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March 2016 Archive

#WeeklyRoundUp — End of First Quarter Bang

We’re ending the first quarter with a bang: Blabbing, a new book, and pending awards. Our community has been thriving so its only right that we reflect and send positive vibes to everyone. Take a moment to see what’s going on this week and how you can get involved.

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Influencers Talk Blab + @veepeejay



The bLink Marketing Network is hosting our monthly one hour short and sharp Influencers Talk Blab session. While blogging is personal and unique to the voice of the blog owner, it’s important for influencers to create a clear strategy to grow and monetize their blogs. Our guest this month is digital strategist, author and award winning blogger Vashti Patrick-Joseph of She is a powerhouse at growing a blog strategically in order to monetize and work with major brands.

This month’s topic is Blog Strategy: The importance of managing your blog like a business. 

Join us on Thursday, March 31 at 1pm EST for an informative Influencers Talk at!


New Book: Joanne Bamberger Pens The Hillary Paradox


Joanne Bamberger


Not many writers can say they worked with presidential candidate and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on an exclusive book project. Entrepreneurial journalist, award-winning writer, and attorney Joanne Bamberger can with her latest work, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, which allows voters to determine their truest feelings about Hillary Clinton.

Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillay Paradox delves into the nuances of our complicated feelings about one of the most powerful women ever in American politics. In this timely collection, editor Joanne Bamberger gathers a unique and diverse group of writers of all ages, walks of life, and political affiliations, while also providing the narrative framework through which to view the history that’s led us to this moment in time―the moment when voters must decide whether they can forgive Hillary Clinton for not being the perfect candidate or the perfect woman and finally elect our first woman president, bringing humor, nuance and personal insights to the recent research that, overwhelmingly, shows that women voters must find women candidates “likable” before they can cast their ballots for them.

Timely and fresh, Love Her, Love Her Not will provoke new conversations and push political and cultural dialogue in the US to a new level.

More about Joanne Bamberger:

Joanne was one of the first internet voices speaking about the intersection of women and mothers online and political/social activism with her former blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestselling book Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, the first book to examine the phenomenon of the rise of women in social media, how they’ve used online tools for change and the uphill battle women still face in the world of politics and activism. (Learn more about Joanne here.)

Upcoming events:

— April 16, 2016 (exact date/time TBD) – Bethesda Literary Festival, Bethesda, MD. Book reading and signing.

— April 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m. – [words] Bookstore, Maplewood, NJ. Book discussion and signing, with Joanne Bamberger, Nancy Giles and Amy Ferris.

Congratulations to both Joanne and Hillary for coming together as leaders and representatives of the female voice. Purchase the book here.



…& the Iris Award Nominations are in!


Iris Awards


You know you’re a boss when you’re nominated for three 2016 Iris Awards. Our leader, Stacey Ferguson, has been nominated for: Influencer of the YearGame Changer of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. We’re so proud of Stacey and all she’s doing with Blogalicious. Congratulations to Stacey and the remaining nominees for their outstanding work.

Check out the nominees!


End of First Quarter Bang | Be Blogalicious

5 Reasons to Attend #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us Conference

We’re conference people, so it’s natural for us to get excited about expert conferences. That’s why we couldn’t wait to announce that we’re partnering with BlogHer for their summer conference, rightfully named Experts Among Us!

#BlogHer16: Experts Among Us, the world’s largest conference for women content creators, will hit the red carpet in downtown Los Angeles, August 4-6th. Take a break from your blog and join us for an amazing lineup of educational programming, networking, and high-profile keynote speakers including Mayim Bialik and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

You’ll experience inspiring keynotes, up-to-the-minute educational tracks, and of course, fabulous opportunities to network with YOUR community!

(Read the entire post for your Blogalicious bonus.)


About BlogHer16 Keynote Speaker Mayim Bialik


Mayim Hoya Bialik is currently seen starring on the CBS Chuck Lorre hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, where she plays the role of Amy Farrah Fowler (a role for which she received a 2016 Critic’s Choice Award). Additional accolades for the actress have been shown in personal nominations for both the 2014 & 2015 SAG Awards, as well as Emmy nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category and the 2014 & 2015 Critic’s Choice Television Awards. The actress recently launched her own website,, where she speaks to the topics of Hollywood, Faith, Science and more. She recently starred in her first leading role in a film on Lifetime’s “Flight Before Christmas” (December 2015). She also holds a producing credit on the film. She also recently began her own website,, which gives her fans insight into all things Mayim as well as a place for open discussion on topics in politics, entertainment, religion, parenting and more. She will be a Keynote Speaker at the 2016 BlogHer Conference in Los Angeles speaking on what it takes to develop a site such as GrokNation. The site launched Mayim themed apparel in December 2015.

To learn more about Mayim, San Diego born actress, author, advocate, web publisher, and neuroscientist, click here.


About BlogHer16 Keynote Speaker Sarah Michelle Gellar


Sarah Michelle Gellar is stepping into a new role, entrepreneur, launching Foodstirs in October 2015 along with Galit Laibow, and Gia Russo. Foodstirs is a culinary lifestyle brand that offers convenient, delicious and healthier ways to bring families together in the kitchen.  From creative cooking kits to premium signature baking mixes Foodstirs inspires creativity and curiosity, while emphasizing the importance of a healthier lifestyle. All ingredients are crafted perfectly for a homemade taste using premium, non-gmo ingredients, free of preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors.  Foodstirs mission is to offer real and tasty baking products that provide a convenient and better for you way to unplug, connect, and create memorable experiences together as a family.

Gellar was most recently seen in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones opposite Robin Williams. Her other television credits include her well known role as ‘Buffy Summers’ in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CW’sRinger and ABC’s All My Children.

Learn more about the actress by clicking here.

5 Reasons Why You Should Attend #BlogHer16


1. You’ll connect with people you may already know, meet new people, and leave with
new inspiration.

2. You’ll be inspired. 

3. You’ll learn what you need to know and be inspired to “level up” as soon as you get home.

4. You’ll reflect.

5. You’ll unwind…because there’s no party like a BlogHer party! 


And here’s a bonus: Blogalicious members will save 25% on a full conference by using passcode: BLOGLCSBH16. Register today at:

Will we see you there?

Blog Tip: Prepare Your Pitch

Pitching is a scary topic for many bloggers and entrepreneurs. The reason why it makes some of us uncomfortable is because we have to closely examine ourselves and our offerings while trying to secure a seemingly unavailable opportunity. Instantly, your blog, services and personality are questioned with, “am I good enough?” The truth is that you are. You just need to send the right pitch.

Blog Tip- Prepare Your Pitch

When pitching your favorite brands or ideal clients, realize that you have everything you need to do an amazing job. If you thought otherwise, you wouldn’t have considered pitching them in the first place. We put together a check list of tips to evaluate before sending your pitch to your dream company.

5 questions to ask yourself before sending your pitch

1. Why do you want to work with this brand? This is a bit old school, but ask yourself why five times to get to your true answer.

2. Do their goals align with yours? Be realistic, bloggers! If your goals include having your day retreat sponsored and decked out with beauty and skin care products, you should avoid reaching out to pet shops and baby clothing lines. Explicitly write down your brand’s goals and the intention for this partnership and seek other brands who’ll naturally fit in with you.

3. How will this partnership be mutually beneficial? One of the most important parts of this piece, knowing what your partner will get out of the deal is critical. Explain to them why your idea should be worth their time (and dime).

4. What’s your plan? Now is the time to thoroughly explain what you’re going to do for them, how you’re going to do it and why you’re going to do. Don’t skimp on any of these pertinent details. Sharing your execution plan in the beginning will save you both time.

5. Are you prepared? This question has a dual purpose.

1) Can you deliver what you’ve promised? Many bloggers mistakenly over promise on results that they can’t deliver. This makes you look irresponsible and will land you a spot on the Do Not Work list quickly. Only offer what you know you can deliver.

2) Where’s your portfolio? (Or media kit, testimonials, case studies, etc.) Help your partner-to-be believe in you with your backup. Show them your track record and let your past work speak for itself.


Thanks to Google, sample pitch letters come a dime a dozen. However, you should avoid using the one size fits all tactic when writing (or tweaking) yours. After all, a lot is riding on this nifty letter.

For those of you wanting to exclusively create relationships with brands around product reviews and other potentials, Laura Nicholson at Pixel Me Designs created a fabulous sample pitch letter that can be tweaked to your taste. In long hand, it provides the space to answer the above questions, while customizing the conversation for the person you’re pitching.

If you’re unsure of the information to plug into this (or any) pitch letter out there, we’re encouraging you to spend time on our pitch tips. Be sure not to rush the process, but instead package your offerings in the best possible way. You’ve got this!

What are you doing to prepare your pitch?

Prepare Your Pitch | Be Blogalicious

#WeeklyRoundUp — How to Plan Events & Attract Brands

The conversation about working with brands and hosting (and sponsoring) events is heavy right now! Take a look around your favorite blogging or entrepreneur-based groups and you’ll see bloggers and social influencers losing their heads about attending the next big event or putting their own together. Being conference people, we understand the excitement (and anxiety) that comes with planning something big. We know first hand the butterflies that huddle in your stomach when it’s time to ask big brands to sponsor your events. So, this week, we’re sharing with you a few amazing tips and insight we’ve found online about working with major brands. Share your findings with us, too.


From The Atl Go-to Girl: 5 Reasons Big Brands Aren’t Sponsoring Your Events

Talk about honest-to-goodness information! Atlanta blogger Tiffini broke down why major brands are overlooking or avoiding your brand like the plague when you inquire with them about sponsoring your events. We make ourselves believe that our (lack of) numbers are what’s holding us back from “big brands”. While that may be a factor for some, the truth is bloggers often over promise results and under deliver them. Or wait until the last minute to seek sponsors, which shows irresponsibility, poor planning and desperation. Or provide no evidence on how the partnership will benefit your sponsor. Tiffini went there and her advice is golden! Read 5 reasons major brands aren’t sponsoring your event now.


Fun Event: Blogger Bash NYC 2016


Summer is a great time to get out and mingle with your blogfriends! That being said, Blogger Bash NYC is coming up and it looks like an event to attend if you’re in the area. (Seriously, it’s happening on a yacht!)

Well, what is Blogger Bash?

The third annual Blogger Bash will take place July 13 and 14, 2016 in New York City aboard the Majesty yacht, docked in Midtown Manhattan. Blogger Bash will feature multiple themed parties that will serve as networking opportunities between digital influencers and big-name brands from baby, fashion, toys, food, travel, and more. The Toy Insider’s Sweet Suite event, an annual affair that allows digital influencers to get hands-on with the hottest new toys on the market while feasting on sweet treats, will be the lead party at Blogger Bash.

How does it appeal to me?

Parent bloggers and vloggers have become some of the most influential voices when it comes to promoting new brands and products. Over the past five to seven years, we’ve seen influential leaders emerge in the digital space, garnering thousands of followers and subscribers. These men and women have created complete online communities, and have the basics down. Blogger Bash will provide them with the next tier of their professional development. With events, parties, round table forums, speed dating sessions with brand representatives, and, of course, lots of swag to enjoy and review, Blogger Bash will give digital influencers everything they need to establish new connections with leading manufacturers.

You can learn more about Blogger Bash — who’s involved, where to stay, sponsors, etc. — at For tickets, visit their Event Brite page.


Big Question: Where to Host Your Event?

Facebook groups are gold! Without them, we would have missed our bLink manager (and personal event coordinator), Pamela King, dropping knowledge about hosting events on small (or nonexistent) budgets. In blogging group BLM: Bloggers Like Me, Pamela reminded everyone not to “sleep on events” when thinking of diversifying their income. Her genius came in when she gave examples of out-of-the-box places to host your next event without breaking the bank. Watch:


This is good! Where will your next event be?


Brands & Events | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tip: Update Your Plugins users can attest to the power and convenience of site plugins. From tracking analytics to capturing email addresses for newsletters to SEO modification, there’s a plugin for everything you can think of. In order to maintain that level of convenience, which can also enhance you and your reader’s experience while on your site, we’re reminding you to update your plugins.

Blog Tip- Update Your Plugins

Why You Should Update Your Plugins

“Updating your plugins can be just as important as updating WordPress, and you should do so before you update WordPress. This can prevent your plugins from breaking, because developers do their best to adapt to the newest versions of WordPress.

“Out-of-date plugins can be even more vulnerable to security attacks than outdated WordPress versions. To update your plugins, go to the  plugins panel and click Update Available. You can do a bulk action to update the plugins or find the link under each individual plugin that says update now.”Maye Create Design


“Software bugs can come in many shapes and sizes. A bug could be enormous such as preventing users from using a plugin or it could be very small and only concern a certain part of a theme for example. In some cases, bugs can even be serious security holes.

Regardless of their level of severity, software bugs must be fixed. As a user, when a software update is released that fixes a bug, you should update as soon as possible to have the most secure and stable versions of the product.

The same goes for WordPress and it’s themes and plugins. It’s not difficult to update, so what is stopping you?”Site Point


“Clients often ask, “Do I need to install updates for WordPress, plugins, and my theme?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!“, and it’s because updates do the following: 1. Increase security. 2. Fix bugs. 3. Add features and functionality!” — Chad Warner, Optim Wise


The internet is filled with important reading material on why it is important to not only update your plugins, but your themes and WordPress, too. Here’s a great start:

When’s the last time you updated your plugins?


Update Your Plugins | Be Blogalicious

Blogalicious Weekend 2016 Call for Speakers is NOW OPEN!



Deadline to Apply is April 8, 2016 at 8pm EST

In a recent issue of ESSENCE magazine, there was a quote from Chris Rock that said:

“A boring life makes for horrible content.”

It reminded us of something that Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple said at the Blissdom Conference some years ago that stuck: “If you want your blog to be interesting, you must live an interesting life.”

She was reminding us not to obsess over ALL OF THE THINGS that stress us out when it comes to our blogs. The charge was clear: live a life filled with experiences and inspiration and the content will flow. This philosophy is the inspiration for our 2016 conference theme:

Content IS Life

We’ve been keeping up with you over the last several months and your creativity levels have been off the charts! Playing around with Snapchat filters; honing your sewing skills; launching t-shirt lines; publishing books; hosting retreats; curating your Insta feeds; recording podcasts; and the list goes on. With that in mind, we want this year’s conference to be a hotbed for inspiration and creativity. A weekend rich with experiences and opportunities to get your creative juices flowing even further.

A Sneak Peek.

Our guiding principle for this year’s Blogalicious Weekend is joie de vivre – a cheerful enjoyment of life. Just some of the highlights we have in store for you include:

#InspoLab – hands-on workshops with creative instructors passionate about their craft; Creative minds in media sharing their processes and career paths; and Blogalicious Experiences, baked into our agenda for maximum enjoyment.

In the meantime, continue seeking out rich experiences and flipping it into awesome content. Content IS Life!

Here is where YOU come in. We are looking for inspiring creative minds that can offer the above to Blogalicious conference attendees for a memorable experience.

Interested in Applying?

Great! Here’s what you need to know about the call for speakers:

Click Here to fill out the application. Please read the instructions carefully!

We read/view every single submission. You will receive an email notice notifying that your application has been received.

Application deadline is Friday, April 8th! We’re on a very tight deadline so for this reason, absolutely NO exceptions.

Decision day is Friday, April 22, 2016. You will receive an email notification from Blogalicious letting you know if your submission has been accepted or declined with next steps.

Your submission should be focused on serving the needs of the attendees with our theme in mind. Clearly state on what significant offering and takeaways you will be providing our community.

This year we are cultivating a more well rounded event curriculum.  As much as we would love to ,we cannot accept every single submission.

Be yourself! Show your personality! Shine!

Deadline is approaching in three weeks. Take time to perfect your pitch and submit to #TeamBlogalicious by April 8, 2016 at 8pm EST. 

Speakers selected via the Call for Speakers submission process will be offered a discounted rate to register for the conference.

If you have any questions, reach out to us on Twitter at @Beblogalicious or shoot us an email at info(at)



#WeeklyRoundUp — Taxes & Boss Blabbing

Have you filed your taxes yet? If not, are you doing it yourself or dropping them off to an accountant? Have you ever wanted to land on the front page of Buzzfeed? What’s one honest thing you want to learn about entrepreneurship?

Our Weekly Round Up is about taxes, Buzzfeed and analytics, and blabbing entrepreneurship. See what we have in store for you today!

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Matthew Barby’s How to Get on Buzzfeed’s Front Page

Matthew Barby cracked the make-it-to-the-front-page-of-Buzzfeed code and quite honestly, we’re here for it! In this 12 minute read, he broke down what makes for a good Buzzfeed post, their publishing process — before and after, and hacks on how to (and how not to) get your article promoted. Imagine what your blog’s analytics would look like when Buzzfeed consumers click back (and hopefully stay and purchase merchandise) to your site!

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Blab | #BossBlueprints by Ty Alexander

Beauty & lifestyle writer and entrepreneur Ty Alexander recently started a new segment called #BossBlueprints where she chats with entrepreneurs about how they got started. Next week, she’s blabbing with serial entrepreneur Arsha Jones of Tees in the Trap and Capital City about her journey and we’re certain it’ll be noteworthy. Visit Gorgeous in Grey to RSVP.



Tax Questions for Self-Filers

My Fab Finance is right on time with these 3 questions to ask before you file your own taxes. We’re about one month ago from Tax Day and for those of you needing support or advice on how to file, this is a great place to start. Written by Certified Financial Educator Tonya Rapley, this article advises good options for self-filers to use like Free Tax USA, Jackson Hewitt or your own Certified Public Accountant. Give it a read!

In case you missed it, Crystal Colon guest blogged for us last year 4 tips that bloggers should consider before filing their taxes. Good read and still relevant!

Read: Bloggers, before you file, consider these tax tips


Taxes & Boss Blabbing | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tip: Survey Your Readers

Today’s goal is to create resonating content for your audience that will keep them coming back with friends in tow. A great way to achieve this type of success is by asking them what they want to read. That’s right, with the end of first quarter quickly approaching, it might be a good idea to survey your readers.

Both free and user friendly, Google Forms has a survey option offering several ways for you to ask questions and accept responses from survey takers. Here are sample questions to include in your reader survey that will hopefully give you insight on creating a better content strategy.

Blog Tip- Survey Your Readers

8 Sample Questions to Include in Your Reader Survey

1. How long have you been a reader of my blog?

2. What kind of content is your favorite here? (Lifestyle, DIY, Family posts, Reviews, Photos only, Commentary, Posts with video, etc.)

3. What kind of content is your least favorite here?

4. What kind of product would you buy from me?

(If this is a goal, tweak it to ask exactly what you need. Will they buy a digital or tangible product from you? Would it need to be limited to your niche or can you sell anything? How much will they pay? Provide options. These responses might help you realize that you need to create an entirely different brand and audience to sell products you might want to. This means that if you’re strictly a natural hair blogger but want to sell little boys socks that you may need to consider buying a new domain and targeting moms instead of naturalistas, who may or may not be Boy Moms!)

5. What can I do to improve your experience? (Keep your blog aesthetic, content, response time, and social media presence in mind.)

6. What’s your favorite social media platform? Where do you follow me on social media? Do you enjoy the content that’s shared there?

7. Would you be interested in contributing to my blog or newsletter?

8. How would you rate your overall experience with my blog?

These are samples questions that you can tweak or edit as you please. Feel free to ask simpler, but necessary questions like their gender and location, too. 

Bonus Tip: Offer an incentive for participation. Can you provide your audience with a discount on your favorite product? $5 off an item in your store? A free eBook in your niche? A personal shout out on social media? Think of a way to show your appreciation for them because after all, they’re your people!

Read: 7 steps to creating more effective reader surveys and Sample survey questions & tips


Survey Your Readers | Be Blogalicious

#WeeklyRoundUp — Twitter, Healthy Living & Blog Tips

Twitter chats, healthy living and blog tips are what we’re chatting about this week. See how each topic can improve your life this week and beyond with our Weekly Round Up!

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Domain.Me Twitter Chat

We’ve got a Twitter chat coming up and you won’t want to miss it. Domain.ME is all about building your brand and being the best you can be. A big part of having a successful personal brand is digital reputation management. Join us on March 31 at 12:00 PM EST for our #BrandME chat to share your best tips, pick up some new ones, and gain new insights! We’ll be giving away 5 $50 gift cards during this short one hour chat! We also have prizes lined up that you don’t want to miss out on. RSVP to let us know you’re participating:
Tweet this:
  • Tips on #ReputationManagement? I’ve got plenty & can’t wait to learn more in @DomainME’s #BrandME chat 3/31!

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Healthy Living Hacks for Busy Moms

Melanie Edwards of Modern Mami did the hard work for us by creating an awesome Pinterest board for hard working moms needing alternatives for healthy lifestyles. The best part is that the board was created in partnership with the American Heart Association. With 2.2K followers, this board is one to check out and then some.

With napping being listed as a thing to do, 15 peaceful activities to find calm in your busy day is one of our favorite pins from the board. Follow the Healthy Living Hacks Pinterest board here.

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Monday’s Blog Tips

Every Monday, we’re passing out Blog Tips like Southern lemonade on a hot day. Our tips exist to remind you of blog things you’ve forgotten or to present you with a “new” way to do something. Just this week we talked about the importance of learning something new and how difficult it is to work at it. Take it one step at a time; learn one thing or refresh that one memory until you know it through and through. Then, find the best way to integrate it into your system and expound upon it. Got it? Good!


Twitter, Healthy Living & Blog Tips | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tip: Learn Something New

We know how tempting it can be to purchase that shiny, new dangling eBook, webinar or workbook. That’s why we encouraged you to recap what you’ve learned about blogging and social media thus far, last week. Now that you’ve reviewed your hard earned knowledge and skills, consider delegating a time block this week to learn something new. It could be one thing you’ve always wanted to know, like Facebook ads or how to edit videos; or flexing your assessed knowledge in a new and creative way for your brand. No matter what it is, learn something (one thing) new and be excited about it.

Blog Tip: Learn Something New

Here’s a list of 6 [new] things you can (re)learn

  1. Facebook ads. Here’s a great intro into what Facebook ads are all about. It details ad copy, conversions, landing pages, performance tracking and so much more.
  2. Video editing. When one website doesn’t give enough information, you go to these ten! Shutterstock put together 10 websites to learn the basics of video editing for your pleasure.
  3. Instagram for Business. Thanks to Udemy, we know how to use Instagram for the good of our business. You can learn, too, with this 2.5 hour course. (Hootsuite made a beginner’s guide, too. Read it.)
  4. Be a better blogger. Because we all could benefit from this! Pro Blogger’s 10 step guide to becoming a better blogger is sweet.
  5. Mastering pretty Instagram photos. Start with these 29 hacks from people who take really good IG photos. Then, learn that HipStagram is a thing and how your photos can pop because of it here!
  6. Blog collaborations. In any capacity, teamwork makes the dream work. This is why its important for you to include collaborations and partnerships into your brand. Need help? Try this: How to Get Creative With Blogger Collaborations.

What new thing will you start on this week?

Learn Something New | Be Blogalicious

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