Shining a Light on Women’s Voices

by on October 19, 2010

Last weekend in Ojai, I was honored to be an attendee at the small (can I use the word boutique?) woman’s blogging conference, Creative Alliance ’10. There I met a yurt full of wonderful women who have integrated blogging into the thread of their lives.

But there are two specific projects (and the women making them happen) that I want to tell you about today. Both involve what I am calling “shining a light on women’s voices” by taking “blogging” off the little screen, and putting in it in an entirely different media, thereby amplifying the effect.

First, let me introduce Ann Imig of Madison, WI, who is the founder and National Director of Listen to Your Mother. Listen to Your Mother is a live performance, celebrating and expanding the meaning of Mother’s Day, consisting of mothers reading blog posts from the podium. I really can’t describe the effect of listening to these talented moms describing pieces of their lives, so I’ve put a recording right here for you to see.

Next year, for Mother’s Day 2011, Ann has scheduled her show in Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Valparaiso, IN, and Spokane, WA. Each show will have its own auditions. I urge you to attend, if you possibly can. I guarantee it will be a celebration of motherhood like none you’ve ever known.

Next, I’m turning the spotlight on Megan Jordan, of Gulfport, MS, and her literary print magazine story bleed. Again the content is women’s blog posts, but this time the medium is a beautiful (hold-it-in-your-hand) print literary magazine. As Megan herself says in her introductory Letter from the Editor: “Story Bleed aches for you to discover yourself where the lines between our stories bleed together, unexpectedly resonating.” I see it as another amazing example of how taking words off the Web, and putting them in a media with such different characteristics, changes the experience completely.

The preview issue is available for just $1.50 by clicking on the magazine cover in the right-hand column at the story bleed site.

I keep hearing in my head the words of Marshall McLuhan, “The media is the message” which were lifted from a book he published in 1964. Perhaps now I finally understand.

jacinta November 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

Thanks very much,Barbara, for this lovely video of the conference. I am a teacher from Spain and I love your web page and all the real to topics that you deal with.

barbara November 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Thank you Jacinta for your kind words. Saludos desde San Diego! Barbara

Danielle Smith October 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Barbara – so lovely to meet you – and so beautiful of you to highlight two such extraordinary women – they are both doing such amazing things – as you have been for years! Ovejoyed to watch all of these projects unfold!

Heather of the EO October 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I LOVE it that you highlighted these two women and their beautiful projects. Thank you!

It was a true pleasure to meet you, Barbara.

barbara October 21, 2010 at 8:08 am

Thank you, Heather. I loved meeting you, too! I am SO GLAD I went!

Ndeh Marius October 20, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hi Mrs Barbara, even though i’m a young male Cameroonian, i’m really interested in your effort and i’m really proud of you. I lack the means to attend your conferences but will really appreciate if you continue to keep me informed.
Thanks for your collaboration.

Lee Vandeman October 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Barbara – wonderful. And yes a boutique blogging conference. I love it. Thank you so much for trusting in the vision enough to splash gasoline all over yourself and head on up to Ojai. :-)

Hope our paths cross again soonish…


Ann's Rants October 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Barbara, I am so honored by this. I cannot thank you enough for your words about LTYM, and for helping me spread the word.

And Storybleed IS fantastic.

Such a pleasure meeting you, and I really enjoyed hearing about your writing process. 33 minutes 33 seconds…GO!

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