No ageism at Blogher 12.

Conferences

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this year’s event. First, the two keynote speakers were Martha Stewart and Katie Couric, women in who are in their 50′s and 60′s. There were even sessions about blogging into old age basically and evolving your blog as your children age out from the sweet spot most brands focus on. And Pfizer had a big space dedicated to launching their new www.getold.com site and Poise is launching a line of menopausal products. What?

Even Katie Couric openly spoke about menopause and watching her mid section. I particularly loved Katie’s attitude when asked why she doesn’t retire. Why should we retire if we feel vital and think we have more we’d like to accomplish? It’s about time there was some focus on the older mom. Just because your children are older, it doesn’t mean you’re suddenly not a mother. I’ve said it before, “It’s a life sentence.” And even better news is Katie is truly integrating social media into her new afternoon talk show and will feature two bloggers on every show.

Martha Stewart talked about her ever-expanding empire and gave out some advice for helping younger women, “Give them encouragement.” While encouragement is important, but I would argue the premise of Blogher is one of the most important things you can teach younger women. Blogher is all about the power of networking, on-going education and building your personal brand. All are so critical, in my opinion, for success.

Blogher 13 has been announced and will take place in Chicago. I’m looking forward to being surprised again.



8 Responses to “No ageism at Blogher 12.”

  1. I thought Katie Couric was such a dynamic and engaging speaker. I loved how honest she was about her menopause and other age-related topics. Great post.

    Bicultural Mama
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    • I loved Katie’s honesty. She seemed very real and down to earth. I hope her show is exactly like her talk at Blogher.

      Holly Pavlika
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  2. I am so glad to see this post about ageism…I am a grandmother who blogs and loves it…moms can continue to share as there little ones get older and then grandchildren are an entirely new and awesome experience.
    I cannot lie, I have to say that I have felt that age is a factor at blogger meetings…it will change as the current women age but until then I am going to ride it out and see what happens. Maybe just maybe some of us older bloggers will get a panel discussion of our own at BlogHer someday. Count me in!

    Lorette Lavine
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    • Keep blogging. I get the age thing, too. A mom of one of my son’s friends actually said, “aren’t you a little old for this?” What does age have to do with this? If anything we have a lot of wisdom to give.

      Holly Pavlika
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    • I agree. 50 is an amazing age. After all we’ve learned we can enjoy our age as it creeps up. I feel wonderful and it’s nice to hear women embracing time!

      Ellen Toqn
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  3. I wasn’t able to attend Blogher this year, and I clearly missed some excellent keynotes. As a woman in her 40s who blogs about style I have always appreciated the wide range of ages attending Blogher, and the programming built to match. There was a lot of discussion in Sand Diego last year about women becoming invisible as they age. Blogher clearly doesn’t believe that!

    Tracey
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    • We so need to be visible. Especially for the sake of our daughters who we are role models for.

      Holly Pavlika
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