Starting It Right

2008 was a very good year for me. And I want 2009 to be a very good year for you.

As I read and watched my year in review, I realized much of it was because I became involved in the BlogHer community many moons ago.

So to kick off 2009, I’m giving away 1 (one) full registration to the BlogHer ’09 conference in Chicago.*

I don’t want to give this away to someone who is already going, has the means to go, or knows they could afford to go if they wanted. I want this registration to be given to someone who would love to go, but really could use the extra help getting there.

To enter, write a post (if you have a blog) and link to this post. Leave me a comment here and let me know you blogged it. If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment on this post.

Tell me:

Why you want to attend BlogHer and how you plan on supporting other women you know and love in 2009.

I reserve the right to choose anyone I want for whatever reason I want. I will give the registration away on January 5th, 2009. That means you have the entire holiday and all weekend to write your post.

Happy New Year

*disclaimer: I am paying for this myself and this is in no way affiliated with my employment with BlogHer


  1. I would definitely love this. I will write a post about it tomorrow, but I wanted to let you know that I am thinking about it, trying to form the right words…

  2. I’ve always wanted to attend the Blogher conference but can’t afford it because I’m a doctoral student. I learned about Blogher from Britt Bravo and Beth Kanter. I’m involved in the Nonprofit Blogging community. I’ve been a nonprofit manager and consultant for the past 7 years and now I’m a PhD student in Nonprofit Leadership. In my Nonprofit Leadership blog I share my nonprofit leadership experiences and the exciting new research I’m doing while working at the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research. There are several papers that I wrote that I think would be of interest to the blogging community:
    Perspectives on Blogging in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector. In this paper, I interviewed 3 nonprofit bloggers and show how blogging has accelerated their careers. My other paper is Professional Development for Nonprofit Managers, a Different Approach: Collaborative Learning through a Wiki, Blog, and Hands on Discussion This paper shows how blogging is being used as a professional development tool in the nonprofit community as well as in the classroom setting.

    Beth’s featured me on Blogher in the past, I’m part of the Brazen Careerist and NP2020 blogging community. It would be great to connect with other bloggers and share my research at the blogher conference. Thanks!

  3. This is fantastic! I will not be attending, so please don’t pick me. I’m just here to show my support!

  4. Erin-
    So, I came back to link my submission, then changed my mind and notice in my earlier comment I called you Rebecca after the first commenter. How’s that for a crappy first impression?! That will teach me not to leave comments when I’m in a hurry. I apologize!

  5. Lovely Suebob told me about this, and it’s a wonderful idea. And I’m not just saying that because I *happen* to be giving you more reading material. 🙂

  6. I am going to Blogher for the first time. I don’t have any special story. I am working hard on getting local sponsorship, and taking on extra jobs.
    I am looking forward to meeting some of my ‘old’ blogging friends and meeting new ones. And I am looking to sponge up all the info I can!

  7. I’ve never been to BlogHer and would love to go.
    Here’s a link to my post:
    Thank you for the inspiration and your generosity.

  8. Whoever is chosen I hope that they truly, truly make a difference in their world as a result of this opportunity. A person can touch so many other persons via their blog.

  9. I second The bluest butterfly’s comment. What a wonderful opportunity. This is a great gift, queen of spain – THANK YOU! I blogged your requirements here:

    Much bloggy love,

  10. Here is my blog post. Thanks for considering me!

  11. I’m back. Mission accomplished. Blog post written… a letter to you, linking to you… I hope you like it.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  12. Erin….

    Thank you so much for your generosity. I know that this honestly will change one person’s life, and they will have you to thank for it.

    Here is my post. Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity.

  13. so dulce of you to do this! i just may enter! and how in the world have i missed coming to your blog when I follow you on twitter! wow! just bookmarked you and added you to my blogroll! hope to get better acquainted!

    Happy New Year!

  14. Hello! I read you occasionally (first found you through Christina [A Mommy Story]), but this is my first time commenting. I’m a novice blogger, but I think this is the coolest, most generous bloggy giveaway I’ve ever read. You are such a beautiful person for doing this — may we all follow your example as best we can in 2009!

    My son was born in late 2007, so 2008 wasn’t all bad for me. I wouldn’t trade the memories of his first year for anything. But the rest of it was pretty rough. My husband had to quit his graduate program in Boston so we could get support fom my family (they are the sole reason my son has clothes), we moved back here to Ohio, he was unable to find a job so he went back to school for a teaching certificate, I finally found a job in September, and since then, we’ve been pretty stressed, him with schoolwork, me with a job in daycare ($8 an hour to support a family of 3 plus the small amount back from the student loans). We can’t afford all our bills every month, so we rotate the ones we pay.

    We’re really looking forward to the end of his certificate in May or June (depending on where he’s student teaching), so that maybe he can get a job offer. Should that happen, we’ll be okay within a matter of a few months. But it may be difficult to send me to BlogHer. I want to carpool and share a hotel room with Christina, and I’m trying to figure out a way to get the student discount, but it might not happen this year. And Chicago is probably the closest it will be for awhile (that won’t be a big deal should my husband get a job for the 09-10 school year, but if he doesn’t, it will affect next summer too).

    Sorry for the super-long comment. I tried to rewrite it so it wasn’t so wordy, but I guess I’m just extra verbose tonight. 🙂

    Good luck to everybody!

  15. Ah, I see my friend Mel has already found you and entered. I’ll take full responsibility for sucking her into blogging.

    I’m not entering, because I seem to remember winning the same thing from you in 2006. (Which was AWESOME, btw.) And this is my last year at a student discount rate, so I’m taking full advantage of that.

    But I love that you’re doing this again. You rock.

  16. Wow that was so crazy nice of you!


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