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’m not applying, I’m already planning to go 🙂 I just wanted to say that I think this is a very cool thing for you to do.

    Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year Rebecca!

  3. Please throw my name in the hat!

    I went to BlogHer08 and it was great. Money is tight (quit job to follow entrepreneurial passion and build GIRLFRIENDOLOGY – the online community for women based on female friendship) so this would be wonderful to receive.

    Thanks so much for doing this!! Debba /

  4. Great Debba!

  5. You are a rockstar, chica.

  6. Nah Jenny. Just thinking I can use my blogher ad money for something other than more donuts. Hope to see you again this year? Yes?

  7. Wow, what an amazing gift to give for the new year! You’re going to get major karma for this one. I blogged about this.

  8. Thanks for spreading the word Summer!

  9. Hi Rebecca-
    I came over from Twitter. What a great thing you are doing! I really wanted to go last year but the layoff (me) made it impossible. I’m from Chicago and haven’t been back in more than 10 years. I’ve heard such great things about this conference I was prepared to sell part of my liver to go this year. I’ll definitely be posting.

  10. I’m not applying because I’m already registered but this is so cool. And the bonus is that you get the “good deed” crap out of the way early on in the year. win-win!

  11. I will definitely be posting about this. I am a newlywed and have NO money, but would KILL to go to BlogHer!!!!! I am just dying to meet all the wonderful ladies that I’ve found through blogging. Pick me!:)

  12. Why would I, a male, want to attend BlogHer, a predominately female conference? Well, aside from meeting up with all my Twitter moms (yes, multiple) and giving me an excuse to stay in Chicago with my sister, I think it would be fun. Seeing all the tweets, Flickr photos, and Qik videos of people getting arrested having fun, it made me extremely jealous.

    That said, there isn’t much that I can do to help support those I love and care about than I already am. I’m usually just a call or text away from talking to them. For my online folks, I’d plug the crap out of them. Talk to them, basically all I’ve already done. Just continue on with it.

    Was that too sobby? Probably. Do I care? Hmm… Only if it makes somebody cry. Then I’d feel bad and it would be a vicious, vicious cycle. But if I’d win, I would totally love Erin forever.

  13. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift!

    I’m the blogmistress behind the now retired Washington, DC neighborhood blog stop, blog, and roll. I started the blog as a service to my community after purchasing my first home in 2005 and soon became part of a very active neighblogging constituency in DC.

    My husband left me unexpectedly in January 2008, and I have since moved out of my house and into an apartment with a roommate on the other side of town. After getting myself back on my feet, I realized how much I missed community blogging (in fact, I am planning on started graduate school this coming fall for a degree in Community/Urban Planning). Through the connections I’d made, I’m now a contributor – so far, the only woman 😉 – to a popular community blog, Greater Greater Washington. It’s been a slow start for me so far, but I plan on committing more time to my posting in the New Year, and I would love to incorporate the message of getting more women involved in the community planning process and discussion both here and across the country.

    Needless to say, money has been extremely tight since the divorce. This opportunity would be priceless; thank you for the generosity, no matter who it benefits!

  14. I think this is such a nice thing for you to do. I’m still new to Blogging and I inspire someday to put more words in my blog then pictures, hey but its a start.
    I have met so many wonderful people thru the Blogging World its just amazing to me who lives in a small little town in the middle of nowhere to now have friends everywhere.
    I’m not that far from Chicago maybe I should go.

  15. you’re so cool, Erin. I’m not entering because I live in Chicago and I’m definitely planning to go….so hopefully I can meet you there!:-) Happy New Year!

  16. Hi! 🙂 I am so hoping to attend this year’s BlogHer…and since I can stay with my mother-twin Veronica (Viva La Feminista) I’d love to be able to save some money with the registration too. I am a single mom who struggles to buy milk nevermind some fee for a conference but to be able to meet some fantastic woman….do some much needed networking….and enjoy myself as a woman instead of just a mom…..I’d love that opportunity. I know there are MANY woman above me and will be below me who deserve this more than I….so I thank you in advance for even offering this opportunity. It shows a sense of giving that is lacking in A LOT of our world. 🙂 May the person who receives this gift use it wisely 🙂

  17. AWESOME!

    And I’m *thrilled* someone had a great 2008!

  18. Woohoo! Here is my post/application:

    Hail to the Queen!

  19. This is great what you’re doing. There are so many people who want to go to BlogHer! (I’m not trying to win personally – I’m not sure if I want to go or not. If so, I’m sure that I’ll be able to figure it our financially.)

  20. I’m already going, but I just wanted to add my name to the list of fine folks telling you what a great idea this is. Way to start off the New Year!

    As always, you rock!

  21. Well, how kind of you! 🙂

  22. You are awesome – retweeting this – I know how much of a difference BlogHer made in my life thanks to you telling me last year at this time that I *had* to go…
    You rock, sister… and I’ll be there to hug your contest winner along with everyone else! 🙂

  23. I have been looking for a sponsor and this lead me here! I run a blog called MomDot, that was just started in July. Its doing really great, and has been a source of friendship and fun and I have had the blessings to connect with many people from the blogging community.

    I think its imperative that I go to BlogHer to continue on the path that I am on and to meet face to face all the women that take their time to come to the blog, and also chat with me daily about their own lives.

    I represent one of three main bloggers on our site and its impossible for all three of us to go, most likely only I will go. But we would love to be considered as a site to assist one of us to make the trip to Blogher. No matter which one of us go, not only are there convention fees, but all of us live way too far to drive and will be buying a plane ticket as well. Then add on food and it turns into a $1000 weekend. That is one hard thing to convince your family is justifiable.

    We are actively looking for a sponsor and saving pennies. I am blessed that my husband has a job (but we took a major, major pay cut when he got out of the military this year, and don’t get me started on medical) and I do crafts to make ends meet, but it truly is month to month.

    In 2009, I have a new charity that I am starting online and not only will going to BlogHer assist me in building and connecting with other bloggers, but bring the foundation up and see how bloggers can utilize their skills to make the new year very rewarding.

    Connecting with bloggers at BlogHer, and sponsors, will allow these projects to grow. Any way someone is willing to help to alleviate the $1000 hardship would be a blessing. Thank you for your consideration,

    PS if we do ‘win’ here and get a sponsor by other means, we would gladly give it back out to a new winner.

  24. i started a green-minded events blog about 5 months ago. had absolutely no idea how much fun it was gonna be. i am a bit baffled about how to get there from here–this conference seems just the ticket. please check out my blog & the related post, here…

    and thanks for putting good vibes out there!

    be well.

  25. I love this! This is the most gracious contest! I am really hoping my blog inspires you to choose me, but whomever you choose is sure to be blessed by this terrific opportunity. May God Bless you for your Blessing.

  26. I’m not good at groveling – I’m actually better with bribery so just let me know what your favorite kind of donuts are – but here’s my post:

    P.S. You totally rock. Even if I don’t win (and I really, really hope I do) I think its completely awesome of you to do this.

  27. Just another person saying that this is a great contest (and a great way to get people thinking about BlogHer!) I’m already planning to attend so I’m not entering – I’m thankful I have the means to attend this conference and can’t wait to see who you pick to go! I can’t wait to meet so many other bloggers in July!!

  28. Love you, Chica. I believe I will be there with or without charity:-)

  29. No begging or groveling necessary. Just tell me about you and your support for women!

  30. I threw my hat in the ring. I haven’t been able to swing a ticket for BlogHer for four stinkin’ years. I don’t know if I can take another year of ‘watching’ it on the Internet again. I have tried to figure out how to turn it into a family vacation, but I think the kids are on to me. If I can’t figure out a way to get myself there this year, I am going to throw a big ass party at my house, invite local friends who have no clue what a blog is, and teach them. It will be my own BlogHer – any Jersey Girls are more than welcome to attend (drinks on me!)

  31. I am so excited to be considered to get to go to Blogher. Thanks so much…
    Here is my post from my blog:

  32. Oh boy would I love to go! Is my entry!

  33. Mine is up. I really want to be an inspiration to my mother to enjoy life….we got a very BIG reminder of the fact that life can end suddenly this week. My mother has not done anything that made HER truly happy in years…and now she has many illnesses (hospitalized but looking like she will come home…MUCH more medical treatment will be needed). I am trying to be her inspiration. Hugs to all entering this contest.

  34. I would love to wax poetic about my deserving to win but I am sure there are others who are more worthy. Still, I am hoping to find sponsors to help me get there this summer.

  35. This is a truly generous thing you are doing. I’m much too agoraphobic to go to something like that, but here’s my blog post spreading the word.

  36. If I can not win, I would like Gwynne to win. If she can achieve all the goals she listed….that will bring some spectacular things to the world. 🙂

  37. Hello,
    Can I first start off by saying May God Bless you for your compassion and dedication to helping others and especially woman. This is a very wonderful thing you are giving away.
    To tell you why I would love to go, I am a stay at home mommy of 4 kids. My husband works 2 jobs so I can stay at home to take care of our children. However we have tons of bills that need to be paid, and his pays just meet our needs, there is currently no extra for things like this. Some of our bills consist mainly of medical bills from my daughter and also Student loans.
    I can only hope that one day I can be as fortunate enough to be able to pay it forward like you. I know this day will come and maybe through the networking I am doing online and the conference and meeting people I can get ahead just that much more to be able to pay it forward quicker.
    I do have a small pay it forward fund that I have been working on currently just from my little part of the world. It is called “Spreading Sunshine”. It is strictley a fund for doing similiar (but on a much smaller scale) thing as this contest. I use whatever money or things I can acquire to just brighten peoples days with random acts of kindness. For example, if I am driving along and happen to see a child that is playing outside their house, and it appears to me maybe the child doesnt have much, I will go back to the home and leave a small giftbag with like a teddy bear or small toy on the doorstep with a letter telling rhe family and child that they have just been “hit by a sunbeam” from the Spreading sunshine fund. that is just one example. This past Christmas I gave out 3 giftbags of items to a family that I knew was struggling, and I just put it on their doorstep, again with a letter, I am not looking for any type of “famousness” from these I just like to see people smile and help when I can with whatever I have. There is a lot more examples on my blog, and a sample of a letter I’d leave. Sometimes It might even be paying for a car behind me at the drive thru, and I let the cashier give the letter to the person as I drive off. Doing this kind of random acts of kindness makes me happy and hopefully touches the person I am giving a lift to, and perhaps one day they will remember getting their sunbeam from me, and they too will continue spreading the light.
    Anyways, sorry I wrote a whole book, I get involved with my writing, too much when it is from the heart.
    If I got this “award” I would definitly make good use of it to try to play it forward to other moms and woman in the future.
    Thanks again for the contest and Have a Great New Year.
    ps. If you did want to read more on my blog about the Spreading Sunshine it is here :

  38. Oh, BlogHer. I’ve wanted to go but I always “shy out” every year. I do suppose that unless someone hands me a ticket, I’ll never force myself to go.

    All the same, my goals for my two blogs this year are similar though their topics are different. I want to get more moms involved in each of my subjects. I want more mothers to consider the fire safety of their own home. It’s not just a man’s job and I’m tired of people acting like it is!

    I also want more women (and men) to consider helping adoptees gain access to their Original Birth Certificates. This year, on my adoption blog, I was mostly focused on my own (necessary) healing. I attained that healing and now? I need to help others attain what they need to move forward in their lives.

    So, I have some multi-faceted goals for my blogging and, yes, I think attending BlogHer would just continue to help to get the word out. About the former, well, it’s just good to pass word on about fire safety. But the latter? It’s a civil rights issue and I’ll fight for it whether people want to listen or not.

    Happy New Year. I’m glad to have found your blog in 2008. You’ve been an inspiration.

  39. Wow like I said before this such a wonderful thing your doing . I already said that I live so close to Chicago and I have (or do now) the means to get there. But what I’m wondering is how are you going to pick the deserving winner when you have had so many wonderful deserving women entering.

    Just from this contest I have found so many great blogs to read and hopefully new friends to make.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

  40. Just a few quick details:

    You’ll need to provide your own hotel and transportation, this will only cover registration.

    There is food at blogher conferences, so…you’re good there. Usually not dinner but there is breakfast and lunch.

    Also…there is rumor more than one registration will be given away 😉 That’s all I’m sayin’

  41. i’m already registered, so i’m not applying for your awesome giveaway. but i did want to wish you and the family a very wonderful new year, and say that i think this is a very cool thing to do. 🙂

    can’t wait to see you in chicago!

  42. Ok, here goes. I started blogging this past year (I can’t believe it’s passed already!) as a way to document my pregnancy and motherhood and it’s honestly turned into an obsession. I love meeting new people, writing about topics that I’m excited about, and supporting other bloggers through my Friday Featured Blog posts. I really was psyched about BlogHer possibly coming to nearby Philadelphia but my heart sunk when I saw it was in Chicago. But, I have always wanted to visit that city and if I could scrape together the airfare, I would love to attend. I am a SAHM living on one income, so I don’t know if I would be able to afford it all., which is why I’m entering.

    Although my blog doesn’t have huge readership, I’d love to go to BlogHer to learn more about beefing it up with better content, marketing, etc. If I went, I think this would be a stepping stone to bigger and better things with my blog. This year I intend to host some guest bloggers to post some artsy-crafty stuff this year, and of course do some more of my own craft tutorials. I’d also like to highlight more women-owned shops in my reviews.

    Thanks so much for your generous giveaway. What a great thing to do for other bloggers.

  43. Sam and I are coming! But with Daren in school and me planning on starting school in September, money will be tight! Now that my blogging ‘career’ has gone commercial from personal, I’m really hoping to learn more about that side of things.

  44. Wow, what an awesome thing you are doing.
    I would love to go to blogher,
    I am just a baby beginner here.
    I’ve been following you on
    twitter and watching all the posts for

    Thanks for sharing your good fortune with others
    and Happy New Year.


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