Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works from Elan.Works, a designer and editor at GenderAvenger, and a speaker who has spoken across North America. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

I Have News!

I have news! Or, rather, it's kind of old news to me at this point, but now I get to tell you officially without getting fired.

I'm Speaking at BlogHer '12I am speaking about iPhoneography at BlogHer '12 with Stacy Jill Calvert and Stephanie Calabrese Roberts!

I am pleased as all get out with this turn of events, and let me stress that: AS ALL GET OUT.

I attended my first BlogHer in 2008 almost five years after I wrote my first blog entry. Before that, I had never shown my face or shared my name or even shared what city I lived in, and I suddenly found myself on stage reading my words out loud to hundreds of people in a ballroom in San Francisco as part of the inaugural Voices of the Year, known then at the Community Keynote. It was nothing short of remarkable. In that moment, when I stared out at a wash of beautiful bloggy faces and took a photo of them with my crappy point-and-shoot so that I would never forget that exact point in time, something in me was born:

27 - Community Keynote - onstage

I'm not kidding. It sounds like I'm being hyperbolic, but I'm not. It was in that precise moment when I really felt the power of not only my own voice in this medium, but in all of our voices, and I knew there was no turning back for me. This was my place, and these were my people, and now I am nearly nine years deep into this love affair with blogging and have quit my previous employment to work in its service full time.

Blogging has taken me a lot of places creatively since I stood on that stage, and one of my favourite places so far is definitely iPhoneography, which is the craft of iPhone photography. When I say iPhoneography, most people just look at me like I've gone down that special rabbit hole reserved for hyper-fixated nerds who have ingested too much mercury. Someone actually looked at me just two days ago and said of iPhoneography: "So, that's a word now?" Yes, that's a word now, and it is a good word.

All of the photos on Schmutzie.com over the last two years (approximately) have been taken with my iPhone, and I've even dedicated an entire blog to it, so when I say I love it, I mean it.

So, I will be at BlogHer '12 in New York in August speaking about the whats, hows, and wherefores of iPhoneography. If you're going to be at BlogHer '12, I hope to see you there! I'll give you the low-down on making blogging beautiful.

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