Blog Her means business, both in a social change aspect and a commercial one. The commercial aspect is obvious enough — countless internet platforms created by enterprising women command major cachet with marketers and their dollars, not to mention how many powerful names in women’s blogging continue to build on their online success with movie scripts, books, speeches and presentations, high-end consulting gigs and more.
The social change aspect is, of course, very often intertwined with the commercial. (It’s a self-evident truth that with commercial success comes more power to foment change.) But sometimes the power to push change is nearly free of commercial consideration — and derives from the pure and deep desire to see a different world. That spirit is also evident all around Blog Her. There’s probably no better example than the urgently named Blog Her 2016 panel: Heart & Soul: Use Your Platform to Smash the Patriarchy, White Supremacy, & Other Forms of Oppression From the Inside and Out. That about says it all — and yet it’s still only just a beginning. HapaMama founder Grace Hwang-Lynch will talk with Keren Taylor of Write Girl, Morra Aarons-Mele of Women Online, Morgan Shanahan of Buzzfeed, and April Reign of BroadwayBlack.com.