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‘Get Social’: July’s Monthly Round Up

July is almost over, but that doesn’t stop the festivities. Our friends across the country are doing great things with their brands and communities. From Atlanta to Houston to California, we’re sharing events that will advance your careers and social lives. You’ll also find the latest in good reads, content creation services, and more.

We hope you’ll enjoy our content. Here’s our monthly roundup for July 2017.

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Real Good (reads, music & more)

I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide & Journal is a mindfulness book created by The Mindfulness Project. It’s filled with creative activities that encourage readers to be more curious, journal easily and be conscious of everyday life. Users also have access to guided meditation by Tara Brach through the self-titled website, www.iamherenow.com. If you’re looking for a more balanced, peaceful life, this book is great for beginners or those who need a refresher. Visit their website for Sample Pages and to learn more information about The Mindfulness Project.


Events

If you’re a Black blogger in the Houston area, HAAB has a treat for you. Check it out below.

Join us this year at the Houston African-American Bloggers Association’s 2017 Blog Bootcamp where we are discussing CREATING INFLUENCE THROUGH CONTENT. We will explore the convergence of content, influence, and engagement through blogging, branding and building online communities. http://houstonafricanamericanbloggers.com/ 

Interested in leveraging content to drive awareness for your platform @HTX_AAbloggers is hosting a Blog Boot Camp. http://houstonafricanamericanbloggers.com/.

 

Shift Con needs you!

Our friends at Shift Con conference are currently looking for speakers!

Their primary audience consists of influencers who write about food, parenting, fitness, safer products, lifestyle, body image & technology. This is the ONLY conference housing green/wellness/lifestyle/foodie influencers under one roof for a mission-based purpose–to change the grocery store aisle. We would love to see our Blogalicious Tribe on the ShiftCon stage next year in California. If you think this is event is a good fit for you and your brand, we STRONGLY encourage you to apply.

More details HERE. If you do apply, put in a note and let them know Blogalicious sent you. #TribeUp

 

Are you free in Atlanta this weekend? Visit TCF Expo, presented by Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista.

The best news that we can receive at Blogalicious HQ is that our community members are hosting their own events. And, an event series that makes us beyond happy (and chic!) is TCFStyle Expo. Hosted by Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista, this is the third annual, ground-breaking and celebratory shopping event and experience that celebrates the plus size community and fashion industry.

Come to TCFStyle Expo in Atlanta July 28 & 29

For two days, July 28-29, 750+ plus size fashion lovers, designers, boutique owners, brand representatives, influencers and media will come to shop, explore trends, enjoy speakers and experience The Curvy Fashionista IRL and get exclusive access to the plus size brands, designers, and influencers who have been featured on the site and in southern style capital Atlanta.Are you in?

Register here and enter code BLOGALICIOUS for an exclusive 20% off your ticket!


Community Love – #TribeUp

Blogalicious needs you! We’re looking for fun, driven individuals to help us handle social media for this year’s conference. If you’ve ever been an Ambassador, you can imagine how this goes. However, we’ve got tons of information for you here, should you have any questions.

 

Remember last year’s keynote speaker Ramon Ray of Smart Hustle Mag? He recently launched a cool new service for content creators like us that we’re excited to share. Check our Your Sizzle Video and find out how you can repurpose your blog posts into shareable video content. Congrats Ramon!!! #ContentIsLife https://yoursizzlevideo.com/

 

We have a quick opportunity for you! A Ph.D. student we know is doing important research for her dissertation about influencers as opinion leaders on health. Her study involves taking a survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes. You can take the survey here: https://gmuchss.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etcKSRjcUPe1Czb. Your answers will be confidential and you can be entered into a $200 gift card raffle for participating in the survey.

For any Qs, please reach out to ameliaburke-garcia@westat.com.

 

In case you missed Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, we’ve got the recap of the century for you. Our influencers were on fire watching this show and it showed in their tweets, shares, and blog posts. Here’s the rundown!


Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to ariel@beblogalicious.com. 

9 Things Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Release Taught Us

Photo credit: Tidal.

Jay-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44 took the world by storm. The mogul rapper gets more personal than he’s ever been by sharing intimate details about his marriage, fatherhood, and lifestyle as a budding billionaire. At 47, Jay-Z finally understands what’s important in life and filled us in via Tidal. Social media has been ablaze since 4:44‘s release and the hype is steadily growing. That’s what makes Jay-Z and 4:44 – individually and packaged – so special.

While listening to fan favorites like ‘Family Feud’, ‘Kill Jay-Z’, and title track ‘4:44’, Jay-Z’s legend can’t be ignored. Here are 9 things 4:44 taught us about being a boss!

 

Timing is everything.

The Carters have quite literally reached billionaire status due to impeccable timing. The duo is strategically calculated in everything they do from when, where, and how their music is released. Fans have learned the hard way that no matter how badly they crave something from Jay-Z or Beyonce, the couple will release it when they’re ready to. This might drive die hard Hov lovers and the Bey Hive insane, but from a business standpoint, it’s brilliant.

 

Creative control matters.

You don’t have anything if you don’t have creative control. With Tidal, Jay-Z has the power to exclusively release music (or any other creative content) whenever he feels like it. He owns it and competitors have to wait like everyone else to get their hands on it. Not only does he own and control the content, but the same goes for the actual platform it’s being released on.

 

Own your platform.

This is goals! If you started on Blogger back in the day and have now advanced to a private server, ownership is the name of your game! Our favorite entrepreneurs have reminded us time and time again that real change happens in your business when you own and control whatever it is you’re selling. Jay-Z is a perfect example of what this means!

His entire track ‘The Story of O.J.’ is an ode to ownership and saving money, but here are a few lines to remember:

You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit
You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it

 

Resolve personal issues at home.

Have you ever been turned off after following a fellow blogger, influencer, or entrepreneur’s personal profile? If you’ve found their interactions to be offputting, would you agree that it decreased your chances of further investing in their brand? This is a complicated dance and the wrong move can permanently glue you down.

Social media makes it easy for us to share everything happening in our personal lives. Abundant sharing can be therapeutic for us and inspirational to others but it’s not always good for business. Beyonce literally went through hell behind closed doors thanks to Jay-Z. The Queen didn’t post any sob stories on social media. Instead, she released what’s arguably her greatest work to date, Lemonade, after healing in private. In response, a now humbled and gracious Jay-Z put out 4:44. 

We’re certain that if the Carters had confirmed or acknowledged any rumors prior to dropping those musical gems, their marriage, business, and likability would have further suffered. Get through some things in private and control it’s release once it’s over.

 

Be honest about your life.

Resolving your issues away from social media doesn’t mean that you can’t share them. The key is simply doing it when you’re ready or perhaps when it can benefit you most. Don’t be ashamed if your story isn’t perfect. Keep living and learning and share it with the world on your terms.

 

Do your homework.

Chills went down our spines as Nina Simone’s rich voice coursed through two of 4:44‘s tracks. Hov paid homage to Lauryn Hill and other cultural icons that enhanced the listening experience. These subtle additions transformed good songs into greatness. It shows that even a lyrical and business genius like Jay-Z takes the time to study, diligently research, and show love to those before him. If he can do it, we all can.

 

Take time to prepare.

It’s cool that Jigga has the power to launch masterpieces at his leisure, right? What’s even cooler is that he doesn’t take any of that lightly. It’s clear that he (and his wife) prepares for every release like a boss. We could be wrong, but their format of choice seems to be:

1. Silently produce something greater than the last release.

2. Drop it – sometimes without warning – and watch fans and the media go crazy.

3. Make sure the release (music and video) is exclusive to Tidal; non-members can purchase it later!

4. Post tour dates without warning, sending fans and media into another massive frenzy.

We missed a few steps but the resounding lesson in this is to prepare.

 

Exclusivity sells.

Here’s a short list of what Tidal members received during this time:

1. First dibs on Hov’s 13th studio album.

2. First picks on concert tickets for the 4:44 tour. Non-members can purchase on Friday, July 14th, at 10:00 AM via Ticket Master.

3. Footnotes for 4:44, an exclusive video featuring interviews with famous men of color like Will Smith, Mahershala Ali, Chris Rock, and Lil Rel. Members can also enjoy Footnotes for the Story of O.J. and an animated short.

The fourth gift would be bragging rights!

Non-members of Tidal have the option of buying in or waiting until the stars align for exclusive content to leak become available elsewhere. Check out four 44 second clips and track samples here.

 

Give your all.

…because in order to achieve a fraction of this kind of greatness, you’ve got to give it all you have.

 

What did you learn from 4:44?


Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to ariel@beblogalicious.com. 

‘We See You Being Great’ Every Month
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Pictured: Aaronica Bell Cole and Jessica McFadden at Blogalicious 8 in Atlanta, GA. 2016. Photo by Maurice Bland.

Having your work acknowledged when you’ve gone hard in the paint is a gratifying feeling. So when we see members of our community kicking butt in their businesses, brands, and creative projects, we love telling them “we see you being great”.

Several months ago we encouraged our online family to share their wins, or the wins of other community members, in the Social Suite, our exclusive Facebook group. These posts were well received and increased morale. It felt great to cheer on our peers while they work so hard to turn passion into profit.

We’re taking that same enthusiasm to bring you We See You Being Great, a monthly series to highlight awesome nominees, powered by the Blogalicious blog. Each month at least one Blogalicious family member will be “called out” for being featured in the press, resolving an issue in their local community, receiving an award, consistently profiting in business, or making history of any kind. You’ll have the opportunity to nominate yourself and others so we can continue celebrating and supporting our own.

All you have to do is email us the following information with subject line “WSYBG Nominee”:

  1. Name
  2. Brand or Business
  3. Location
  4. Why is this person being nominated?
  5. How can we best support them?
  6. Social handles + website
  7. Photo

(Send emails to: info@beblogalicious.com)

Let’s keep this fun, family! Continue to be great in all you do.

9 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

There’s nothing more special than having the support of your friends in life. When it comes to business, creative ones, in particular, the lines of support become blurred. Friends who aren’t in the creative realm often don’t know how to stand with their artistic, sporadic, entrepreneurial pals who seem to always be working on something new. With so many mediums available to promote projects and businesses, it’s understandable that supporting a creative friend might be difficult or even stressful. We get it and we’re here to show you how to support your creative friends through their never ending hustles!

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9 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Listen to their struggles. Your creative friend loves having the freedom to do their work but that doesn’t mean struggles don’t appear. In fact, they’ve probably doubled. While you might not be able to relate to their problems or even give them advice, offering a listening ear helps more than you know. You’re giving them the opportunity to be heard and reveal that their struggles are valid. That’s huge!

Attend an event when you can. More than likely, your creative buddies regularly host or attend meetups, events, or parties. If there’s one in your area, surprise them with a visit. Putting these kinds of things on are difficult — there’s an excruciating amount of time, energy, and money that goes into them. Anxiety and adrenaline run hand in hand! Seeing your face in the midst of all that would do their heart some good.

Brunch it regularly. There’s something cathartic about just being with your good friends. Doesn’t chillaxing with your tribe after a long week (or two) over grits and mimosas sound amazing? Of course, it does! You both need the break and time to catch up, so put this event in your G-cal now!

Use harmless language. Erykah Badu’s disclaimer still holds true years later: We’re artists and we’re sensitive about our ish! One of the struggles, if you will, with creative entrepreneurship is trying to explain (or live up to) your vision with others. It’s hard to do and when the other party doesn’t understand your daily tasks, struggles or why you can’t “just get a 9 to 5,” harmful language is inadvertently passed around. As unfortunate as this is, it happens and it hurts. If you don’t understand your creative friend’s why in all of this, that’s okay. Instead, mindfully express that and ask for help navigating the waters.

Share your struggles, too. Please don’t treat your buddy different because they’re different! Share your goals and desires with them. Share your struggles at the office or home with them. Share with them the way you would anyone else. Believe it or not, things like this keep up grounded and present in reality. It’s easy to grind and dream for days on end. Knowing that our friends actually need us is helpful. :)

Nail at least one of their titles. We get it. Dope, creative entrepreneurs have one million jobs because #TheGrindDontStop. On the outside, it looks like we’re all over the place. But the truth is, we’re multihyphenates in a 9 to 5 kind of world. You don’t have to understand all we do because again, we get it. However, knowing just one of our many titles is friend care. My friends (and mom) refer to me as ‘writer’ and it works for all of us!

Accept the crazy hours. Balance is something humans are always trying to achieve, no matter their profession. Your creative friends, at least when starting out, might have this especially hard. Accepting that their work hours exist on a sliding scale will help both of you maintain a great friendship. This speaks to the importance of using Gcal to schedule those brunches we mentioned earlier!

Give honest feedback. Sometimes your friend will ask you for feedback on what they’re offering. They’re asking you because they trust and respect your opinion will help them achieve something new. Use your position wisely, dear friend! Be honest and thoughtful. Share what you liked, why you liked it, what elements didn’t appeal to you, what could make them appeal to you if tweaked, and what you didn’t like. These things are helpful and valuable.

Ask how you can help. Whether it’s being a listening ear, product tester, beta reader, sample taster, or providing comic relief, your creative friend needs you in one way or another. See how you can fill in and be ready to receive the same good vibes when you’re in need, too.


Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to ariel@beblogalicious.com. 

The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

2016 has been a year to remember for the Blogalicious team and brand. If we say so ourselves, we’ve done some pretty cool things! Here’s a shortlist of our 5 greatest moments this year. We hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.

The Blogalicious Top 5 Moments of 2016

Number 5

For the past 7 years, “she” was just the girl in our logo. But, because she was an important part of our company, we had to give her a name. We launched a contest and the best name won: Lady B! It’s so fitting and elegant; just like the slight sway of her hip in the Blogalicious logo. Thanks to Sommar Winfield for picking her name. We gifted Sommar a two-night stay at the Blogalicious Conference hotel in Atlanta back in October.

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Number 4

Blogalicious in the news! The word continues to spread about our brand and we have been in great company! In past years, we have been featured in Essence, EBONY, and on NPR to name a few. This year, Chief Curator Stacey Ferguson had the amazing opportunity to share the Blogalicious mission with Inc.com and FastCompany.com as well as on CBS Atlanta, AJC.com and Rolling Out! Next on our bucket list? Our own reality TV show (ha ha)!

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Number 3

The bLink Marketing Network, our multicultural influencer network for sponsored campaigns, has been busy! We fostered amazing partnerships with the American Heart Association, Dove, Disney Dreamers Academy, Lifetime Movie Network, and Geneva Naturals.

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Number 2

We had finally outgrown our space. What space you ask? Our living rooms! This year we moved into an official office space that we affectionally refer to as “Blogalicious HQ.” After spending an entire weekend decorating, peeling and re-peeling wallpaper, we finally opened our office to the community to visit. Our HQ party was lit and the bubbly was flowing. Our DC-based team loves coming to this space to create Blogalicious magic.

 

Number 1

Some days we have to pinch ourselves at the thought! This October we hosted the 8th annual Blogalicious Weekend conference. We headed back to Atlanta, which we affectionately call our “sweet spot.” (You know Atlanta + Georgia peaches, and peaches are usually sweet. Our sweet spot! But, we digress.)

Back in 2009, Blogalicious Weekend was supposed to be a one-time event because we saw a void in the blogging space of an intimate place for social media influencers of color to connect and collaborate. The response has been overwhelming and we are so, so proud to still be going strong 8 years later. Most importantly, we announced the venue and city for Blogalicious Weekend 2017: Miami, Florida!

 

Register for #B9 HERE!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your continued support and for bringing your magic to our corner of the world.

We wish you a successful and prosperous 2017! If there is anything we can do to help your business or blog grow, do send us a shoutout!

Happy New Year!

xo,

Team Blogalicious

Get Ready With Geneva Naturals #client
Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Photo credit: Ria Michelle

Do you find yourself changing your skincare routine during the winter months? Do you question whether you’ve spent enough time on self-care by the end of the year? Do you wonder how you can combine the two without sacrificing time for other things that are important? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our solution to you would be our client Geneva Naturals!

What is Geneva Naturals?

Geneva Naturals creates natural skincare products using only the highest formulation standards and all of our products are 100% made in the USA. The company was created with the belief that self-care shouldn’t be limited to vacations.

We created Geneva Naturals for the woman who never takes a break — whether that be in motherhood, her career, or anything that she endeavors. We became aware that as a consequence of you changing the world, sleepless nights and long days can take a toll on your skin. This could mean a dull complexion, tired eyes, and premature signs of aging.
 
We empathize with this problem deeply. More often than not, we put ourselves second to move our passions in life forward. And while our life’s dedications are what make for the most beautiful moments, we disregard self-care as a form of self-respect.  With the same fire underneath us that we’ve seen in the women that inspire us, we created Geneva Naturals to take you away on an overdue vacation, without having to take any of your time.
Geneva Naturals makes it easy to treat yourself! We love that they’ve taken into account that their customers are already busy with their range of harmless products. New skin care and beauty companies are conveniently at our fingertips, which makes it hard to select the right one for your needs. In a recent campaign, we selected an amazing group of busy bloggers to work with Geneva Naturals who’ve since blogged about their experience.

Bloggers Love Geneva Naturals

Danielle, a 35-year-old stay at home mom of 2 says, “Makeup and fussy routines are not for me. You’ll never see me with a million-step facial routine, or a makeup routine that requires half an hour every morning. I just can’t. I love that Geneva Naturals has an easy routine to follow, but is packed with so many good ingredients that it does a lot for your skin. I need to stay looking young and fresh without it taking too much time.”
Ria Michelle enjoyed herself at the Geneva Naturals blogger’s brunch in Miami. She was impressed with their serums. “I’m really into serums at the moment in my skincare journey. I got super excited to try theirs and immediately rubbed some on my arm to test. Their serum features 20% Vitamin C and Edelweiss. Edelweiss is a special anti-aging plant that grows in the Swiss Alps. The serum helps with firmness and lines and wrinkles. So I’m sold.” Check out her beautiful photos of the event here.
Talk about the right place at the right time! Z had been looking for harmless skincare when the blogger’s brunch rolled into town. Here’s her favorite product so far: “Between traveling often and spending most of my time outside in the heat it’s no secret that my skin has been needing some extra TLC for quite some time. I’ve been using the Advance Vitamin C+E serum along with the Advanced Anti-Aging Moisturizer Cream with SPF and I can’t tell you enough how much I love these products. Just four days after using the new line both in the morning and at night before bed, I noticed that my skin (especially around my eyes) started to feel a bit more firm.” Read more.
Tiffany Gonzalez named her favorite product! “So far my favorite of the bunch has been the Vitamin C+E Oil. It smells so good and goes on the skin smoothly without leaving any type of residue behind. I see my skin brighter and more hydrated after using it for a week! Must try if you ask me.” Read more.
Claudia, a 30-year-old beauty feels like she started on her skincare journey too late. We can totally relate. Here’s what she started doing after the brunch, “I‘ve been trying to give my face as much TLC as I can and I can’t think of a better way than with natural products. I have been using the Advanced Vitamin C+ E Serum every night this week followed by the Advanced Anti-Aging RetinolCream. I only use them at night before I go to sleep for now, and I am so happy with the results so far! Seriously I started feeling the results right away. Oh, and another plus, the products smell amazing!” Read more.
More recaps and rave reviews by #BloggersWhoBrunch
Busy, short on time and on-the-go career women and mothers (and men) now have an ally in the skincare and self-care departments! We’re thankful to have partnered with Geneva Naturals and these amazing bloggers for the #BloggersWhoBrunch event in Miami. Now that you’ve heard rave reviews about Geneva Naturals, take a moment to shop their collection of fine products here.

Will you try these Geneva Naturals?

On Freedom, Injustice & Power of Speaking Out

We prepared ourselves for a three-day weekend last week with glee and excitement. Cookouts, fireworks, family time, lazy beach days, no emails and sound sleep congregated on the minds of many. This, and being able to celebrate that we’re healthy and free on Independence Day, is what moved us along. Tuesday morning, we returned refreshed and ready to pick up where we left off at work. Except this didn’t happen for Alton Sterling, 37-year-old Baton Rouge man who was killed by police in front of Triple S Food Mart.

Sterling was a family man like many of our loved ones. Known around town as the “CD Man”, Sterling sold CDs to provide for his wife and three children. On July 5, police officers responded to an anonymous tip about Sterling waving a gun in the process of selling those CDs. It seems that without much conversation or explanation from the now slain Sterling, the two police officers reacted to his size, skin color and gun possession as a means to shoot him four or five times in the back. Within minutes, Sterling was dead and his family now dismantled.

The next day, July 6, a 32-year-old Minnesota man by the name of Philando Castile was shot to death for gun possession, too. Castile was the passenger in his girlfriend’s car when police pulled them over for a busted taillight. Like many of us are taught to do in these times, Castile complied with the officers and told them that he had a gun. He, too, was shot four times within minutes by police as his four-year-old daughter watched in the backseat.

 

 

Sterling and Castile were armed citizens with gun permits in open carry states. The fact that they were senselessly and violently killed in a country that just celebrated freedom and liberty three days ago is a problem.

Our mission at Blogalicious is “to grow a supportive and vibrant community of influencers that celebrates digital diversity.” Our 3-fold objective is:

  • to be THE go-to destination and resource for influential multicultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another;
  • to showcase the value of the demographic in today’s marketplace to marketers; and
  • to serve as a think tank and mouthpiece for causes, policies and issues affecting the multicultural digital space.

We’ve achieved those things and would be totally remiss not to speak up about the racial injustice and violence happening all over our country. Sterling and Castile reminds us of the work we all must do to prevent these kind of tragedies and to truly obtain freedom for minorities in America. If one or two of us are not free, none of us are.

Our hearts are broken for these men, their families and Black people in America. The unfortunate murders of two innocent men (and those before them) cannot be undone, but we can act towards change. Now, we’re asking for your help, too.

 

 

Today, we encourage you to mobilize and connect and uplift each other. Use your platform to bravely share your thoughts, frustrations, and condolences to those who cannot speak for themselves. Don’t be afraid to talk about racial injustice and police brutality! Get involved in your local communities — ask questions, provide insight, listen to and empathize with others. Stand up for who and what you believe in fearlessly and unapologetically. Educate your families on what’s happening and write down ways you can collectively help. Lastly and most importantly, be smart and kind in all you are doing!

Let us leave you with these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

Speak Out injustice

 

Will you join us and speak out against police brutality and racial injustice today?

#BlogHer16 & Blogalicious: A Partnership
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In case you missed it, Blogalicious has partnered with BlogHer on their upcoming summer conference #BlogHer16: 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.

With their Blogger/Social Media Influencer’s full conference pass, attendees receive:

Admission to all conference programming, meals, breaks, sponsor areas, parties and expo floor on Friday and Saturday. Blogger/Social Media Influencer rate is intended for content creators who can neither tax deduct not expense their trip. This is a subsidized rate.
Sales end August 6, 2016. For $399, bloggers will learn excessive “how-tos” from experts like Erika Nicole Kendall, Ashley Parrish and Kandee Johnson to name a few.

Who should attend #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us?
#BlogHer16 is open to anyone and everyone who considers themselves part of the social media and online content creator space. #BlogHer16 is particularly focused on highlighting the skills and talents of women who are rising their voices and creating content online. All genders, ages, ethnicities, interests and levels of blogging experience are encouraged to attend!  We promise there’s something for everyone.  (And in case you’re curious, about 10-15% of attendees are men.)

Learn more about BlogHer, the Experts Among Us conference and speakers at BlogHer.com.

Important Notes about #BlogHer16

When: August 4-6, 2016

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Hotel: JW Marriot Los Angeles

Tickets: Ranging from $99-999, register here

 

Will you be at #BlogHer16?

 

Information source: Blogher.com.

Happy Holidays :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

We chose to send you this week’s “round up” today (jnstead of yesterday) in celebration of Christmas Eve and the remainder of the holiday season. To say the least, 2015 was a tremendously epic year for our company, community and for several of you, too. #BYOE15 was successful (we kicked off the inception of our first annual VIP Mastermind Day) and we’re looking forward to duplicating that success for next year’s conference, too. Thank you for sharing feedback with us, asking and answering questions and being the amazing community of supporters you are.

So, in case your eCard landed in your Spam folder, or you’re excited about it as we are and don’t mind seeing it twice, here’s a special Happy Holidays greeting from Team Blogalicious to you and your families! Be merry and enjoy yourselves. See ya next year!

 

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Serena, Holiday Ideas & More

Serena Williams, marketing, social media and holiday decor ideas made their way into our weekly round up! See what tools and hacks you can apply to your business and creativity. Then, take a moment to share your thoughts (or results) with us.

 

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26 ways to save time on social media

We’ve found the holy grail of saving time on social media, thanks to Small Biz Trendz. We’ll share 3 tips we plan to implement quickly:

  • Schedule updates in advance
  • Be consistent and persistent
  • Set up weekly reports from Google Analytics
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Time Image via Shutterstock

 

355+ Power Words for Your Marketing

Marketing, as twisted and corrupt as it often seems, can turn your business from crickets to profits. The good thing is that there are several ways to market, starting with the words you use. SumoMe created a spreadshirt filled with over 350 words to populate your headlines, copy and social media updates. It’s pretty awesome!

Read the full article + download your spreadsheet here.

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Serena Williams is not a Horse!

So, we’ll say it: Serena Williams, the super heroic, record breaking, history making, continuous champion winning American tennis player, is not a horse! But if you read the response of Sports Illustrated fans for naming her Sportsperson of the Year instead of American Pharoah, “a.k.a. the horse that won the first Triple Crown in 37 years“, you’d think it absurd that she has two legs instead of a tail.

Since the controversy, Williams, 34, arrived at Tuesday night’s Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony looking confident and fierce! The powerhouse danced around in a lingerie inspired gown that reminded us that she’s indeed a beautiful, playful woman with class and grace. USA Today wrote about her arrival, acceptance speech and every piece of fabulosity we missed on the red carpet. Go, Serena!

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Last Minute Festive, Holiday Ideas

Christmas is next week — have you adorned your house or office with holiday decor? In case you haven’t (because you’re a busy entrepreneur whose managing multiple things at once), we found 30 simple, festive holiday decor ideas from Real Simple, like this electrifying wall wreath! These ideas are fun, easy to assemble and can be a fun family event if you’re in need of that holiday closeness and cheer.

Have you decorated your space yet? Plan on using one of these holiday ideas? Share your plans and pictures with us!

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