BlogHer in The Backyard

BlogHer in the BackyardSometimes indulging takes the form of making time to make new friends.  At the BlogHer 2011 Conference in San Diego, CA, I had the opportunity to meet Elisa Camahort-Page, who along with three other women, started BlogHer, a community and media company created in partnership with women in social media.  When Elisa mentioned she’d be in Portland for a Vegan Food Conference, I offered to host a BlogHer Portland gathering at my house.  We called it BlogHer, Backyard Chickens, and BBQ.  (And no, we didn’t BBQ our backyard chickens.)  We had a great time talking about blogging, our sites, social media, and life.

BlogHer in the Backyard

BlogHer in the  Backyard attendees:

Asha Dornfest from ParentHacks

Bethany Rydmark of Sustainable Food for Thought

Carri Bugbee who is a social media strategist in Portland

Carrie Minns of La Pomme de Portland

Corrine Tippet a local author who writes and publishes at The Westchester Press

Dawn Foster, Geeky Girl Dawn who also cooks and blogs about it at What Dawn Eats

Elisa Camahort-Page who is from BlogHer and contributes to many blogs here

Katy Wolk-Stanley who is The Non-Consumer Advocate

Kim Demmon who runs Today’s Creative Blog

Kirsten Hope who can be found at Kirsten Hope and has an alter ego Hair Care Girl

Lisa Zuniga, who is not a blogger but an editor at Harper Collins, and a good friend

Maggie Maggio of Smashing Color who is a color specialist and author

Mindy Lockard who can be found at Mindy Lockard and her blog at The Gracious Girl

Indulging your desire to meet new people, make connections in person, and make new friends takes effort but is always worth it.  I even learned a new term from all of this: IRL, in real life.

In real life is always so much better, don’t you agree?

BlogHer in the Backyard


Thank you to all who attended!  Special thanks to my favorite “Grill Master” who BBQ’d up all the veg.  Also, a big thank you to Maggie for lending me the neighborhood dessert group container of plates, utensils, and cups so we wouldn’t have any throw-away from this event.  A final BIG thanks to my daughter, who I hired to help serve and clean-up for the evening.  She did a fabulous job and received a bonus for a job well-done.


Sara, creator of Go Gingham, is passionate about cooking and feeding her family healthy, real food. She's a green enthusiast, too, who loves to grow food organically. Sara loves to travel - especially by trading houses. An avid runner, she can also be found chasing after her chickens in the backyard.


  1. Thank you Sara for rounding us all up! Was such a treat. Can’t wait to do it again!!

    1. Oh, Carrie, you’re welcome! It was so fun to get together.

  2. Thanks again for planning this, Sara, it was such a pleasure to start my Portland trip amongst such wonderful women!

    1. Elisa,
      You’re welcome! So glad you could come and hope you enjoyed your first visit to Portland.

  3. Thanks for posting the blogroll here — I’ve been on the hunt for some great new Portland blogs so I’m psyched to check some of these out! Sounds like a fun event 🙂

    1. Hey Lindsey…thanks for leaving a comment. We’re scheduling some regular monthly meetings if you want to be included, please let me know. It’s great to meet in person!

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