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‘We See You Being Great’ Every Month

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:

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!


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 She also runs Send your pitches and questions to 

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.


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 and as well as on CBS Atlanta, and Rolling Out! Next on our bucket list? Our own reality TV show (ha ha)!


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.


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!


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

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

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?


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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!




Happy Holidays | Be Blogalicious

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

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.




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!


USA Today via FilmMagic


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!


Real Simple


Serena, Holiday Ideas & More | Be Blogalicious

Service Beyond :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Service. Community. Support. Engagement.

Some would say those tenants are the cornerstones of Blogalicious, and we’d say they were correct. Like every week, we’re bringing you news that might support or enhance endeavors close to your heart. We’re also sharing a story, close to ours, that is in need of your support, engagement and a little service, too.




SEO Rules for 2016

The American Marketing Association shared six SEO rules for 2016 and how you can use them to maximize your investment in content. We’ll share the rules here, but be sure to visit their website for the full, informative article.


1. Intention is everything.

2. Keywords aren’t everything.

3. Focus on the user experience.

4. Size does matter!

5. Optimize for mobile.

6. Use unique images.

Even without full details, these six rules have the wheels of our brain in motion for next year’s content! Which new rule sticks out to you?



But is it legal, though?

Internet sensation Nicole Walters, founder of Monetize Thyself, is hosting a free livecast offering tips and resources on how to legally protect yourself and your brand. The workshop will allow for those in need to ask questions and have them answered in real time! Talk about service! There is limited seating available so if you’d like to attend, register here.




All You Need to Know About The Printful

What’s trending now? Apparel and accessory shops!

The good thing is that the ability to generate additional income for your online stores is virtually endless. Fulfillment companies across the country are making it easier for aspiring entrepreneurs to sell products, like t-shirts, pillows and coffee mugs, in a few hours or less. The complicated part is that there are so many fulfillment companies to choose from. We know, first world problems!

Thankfully, Arsha Jones, owner of Tees in the Trap and Capital City Co., has vetted The Printful, a popular fulfillment service simplifying online shopping, and blogged about her experience with them. Want to know her pros and cons of using the company and what it actually means to use that kind of service? Read her blog post, chock full of advice and insight.

brand. build. sell.

brand. build. sell.


Service Beyond: Jewel Figueras

Our very own Jewel Figueras needs your help fighting her insurance company. Jewel took to social media to share that while she is losing her battle to cancer, she’s also struggling to have her expensive medical needs fully covered by her insurance provider. Instead of sitting idly by, Jewel is fighting to change how cancer patients are treated by their providers at large. What she needs is your signature on her Change petition, so that her provider can see how important it is for her (and others) to receive the medications they need at affordable rates.

Here are Jewel’s own words:

“I am literally in a fight for my life.  And, I’m not alone in this.  Many others in the battle against cancer have been refused medicine by their insurance company and have just given up.  My social media streams are full of folks fighting for all kinds of things.  I’m choosing to carry the flag for my fellow cancer patients, and those yet to be diagnosed.

I’ve reached out to my Congresswoman, my Senators, my Governor, mmedia, etc.  Now I’m reaching out to you.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Sign my petition at  Push it out to your social media networks.  Us the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED. This will take less 30 seconds and a couple clicks.
  • Participate in my Twitter Chat this Monday night, Dec 7th, at 9pm est.  The hashtag is #JEWELvsAVMED.  Invite your networks to participate, as well.  This will take less than 1 hour.  (If you need quick instruction on how do participate, let me know.)
  • Share this post with others, using the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED.
  • Tell me about how cancer has affected your life.  Include the hashtag and tag me your social media posts.  I’d love to read your stories, as they give me strength and resolve.
  • Talk about my situation on your social networks.  Include the hashtag #JEWELvsAVMED.  This lets me track the conversation.
  • Keep me (and all cancer survivors) in your prayers.”

We’re in need of 872 signatures! Sign the petition now!

Service Beyond | Be Blogalicious

Friday Fun: Gush Over The Wiz

Last night, we simultaneously gushed and tweeted while watching NBC’s The Wiz live! Everything about the show was extraordinary — the cast, music, costumes, choreography, stage design, and makeup artistry. To add to that, there were many motivational gems and life lessons coursing through the play that still have us inspired today.

3 Life Lessons We Learned From The Wiz


1. Don’t let people tell you who you are

Scarecrow convinced himself that he didn’t have a brain. Every day, he lived in fear of those nasty crows who tormented him and stole whatever money he had. They badgered him, leaving him feeling hopeless and miserable about himself. It wasn’t until Dorothy came along and helped him realize that he was someone who mattered and had potential to change the world. She saw things for him that he didn’t see for himself — that freedom was literally a step down from his post; that he did have a fully functioning brain; and that he didn’t owe those crows an ounce of his hospitality. Sometimes, we need a Dorothy in our lives to remind us of the warriors we are to finish strong!

2. You need people to succeed

Tin Man’s time spent alone caused him to rust! When your hinges need oiling — confidence, support and encouragement — who in your corner has your back? Those people are your tribe and you must love on them for as long as they’re in your life.

3. Venturing out is necessary!

By the end of The Wiz, Dorothy desperately wanted to get back home to Aunt Em and her sweet dog, To To. She’d had a long journey and deserved to slumber a bit afterwards. But the importance of her journey required venturing out. Like many of ours, her beginning was tough, uncomfortable and unimaginable. However, midway through she began to realize her strength and resilience, which gave her confidence in knowing that she could (and should) do anything!

Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something that could be amazing for your life or business because you were afraid of venturing out of your box? We all have…just like we’ve also kicked ourselves in the butt a year later for having not done it! In order for your business, blog, or personal life to get to where you need it to be, you must do the uncomfortable work. By the end of it, you’d wish you had done it sooner.

What were your top 3 takeaways from NBC’s The Wiz?

Friday Fun: Gush Over The Wiz

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