If you’ve followed LTYM since its inception, you know that it began in large part due to blogging and BlogHer. BlogHer is a community and media company that comprises the hub for women online. As a new mom, blogging helped me re-connect with my creative voice and with a supportive audience of talented online women. Attending my first BlogHer conference in 2009 provided the unparalleled experience of meeting my mama/writer compatriots in real life. You now know I’m not exaggerating when I say that attending that conference changed my life. When I sat in the audience for the community keynote (now called “Voices of The Year”) I heard blog posts come to life read by their authors, among an audience of fellow bloggers bursting with a common love of writing and sharing stories. I felt an enormous urge to extend to my home town the bridge that BlogHer helped build, joining my online life with my real life. Attending my first BlogHer conference helped me realize how much women, motherhood, and writing deserved not only recognition, but celebration.
Three brilliant media innovat0r/entrepreneurs founded BlogHer in 2005–Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page, and Jory Des Jardins. All award-winning media strategists and business leaders–Lisa, Elisa, and Jory continue to find new ways of amplifying women’s voices in the blogosphere through BlogHer.com’s community, the BlogHer ad network connecting brands and bloggers, and with a multitude of conferences satisfying nearly every imaginable blog niche.
Last week Lisa Stone announced Stacy Morrison’s appointment to the brand new position of Editor-In-Chief of BlogHer.com, and I can’t imagine a better woman to join the likes of these three founders and their stellar team.
I had the honor of meeting Stacy at BlogHer 2011 in San Diego. Because BlogHer is a maelstrom of energy, thousands of fascinating people and creative connecting, you never know who you might find yourself sitting next to in the hotel lobby/cocktail lounge at 2 AM. Exhausted from a day of work and play culminating in the Open Mic Salon, I joined a group of bloggy couch squatters, and complimented a woman I’d met earlier in passing on her cool orange geometric-print dress. After getting out that sentence, and one more about how tired I was, I added to my charm by staring vacantly past her right shoulder for the remainder of our time together. I had no idea cool-orange-dress-lady was THE Stacy Morrison (aka @bklnstacy aka former Redbook/Marie Claire/Modern Bride etc.. magazine editor, aka author of a book I happen to love entitled “Falling Apart in One Piece” and the rest of her incredible resume) because Stacy doesn’t make a habit of curriculum vitae-as conversation. The next day, disappointed by a missed opportunity to connect with someone I so admire, I wasted no time in beginning our online friendship. Stacy is as giving as she is prolific and talented, and more down-to-earth and humble than a lot of the people in your virtual neighborhood. She expressed her admiration for LTYM before I could even begin my litany of admiration for her. Her genuine interest in and love for the blogging community is as evident in her mindful curating of bloghermoms.com, as in her individual interactions in person or online—those one-and-one connections that are the heart of blogging.
Thank you to national media sponsor BlogHer, once again, for helping connect women online and in real life, and for inspiring and helping enable LTYM to do the same. Please join me in congratulating Stacy and welcoming her to the BlogHer community.