Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In the Company of Friends: BlogHer DC Reach Out Tour 2008

Picture it – a day away from the office and kids. The smell of Starbucks coffee, yummy breakfast croissants and fruit. A room of sponsors and giveaways. The sound of women buzzing about anything from kids, weight loss, mid-life, html codes, and politics. And best of all, the sweet sound of laptop keyboards….sound like heaven? Almost – BlogHer DC was planned as a blogosphere heaven, with the woman blogger in mind. Monica, with Urban Charm Chat, and I spent an amazing day in the company of internet friends. The BlogHer DC Reach Tour was a one day conference designed to inspire and motivate women bloggers by offering training, technical support and encouragement. In addition to the seminars, with topics ranging from: “Blogging Basics”, “Steps to Personalize, Polish and Promote Your Blog” to “Building your Blog for a Cause”, bloggers were given the opportunity to network during a quasi Speed-Dating icebreaker and freely ask questions from blogging pros throughout the day. The conference was perfect for a newbie blogger, as well as the expert.

During the day, I met a diverse group of women whose blogging experience ranged, yet all were valuable in offering new ideas. Rachel Rappaport, with Coconut and Lime, gave me awesome tips on staying organized, Karen Batchelor with Midlife’s a Trip, gave me encouragement to find my “voice” through blogging and De in DC with A Spiced Life, gave me the creative spark to bring cool business cards to an event!

I was excited to come home, browse the business cards from the incredible women I met and dig through my swag from the day. All in all, I’d say it was a day, well spent ;)

If you haven’t hooked up with BlogHer yet, I’d suggest checking them out. They may be headed to a city near you!

Until the next Reach Our Tour….

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