The first week in August, bloggers from around the globe came to NYC for the 8th annual BlogHer.com conference. I missed this year's conference but I kept in touch via Twitter updates and the BlogHer '12 Virtual Conference. Twitter updates from Laurie White—the @BlogHerAtHome host—and other bloggers are available via Twitter and at BlogHer.com. You can find Laurie on Twitter here and online here.
The conference always has an amazing list of speakers and presenters from the blogging world. And each year the keynotes are awesome too. Imagine this, on Thursday afternoon, BlogHer co-founders Lisa Stone and Elisa Camahort Page welcomed conference participants with a very special guest via a live video address from President Barack Obama. You can watch this video here. As a nonpartisan group, BlogHer also extended an invitation to candidate Governor Romney, but he was unable to participate via a live video address.
Martha—yes, that Martha!—was the keynote speaker at BlogHer12 and she shares her thoughts in her personal blog here. And Martha puts BlogHer on her list of "good things" when she says:
BlogHer has become the largest community of women who blog: 40 million unique visitors per month. They are drawn there to seek and share advice, opinions, and recommendations. If you’re a female blogger, or are interested in blogging, visit BlogHer.
Julie Ross Godar, the executive editor of BlogHer, shares the must-watch conference highlights here in a video.
We all know bloggers are a style savvy group. On Saturday, a BlogHer Fashion Show MC’ed by BlogHer’s editor-at-large, Kathryn Finney featured women from BlogHer’s Style community and guests from across the BlogHer community. BlogHer rocks the fashion runway in video here.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME INSPIRATION?
One of the most inspiring part of reading blogs is when a blog post is about turning lemons into lemonade. That's exactly what Linda Doty did when she couldn't get to the NYC conference—but she was able to stay connected and make lemonade via the virtual BlogHer12 conference at home. Linda writes the awesome blog Just Linda. She blogged about the BlogHer12 and packed her post with loads of blogging inspiration and tips here.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS ON BLOGHER
I would love to include the hundreds and hundreds of amazing bloggers at the conference, but today I'll give a sampling of the many bloggers that continue to impress me from BlogHer12 and BlogHerAtHome. In no particular order, here are a few faves in the list below: