Yes, You Can Be Organized at a Conference. Here's How.

I hate packing, but even more I hate unpacking. I hate the zillions of pieces of paper that I'm pretty sure are important. I hate losing receipts. I hate worrying my car will break down on the way home from the airport because my phone is totally dead. Do you hate these things? Read on, because after ten BlogHer conferences (plus, well, almost twenty years of business travel), I have a plan. And I'm going to share!...more
Awesome advice! I wish I could attend this year...more

Behind the Scenes at Voices of the Year

As we announce this week our #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year honorees, my mind is back in the main ballroom of last year's BlogHer conference. Though I became VOTY chair in 2014, 2015 was the first time I really saw behind the curtain to everything that goes on to produce the Community Keynote. Friends, it is crazy....more

Announcing the #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honorees, Brought to You By Merck for Mothers!

Today we unveil the #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year honorees. It’s our ninth year producing the Voices of the Year (affectionately known as #VOTY) but it never, NEVER gets old. This year the #BlogHer16 Community Keynote will be brought to you by Merck for Mothers and held on Friday, August 5, at 4 p.m. PT. Aisha Tyler will emcee: It's going to be amazing....more
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Pro Tips: Preparing for a Conference

Hey everyone, #BlogHer16 is NEXT MONTH from August 4-6 in Los Angeles! NEXT MONTH! In our excitement, we're dedicating July's BlogHer University to getting yourself ready for #BlogHer16 (or really any professional content creation conference). We want to help you present your best self and get the most possible benefit out of your time, travel and commitment. ...more

Thoughts on Writing About Other People Online

And now for perhaps one of the more painful posts I've written for BlogHer University: My thoughts on writing about other bloggers online. public domain image via Pixabay...more
Wonderful people are always the ones getting hurt!more

Dealing With Drama Online

If you're an online content creator, drama is an occupational hazard. It seems at least once a week something creates a firestorm and subsequently suffers backlash. Yet the very emotion that begets drama also begets some of the internet's most beautiful art. Where's the line? And how do you deal if you or someone you care about has crossed it? Public domain image via Pixabay...more
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All Your Excuses for Not Making Videos: Shot Down

When you're nervous about trying something new, you can always find a thousand excuses not to get started, right? If you've been holding off on trying video, let's bust those fears. Image: Death to Stock Photo I Don't Want to Have to Do My Hair...more
I don't mind being seen but my excuse is: I don't have enough clothes to change into. I was ...more

It's Time to Get Serious About Video

VIDEO. Some people have a fear of public speaking. I am happy to get up in front of as many people as you want and talk about my underwear, but damn it, if you make me watch the video you shot while I was talking, I will freak out on you. That's how much I hate watching myself on video. Public domain image via Pixabay...more
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My Personal Reasons #BlogHer16 Is Unmissable

Hi, I'm Rita, and I've been to ten BlogHer conferences, from the teeny one by the pool in San Jose to the one where Obama totally live streamed in and said the word "BlogHer" to the one last year with Gwyneth Paltrow, Ava DuVernay, Christy Turlington Burns and Boyz II Men. Everyone else may have very good reasons for why they go to BlogHer, but if you're still sitting on the fence about registering for #BlogHer16 on August 4-6 in Los Angeles, please allow me to walk you through my visuals. ...more

Writing Tips for Bloggers From Magazine Land

In the whiz-bang world of the internet, is there anything to be learned about writing from reading magazines? Um, YES. Image: Lawrey /">Lawrey / ...more