’s Day. LTYM: Austin has the honor of being part of the first-ever Listen To Your Mother shows in 2011. They celebrated their SIXTH SEASON on Saturday! Wow, Kristin & Leigh Ann!   LTYM: Boston shared their mother stories at the beautiful Hope Central Church for a third year. Thank you, Jessica & Divya!   Kate & Hillary came back for a second year of LTYM: Evansville! Continue reading for highlights from New Orleans, North Jersey, NYC, Rochester, Seattle, St. Louis and Sunday’s Madison and Spokane shows!

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