Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: The BlogHer '12 Voices of the Year

If you're at all involved in blogging, you've most likely heard of BlogHer, a media company created by female bloggers to feature content written by female bloggers.  It's started small and now hosts a huge annual conference and features a wide variety of bloggers.  This year they compiled some of their top content into this book, which draws from posts on numerous topics: humor, career, parenting, inspiration, etc.

Writing
It's written by bloggers, so OBVIOUSLY, it's awesome.  Really, the editors did a great job of choosing material that is well written and edited, even if it's not always perfect.  The bloggers represented are, typically, not professional writers, but they're all still amazing.  I was blown away by the quality, although I should know by now that bloggers are great writers.

Entertainment Value
These posts are all well written, insightful, humorous, inspiring, etc.  I found the political commentary to be interesting, the family stories to be touching, and I laughed out loud more than once.  Also, and this isn't really BlogHer's fault because it IS a women's media company and kind of known for the mommy blogs, there was a LOT of parenting stuff.  That was the one thing that I wasn't totally appreciative of.  I mean, it's not like because I'm not a mommy I can't appreciate reading a great post about family, but one breastfeeding post would have been plenty.

Overall
I definitely recommend reading it and I highly recommend that if you DO read it, you do so in ebook format. It's available in paperback, but I loved reading it on my ereader and being able to go straight to links and add blogs immediately instead of having to wait till I was in front of a computer.  And there are several cute cartoons and pictures and other links that are best accessed on an ereader.

2 comments:

  1. Actually, I hadn't heard of it until this blog post. But then again, maybe it's because I'm male. :)

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  2. Thanks for the review, Julie. It's our favorite part of the year, curating the Voices of the Year. This was the first year we got to put it in eBook form, so we're so proud and thrilled :) Thanks for not only reading it, but publishing your thoughts!

    Best,
    Elisa Camahort Page, BlogHer co-founder

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