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On This Whole Blogging Thing

I've had an incredible couple of days. It feels like I just got home from an amazing trip. And, in a lot of ways, I kind of just did.

I spent the better part of Monday and Tuesday this week running around Chicago with three other bloggers, Courtney
Kendrick
(who I'm TOTALLY smitten with), Jamie Eskelson and David
Leite
, as well as Lisa Stone, the CEO of BlogHer. All of them amazing people and bloggers (and I'm not kidding about my crush on Courtney – I told Greg we might have to move to Utah so I can be closer to my new BFF.)

  
Bloggers

Why were we running around Chicago? Well, we were meeting with big corporations like Sears and Kraft, and having really interesting conversations about the best ways for bloggers and brand name corporations to pair up and create credible relationships that truly support the blogging community.

Not only was it absurdly fun to hang out with these other bloggers and tour these big companies, but it was really fascinating to me in terms of how far the world of blogging has come in the last decade. Both of these companies were really curious about the blogging world and
they had a lot of questions. In these meetings I was asked why I blog, how I got started and what it means to me.

Over and over I told the story of how I began blogging seven years ago when my father was dying, how it was really just a simple outlet in a time of isolation, and how surprised and enchanted I was with the community that arose so quickly from it. And as I sat there talking about it like this, I was so struck by how far it's all come. Who ever thought that bloggers would one day find themselves negotiating with these major corporations and even supporting their families through the work they put into their sites?

I also came out of these two days feeling prouder than ever to be a part of the BlogHer Network. This is an era of opportunity for the blogging world, but that also means that a lot of bloggers get taken advantage of. An organization like BlogHer works really hard to make sure that doesn't happen to its members, and to the community at large.

When I started blogging seven years ago, I just wanted to write. I wasn't thinking about where I was going with all of it, and right now, sitting here on Wednesday morning, I'm just feeling really grateful for all that has come of it.

12 Comments

  1. I have a serious lady-crush on Courtney Kendrick (I’ve never met her, but I read her blogs. Yes, even the one about Provo. No, I’ve never even *been* to Utah). So cool that you (both daily reads for me) got to meet!

    Comment by Nora on September 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

  2. Oh gosh, youll be in trouble if you ever meet her in person! Shes just amazing. I miss her already. :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on September 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

  3. Shoot you two. Why don’t you both come and live with me in Provo. I’ve got just the house for both of you, up the street. We’ll have a pie making contest and take our children to the park before sunset. I mean, it’s not Chicago but . . .
    Love you Claire!c

    Comment by c jane on September 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

  4. Say no more! I just booked a moving truck! What do you want to be for Halloween?? :)

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on September 30, 2010 at 10:34 am

  5. I think we should take advantage of that big family CJane has and go as USA for Africa. C’mon, sing it with me: “There comes a time/ When we heed a certain call….”

    Comment by Nora on September 30, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  6. Perfect! Im in!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

  7. Following this link from CJane’s blog and I thought I’d comment, because I have to add how much I love the BlogHer organization. I just have a little blog with some ads on the sidebar — but everyone I meet from BlogHer is fantastic and they always treat me well. That is all.

    Comment by Natalie on October 1, 2010 at 11:07 am

  8. Oh, I totally agree — BlogHer really knows how to pick its bloggers. Theyre all amazing!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on October 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

  9. Oh how cool that you guys all got together! I love CJane so much!

    Comment by Jenny on October 2, 2010 at 8:30 am

  10. I also think it’s cool how far blogs have come. I still remember when I first heard of one! It took me some time to wrap my head around it, but I love them now!

    Comment by Stephanie on October 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  11. It really so cool to spend time with all these other bloggers!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on October 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  12. Ha…I remember the first time I ever heard about one too. Gosh, that seems like a long time ago. I was in college still…

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on October 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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