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Part 1: Notable Keynotes and Celebrities that Showed Up and Showed Out at Blogalicious Weekend

Selecting a keynote speaker for Blogalicious Weekend is a task we take very seriously. This individual has to bring the energy and set the tone for the entire Weekend. Below, we share some of our notable favorites! 

Blogalicious 2009:  Karen Walrond and Kim Coles 

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Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks lit up our inaugural conference with her powerful message about “The Beauty of Different.” Kimberly Coleman (Mom In The City) shared this reaction: “The message really resonated with me. She encouraged us to figure out what made us different – our “superpower.” That’s the only way that we can be who we are meant to be and to live out our own personal dreams.”

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During Disney Interactive’s The Princess and the Frog New Orleans-style Luncheon, one of us did a double take. Is that THE Kim Coles from ‘Living Single’ tip-toeing into the ballroom?! Turns out she was in the hotel as part of the presenting team for the BET Hip Hop Awards, and saw the fabulous group of ladies entering the luncheon; she decided our event was more fun to attend and she crashed for a few minutes. She said she would be back! Later that night, Kim joined us in the Clever Girls’ Yummie Tummie Suite. We had a ball sipping on bubbly and noshing on tasty cupcakes Good times! We love that, 8 years later, she is still connected with our community.

Blogalicious 2010:  Loni Love, Marc Morial and Kindred The Family Soul

Whew! Let’s talk about Miami, shall we? We had the great honor of having Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (and former mayor of New Orleans), present our Opening Keynote. We felt inspired as Mr. Morial applauded us for lifting our voices and talked of the important work to be done in our communities. We’ve remained good friends with the Urban League – and Blogalicious family members were invited to live blog President Obama’s speech at their Centennial Conference! A Moment to remember.

And then, there was Loni Love! Presented by McDonald’s – a long-time Blogalicious partner – Loni, a Cafe Mocha Radio personality and co-host on The Real, had us in stitches as she hosted our luncheon AND took the time to interview several bloggers one-on-one.

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A private performance for the Blogalicious attendees by Kindred The Family Soul, capped off an evening presented by General Mills (complete with topless waiters serving Yoplait martinis!) The duo was so down to earth and personable that they blessed us with a repeat, surprise, performance the next day. We’ve kept in touch and have been cheering them on ever since, through their webisodes, Wal-mart commercials and more!

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Blogalicious 2011:  Jessie Jones, Paula Patton, and Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

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Jessie Jones’, then-founder of U-ology, motivational speech tackledrelationship building.  “We need to develop an “army” with those that want to build with us. If you only have support from 2 people then great, build from there. Don’t waste time with people who won’t support you.” (Quote source: Mommy Factor) We enjoyed having our Canadian brother grace the stage – congrats on your new agency, Jesse!!!

 

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The line for the Cover Girl QUEEN Collection Suite was out the door! That’s because the gorgeous and warm Paula Patton was their brand ambassador on hand to meet and greet with the Blogalicious community. Justice Fergie’s mom was oh-so-tickled when Ms. Patton told her that she should be so very proud of her daughter – we’re proud of you, Paula!

 

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Breakfast for dinner you say? We think that’s a great idea! And so did Aunt Jemima, who brought their brand ambassador, Chef Aaron “Big Daddy” McCargo from the Food Network to Blogalicious. Not only did he perform live cooking demos  and host our Pancake Dinner, but he also took the time to autograph his cookbook: Simply Done, Well Done for everyone in attendance. Keep cookin’ with grease, Chef!

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Blogalicious 2012: Mario Armstrong and Doug E. Fresh 

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Mario Armstrong kickoff Blogalicious 2012 on a high note. He gave an energizing keynote sharing his entrepreneurship journey, and kept it all the way real by sharing a screenshot of his negative bank account statement to show that the road to entrepreneurship is not always paved in gold. After his keynote, 30+ bloggers continued the conversation outside of the ballroom! Attendees couldn’t get enough to his wisdom and energy. [P.S. Congrats on the launch of The Never Settle Show, Mario!!]

 

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Those of you where were there already know. This is hands down THE BEST closing party we hosted in the history of Blogalicious. Gain took us back to early 90’s and bought Doug E. Fresh to help us relive the nostalgia. Attendees are still talking about this party today! Thanks #GainFresh!!

 

But wait! There’s MORE. Part 2 Up Next!

 

Blogalicious 2017: Who would YOU want to see this year? 

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Comment below or tweet us at @beblogalicious with your suggestions!

 

{P.S. Blogalicious 2017 Weekend call for speakers will open in May! Stay tuned for more details) 

9 Podcasts We Think Are Worth Listening To

New podcasts are popping up in our social media feed daily!  As the web becomes more visual (graphics! video! filters!) it’s refreshing to see growth in a medium that doesn’t require you to have your face beat to share your content. There are so many podcasts worth bookmarking and sharing that we can’t keep up. Here are just a few that are on our radar these days…

 

1. Super Mamas

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Every Tuesday, the Lopez sisters provide a judgment-free space where new, expecting, and experienced mothers can come together to learn from one another; be inspired by each other, and bond over their similar upbringings and cultural background. They’re also super fun and super smart!

2. Myleik – #MyTaughtYou 

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The Founder of Curlbox shares gems she’s learned along the way and interviews rising entrepreneurs. Judging by all of the tweets in our feed, her audience LOVES the knowledge she drops and wait for her episodes like folks line up for the new iPhone.

 

3. Smart Passive Income

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Need we say more? Over 10 million followers listen to Pat Flynn share his entrepreneurship and money making tips. As content creators and influencers with our own platforms, it only makes sense to use our skills to our advantage. We should each have at least one passive revenue stream (if not several!) Tune into Pat’s podcast to hit the ground running.

 

4. Being Boss

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Emily and Kathleen share daily insights they’ve learned along the way about being a boss, putting in work and breaking the rules without sacrificing their true selves. We love that they’ve gone from entrepreneurs to having their own successful branding agency, to teaching us how we can ball too.

 

5. Another Round with Heben and Tracy

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Grab your favorite cocktail! Heben and Tracy  cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show backed by the Buzzfeed brand. We’re hooked. ‘Nuff said.

6. Startup Podcast

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The StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. Expect interviews, honest stories and tricks of the trade in a beautifully produced format. Season 1 might still be one of our favorites – it’s all about starting up a start up. Meta. Yet brilliant.

 

7. Fare of the Free Child

 

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Blogalicious family member, Akilah S. Richards, and her guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them. It’s brutally honest and completely necessary. #RaisingFreePeople

8. Gilmore Guys

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Whether you love the Gilmore Girls TV show or not, everybody has an opinion on it. Including the Gilmore Guys!  Super fans Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe go deep into Gilmore Girls episode by episode with special guests to analyze, praise, mock, and gab like gals about all things Stars Hollow and beyond. We’re here for it.

9. Call Your Girlfriend

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Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere, hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman and produced by Gina Delvac. Every other week, eavesdrop as Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. It’s inspired at least one blog post by Justice Fergie, and we’re betting they’ll inspire you, too.

 

These are the 9 podcasts we’re into at the moment – in no particular order. What are yours?  Chime in the comments below. We’re all ears! (pun intended) 

9 Reasons You Want to Join the Blogalicious #SocialSquad

The “Social Squad” is our term of endearment for our conference volunteer team. They deliver the utmost in attendee experience and are the definition of service! From the things you do see, like their smiling faces at Registration, to the things you don’t see, like them getting down and dirty unloading pallets of boxes and stuffing the hundreds of swag bags, their hard work and dedication contributes to the Blogalicious Weekend experience in countless ways…

Why would you want to join the social squad? 

1. You’re in THE official Blogalicious Club! #SquadGoals
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It is THE squad to be in! This group of ladies (and gents) have the most fun behind the scenes and form a bond that extends beyond the conference.

2. (Purple) Flower Power

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Every member rocks a purple flower with pride. When you see the flower, you can rest assured that this person is ready to help and to provide service with a smile.

3. Complimentary Registration to Blogalicious Weekend

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In exchange for complimentary registration, volunteers work 12 hours over the course of the conference to help us pull off an successful event. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to play and attend the workshops you desire.

4. Extra Swag!

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Every year, we have extra swag. Sometimes folks don’t claim their bag or sponsors send us more than we need. On the last day of the conference, we give everything away. Squad members usually get to pick first!

5. Jana, the BEST Squad Leader

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Picture is blurry because it’s hard to catch Jana in action!

Jana, the Social Squad Coordinator, is THE. ABSOLUTE.BEST. If you don’t know, now you know. She runs a tight ship but she is the sweetest and protective of her troop. Squad members always make sure to remind Jana to eat at some point during the conference. She doesn’t always listen ;) Tweet her to say hi.

6. Grow Your Network / Make New Friends

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The bond that forms within this group is tight. Everyone keeps in touch after the conference and engages via their very own private Facebook group.

7. Give Back and Save

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When planning to attend any conference out of town, costs add up quickly! By volunteering their time, Social Squad members can offset that by donating their time. Win-win!

8. The Behind-the-Scenes Blogalicious Experience

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Squad members are required to show up at least one day before the event to help us prepare. This affords our volunteers a chance to see #TeamBlogalicious in action and observe the machine that is Blogalicious Weekend.

9. Get to Know Brands and Speakers On a Personal Level

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Volunteers work closely with sponsors and speakers assisting them with whatever they need to ensure they have a positive experience. This means developing a personal relationship with key players that you can add to your Rolodex (do they still make those?). You get our point!

Want to join the #SocialSquad? There’s still time to apply. Application deadline is 4/3. If you have any questions, tweet us at @Beblogalicious!

New Book Alert :: “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges Of Raising African American Children”

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Y’ALL! Here. We. Go. Denene Millner’s (www.MyBrownBaby.com) new black parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children” is fresh off the press and arrived at bookstores and online retailers last week.  “My Brown Baby” is currently available in paperback and eBook form.

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Denene, a long time friend of Blogalicious, graciously allowed us to preview an excerpt from her book.

Read below:

Raising 14-Year-Olds Ain’t For Punks: Learning How To Let My Baby Spread Her Wings & Fly

She started high school last week—left this house in a ball of nerves and excitement and fear and delight, curious about this new, independent path she was about to walk, sans her mother’s hand to squeeze during the scary parts.

I offered to make her an omelet. She wasn’t hungry. I plotted to drive her two blocks to the bus stop. Her father told her to walk, and he parked a block away, in case her ride didn’t show up. She did let me take a picture of her dressed in her first-day-of school outfit, a custom we’ve practiced every year since her first day of school at age two. For this small piece of ritual, I am grateful. I stared at her picture through tear-filled eyes for at least an hour.

It’s so cliché, that whole “where did the time go—it feels like she was born just yesterday” thing. Still, the feeling is visceral. True. And really, it’s starting to sink in that the sweet little ball of chocolate I carried in my belly and pushed through my loins and fell totally, helplessly, eternally in love with all those years ago is a baby no more.

My firstborn child, my Mari, is 14.

There’s so much that comes with this age, things that make all the other milestones we parents tend to fret over—sitting up, first words, first steps, potty training, dry nights, first day of kindergarten, first lost tooth and all of that—feel trivial. After all, when they are little, they are dependent and vulnerable and our jobs as parents, as my mother once told me, is to “keep the kids from killing their fool selves.” We grown-ups are in total control. We know it. The children know it. There is no pushback. It is what it is.

But, my God, how those dynamics change when our babies mature and those hormones are in full effect and they start smelling themselves and get behind the wheel of their own thoughts and emotions and desires and… pull away. My Mari has her own ideas on how she wants to dress, what she wants to listen to and watch, how she feels about the world around her and how she wants that world to really see her. My once sweet and helpful and bubbly child has morphed into straight lines and sharp edges, with an attitude and opinions and a fierce hunger for independence—the kind that comes with a challenging of rules and a demand for self-sufficiency and a smidge, too, of secrecy.

I remember 14 and I (try to) understand—(try to) acknowledge that she has the right to like what she likes (within reason) and think how she thinks (with logic and evidence to back it up) and feel what she feels and that those likes and thoughts and feelings may not necessarily sync with mine and this is okay. As she evolves, so, too, do I.

So I loosen my grip. Just a little. Enough to let her wings flutter. For her to make her choices—in clothing, in friends, in the things that interest her. She can walk across the street from school to the Starbucks and the Earth won’t stop its rotational spin. She can talk to her best friend on FaceTime until midnight on a Friday and let out that primal teenage girl squeal when a Mindless Behavior video comes on TV and ignore her little sister and, for hours at a time, answer questions with one-word mumbles and the sun will still rise in the morning. She can choose the blue shirt instead of the green, wear the stretch jeans, purple shirt and sneakers instead of the hip pink dress and sensible flats, and rock her hair cascading on her shoulders instead of the gorgeous top-knot I think shows off her beautiful face, and she will still be… mine.

Still, allowing this feels like she’s taken one of my lungs. She’s learning to live. I can barely breathe knowing that while I am still a part of the equation she uses to factor how to legislate her space in this world, I am no longer the absolute in my 14-year-old’s math.

So this is where trust comes in. Not only in my daughter but my own parenting skills. My husband and I have done our best to steer our daughter down the right path—our family path. We have reminded and still do remind her constantly that the world is bigger than our little corner of Georgia, that a hairstyle or a stupid, ratchet reality TV show doesn’t define her or her blackness, that the price of her shoes or the label in her shirt is no measurement of her worth, that books and art and culture are as necessary as air and the only time she should ever stop learning and challenging herself is when she is gone from this Earth. And as she navigates high school, this new terrain of peer pressure and hormones and boys and no-nonsense teachers, I want—really need—my Mari to know that she has a voice and opinions and feelings and an experience that is valuable and important and true. And that she has the right to use them. To have them heard. Respected.

Silence is not an option.

This is all to say that raising a 14-year-old ain’t for punks. It’s when parenting gets real. I face the challenge head on, knowing that my one-on-one time with my daughter will be cut short in just four years, when she heads off to college. I accept the challenge, too, because I am hopelessly, helplessly in love with her.

This will be so until dolphins fly and parrots swim the sea.

Always.      — August 2013

 

Loved what you’ve read so far? Go ahead and purchase your copy here: http://amzn.to/2mutjus

If you’ve already purchased your book, let Denene know! She’d love to hear from her Blogalicious Family:

Click to Tweet:
I’m celebrating brown babies today with @MyBrownBaby and her new #MyBrownBaby parenting book! http://amzn.to/2mutjus

ABOUT DENENE:
DENENE MILLNER is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including books co-written with Taraji Henson and Charlie Wilson. She also is the editor of MyBrownBaby.com. “Raising 14-Year-Olds Ain’t For Punks: Learning How To Let My Baby Spread Her Wings & Fly” is an excerpt from her new parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges Of Raising African American Children.” Purchase her book here.
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Call for Volunteers! Applications Now Being Accepted for Blogalicious Weekend Social Squad
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Volunteering provides an opportunity for anyone, from the novice blogger to the social media enthusiast, to help #Blogalicious9 run smoothly both for presenters and participants — and to be an active Conference participant with a complimentary Conference Registration (Note: if you are selected to join the Social Squad and you have already purchased a conference ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Each year a robust network of social media influencers and enthusiasts from all over the world gather to collaborate, connect and uplift one another, and this impressive gathering couldn’t happen without the help of an amazing group of volunteers.

The 2017 Conference will be held from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017.  The policies below outline guidelines and procedures that will allow the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 volunteer experience to be beneficial to both Blogalicious and its volunteers:

Recruitment & Eligibility

Volunteers for Blogalicious Weekend 2017 are selected based on:

·       Ability to perform the volunteer position (experience, knowledge, skills);

·       Ability to work a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Conference;

·       Ability to volunteer for entirety of the 4-day Conference unless an emergency occurs;

·       Ability and willingness to attend mandatory orientation;

·       Ability to handle multiple tasks with a positive attitude; and

·       A heartfelt desire to serve

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Benefits

Volunteers, lovingly referred to as our “Social Squad,” are considered representatives of Blogalicious for the entirety of the Conference, and are therefore asked to present themselves accordingly.

In exchange for their service, volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration.  This ticket includes: Admission to all official conference social events workshops, keynote sessions, meals and swag bag.

Time Commitment

During the Blogalicious Weekend, all volunteers are required to work 4-hour shifts daily or a minimum of 12 hours.  Every attempt will be made to place volunteers in positions that meet both their needs (free time to attend sessions of interests and enjoy the Conference) and the needs of the Conference.

Volunteers should plan their travel to arrive by Wednesday morning, October 4, 2017 to participate in swag bag stuffing and to attend the mandatory on-site Social Squad Orientation. {Note: Volunteers will not receive travel assistance or travel reimbursement to or from the Conference site.}

Age Requirement

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Performance Concerns & Dismissal

All volunteers are expected to maintain high standards of productivity, cooperation, and attendance.  Blogalicious accepts the service of volunteers with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of volunteers to continue in service.

Timeline

April 3: Application Deadline
April 28: Applicants are Notified
October 4: Social Squad Orientation

(Volunteer positions are limited.)

Apply here to be a member of the #Blogalicious9 Social Squad!

 

Questions? Please email Jana Pauldin, Social Squad Coordinator: jana (at) beblogalicious.com

What You Need to Know About Attending, Speaking, Sleeping, Nursing, and Volunteering at Blogalicious 2017!

 

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If we had a dollar for every time an excited member of our community inquires about submitting to speak or volunteer during Blogalicious Weekend, we’d be writing this post from a beach in Bora Bora! Thank you, thank you for your emails, messages, texts and DMs! Your interest and enthusiasm is not taken for granted because our conference doesn’t happen without your talents, energy and gifts. Here are some details that will hopefully allow us to allow you to allow all of us to be great:

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Blogalicious Weekend Tickets:

General Admission Influencer Passes, General Admission Industry Passes and VIP Experience passes are available for purchase. Early Bird ticket sales ended February 2nd, but our regular ticket prices are still great! What is the difference between the ticket types? We’re glad you asked!

Influencer Pass:
This ticket type is for Bloggers, Social Media Influencers and Entrepreneurs and includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

Industry Pass:
This ticket type is for PR agency executives, brand representatives and professionals on the corporate side of the social media industry.  The Industry Pass includes includes the 2.5-Day Regular Conference on October 6th, 7th and the morning of the 8th. The Regular Conference includes workshops, keynotes, social events, conference meals and coffee breaks, and swag bag.

VIP Experience Pass:
This ticket type is for anyone who wants to participate in advanced-level trainings and take advantage of VIP perks. The VIP Experience Pass includes a full day of trainings (VIP Mastermind Day) and a private cocktail reception on October 5th. In addition, this ticket type includes all of the benefits of the Influencer/Industry Pass. For an idea of what VIP Mastermind Day looked like in past years, check out the Thursday agendas for 2016 and 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re adding some super-fly perks for those who are VIP Experience ticket-holders. We’re still dreaming up fun and valuable surprises to stay tuned for those details. For this reason, we’ve upgraded the name of the ticket from VIP Mastermind Day to VIP Experience – why contain the awesome to just one day?

But I already Bought My Early Bird/Influencer/Industry Pass! I want to enjoy the VIP Experience!
No worries. If you have already purchased your ticket and want to become a VIP, simply select the VIP Experience Upgrade option to add on – you’re all set!!

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Speaking Opportunities:

We love sourcing our speakers from the community – we truly do. Here’s the cool thing: over the last 8 years, the landscape of the blogging, business and social media space has evolved in an amazing way. This means that your expectations and needs have grown drastically. We love this. It means that we have to carefully curate who our conference presenters will be. Each year, the bar is raised! Also, if you’ve attended a Blogalicious Weekend, then you know our agenda is jam-packed. We’ve got to balance the sessions with the sponsor events and activities and also allow you precious time for networking and connecting with your Blogalicious family. That means we have a limited number of session slots (like 12 max!) available.

If you are a knowledgeable and charismatic professional speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, subject matter expert WITH speaking experience, then we want you to submit, submit, submit.

Our Call for Speakers will open on May 1st and it will close on May 22nd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Blogalicious Weekend Volunteer Opportunities:

The Blogalicious Social Squad is EVERYTHING! Seriously, our volunteer team is amazing and makes the engine run like well-oiled machine on-site. If you have a serving heart, are willing to work, play well with others and want to be a part of a special sisterhood, then the Social Squad is for you. It’s important to note that our volunteers have to dedicate a minimum number of hours to working during the conference, and will need to roll with the punches, be flexible and rise to the occasion! That said, the Social Squad members have a BLAST and get to experience the conference sessions and events too. Sound interesting to you? Great!

Our Call for Social Squad applications will open on March 1st and will close on April 3rd. Put those dates in your calendar and make sure to check back here on the blog or on our social media profiles or in the Social Suite or in our Newsletter for the announcement.

 

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Other Items to Note:

Hotel Rooms.  Our discounted Blogalicious 2017 Room Block at the Hilton Miami Downtown is open and rooms are available for $199. Our room block closes on September 12th. Please don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your room! Click here to reserve.

Policy re. Children.  Only nursing infants are allowed in the conference space at Blogalicious Weekend in order to provide the best possible experience for our attendees. [Neither Team Blogalicious nor the Social Squad are responsible for tending to your child.]

Ticket Refund Policy. Your ticket purchase is non-refundable but you may transfer your registration to another participant by contacting the organizer NO LATER THAN September 3rd, 2017. The exception to this is if you have purchased a ticket and then are chosen to be a speaker or a volunteer, then Blogalicious will refund your purchase.

 

Ok! That’s it for now. Hopefully this post answers a few FAQs. Look for Blogalicious Weekend updates to ramp up in the Spring!!

xo,
Team Blogalicious

 

Blogalicious 2017 Badge Bling Is Here!

Hey now!! Are you dreaming of warm, sunny days and the crashing surf like we are? Since October can’t get here soon enough, we’re doing our best to daydream and these site badges for Blogalicious Miami are helping to do the trick for now! For starters, they’re nice and blue like that Florida ocean, and – if you put your face real close to your laptop monitor – you’ll even feel the sun rays beaming on your face [see what we did there? ;)]

Once you’ve registered and booked your room, make sure to make your friends jealous by letting them know that you’re Blogalicious by displaying a badge on your site, on your Instagram feed, heck, make it your new profile pic!

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The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

2016 has been a year to remember for the Blogalicious team and brand. If we say so ourselves, we’ve done some pretty cool things! Here’s a shortlist of our 5 greatest moments this year. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

Number 5

For the past 7 years, “she” was just the girl in our logo. But, because she was an important part of our company, we had to give her a name. We launched a contest and the best name won: Lady B! It’s so fitting and elegant; just like the slight sway of her hip in the Blogalicious logo. Thanks to Sommar Winfield for picking her name. We gifted Sommar a two-night stay at the Blogalicious Conference hotel in Atlanta back in October.

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Number 4

Blogalicious in the news! The word continues to spread about our brand and we have been in great company! In past years, we have been featured in Essence, EBONY, and on NPR to name a few. This year, Chief Curator Stacey Ferguson had the amazing opportunity to share the Blogalicious mission with Inc.com and FastCompany.com as well as on CBS Atlanta, AJC.com and Rolling Out! Next on our bucket list? Our own reality TV show (ha ha)!

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Number 3

The bLink Marketing Network, our multicultural influencer network for sponsored campaigns, has been busy! We fostered amazing partnerships with the American Heart Association, Dove, Disney Dreamers Academy, Lifetime Movie Network, and Geneva Naturals.

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Number 2

We had finally outgrown our space. What space you ask? Our living rooms! This year we moved into an official office space that we affectionally refer to as “Blogalicious HQ.” After spending an entire weekend decorating, peeling and re-peeling wallpaper, we finally opened our office to the community to visit. Our HQ party was lit and the bubbly was flowing. Our DC-based team loves coming to this space to create Blogalicious magic.

 

Number 1

Some days we have to pinch ourselves at the thought! This October we hosted the 8th annual Blogalicious Weekend conference. We headed back to Atlanta, which we affectionately call our “sweet spot.” (You know Atlanta + Georgia peaches, and peaches are usually sweet. Our sweet spot! But, we digress.)

Back in 2009, Blogalicious Weekend was supposed to be a one-time event because we saw a void in the blogging space of an intimate place for social media influencers of color to connect and collaborate. The response has been overwhelming and we are so, so proud to still be going strong 8 years later. Most importantly, we announced the venue and city for Blogalicious Weekend 2017: Miami, Florida!

 

Register for #B9 HERE!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your continued support and for bringing your magic to our corner of the world.

We wish you a successful and prosperous 2017! If there is anything we can do to help your business or blog grow, do send us a shoutout!

Happy New Year!

xo,

Team Blogalicious

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Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Do you find yourself changing your skincare routine during the winter months? Do you question whether you’ve spent enough time on self-care by the end of the year? Do you wonder how you can combine the two without sacrificing time for other things that are important? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our solution to you would be our client Geneva Naturals!

What is Geneva Naturals?

Geneva Naturals creates natural skincare products using only the highest formulation standards and all of our products are 100% made in the USA. The company was created with the belief that self-care shouldn’t be limited to vacations.

We created Geneva Naturals for the woman who never takes a break — whether that be in motherhood, her career, or anything that she endeavors. We became aware that as a consequence of you changing the world, sleepless nights and long days can take a toll on your skin. This could mean a dull complexion, tired eyes, and premature signs of aging.
 
We empathize with this problem deeply. More often than not, we put ourselves second to move our passions in life forward. And while our life’s dedications are what make for the most beautiful moments, we disregard self-care as a form of self-respect.  With the same fire underneath us that we’ve seen in the women that inspire us, we created Geneva Naturals to take you away on an overdue vacation, without having to take any of your time.
Geneva Naturals makes it easy to treat yourself! We love that they’ve taken into account that their customers are already busy with their range of harmless products. New skin care and beauty companies are conveniently at our fingertips, which makes it hard to select the right one for your needs. In a recent campaign, we selected an amazing group of busy bloggers to work with Geneva Naturals who’ve since blogged about their experience.

Bloggers Love Geneva Naturals

Danielle, a 35-year-old stay at home mom of 2 says, “Makeup and fussy routines are not for me. You’ll never see me with a million-step facial routine, or a makeup routine that requires half an hour every morning. I just can’t. I love that Geneva Naturals has an easy routine to follow, but is packed with so many good ingredients that it does a lot for your skin. I need to stay looking young and fresh without it taking too much time.”
Ria Michelle enjoyed herself at the Geneva Naturals blogger’s brunch in Miami. She was impressed with their serums. “I’m really into serums at the moment in my skincare journey. I got super excited to try theirs and immediately rubbed some on my arm to test. Their serum features 20% Vitamin C and Edelweiss. Edelweiss is a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. The serum helps with firmness and lines and wrinkles. So I’m sold.” Check out her beautiful photos of the event here.
Talk about the right place at the right time! Z had been looking for harmless skincare when the blogger’s brunch rolled into town. Here’s her favorite product so far: “Between traveling often and spending most of my time outside in the heat it’s no secret that my skin has been needing some extra TLC for quite some time. I’ve been using the Advance Vitamin C+E serum along with the Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream with SPF and I can’t tell you enough how much I love these products. Just four days after using the new line both in the morning and at night before bed, I noticed that my skin (especially around my eyes) started to feel a bit more firm.” Read more.
Tiffany Gonzalez named her favorite product! “So far my favorite of the bunch has been the Vitamin C+E Oil. It smells so good and goes on the skin smoothly without leaving any type of residue behind. I see my skin brighter and more hydrated after using it for a week! Must try if you ask me.” Read more.
Claudia, a 30-year-old beauty feels like she started on her skincare journey too late. We can totally relate. Here’s what she started doing after the brunch, “I‘ve been trying to give my face as much TLC as I can and I can’t think of a better way than with natural products. I have been using the Advanced Vitamin C+ E Serum every night this week followed by the Advanced Anti-Aging RetinolCream. I only use them at night before I go to sleep for now, and I am so happy with the results so far! Seriously I started feeling the results right away. Oh, and another plus, the products smell amazing!” Read more.
More recaps and rave reviews by #BloggersWhoBrunch
Busy, short on time and on-the-go career women and mothers (and men) now have an ally in the skincare and self-care departments! We’re thankful to have partnered with Geneva Naturals and these amazing bloggers for the #BloggersWhoBrunch event in Miami. Now that you’ve heard rave reviews about Geneva Naturals, take a moment to shop their collection of fine products here.

Will you try these Geneva Naturals?

The 2016 ‘Content Is A Gift’ Guide

Today is Black Friday, so all we can think about are deals, discounts, and must-have products. With last year’s Gift Your Empire being a success, it was only fair that we upped the ante with our 2016 Content Is A Gift guide. In this quick and easy guide, you’ll find deals on fashion and accessories, decor for your home and office, new planners to #GetYourLife, and so much more. As always, we’ve got your back.

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Art, Lifestyle, Decor

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Fine Art (& enamel pins) for Everyone from Christa David

LIT wrapping paper from Fetti Wrap

Crystals, sage & candles from Homegirl Por Vida

Mystery gift bags from Bawdy Bookworms

 

Fashion & Accessories

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Checks or It Didn’t Happen t-shirts from the B Store

New tees & sweatshirts 15% off from Shop Slay Culture

15% off trendy tees from Shirts for Sirens

Because, Kids tee from Tired as a Mother

Glam tees from Naturally Glam

Feel good t-shirts from Love Always YJE

Beans, Greens, You Name It tee from MESS in a Bottle (Winner of Perfect Pitch IV contest)

25% off Faith-inspired apparel from Ven & Rose

 

Hair, Skin & Beauty

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Beard oil (& so much more) from Koils by Nature

All the natural hair products from Naturalicious

Arrayed liquid matte lipsticks from Liquid Courage Cosmetics

 

Planners & Books

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The New & Improved Visionary Journal from Keep Chasing the Stars

From Entrepreneur to CEO, by Shahara Wright Esq.

I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

The Official #Blogalicious8 Coloring Book sold here

 

Services + Courses + Workshops

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Blogalicious Small Business Weekend Bundle Sale HERE! (Get your 2017 conference pass, the #Blogalicious8 t-shirt & coloring book!)

Create Your Keynote (private coaching) with Amber Wright

Holiday Copyright Law Bundle from Hughly Smith Law

Dope DIY design services from Roseredd Etc.


Happy Shopping, Blogalicious family!

 

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