The first Keynote Speaker is Ree Drummond. I actually owe part of my own reason for blogging to her very indirectly. I started blogging, in part, due to a challenge from one of my daughters after we had looked at several blogging sites, including Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman website. This was about six years ago. If you could see the impact this decision has had on me, I guess you could say that The Pioneer Woman was part of my initial inspiration. Interesting how things come around. Obviously, I did not end up on national TV but maybe I would have if I had chosen to write about something as popular as food or whatever. Now, that is a pretty scary thought. I am the antithesis of a cook. I am not even a bad cook. Oh well, I guess genealogy will have to do.
Here is the lineup:
Thursday, February 6
|Ree Drummond, blogger and author, The Pioneer Woman |
Ree is an award-winning blogger and New York Times bestselling author. Her popular website, The Pioneer Woman, was founded in 2006 and showcases her cooking, photography, and stories about country life.
|Judy Russell is a certified genealogist with a law degree who enjoys helping others understand the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website.|
Saturday, February 8
|Stephanie Nielsen, blogger and author, NieNie Dialogues |
Stephanie's story of survival and recovery after a plane crash captured the hearts of the nation. She has inspired others through interviews with Oprah Winfrey and on the Today Show.