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September 2010 Archive

Spa Services Courtesy of OnStar!

The exciting announcements just don’t stop!  This just in:

Spa services (compliments of OnStar) will be available to the first 20 conference attendees* that sign-up here!  You can chose from the Classic Dilido Manicure (25 minutes) or the Classic Dilido Pedicure (50 minutes) at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Miami Spa.  Please provide your name, email, twitter handle, cell phone number, preferred date/time and service.  OnStar will contact the winners and provide appointment confirmations.

The available days and times are:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

12:00  – 8:00 p.m. (booked on the hour and the half-hour)

Friday, October 8, 2010

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (booked on the hour and the half-hour)
They only have spaces for 20 lucky Blogalicious attendees, so CLICK HERE claim your appointment ASAP!

*You must be a registered conference attendee in order to enter. Any entries from non-registered applicants will not be considered.

Introducing Our Premium Sponsors!

The sponsor support for Blogalicious 2010 has been phenomenal.  This means that these well-known companies value YOU as consumers.  We want to thank them for showing us their support and for committing to making this year’s event a success!

We’re excited that McDonald’s will be joining us in Miami. You will have the pleasure of enjoying their new McCafe line of smoothies – along with a special surprise! Look out for the “golden arches” at our Friday lunch.

Remember what fun we had test driving those Chevy’s at Blogalicious 2009? We have another wonderful opportunity for you this year, and it’s courtesy of Buick GMC and OnStar! Not only will you be able to arrive to the Ritz in style in a brand new Buick thanks to their complimentary airport pick-up service, but you’ll also be amongst the very first to preview an awesome new OnStar feature – trust us that this one is right up your alley!  Make sure to take 5 and visit the Buick GMC and OnStar demo area just outside of the hotel lobby.

Do you love breakfast as much as we do? Believe us when we say that Kellogg’s has a treat in store for you.  We welcome them as sponsors of our Welcome Breakfast on Friday.  They’re also to thank for your stylish conference bags.

Looking for home decorating ideas to liven up your abode? Look no further – Kmart and Sears are thrilled to present a new line of lifestyle products for the style maven in you.  Created by Latina superstar television personality, Cristina, the line – Casa Cristina – showcases a wide range of designer items for your bedroom and bathroom.  You’ll be able to view the brand new line first-hand in the Casa Cristina Recharge Suite at Blogalicious.  Be sure to take a moment to visit them on Friday or Saturday – we won’t spill the beans, but we guarantee that it will be worth the visit!

A sincere thanks to all of our Premium sponsors – we appreciate your support!

Blogalicious 2010 Welcomes Our Title Sponsor: General Mills!

We are pleased to announce General Mills as our Title Sponsor of Blogalicious Weekend 2010!  Here’s a sneak peek at just some of what you can expect to enjoy this year, thanks to General Mills and 6 of their fantastic brands:

Pssst…is all about some of the best known food and consumer brands in the country. If you would like to receive news about new products (and even samples and coupons from time to time), you can become a member.

Pssst… also offers a behind-the-scenes look at General Mills and occasionally an opportunity to give your opinion about products and initiatives. Pssst… is fun and it’s free to Join.

MyBlogSpark™ is a fun and exciting group of bloggers that have access to review new products and services and participate in exciting giveaways, surveys and events. The network provides “Sparks” of information directly to its members from some of the best known consumer brands in the country.

Catch up with old friends and make new ones at our Blogger Networking Session, hosted by My Blog Spark!, a Spanish-language, lifestyle website for women, aims to empower Latina moms and make their lives easier by providing them with information that can help resolve four key tension points in their lives – raising their children, tending to their illnesses and preventing them, making sure they don’t fall behind at school and making the daily cooking experience easier and less stressful.

Dance the night away at the Parranda! Party, hosted by Modern Mami, Spanglish Baby and Tiki Tiki Blog, and sponsored by Que Rica Vida.

Though much has changed since Nature Valley introduced the world’s first granola bar in 1975, one thing hasn’t: No matter how many new flavors we create, they’re all made like the first, from wholesome, delicious ingredients. That way you can be assured that with Nature Valley you’re always getting The Taste Nature Intended®.

On Saturday evening, Nature Valley will be providing refreshments for our exclusive Movie Screening.

Yoplait® Light has the delicious creamy taste of Yoplait® yogurt. It’s fat-free and less calories. Yoplait, the only leading yogurt with vitamin D in every cup! Thanks to Yoplait Light for sponsoring our R&B Performance by Kindred The Family Soul!

General Mills created Feeding Dreams in recognition of everyday people who positively impact their communities. They celebrate them with cash prizes and donations to their favorite charities. It’s their way of supporting the hopes and dreams of local communities

Breakfast on Sunday, featuring the brilliant Marc Morial of the National Urban League, will be brought to you by Feeding Dreams.

And that’s not all – General Mills has tons of surprises in store for you as well.  Thanks, General Mills, for your generous support of Blogalicious!

Ask Techie Questions at the Blogalicious Geek Lounge

By Rosemary at The Sexy Geek Files

In a few weeks I’m heading down to Miami to attend one of the conferences that got me excited about blogging in the first place – Blogalicious Weekend.  Blogalicious is taking place from October 8-10, 2010 in case you haven’t heard.  For this second installment of one the hottest social media conferences of the year, I’m taking a more active role.  I’m organizing the Geek Lounge.

What’s the Geek Lounge, you ask? Think the Apple Genius Bar lite. The Apple Genius Bar is a live “help desk” at Apple stores.  Folks with Apple products can schedule an appointment with an Apple “Genius” to help them solve their tech problems. It can be as simple as getting help with a jammed CD to getting help with a crashed hard drive.

While we won’t be able to rebuild your computer, redesign your blog or perform major surgery on your code, geek lounge bloggers will answer simple tech questions and help, as we can, resolve some tech issues. This will also be a place that you can come to after attending a tech track session for follow up on implementing what was taught. More details on the logistics to come.

Are you a Sexy Geek?

If you’re a sexy geek or an all around techie  in general we want you! What we mean by this is the following: you know your way around WordPress and Blogger, you can install widgets and change basic themes, you can perform minor code tweaks, you can show others what you know about cool social media apps that you added to your blog and how to do it, you know something about online video.

Or do you have another tech specialty that you can share? If you are a speaker conducting a tech track who’d be willing to do a follow up “implementation session” or if you are an attendee who would like to do a follow up session to a tech track, we need you too!

What will be required is donating an hour or two of your time to staff the Geek Lounge room during the conference.

Interested? Send me an email at or reach out to me through the Blogalicious Big Tent Forum. I’ve already added a discussion thread in the forum.

Geek Lounge Superstars:

Who’s staffing the Geek Lounge so far? Some of the best female tech savvy bloggers in the industry! Please remember to support our businesses for more in depth tech and content solutions  in general.  Here is a list of some of them and a full schedule of Geek Lounge hours and who will be there is coming soon:

Rosemary Jean-Louis – The Sexy Geek/The Geek Treatment – specializes in using WordPress and Blogger to add content; Blogging 101 issues; adding widgets, online video and writing web friendly copy.

Adria Richards FreshWorkshops/But You’re A Girl – specializes in training on building WordPress sites in a snap, SEO ,  and presenting on the Sunday Session: Is Your Blog Design Killing Your Visitor Traffic?

Luvvie Ajayi Awesomely Luvvie – humor blogger, social media strategist and WordPress designer of the Blogalicious Weekend site and presenting on the Friday Session: New Bloggers 101.

Jessica Benton – ThatTechChick/IDesign – Graphic designer/Wordpress afficionado

Kris CainLittle Tech Girl – tech, gadget, web and social media guru, co-presenting with Luvvie Ajayi on the Blogging 101 session.

Announcing Kindred The Family Soul at Blogalicious

You know their music and you love their bond and family love.  They are such an amazingly talented duo and a great inspiration for us all!  We are pleased to announce that Kindred The Family Soul will be performing at The Welcome Reception on Friday night.

If you aren’t familiar with their music, you can view a video here:

And if you aren’t familiar with their story, please watch an episode of their new webisode series “6 Is It!”

Six is it-Taking 1 for the team (season 2 premiere) from Sixisit Episodes on Vimeo.

We are thrilled to see them perform … hope you are too!

Follow them on Twitter: @KindredTheFam

The Digital Sisterhood Experience at Blogalicious 2010

Last year Xina Eiland and I met during the Blogalicious 2009 opening night reception in Atlanta. While sipping cocktails and recording video interviews, we learned we were both born in Michigan and currently reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Throughout the conference, we reconnected with each other and other women like“WhimsiGal,” founder of Whimsicard, LLC from the DC area.  When we returned home, we used social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in touch. We also discussed our Blogalicious experiences on my program called Sisterhood the Blog Radio.

And then it happened. We reached out by telephone and agreed to meet in person. Our first meeting occurred on a Sunday afternoon at the U Street Café in DC.  Xina, “WhimsiGal,” and I sat at a table for a few hours discussing our lives, 2010 goals, ways we could support each other,  and ideas for a local Blogalicious meet up.  That one conversation paved the way for our Blogalicious DC community building efforts.

Together, we were able to help Blogalicious founders Stacey Ferguson, Nadia Jones, and Nyasha Smith organize two meet ups in February and April for DC area women.  Xina played a major role in securing space and media coverage, promoting the events on Facebook and Twitter, identifying speakers and sponsors, developing the agenda, and obtaining in-kind donations for both events.  I served as panel moderator for the April meet up.

In addition to supporting the Blogalicious DC community, we also made a professional commitment to support each other and our 2010 business goals.  We launched our commitment with a face-to-face breakfast meeting at Busboys and Poets, a popular DC hangout,  on January 2.  Seated on comfy chairs with herbal tea and delicious breakfast items to keep us company, we shared our expertise.  Xina became my public relations coach and convinced me to follow her instructions on how to better package myself, books, art, yoga practice, and coaching services.  I became her creativity coach and helped her develop a social media plan to support her intention to blog and learn more about social media tools. Since then, we have met monthly to assess our progress and seek feedback.  We also attended several DC social media meet ups, participated in the Blogging While Brown’s White House Visit and weekend conference, hung out at the Red Pump Project and Blogalicious’ Say RED: Cocktails and Conversations event, and live blogged with the Blogalicious DC B-Link members during President Obama’s education reform speech at the National Urban League’s Centennial Conference.

What a year we are having! And it’s not even over yet!  I think the greatest blessing has come from the way we constantly encourage each other to step up our game and pursue new opportunities.  We also share information, insights, and introductions to people in our network that can support our efforts.  We laugh, learn, and listen to each other when we achieve and struggle.  Our Blogalicious bond has created a digital sisterhood that exists in real time!

Digital sisterhood is one of the many gifts you will receive when you attend a Blogalicious conference or event.  It’s contagious. Some say it’s magical.  And it happens without you even knowing it.  That’s the beauty of Blogalicious.  Through the celebration of Blogalicious’ diversity, women own who they are through the content, connections, communities, and commerce they create as they share experiences, insights, opinions, humor, creativity, expertise, and information.  Our Blogalicious digital sisterhood lays the foundation for building local digital sisterhood communities.

You might be wondering how you can take your Blogalicious 2010 digital sisterhood experience back to your local community.  Wonder no more. Join Xina and I for a discussion on October 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton hotel about how we can use our Blogalicious 2010 digital sisterhood experience to build informal networks that share information, inspire creativity, expand career and business opportunities, support health and social justice campaigns, and establish friendships with Blogalicious attendees and other social media women in our local communities.  See you in Miami!

Thanks to the phenomenal Ananda Leeke for this touching guest post.  We hope that you join her and Xina for what promises to be an inspiring discussion!

Arrive at the Ritz in Style Thanks to Buick!

This just in!

Buick GMC and OnStar are providing FREE transportation for the first 40 Blogalicious conference registrants*, from the Miami International Airport to the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Hotel on Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.  We have 40 spaces reserved for each day.  If you are arriving between 8am – 5pm on either day, click below to register for the Buick GMC Arrive and Drive service.

Deadline to register is October 1, 2010 at 5pm (EST)


Sign up now!

October 7 Blogalicious Transportation Registration

October 8 Blogalicious Transportation Registration

Isn’t this awesome? Thanks Buick GMC and OnStar!!

*Note: You must be registered for the conference in order to sign up, otherwise your transportation will be forfeited.

It’s ¡Parranda Time! Get Your Party On At Blogalicious

¡Parranda! A Spanish word associated with an all-out party, a rockin’ good time, a most memorable fiesta. And that’s exactly what we’re all about: Delicious food, exotic drinks, and music that won’t let you sit down – no matter how much your feet hurt.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t roll your rrrs, you’ll always have a good time at a Parranda!

Our first ¡Parranda! will be held during this year’s Blogalicious conference, this October, in Miami, FL! How great to have a fun Latin-infused bash in the heart of South Beach!

We’re very excited to be hosting the first official party of the conference, kicking off right after the conference’s Welcome Reception on Friday night. It’s sure to be loads of fun – great music, food, and drinks – all con sabor Latino!

Want to attend ¡Parranda! during this year’s Blogalicious Weekend conference? RSVP is now open for the party! The party is open to all, but space is limited due to the venue, so you’ll need to RSVP. Simply go to the eventbrite page to RSVP or click below.

And, after you RSVP, be sure to grab a badge for your blog/site and let others know to join the ¡Parranda! fun!

Stay tuned as more information on the location of the party will be provided very soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on twitter, join the Parranda buzz using the #ParrandaParty tag, plus connect with us on facebook to stay informed.

More information about ¡Parranda!, the hostesses, and sponsors, can be found at

A guest post from Melanie at Modern Mami, Carrie at Tiki Tiki, and Ana at Spanglish Baby! Thanks ladies!!

Your family friendly guide is HERE

Thinking about attending Blogalicious this year, but wondering what you’re going to do with your family?  Bring ’em … that’s what!

Really, what better way to learn, connect and vacation all in one weekend.  They can join in on the fun at The Ritz or while you’re at the conference, your family can be treated to dozens of familiy friendly activities in the Miami area.

Check out our Family Friendly Guide and we’ll see you next month!

Tyler New Media Set to Shoot New Documentary: “Blogalicious”

[Cross-posted from Tyler New Media Blog]

We’re proud to announce that we’ll be partnering with the MamaLaw Media Group to shoot a documentary around the awesome annual conference that they hold called, Blogalicious. The city of Miami will serve as the backdrop for what we’re sure will be an exciting film.

We’ve actually been working with the ladies of  MamaLaw on this over the past few months and are so excited that it finally came to fruition. For the first time ever people from around the globe will get a behind the scenes look at what Blogalicious and the people who attend it are all about. Tyler New Media will provide a full access behind the scenes look at this first rate conference and take you along on the journey.

We’re also very excited to let our blogging friends know this is their shot to be on the big screen! If you’re a blogger and coming to Miami get your elevator pitch ready, we’ll be taping bloggers telling us about their blogs. This is better than any Blogroll you’ve seen before LOL. Also as an added service we’ll be shooting Web Intros for interested bloggers that look like this . For more info and pricing on the web intros send me an email at ltyler[at]

Blogalicious 2010 will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach October 8-10th. If you’re serious about blogging or social media you need to be here! Click here for registration details.

*Thanks to Lamar and the Tyler New Media team! We are so excited and looking forward to working with you in Miami!!

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