I <3 New York! BlogHer’12 Features Martha Stewart, Katie Couric (and me)

BlogHer’12 marks my second appearance as a panelist at the gigantic conference.

But it’ll be hard to compete with Ms Domestic Goddess Martha Stewart and Sarah Palin’s favorite interviewer, Katie Couric.

In its eighth year, BlogHer’12 expects to draw the largest audience of influential online women nationwide – 4,000 attendees with 100 major brand name sponsors and top national media.

Stewart’s lunchtime address on August 3 precedes my afternoon talk with my panel of politico ladies: “The Political | How Washington Works and How Women in the States Can Make a Difference:”

You know it’s your government; you might remember your “I’m Just a Bill” Schoolhouse Rock lyrics, but do you have any idea how it really works? Learn the ins and outs of Washington–the lingo, the processes by which ideas become bills and bills become laws.  And most importantly: Learn how you can use your online voice to dive in and make a difference this election year. Heather Barmore, a political staffer in her other life, moderates this conversation with Erica HollowayMaya Rupert and Lea Webb, designed to make “of the people, by the people, for the people” seem a little more real.

Last year, I took part in a conversation on illegal immigration and the DREAM Act adding the voice of a conservative to the panel. Since it was in San Diego, I strolled in a couple hours before and planned on leaving after my event.

Boy, I had no idea of the BlogHer conference’s sheer awesome magnitude. Thousands of online-writer savvy women, oodles of amazing swag and an incredible amount of business attitude about blogging.

For the first time, I realized blogging wasn’t just something I could do for fun, but could actually roll into my business as part of my brand (while putting a little coin in my pocket).

So naturally, when I was asked again, I jumped.

It’s a great chance for me to rub elbows with some great bloggers and hopefully meet some of my boss-lady editors at BlogHer, for whom I’ve been slogging copy as a syndicated contributing editor about the 2012 presidential race since last year.

Read some of my posts. You can even follow my feed to get my posts delivered to your front door (via email, of course. Nothing creepy).

Now for the boilerplate: About BlogHer: Reaching 40 million women each month (Nielsen Site Census, April 2012), BlogHer ( http://www.blogher.com ) is the leading cross-platform media network created by, for and with women social media leaders. BlogHer developed and leads the marketplace with the most robust economic and networking opportunities for women in social media and brands seeking to engage in authentic and persuasive dialog with them. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer publishes and syndicates news, information, advice and recommendations to and from 3,000 premium blogs, delivers uniquely insightful research on women in social media across interest areas, hosts the world’s largest conferences for women in social media and curates a daily news service, BlogHer.com. BlogHer’s investors are Venrock, Comcast Interactive Capital, and Azure Capital Partners.

Learn more about BlogHer’12. Follow me @erica_holloway as I live tweet from NYC!

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