It was another fabulous BlogHer conference in San Diego. Nearly 3,000 women bloggers convened for one kick-ass weekend. So what's new this year? What were the learnings, trends, themes? Let's find out.
Theme #1 - Writing your story helps you know your story
"Real confidence comes form knowing and accepting yourself - your strengths and limitations - in contrast to depending on affirmation from others." Judith M. Bardwick, sociologist.
Every year at BlogHer I notice certain themes. Vulnerability came up in several sessions, as did how much to share or not share. Brene Brown made so many profound statements including, "Nothing makes you more vulnerable than being a mom." With so much judgement out there, why do we feel the need to share? A panelist summed it up best when she said, "Healing is in the telling of the story, not the reaction to it." It seems seeking acceptance from ourselves is more important than seeking acceptance from others. In another session a woman noted, "I don't know if I write my blog or my blog writes me." I heard story after story of women who discovered themselves through their blogs. I think this is unbelievably cool.