If you’ve followed the LTYM trajectory, you know that the first glimmers of inspiration for the entire project derived from my own blogging journey and attending my first BlogHer conference in 2009.
I often make reference to the many friends I’ve made online that became real life friendships–for instance all of the 2011 directors and producers and many from 2012. BlogHer conferences enabled those first meetings–creating a place for all of our blog “pen pals” to come together and bond for a long weekend–and facilitated those friendships along their way.
A variety of blog/online conferences exists, but BlogHer remains the conference hub where I can count on seeing the majority of my friends and online peers just once a year, and where I have the chance to finally meet long time blog-crushes and connect with interesting new people to follow.
I cannot WAIT for BlogHer 2012 in NYC. Won’t you join me?
You can experience for yourself the thrill of getting to actually hug in person and get to know your bloggy BFFS, while simultaneously gaining tools from creative experts and professionals from virtually every niche of the blogosphere to help you toward your online goals.
If you can possibly make it happen, you should experience the phenomenon of spending a weekend with thousands of people who love the The People of The Internet as much as you do. Sit in a room filled with 4000 bloggers and listen to some of your blog heroes read their work at Voices of The Year. Join many of your fellow LTYM alum, fans, and friends at the Open Mic Salon that BlogHer helped LTYM create in 2011, and will co-host again this year.
LTYM feels forever indebted to BlogHer for creating a community where bloggers can gather online at BlogHer.com and in real life at BlogHer conferences, and especially for serving as our very first national sponsor. We are so grateful for BlogHer’s continued support, fostering LTYM’s national expansion. Our casts and communities feel tremendous pride in their affiliation. Because of you, BlogHer, LTYM was born of blogging and so many of us found/rediscovered our creative voices through our blogs. Thank you!!!