These are your conversation starters, thought provokers and idea wranglers. We chose not to have panels as we believe in talking WITH people, rather than AT them. Because we have also chosen to remain small we are able to bring back some of the most important features of blogging events: inclusion, learning, the gift of writing.
Vikki Reich writes about the intersection of contemporary lesbian life, parenthood and pop culture at her personal blog Up Popped A Fox. She is a staff writer for Aiming Low and her work has also appeared on Grace the Spot and Autostraddle. In 2010, she was selected for the Foreword Writing Apprenticeship in Creative Nonfiction at the Loft Literary Center. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and two kids and, in the real world, she never speaks of herself in the third person. You can find Vikki on Twitter as @uppoppedafox.
Cecily Kellogg is well known for her raw tone and humor on Twitter as @CecilyK, and her posts about social media and moms on MomCrunch for Babble. She live in the Philadelphia area, is happily married, mom to a fierce and amazing daughter, and has occasionally been called a bad ass. She also currently works with AboutOne doing Social Media and Content Strategy. She was named by Babble as one of the Top 100 Mom Bloggers in 2011 (and Top 50 Twitter Moms in 2010).
Tracy Beckerman writes the humor column and blog, LOST IN SUBURBIA®, which is syndicated to over 400 newspapers and on 250 related websites to about 10 million readers. She is the author of the book, “Rebel without a Minivan,” and her next book, a “Momoir,” will be published in early 2013. Tracy has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Better TV, LX NY, and CBS Sunday Morning and does stand-up comedy about how to be a cool mom in the suburbs. Yes, she knows that is an oxymoron. She has won a Writer’s Guild of America Award and a New York EMMY® for her writing, is a past recipient of the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Award and a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award and was selected as America’s Top Blogger by The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television. She speaks frequently at conferences about nothing in particular.
Relentlessly in search of the world’s best peppermint mocha, six foot and plaid clad Dresden Shumaker blogs daily at CreatingMotherhood.com. A former Hollywood insider, Dresden now spends her days working in PR and new media for a Philly tech startup and her evenings negotiating with her three year old son about the number of toys he may bring into the bathtub. For sport Dresden helps bloggers create perfect frames for their content by assisting with web design and helping people answer the super important question, “why are you blogging?”. Dresden is a single mom and lives in a multigenerational home in Philadelphia and is invested in causes connected to ending hunger and caregiver support for the Alzheimer’s community. She is a blogger and advocate for Feeding America and was recently honored for her post, “Welfare Queen”.
Laurie White won an envelope of $2 bills in the 2nd grade for writing a poem about football. She knew nothing about football, and has been chasing that unfounded media fame rainbow ever since. A blogger since 2005, she is a contributing editor for BlogHer.com, and a photographer and social media strategist for events like Mom 2.0 Summit and BlogHer conferences. A Maryland native, she loves food, music, the internet, and being mildly disruptive on a regular basis. Find her at LaurieMedia (http://www.lauriemedia.com) and on Twitter way too often @lauriewrites.
Robin Plemmons is an artist/ illustrator, a writer, and an overly enthusiastic (yet not annoying) cheerleader at heart. She makes greeting cards and paintings that aim to make you happy in your heart and pants area. Her motto is “balls to the wall, y’all” and valiantly attempts to live it out in all aspects of her life. She was voted “Best Indie Crafter” and “Blogger You’d Most Like To See Naked” in Western North Carolina. She has worked with American Greetings and her work can be seen in boutiques, art galleries, and on Etsy.com. She wants to encourage the shit out of you.
Delfin Joaquin Paris has been blogging for just over a year. Over this time he has amassed a large following who appreciate his sense of humor, honesty, and vulnerability. In his day job he runs a sales and marketing team of over 100, and also freelances for online and print publications. With his blog, Thoughts From Paris, D.J. has committed to writing every single day this year, and has posted over 150k words. His website is visited each month by readers in 100 countries. D.J. believes passion will create high quality content and having a strong marketing strategy will find your audience. Engagement will keep them coming back, and build loyalty.
Neil Kramer has been writing online since 2005 on his blog, Citizen of the Month. He is also the impresario of the annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concerteach December. A love of reading and writing who always hated the cliche “a picture says a thousand words,” his life was transformed when he fell in love with Instagram.
Kymberli Barney (aka JW Moxie) is Aiming Low’s Special Operations Editor; she decides if your guest posts are either published or fed to the honey badgers. She primarily writes for the Miss Unlimited Channel and is also the managing editor of its Teen Columnists. Kym has a PhD in BS, but someone thought it was a good idea to make her responsible for educating adolescents. She does a good impression of an 8th Grade English teacher by day, but by night she’s a gangsta nerd superhero. Hailing from the Dirty South, she lives in Georgia with her high school sweetheart husband. Despite her best efforts, their four children (ages 7-11) refuse to be corrupted into doing Kym’s evil bidding. Kymberli is in love with carbohydrates and in hate with writing bios. She blogs at TheSmartness.com and Tweets @JWMoxie. WORD.
Alexandra is a writer who has found the secret to getting rich as a blogger that she’ll share with you for just $9.99. When not taking her checks to the bank, Alexandra blogs at Good Day Regular People about life as an overanalyzing mother of three boys trying to go unnoticed in her small town. The most important things you need to know about her are that the internet saves her daily and that she believes the most you can ask for in life is to arrive at the end of it all with your hair messed up, out of breath, and not throwing up. Alexandra is a contributing writer for TikiTikiblog and FunnynotSlutty
Liz Henry is the writer, mother and hellraiser behind the blog The Six Year Itch. She is a featured columnist for NBC/Universal’s iVillage which enjoys over 30 million unique visitors a month. She also runs her own social marketing company, Geek Her Media which makes her feel like a big deal. When she’s not writing you can find Liz sipping a Big Gulp and shaving her rogue chin hairs. She sometimes wears pants.
Sarah Braesch,a.k.a @goonsquadsarah writes at Sarah and the Goon Squad, Draft Day Suit, Babble Voices, Aiming Low and several other places on the internet. She lives just outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and eight year old boy/girl twins.
Julia Roberts is an innovative builder of communities both physical and virtual, and is an adept communicator in both realms. She is a skilled writer and speaker, and above all else, she is a tireless and media-savvy disability advocate, due to raising two kids who’ve survived dialysis, kidney transplants and medical interventions. Her sites can be found at TheOtherJuliaRoberts.com.
Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog in the world on postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Katherine was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2008, won the Bloganthropy Award in 2010 and received a Mental Health America Media Award in 2011 for her PPD advocacy. More magazine named her to its annual Fierce List in 2012. Katherine is the president of Postpartum Progress Inc., a nonprofit aimed at raising awareness, reducing stigma, and vastly improving the support for women with PPD. Katherine also writes Something Fierce, a Babble Voices blog. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprogr.
Janet Dean, a.k.a IzzyMom, has been a blogger for six years at IzzyMom.com, publisher of The Green Mom Review for five years, a web designer since Al Gore invented the internet back in the nineties and attends to all things geeky as Aiming Low’s Technical Operations Editor. She has won a few blogging awards, received some nice accolades from the media, been published in a handful of magazines and appeared in the mom blogger anthology Sleep is for the Weak. She’s a mom of two kids, ages 7 and 12, wife to one very patient husband and butler to three spoiled tuxedo cats.
Heather Solos is the CEO & Co-Founder of SpinPicks, Inc and founded and operates Home-Ec101.com, a blog that provides “Skills for everyday living.” Heather was a chef in her former life and is charming, a littlesnarky, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. Heather has grown Home-Ec 101 over five years with a loyal audience and consistent readership. She also works with Cooking with the Troops and considers herself lucky to be part of such an amazing mission. Also? She waits tables
Faiqa Khan, Managing Editor for Aiming Low, has been managing people with imaginary spread sheets since she was two and a half years old. Faiqa’s major life goal is to get people to be nice to each other, work well together and acknowledge that shared purpose is both fulfilling and the key to harmonious world domination. Faiqa’s personal blog Native Born has won several awards including the highly coveted “My Mom Has Finally Acknowledged I am a Writer” award. She also uses her powers for good at Hey! That’s My Hummus! a podcast dedicated to letting go, being friends and remembering not to take our stuff too seriously.
Caitlin Madden is a mama to one, drummer and retired roller Girl (Violet Dagger #7 – HCRG!). As the Social Media lady for Mabel’s Labels, she has worked to build the company’s online presence using social tools and blogger outreach for the past 5 years. Knowing that social media would be a hot ticket, the company hired Caitlin before they had a full-time web developer. Considering Mabel’s Labels is an online business, it was a bold move that has faired them well. The company has since been named to Inc.com’s list of 20 Awesome Facebook Fan Pages and Hubspot’s The 15 Best Facebook Pages You’ve Ever Seen. Caitlin’s work as also been profiled in the Globe and Mail, The Financial Post and Marketing Magazine. When she’s not on the keyboard, you can find Caitlin cottage hopping around Ontario, teaching her son about the outdoors and reading books (real paper books!) about far-away lands.
Kelby Carr is the founder and CEO of Type-A Parent, a social network and online magazine-style blog founded in 2007 for digital moms and dads, and Type-A Parent Conference, an annual blogging and social media conference in its fourth year that attracts major corporations and hundreds of parents who blog. She’s been coding since 1982, social networking online since 1984, web publishing since 1992, blogging since 2002 and tweeting since 2007. She is the author of Pinterest For Dummies and Pinterest Marketing For Dummies.
Leila Miyamoto, a.k.a. The Ninja, has an outlook on life that’s simple: Love it, live it, laugh at it and ninja kick anything in your way to happiness! She is the creator behind the blog “Don’t Speak Whinese” and believes life is fun when everyone stops bitching. She is a self published author, community manager since the dawn of the interwebz, writer of hilarious Haiku and inspired by making a damn difference in the world.
Lisa M. Frame is an over-achieving, under-organized Southern gal with an accent that would make Ellie Mae Clampett jealous. Her best days are when she replaces the water with Red Bull in her coffeemaker in order to hear the words make noises as she hums her way through the ever-changing world of social media.
Called “ahead of your time” and “visionary” by the industry, Jeremy Pepper has more than 15 years experience in public relations, in both traditional and social media. Using Usenet and online enthusiast sites – now called blogs or social media – for campaigns, Pepper incorporates online tactics to traditional strategies. Pepper has worked with a who’s who of Fortune 500 companies, ranging from consumer tech to consumer packaged goods to high tech, providing integrated communications counsel to such companies as Kodak, Clorox, Cisco, GM, HP, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Campbell’s Soup, amongst other Currently, Pepper works with a variety of clients on B2B to B2C PR and social media campaigns. Prior to consulting, Pepper managed global PR for Boingo Wireless, responsible for traditional PR and social media relations, inlcuding launching its social media efforts, and working on reputation management, community relations and crisis communications.
Pepper also worked at one of the world’s largest public relations firms, advising clients on social media strategies and tactics, and helping launch social media programs and initiatives around the world. Previously, Pepper had founded his own public relations firm, working with clients on melding social media and public relations, as well as working in-house for a photo startup acquired by Kodak. Pepper began his PR blog more than 8 years ago, expanding to food blogging in 2009. He continues to be an early adopter of social media, understanding how it works in the real-world.
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