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October 2016 Archive

The Official #Blogalicious8 Tees Are Here!

We’ve partnered with Tees in the Trap for the third year in a row to bring you the official #Blogalicious8 tees:



No IOU’s.
No layaway.
No payment plan.
What is a bitcoin? Nah!
No gift cards.
Exposure doesn’t pay my bills.
Show me the money!

In other words…Checks or it didn’t happen!





Don’t worry about what I’m doing. Don’t ask about my next move. #StealthMode until I launch. Don’t believe me? Just watch.


The shirts are available in black OR grey and limited quantities. Once they are gone, they are GONE! Click here to order your official #Blogalicious8 tee. 

If you are attending Blogalicious Conference in Atlanta November 3-5, you may opt to pick up your shirt on-site. Select “Ship Everywhere Else” option and we’ll have your shirt ready at the bStore.

#Blogalicious8 Closing Keynote Announcement: Robin and Andréa McBride

#TeamBlogalicious has been keeping this announcement close to the vest for the last few weeks. We’re finally ready to pop the cork and close out Blogalicious Weekend with the official announcement that Andréa + Robin McBride – two long-lost sisters who found their way back to each other, bonded over wine and created a successful business together – will be at B8!

About the Closing Keynote:

You dream it, you believe in it, you can do it! However, being a woman in business, there are going to be some interesting challenges along the way. Hear first hand Robin & Andréa McBride’s inspiring story and three key business lessons they learned on the road to establishing McBride Sisters Wines – lessons that any woman in business can relate to and apply to her own pursuits.


Meet the McBride Sisters: Entrepreneurs and Wine Makers


About the Sisters:

Though continents apart, the sisters were raised around vineyards in newly developing wine regions (Monterey, California, and Marlborough, New Zealand)—each independently fostering our own appreciation for the craft of winemaking and each unaware of the other for nearly half their lives.

Despite the 7,000 miles that separated them, they would eventually find their way to each other in 1999. Their story, proof of the bond that can form over a bottle of wine and is a story they are now telling with the McBride Sisters Collection.

As entrepreneurs with over 11 years in the wine business they have been involved in every facet of the industry from grape growing, winemaking, importation, distribution, sales and marketing. Their passion lies in making wine and connecting with wine lovers around the world.

As Vintners the sisters have two wine brands under the McBride Sisters Wine Company: The first is Wines from New Zealand, the second is the newly unveiled Truvée Wines from the Central Coast of California. The McBride Sisters Wine Company sells over 1.2 Million bottles of wine per year.


We can’t wait to hear this message of empowerment. Learn more about their wine company here and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @McBrideSisters.

How To Add The Blogalicious App to Your iPhone & Android

Thanks to Sched, gone are the days of printing out conference schedules. Now, you can create your schedule online and save it to your smartphone’s home screen. Our Tech Advisor, Terrance Gaines, a.k.a. Brotha Tech in the Internet Streets, put together two ridiculously simple tutorials on how to do it. In case you missed his post in the Social Suite, here are the instructions below:

Add the Blogalicious App for iPhone

1. Click this link and press play.

2. Go to from your phone.

3. Save website as Icon on phone home screen. (More details in the video.)

4. Add to Home Screen.

5. Done.


Add the Blogalicious App for Android

1. Click this link and press play.

2. Clear one app’s Icon space on your Home Screen.

3. Go to from your phone. (Chrome will provide a useful pop-up!)

4. Tap those 3 ellipse buttons in the top right corner.

5. Press ‘Add to Home Screen’.

6. Done.


Pretty easy, right? Yep! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the process in the comments. In the meantime, build your schedule from your phone so you won’t have to worry about it during Blogalicious Weekend.

Register for #Blogalicious8 here!

5 Things VIP Mastermind Day Attendees Need to Know

Are You Read to Uplevel Your Brand?
VIP Mastermind Day Is Just Around the Corner!

Here are 5 Things You Need to Know to Get Ready for Thursday, Nov. 3rd:

  1. VIP Mastermind Day Check-In will take place starting at 7:30am in the Azalea Foyer (Lobby Level) of the Grand Hyatt Atlanta – Buckhead. You’ll receive your badge and workbook (and a few other surprises) to start your day the right way!
  2. Throughout the weekend, you will have exclusive access to a VIP Lounge for downtime, interviews by our Social Media Ambassadors, time with the Growth Coaches, refreshments and a chill place to put your feet up. Located in Cassis B (Lower Lobby Level). 
  3. Grab the best seat in the house during the General Sessions in the Grand Ballroom (Lower Lobby Level)! Just look for the tables near the front of the room marked ‘Reserved’ – those are for YOU. 
  4. Remember the Brand Growth Questionnaire we asked you to fill out a couple of weeks ago? We truly do need each and every VIP Mastermind Day attendee to complete it for maximum ROI on your conference experience. Go ahead and CLICK HERE to get that out of the way. 
  5. SURPRISE! Thanks to our small business partner, Positive Images, each of you who is interested can sign up to participate in a FREE Branded Headshot Portrait Session and receive your favorite image from the shoot [a $235 value!]. These sessions will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3rd (don’t worry, they are just 10-min. sessions, so you can just pop out of VIP MM Day and pop back in when you’re done).For tips on what to expect and a welcome video from your photographer, Gisele, CLICK HERE.

>>>Reserve your complimentary headshot portrait session here! <<<

Wishing you were a VIP? It’s not too late! There are just 12 spots left for VIP Mastermind Day. You can upgrade your Regular Conference Registration by selecting the UPGRADE ticketing option HERE.

Want to know what it’s all about? CHECK THIS OUT.

Watch Stacey’s Periscopes! ‘5 Reasons You Need to Be At VIP Mastermind Day’

Upgrade your ticket!

What’s New? The Lifetime Movie Club! #client
Do you remember being home all day watching movies on Lifetime? Blogalicious is proud to be working with Lifetime Movie Club to share their new app that allows viewers to watch Lifetime movies anytime; plus they add new movies every day.
If you love Lifetime movies, you’ll love Lifetime Movie Club! There are no commercials or hidden fees — just the movies you love, ready to stream anytime you need a fix. You’ll get access to a great selection of Lifetime movies on your iPad, iPhone, Android device, or Roku Player. Monthly and annual subscription options are available.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your free 7-day trial to enjoy themed playlists and a wide variety of genres to choose from. Plus, new movies are added to the viewing library every day. So kick off your shoes and get comfortable with Lifetime Movie Club.

See what some of our Influencers had to say about Lifetime Movie Club:

In ‘My Kid Has the Easiest Halloween Costume Ever‘, Brittany of Clumps of Mascara writes, “Seriously? Gabby Douglas? That’s it? EB has been hooked on Gabby Douglas for over a year now because she watches Lifetime’s The Gabby Douglas Story every week. The 2016 Summer Olympics had her cheering for Gabby even more but really it’s the movie that she can’t get enough of and she literally watches it on repeat thanks to the Lifetime Movie Club.”

Candice from Naturally Stellar isn’t a “traditional TV watcher” but when she does watch TV, it’s commercial-free, thanks to Lifetime Movie Club. “So whether you are curled up on the couch with a glass of wine, riding in an Uber or killing time waiting for a flight, you can stream your favorite Lifetime Movies, anywhere commercial free. You can sign up for a monthly subscription or become an annual subbie.  Watch themed playlists or, however, you like. Plus, new movies are added daily.”

And finally, Arkeedah shares 4 clear cut reasons why Lifetime Movie Club is “in”.

  1. Movies are commercial FREE!!!! (YEEESSSSS)
  2. You can watch movies at anytime.
  3. A NEW movie is added every day!
  4. You can get a FREE 7-day trial

Get your exclusive FREE 7 day trial here!

Which movie will you watch first?

Lifetime Movie Club is a client of Blogalicious. 

It’s #InspoLab Time! RSVP to Save Your Seat

Iiiiiiit’s #InspoLab Time!

{RSVP ASAP to reserve your seat}

What are #InspoLabs?
ICYMI – These Inspiration Labs are hands-on workshops with creative instructors passionate about their craft; creative minds in media sharing their processes and career paths, baked into our agenda for maximum enjoyment. In order for these workshop instructors to give you maximum attention and teaching, the size of these Labs are limited!



Workshop Description:
Do you spend hours searching for relevant blog images? What if you could create your own images that speak directly to your audience? Join wedding photographer /videographer Chip Dizárd for this hands on session where you will learn how to light, stage, pose objects and people to create stock images that look great and speak to your audience. *DSLR cameras or smart phones are suggested.




Workshop Description:
Subscription boxes are the new hustle! Not only does they create residual income for your business, but they are a great collaboration opportunity between brands and your customers – introducing them to products that would not have ever come across their radar. Easier said than done though. It’s not enough to grab a few amazing products, stuff them in the box and ship them. You need a plan first! Taylar Barrington started UniversiTee Box while she was still a college student and the brand propelled into a six-figure business.

Launching Your Subscription Box

Learn how to create residual income through one of the newest ways to curate a consumer experience – subscription boxes! Taylar Barrington, the owner of the UniversiTee Box will teach you how to:

* Develop a subscription box idea that you’ll be obsessed with

* Curate an ideal box by understanding the art of creating a shipment

* Find and locate the audience with the greatest chemistry

* And connect you with tools that will automate your business





Workshop Description:

Whether you’re a creative, small business owner, solopreneur or big brand, the cost efficient and highly effective nature of content marketing can enhance brand image, create brand advocates, foster trust, build authority, increase leads, generate demand, and most of all, result in SALES for your business.

Attendees will walk away from this session with a vision-board-like template for an effective sales page, along with the inspiration to think like a publisher, create an effective content marketing strategy and design their best life.

During this session, attendees will scrapbook their way to embracing their publishing power to:

-Create a content marketing plan that drives demand for their business.

-Produce a high volume of content with little time and limited budget.

-Make sense of content marketing tools and overcome distribution challenges.

-Accurately measure impact and effectiveness of content and ‘get good’ quickly.




These #InspoLabs are filled on a first-come, first-served RSVP basis.

You *MUST* be registered for the Blogalicious Weekend conference in order to RSVP.

You may only RSVP for ONE #InspoLab.

The #InspoLabs wil take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 4th from 7pm – 8:30pm.

[Announcement]: And The Winner of the Who’s That Girl Contest Is?

Remember we announced our Who’s That Girl? contest in May? We needed you to help us name the mysterious woman in the Blogalicious logo, because after all, she’s been down with us the longest. That feat alone deserves a naming ceremony.

The rules stated that whoever came up with the best name for our mystery woman would win a complimentary two-night hotel stay at the Grand Hyatt hotel during Blogalicious Weekend. After months of deliberation, Team Blogalicious came together and chose the Who’s That Girl? contest winner. (P.S. thanks to all of you who participated in our final poll in the Social Suite.)

*drum roll, please*

And the winner is……Sommar Theodore!


You might know her online as @andinsommary. From Team Blogalicious, Sommar, we’re so excited to meet you at #Blogalicious8 and hope you have an amazing time! Thank you for your very cool name submission: Lady B!


Show her some love, guys.

More #Blogalicious8 literature:


Announcing Our #Blogalicious8 Social Media Ambassadors!

If your conference was themed Content Is Life, wouldn’t you find the best influencers and rock stars to promote your brand during show time? We know you would! That’s why we handpicked some of the best influencers in the game for the job. With great pleasure, we’d like to announce our Social Media Ambassadors (#SMAB8) for Blogalicious Weekend 2016.

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Elayna Fernandez of The Positive Mom


Elayna, author, speaker and award-winning success guide, is predominately known as The Positive Mom. With a mission to encourage, empower and equip moms to have more influence at home and in the world, Elayna lives a life of joy, balance, and success. Her philosophy is “BE positive and you’ll BE powerful!”

“I love Motherhood and I believe it is a partnership with God; the highest calling of a woman in this planet. I love mentoring mom bloggers how to turn pain into purpose and their passion into their paycheck by developing a millionaire mom mindset. I consider myself a geekess and word-nerd and I love pouring my heart out about the topics of motherhood, mompreneurship, and motivation for moms.”

Read her latest post, “How to Decide Which Conference is Worth Attending”

Neosha Gardner of Create HER Stock


Neosha is the mastermind behind the popular stock photography company, CreateHer Stock, “your destination for images you can truly relate to. Curated for bloggers, creatives, and online influencers of color.” When it comes to producing delectable digital content and cultivating healthy communities, Neosha is a veteran go-to. Her skill set is impressive, but what will win you over is her bubbly, ambitious attitude.

“I’m also the graphic creative designer and business owner of @HUNCreative, a brand design studio for awesome women who mean business. I’ve been blogging since about 2010 and have come quite a long way from where I was in the beginning. In a nutshell, I’m a girl boss, who enjoys lounging in her bed while rocking luscious natural hair and connecting with wonderful women.”

Read her latest post, “CreateHER Stock is Heading to Blogalicious 2016!”

LeAnne Fairweather of Moments of a Black Queen


LeAnne is a social entrepreneur, who serves artists, producers, and entrepreneurs looking for help with their online presence. On her lifestyle blog, Moments of a Black Queen, she chronicles the intersections of fashion, art, and being a Caribbean Afro-Latina living in America. LeAnne is enthusiastic, energetic and just as crazy about media as we are!

“I am a Jamaican blogger based in Atlanta, Georgia sharing my ideas about the world through my online platforms. Social media is where I discover content, interact with brands, and market my profile to thousands of virtual users every day. Using the internet to connect with people from across the globe spreads my mission to endorse reggae and a positive lifestyle to hundreds of followers on the web.”

Read her latest post “Blogalicious 8: I Am A Social Media 

If we do say so ourselves, our Ambassadors are lit! They’re pumped and ready to help foster a positive and unique experience for Blogalicious Weekend attendees. Over the next 2 weeks (and of course during the conference) you will begin to see conference-related content on their social channels and blogs. Please welcome them with warm comments, likes, and shares as we gear up for the #ContentIsLife #Blogalicious8 conference.

We’ll see you there.

Buy your Blogalicious ticket here.

[FREE DOWNLOAD] Flipboard #FlipBlogger Webinar Replay + Resources

Thanks for Joining the Flipboard Webinar!

Keep reading for your free download and resource pack.


By all accounts, you enjoyed the #Flipblogger webinar and were excited to learn why you should incorporate the platform into your content distribution strategy in addition to making it a regular part of your day!

But if you weren’t able to join it live, or if you just want to watch it again, we have the recording for you. Click the button below to access it (as well as the slides and resources shared during the webinar).

We’re looking forward to learning even more about Flipboard at #Blogalicious8!

Download the Flipboard Webinar Replay & Resources Here. 

Introducing Your #Blogalicious8 MC: Deya Smith | @deyadirect


Deya Smith (aka Deya Direct!) is warmly regarded as ‘The Go-to Girlfriend’ as a result of her producing high-level media content that counsels, empowers and caters to women and their lifestyle. In her quest to help women with self-love and love relationships, Deya Direct also developed the “The Man Whisperer Series” which is a multimedia panel and course that teaches women the art of connecting to a man’s heart. A former Miss Black USA, she brings her unique skills as a national correspondent/host; her passion and knowledge as a veteran producer; her charisma and sense of humor as an actress, blogger, personality, inspirational speaker, and most recently author; to the world of multimedia. She is also the creator of the social media community Fly and Fabulous Women of Purpose.

This best-selling author has been writing blogs for the benefit of millions for over 12 years. Known for her direct and provocative style, Deya works as the Lead Content Producer for the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS). The TJMS reaches 8 million listeners daily. DEYA DIRECT, who speaks directly to the hearts, minds and souls of women, pulls no punches with her engaging approach, is becoming an influential voice to be reckoned with.

Originally from New Haven, CT.  Deya now resides in Dallas, TX.  She is a graduate of Howard University. And engaged to be married.

Follow her on: Instagram @deyadirect | Twitter: @deyadirect | Website:

With her vast experience producing content for radio, for web and most recently with her newly released book, Soft Is the New Power (affiliate link!), Deya is the perfect fit for this year’s conference theme #ContentIsLife!  

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