Be Blogalicious March 2014 - Be Blogalicious

March 2014 Archive

#BeGreatB6 Call for Speakers and Volunteers Now Open!

Deadline to Apply is April 18, 2014 @ 8pm EDT

Now that Spring is here (at least in theory, anyway), it means that Blogalicious conference season is kicking off!  We’ve already got our fabulous location locked in; now it’s time to seal the deal on another year of stellar content and event support.  That’s where you come in!  We’ve got 2 amazing opportunities for you to get involved with Blogalicious Weekend 2014:

CALL FOR SPEAKERS.  Got a great idea for a workshop or breakout session? We want to hear from you!  Know of a kick-butt speaker that should make an appearance at the conference? Let us know!  We’re open for submissions now through April 18th.  Go HERE to give us the goods.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Also known as the Blogalicious Social Squad, is not only essential to our success, but they know how to make everyone feel at home AND have a good time in the process.  For details on the various roles, requirements and to submit an application, go HERE.
{New this year! Blogalicious Social Squad Junior Members!}

We can’t wait to hear from you!!

#DemoDiaries: Our Latest b-Link Marketing Network Campaign

Our Influencers Put U by Kotex to the ‘Real Life’ Test

In one of our most candid and creative marketing campaigns to date, 20 members of the Blogalicious community’s marketing network – The b-Link Marketing Network – were invited to see how the U by Kotex products stood up to their busy (and often glamorous!) lifestyles.  What was most fun about this campaign was that there was such a variety of perspectives, lifestyles and attitudes – click the images to check out the FULL #DemoDiaries Storify:

Just have time for one? Then definitely make sure to read Kiwi The Beauty’s post here.  Not only is it a riot – it’s real talk!!

Curious? Request a free sample here.
Questions or comments?  Find U by Kotex on Facebook and Twitter

Not a bLink Marketing Network member yet? It’s never too late to join! Blogalicious always has fun campaigns with trusted brands and we are adamant about respecting your value as powerful influencers.


Already a member? Awesome! Make sure to add the badge to your site. You can link it to:

Blogalicious Weekend 2014 Call for Junior Social Squad Members!


Call for Junior Social Squad Volunteers & Application

The Blogalicious Weekend 2014 Junior Social Squad offers teens a chance to explore the dynamics of social media, content marketing, and brand building, all while greeting and interacting with influential multicultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world, and learning about the mission of Blogalicious.

The Junior Social Squad is a fun and rewarding volunteer program for students ages 14-17 with an interest in blogging, social media marketing, entrepreneurship, and most importantly, volunteering. Selection in the Junior Social Squad is limited, and admission is competitive.  Teens can only apply if a parent/guardian has purchased a FULL-ACCESS PASS.  Teen Social Squad members are granted admission to official conference evening social events with a registered parent/guardian attendee.

The theme for the 2014 Conference is #BeGreat.  The Conference will be held from Thursday, November 6 to Saturday, November 8, 2014.  As a volunteer, you are required to attend a mandatory on-site Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, November 6, 2014. (Time to be determined at later date).

Time Commitment

Junior Social Squad volunteers are required to work two-hour shifts daily over the course of the Conference. The Volunteer Coordinator will determine the status and assign the volunteer time and location for all Volunteers.  Junior volunteers will only be assigned for official daytime conference social events, workshops, and keynote sessions.

In exchange for their service, Junior Social Squad volunteers will receive access to all official conference social events, workshops, keynote sessions, meals and a swag bag. *AVAILABLE ONLY WITH PURCHASE OF A FULL-ACCESS PASS.

DUE DATE: April 9, 2014 (notifications will be delivered by e-mail May 2, 2014)

Late applications and incomplete applications (applications missing any of the above pieces) will not be reviewed.



Blogalicious 2014 Call for Volunteers!

Volunteering provides an opportunity for the novice blogger to the social media enthusiast to help the Blogalicious 2014 Conference run smoothly both for presenters and participants — and to be an active Conference participant with a complimentary Influencer All-Access Pass.

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 theme for the 2014 Conference is #BeGreat.  The Conference will be held from Thursday, November 6 to Saturday, November 8, 2014.  As a volunteer, you are required to attend a mandatory on-site Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

The policies below outline guidelines and procedures that will allow the Blogalicious Conference volunteer experience to be beneficial to both Blogalicious and its volunteers.


Recruitment & Eligibility

Volunteers for Blogalicious’ 2014 Conference are selected on the basis of:

  • 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 3-day Conference unless an emergency occurs;
  • Ability and willingness to attend mandatory training;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with a positive attitude; and
  • A heartfelt desire to serve


Volunteer Responsibilities & Benefits

Volunteers, loving 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 Influencer All-Access Pass to the Conference.  This includes access to all official conference social events, workshops, keynote sessions, conference meals and a swag bag.

Time Commitment

All volunteers are required to work 4-hour shifts daily, or a minimum of 12 hours over the course of the Conference.  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.  The Volunteer Coordinator will determine the status and assign the volunteer time and location for all Volunteers.  However, flexibility is key as volunteer shifts are subject to change based on the needs/interests of the Blogalicious staff. Known conflicts should be identified in the volunteer application.

Session Monitors and Social Squad Hosts are required to monitor the entire session and/or event by remaining outside of their assigned meeting locations. When the presentation is underway, the Session Monitor volunteer has the option of observing the session while remaining at the room entrance/exit.  In the case of the Social Squad Host, the volunteer has the option of participating in the social activity once attendees have been checked in, and attendees are fully engaged.

Volunteers are required to attend the mandatory on-site Volunteer Orientation before performing any of their duties. Volunteers will receive basic knowledge and training for their position. Volunteers should plan their travel to arrive on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 [Time TBD]. Volunteers will be notified of specific orientation times/location at a later date.

Volunteers are expected to arrive at all assigned posts at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of each shift, and to check in at the Conference registration desk upon arrival. While volunteers are welcome to attend Conference sessions that do not conflict with scheduled assignments, volunteers may be asked to assist with unscheduled tasks as needed. Unless otherwise indicated, assisting with additional tasks does not replace any scheduled volunteer responsibilities.

Volunteers will not receive travel assistance or travel reimbursement to and from the Conference site.


Age Requirement

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  [Are you under 18 years old and interested in volunteering? Check THIS out!]


Performance Concerns and 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.  Volunteers who repeatedly fail to perform a volunteer assignment satisfactorily despite supervisory support and other corrective action interventions are subject to immediate relief of their volunteer duties, and dismissal from the Conference.


April 18: Volunteer Application Deadline
May 2: Applicants are Notified
November 5: Volunteer Orientation


Volunteer positions are limited.  We encourage you to apply early!


Apply HERE to be a member of the 2014 Blogalicious Conference Social Squad.

If the electronic application stifles your creative side, we have another option for you!

Show us your personality and let us hear from you in your own words why you wish to be a member of the Social Squad with a video application.

Here’s how it works:

  • All applicants must be a subscriber of the BeBlogalicious Youtube Channel
  • All video submissions should be at least 1 minute and no more that 3 minutes

Video submission should include:

  • What you hope to gain from the experience
  • What makes you uniquely designed for membership with the Social Squad
  • What does it mean to you to #BeGreat in your industry, your niche, or craft
  • Your motivation/inspiration for attending Blogalicious 2014
  • Don’t forget to tell us your name, email address, and if you’re a Social Squad alumnus

How to Enter:

That’s it! Good Luck!

February #ShopTalk Entrepreneur G+ Hangout Recap + Our Next Topic!

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{Ok, we cheated a little bit this past month!  Our ‘February’ #ShopTalk chat technically took place in March because Stacey was in Boca Raton  for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on Friday and it would have been too hectic to pull off.  Nonetheless, the chat was great.}

The topics were: “A Day In the Life of An Entrepreneur” and “The Pros and Cons of Co-Working Spaces.”  Since we like to bring in guests from our community to share their experiences with the topic, we had had 2 women entrepreneurs (are doing the doggone thing) join the Hangout:


Some highlights from the chat:

Tips on Leading a Team

  • Hold Weekly Team Meetings.  So that everyone knows all the different things going on within the company.
  • Create Project Plans. For each project, so that the goals and deliverables are clear.
  • Set Expectations and Provide Support.  Jasmine calls each of her virtual team members every Monday to check-in.

What Struggles Do You Face As An Entrepreneur?

  • Procrastination!  Making To Do Lists and setting time limits helps Jasmine manage her time.
  • Finding An Affordable Meeting Place for Team Meetings.  Stacey finds herself spending way too much money on meals for meetings held in restaurants.
  • Finding Time to Meditate and Get Focused.  Courtney sometimes spends 5 minutes in silence thinking about her day in the car after she drops her daughter to school.

Our Favorite Books About Business


Here the recording! {Tip: Skip ahead to minute 5:56 – trust us}


It’s a Blogalicious Book Club!

We hope that you’ll join us for next month’s #ShopTalk Hangout on THURSDAY, MARCH 27 @ 12pm ET/9am PT where we’ll be discussing the book (disclosure: affiliate link):

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Join Blogalicious and Get Covered America for #TakeCareChat {March 4 @ 1PM ET}


March 31st Is the Deadline to Enroll.

Did you know that more than 1 in 6 Americans don’t have health insurance (make that 1 in 5 in the African American community)?  More than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month;  for people under 35 the cost drops to $50.

Most are uninsured because they do not receive coverage from an employer, cannot afford coverage, or were previously denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition. The uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk. One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars.

Blogalicious is working with the Ad Council and Get Covered America to raise awareness about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available. Together with pro bono ad agencies LaComunidad and Razorfish, they’ve launched a new public service advertising campaign to help spread the word.

Many of your followers may be unaware of their health plan options or the March 31st deadline to enroll, so we hope you’ll join in!

Here’s How You Can Help:

  • Join our Twitter Chat on March 4th at 1pm ET with @GetCoveredUS and your options under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Use the hashtag #TakeCareChat
  • Share the resources available at:
  • Share one of the YouTube videos or badges on your blog or profiles to join thousands of media partners who have donated advertising.

Let’s Get America Covered!


“Don’t Do What We Did!” @TheyMetOnline Author Spotlight

Like everything else in life, dating comes with it’s own challenges. Online dating is no exception. If you play the game with an open mind (and heart), while you might strike out a few times, there will be other times where you gain a new adventure out of it. This adventure could possibly lead to a best selling book, radio show and “Love Jones” inspired events. That’s pretty much what happened to Michelle Talbert and Ricardo Kingsbury. And the rest is history…




Amazon Best Selling He said/She said guide to online dating written by Michelle and Ricardo, AFTER they met online, dated and then broke up. The truth about profiles, dating, sex and safety when dating online.

Click HERE to read an intro chapter of the book.

To read the rest of story. The book is avail for purchase at Barnes & Noble Amazon Print, Kindle and E-books {$7 print/$1.99 Kindle}


About the Authors:


Michelle Y. Talbert and Ricardo Kingsbury met online dating, had a whirlwind romance, which ended in heartbreak, and then…wrote the Amazon Bestseller, “Don’t Do What We Did!”  They have been featured in and have appeared on various radio and TV programs. In addition to co-hosting the hit lifestyle radio show, “They Met Online…,” the pair, who is now the best of friends, help people build stronger relationships and are writing their second book, “The Ex-Exit Interview,” scheduled for release later this year. Follow them on Twitter @TheyMetOnline 

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