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September 2016 Archive

#Blogalicious8 Conversation + Private Book Signing with NYT Best-Selling Author Luvvie Ajayi

Team Blogalicious is excited to announce New York Times Best-Selling Author, Luvvie Ajayi will be in the hooooouse! Her debut book: “I’m Judging You” launched on September 13th and became an instant best seller.  From Blogger to Best-Seller: Luvvie truly epitomizes our conference theme: #ContentIsLife

Luvvie will be at Blogalicious Weekend on Friday, November 4th at 6:00pm. Following her chat with Blogalicious Co-Founder, Stacey Ferguson, Luvvie will host an autograph signing + photo session. Bring your copy of “I’m Judging You” for her to sign.  If you need to order a copy, you may do so here.*



*This post contains affiliate links, however, the opinions written below are our own.
Blogalicious Weekend 2016 Keynote Speakers – Part 1: Nely Galán + Ramon Ray

When we think of our conference theme, #ContentIsLife, we envision influencers at the helm of amazing creative projects are using their platforms to galvanize a movement. We’re so proud to announce the following keynote speakers for this year’s Blogalicious Weekend conference, who compliment our vision so well.

Both individuals are well-known and respected in their fields, have extensive experience producing content in all forms and represent the brilliance of multicultural content creators. And most importantly, they both have promised to light our stage on fire!

 Keynote Speaker: Nely Galán

Topic: How to Become Self Made and Live a Rich Life in Every Way

Nely Galan will share what she’s learned from her amazing journey from immigrant kid, to the youngest to the tv station manager to becoming the first Latina President of a Television Network, Telemundo, to creating her own company which launched over 700 shows in English and Spanish making her the “Latina Tyler Perry”.
Galan just wrote the New York Times Best Selling Book Self Made, Becoming Empowered, Self Reliant and Rich in Every Way”. She will share all the secrets from her book including where is all the hidden money in America for women of color.

About Nely
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents.  An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan”.

After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galán has made it her mission to teach women—regardless of age or background—how they too can become entrepreneurs. Her New York Times best-selling book, SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way.  Inspired by the new revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women, Galán wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they control.

Galán is also the founder of the nonprofit The Adelante Movement (“Move it forward!” in Spanish), which seeks to train and empower Latinas to become entrepreneurs. Soon, not just Latinas, but women of all backgrounds began showing up to her events, a clear signal to Galán that all women, and particularly multi-cultural women, were leading a new economic women’s movement.

Keynote Speaker: Ramon Ray



Topic: Free Publicity: Get Buzz and Attention in the Media

How can your business get the attention of local and national media? It’s not hard, it just takes strategy and creativity. Ramon shares his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service. Businesses who get media attention build credibility and quickly extend their brand reach faster than simple word of mouth marketing or other marketing. Attendees will leave this insightful, energized and practical keynote with specific tools and best practices to get the attention of local and national media.

About Ramon
Ramon is passionate about helping small business entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He is an entrepreneur (started 4 companies and sold one), best selling author, journalist, event producer, speaker and event host.

Ramon is Small Business Evangelist, Infusionsoft and Editor of Smart Hustle Magazine. His third book, Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing, is an best seller. Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant, he touts hands-on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. Ramon’s expertise is small business technology, marketing, sales, business startup and his favorite, personal branding. Learn more at


Nely will be opening Blogalicious Weekend with her dynamic talk on Friday, November 4th at 10am and Ramon is our featured closing keynote that same day at 5pm.  We’re excited that both of these dynamic leaders will be at Blogalicious Weekend! View our agenda here and don’t forget to secure your hotel room before the cut-off date.

See you in FIVE weeks!

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#Blogalicious8 Conversation Panel: #Hashtag Activism

In just a few short years, Twitter – and Instagram for that matter – have quickly moved from this ‘quirky-hipster’ kind of technology to a powerhouse social media platform used to promote awareness on so many different issues. The hashtag, in all its simplicity, has been rebranded as a conversation starter. Whatever you choose to put behind the hashtag symbol has the potential of driving a conversation to the next level and before you know it, you’ve joined a movement you care about all from the comfort of your smartphone.






But is it enough? How does this platform get people off their devices and connect to people on the ground? As a blogger or thought leader, how can you effectively engage your audiences on these issues? Most importantly, how do you balance your personal and professional life/view without alienating your audience?

With all that is happening in the country, this conversation is essential. We carefully curated a group of social media influencers in our community to lead the conversation: #Hashtag Activism during Blogalicious Weekend.



Jonelle Henry of Districtly Speaking 




Britini Danielle of The Write Pitch



Jorge Alvarado of Thee Fab Lab 



Erika Nicole Kendall of BlackGirlsGuideToWeightLoss



Sili Recio of and


This is a HOT TOPIC and we want you to be a part of the conversation! Meet us at Blogalicious Weekend in Atlanta November 3-5, 2016. Tickets are still available.

See you there!

2015 Perfect Pitch III Finalist Sonia Smith-Kang Talks About Life After Contest

Sonia Smith-Kang, owner of Mixed Up Clothing, shares her heartfelt experience after taking the Blogalicious stage last year. She, along with two other finalists, competed for the Perfect Pitch III contest, where the prize was $5,000 cash and financial mentorship from Wells Fargo. With our fourth contest racing around the corner, we asked Sonia for words of encouragement for anyone interested in submitting for this year’s contest. Read what she had to say below.



I walked up to the stage at Blogalicious ’15 ready to pitch my butt off. I had spent numerous hours memorizing all my facts and figures about my small business, Mixed Up Clothing. I created a beautiful slide show and brought in samples of my children’s clothing line that represent cultural diversity. I felt ready!  I was given the “ok” to start my pitch.

My voice cracked immediately and I couldn’t shake it. I was nervous but I finished and waited for feedback from the judges. What they had to say wasn’t pretty…

“You had all your samples yet you never showed us any of them”, one remarked.

“You rehashed all your facts and figures which we already had as part of your application. That time could have been spent talking more about what you would do with the money”, another commented.

Needless to say I didn’t win the competition and I’m not going to lie, it sucked. I felt like a failure and I after the winner was announced, I headed back to my room as I could feel the tears welling up. I took the back way to an elevator when one of the judges caught up with me.

“Can I be honest with you?” she asked. I nodded and she told me

“You needed to own your s-it! You went on stage shaky and rehearsed. You shared all you had accomplished: being on the Today show, The Real and other media outlets. You included celebrities that you have worked with as if to give you cred. You gave others the credit for your success and as a woman, I get it. I’m telling you this because I want you and other women to take ownership of your accomplishments and not give anyone the power.

“It is YOU who made your business happen. YOU got your clothes in boutiques and in the media. YOU are the story behind your brand. You failed because it wasn’t YOU who was on the stage today.”

She continued, “Right now, right here, I want you to tell me why YOU left being a critical care nurse and started your kids clothing line?” I opened up and shared with her my background and how my business came to be as a result of struggling to find clothes that represented my children’s mixed-race background.

“That’s it,” she yelled. “Your face lights up and I see what this means to you. We couldn’t see that on stage. You are the brand and when folks are trying to decide whether or not to give you money, they want to get behind the person who is making things happen.”

(image credit: Sonia Smith-Kang)

(image credit: Sonia Smith-Kang)


It’s been a year since I was on stage at Blogalicious ’15 and I have learned a great deal since that wonderful event. I wish the next finalists the best and would share this last bit of advice I take with me every day: if you don’t believe in you, why should anyone else? Know that you belong there, on stage and in business so own it!

Thank you to all the wonderful folks at Blogalicious who saw the need for us to get together and learn from one another. To my co-finalists: wishing them continued success. To sponsors like Wells Fargo who want to see small businesses succeed and to the judges who take the time to offer feedback to those like me who want to improve. And finally, to the judge who saw something in me and helped me find my voice, thank you.

Follow Sonia on social media:

ShopMixed Up Clothing | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Wells Fargo is back again at Blogalicious Weekend with the Perfect Pitch IV. Submissions are currently being accepted until Friday, October 7, 2016. More details here:

WF Perfect Pitch IV


Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Blog Tip: Meet Us At Blogalicious!

Okay, so one might call this a shameless plug, but truthfully, this year is the year to be at Blogalicious. Our conference, appropriately themed Content Is Life, will put you in front of speakers and digital marketers who will teach you how to create content that resonates (and sells) with your audience.

As bloggers and influencers, we see every day that “content is king”, but if you’re struggling in that area, that statement can sound pretty bland. At #Blogalicious8, our goal is to break down the importance of king-level-content, why you’re not creating it, why you should be and the best ways to do it with confidence. The best part is that we’re going to have tons of fun while bringing you the goods!




5 More Reasons to Meet Us at Blogalicious

1. You’ll receive real live training and teaching on how to be a better blogger, influencer and entrepreneur.

2. Your friends will be there! It’s always a party when Blogalicious comes to town. Come out and catch up with your “blogger boos” and make new friends along the way. Think of it as Selfie Central!

3. Your favorite mentors will be there. From Stacey Ferguson to Arsha Jones, we’re bringing you boss leaders who get results in their business from the awesome content they create. (You might even learn a thing or two about how to effectively market your content to new audiences.)

4. You’ll be in Atlanta! So many of our community lives in The A, so this will be a family reunion. But if you’ve never been or need a reason to return to the south, #Blogalicious8 is that and so much more. At the end of each day, schedule time to tour the city and view new sightings.

5. You can connect with real brands. Working with brands do two things for bloggers — 1: provides an additional stream of income and 2: curtails the content they create. At Blogalicious, you’ll have the opportunity to connect directly with some of your favorite brands and ask them questions you’ve been dying to ask. (Don’t forget to let one of them be “How can I work with you this weekend?”)

We could go on, but these 5 reasons are enough to purchase your ticket for our 2016 Blogalicious Weekend conference. (In case you haven’t, get them here.) Are there any of other reasons that you’re going to #Blogalicious8?


We can’t wait to see you there! Go Blogalicious!

We See You Being Great, Luvvie!

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We’re eating ALL of the jollof rice tonight in celebration of our girl Luvvie Ajayi’s launch of her debut book: I’m Judging You, which is already a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Shonda Rhimes calls the book a “truth-riot that gives everything from hilarious lectures on bad behavior all around us,” while Issa Rae comments on Luvvie’s special way of “tapping into universal things that make us suck as people.”

I’m Judging You is the handheld version of Luvvie’s insanely popular blog, Awesomely Luvvie, but a whole lot better. It’s funny, witty, critical and makes you reconsider making terrible human mistakes. You can buy the book on Amazon right now by clicking this link.

If the book isn’t enough, grab an I’m Judging You t-shirt and mug created exclusively in partnership with Tees in the Trap.

i'm judging you we see you being great luvvie ajayi


Take it up a notch with Luvvie’s I’m Juding You and JudgeyPop pins, exclusively created with Pin Vibes LA.


i'm judging you we see you being great luvvie ajayi

We can’t wait to dig in (to the book AND the rice.) Congratulations to you, Luvvie! We’ll give you an official Blogalicious hug in Atlanta at the conference.

Purchase your copy of I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual here.

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