This post is going to have a little bit of something for everyone.
For our “real life” friends – What BlogHer and VOTY mean will finally be revealed!
For our blogging friends – You will be given the tools to pick us out in the crowd!
For our children – We gift you with a heaping dose of humiliation!
BlogHer is the HUGE conference on all things women and blogging – over 5,000 attendees last year! There are seminars on how to hone and pump up your blogging craft, there are speakers, there is an expo floor full of brand representatives ready to toss out swag, and there are lounges where they pamper you with caffeine and wifi. We even heard somewhere there is karaoke, but we’ll be skipping that . . . and the universe breathed a sigh of relief.
Another part of this extravaganza is Voice Of The Year – VOTY. This is where bloggers submit their own best writing (or the blog posts of their peers) to be judged in one of four categories: Op-Ed, Humor, Heart, or Inspiration. Each category has honorees, three readers, and a People’s Choice Award.
There were 2,600 submissions, but only 25 pieces were honored in each category! I’m assuming we’ll be able to pick out the committee members at the conference by their blood shot eyes and fear of sunlight. What an impossible job to pick 100 pieces of writing out of that honkin’ deep pool of talent. That is why we were delighted and gratified when we were chosen as a Humor Honoree for The Sensible Sisterhood Summer Camp. Read the rest of the selections here to understand why we’re so humbled.
We’ve really taken this explanation as far as we can BECAUSE THIS IS OUR FIRST CONFERENCE! We’re newbies and we’re just gonna ride the wave to Chicago and have a blast! But we were a little worried that our blogger friends would not be able to recognize us in the flesh. So that is where the humiliation of our children comes in. We made a video. Behold.
And then they vlogged . . .
So it’s a little fuzzy and sound challenged, but so are we. Maybe we’ll just stick to what got us here – writing.
Ellen and Erin
By Ellen Williams Erin Dymowski