BlogHer reaches more than 20 million women each month (Nielsen Site Census, March 2010). It is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Today BlogHer creates opportunities for members via a community hub (www.blogher.com ), annual conferences and a publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides the highest quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance and blog frequency. BlogHer enjoys a strategic partnership with iVillage, part of Women@NBCU. BlogHer’s investors are Venrock, GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund, and Azure Capital Partners.
So…now you know a little about the company that takes up every breathing moment of my daughter’s life….and a fair amount of mine.
I didn’t make it to BlogHer this year, but Jory certainly did….all 7 ½ pregnant months of her; and she came through it all just beautifully. There was some concern whether she should even attend her conference this year; but I knew…and she knew...there was NO WAY on this earth she was going to miss it. Besides, she had things to do and people to talk to. And she had one very alert husband watching her every move. Now how can you quibble with that? Believe me, I was concerned that she wouldn’t get enough rest; but when the BlogHer Conference time comes around every year….she’s always ready. She and her co-founders, Lisa and Elisa, and their whole BlogHer team are truly amazing. This conference gets bigger and better every year….and this year was no exception.
Over 2400 attendees came together on the 6th and 7th for two days of informative and amazing sessions and panels, discussions, and beautiful bonding and networking experiences. If you love blogging, connecting, and hearing and speaking with hundreds of people who feel the same way you do…this is the conference for you.
A record 100 sponsored brands were represented at this year’s BlogHer, including Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo, Proctor and Gamble, Hillshire Farm/ Jimmy Dean and Walmart.
When Jory called me from her hotel room at the end of the second day, she was under strict instructions from her husband, Jesse, to sit and relax and put her feet up. As he was packing them up to leave very early the next morning, Jory filled me in on all of the events of the past two days. I was so happy for her and her partners…and for the whole wonderful BlogHer team that everything had gone so well. I think I could actually hear a sigh of relief and contentment in Jory’s voice.
I don’t suspect that once this sweet baby girl arrives in about five weeks or so that Jory’s life will be any less hectic. Only she’ll have a little one to dote on and expend much of her energy towards...and that's a wonderful thing. This baby has already been on hundreds of business calls, meetings and speaking engagements with her…and now she’s been to a BlogHer conference. I think Jory’s secretly grooming her…and this would be no surprise. ~Joy