image10 fantabulous, amazing, exuberating, GOOD things that I learned from Blogalicious 8

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Blogalicious 8 in Atlanta, Georgia and it was nothing short of AH-MAZING! Like Bomb. Like, so good. Like YASSSSSSS! Blogalicious has been happening for a couple years and clearly I have been on the outs or under a rock and not privy to all the dopeness that happens at these conferences. I am fairly new to the blogging world (mommy blogging and cocreator of twobrooklynbabes.com) and I am now entering the “conference world”. I had the pleasure of attending Blogging while Brown (my very first conference this year) and Rise Empowerment this summer and they all have lead to such wonderful opportunities and networking connections.

I am part of BLM (Bloggers like me) and Brand Build Sell by Arsha Jones facebook groups and both were buzzing about Stacey Ferguson’s wonderful conference, Blogalicious. I knew nothing about it, but I knew I wanted to attend. On top of hearing it was a great, they topped it off with a business pitch competition, sponsored by Wells Fargo and I just KNEW I had to enter. Not only did I enter, I actually WON, how bizarre is that?

Here are 10 AH-MAZING things I learned this weekend.

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1. Blogging is a Business

Starting out in 2013 after having my son, I did one of the things I loved the most, WRITE. I started a blog with one of my girlfriends, Abby Clarence (www.twobrooklynbabes.com) and we talked about the REALNESS of motherhood. We found it hard to find black mommy bloggers who talked about the shit (no really baby poop) that no one else wanted to talk about behind the scenes. You saw all the beautiful pics moms would post of their kids, but never the pic of the throw up and change of clothes dilemma that just occurred. So we started this blog and though we loved writing, like many budding bloggers, we truly did not understand the blogging world, how it works and how to monetize from it. I was still a bit lost UNTIL I attended Blogalicious and many presenters encouraged us to look at your blogging as a business and how to run it as such. I look forward to implementing these things and hopefully making some money from our growing blog.

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2. Relationships are EVERYTHING.

Before going to the conference, I could count on one hand how many people I knew in real life who are bloggers (successful). Yes, we are facebook friends, Yes, we may text, but we really didn’t KNOW each other; like for real for real. But BAYBEE, this weekend, I learned that those relationships I built online, on facebook, in these groups and in these pods, WERE IT. I got to meet all these wonderful people who were rooting for me. People I didn’t know in real life who had so much investment and belief in my products and me. It was just overwhelming joy to know that these relationships, were REAL and I was happy that I built them.

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3. Let your tribe lead you.

I stopped working at a well-established sports retail company back in February of 2016. Though I had no real plan, I knew my plan was to be GREAT. Financially I fell FLAT on my face. Exhausting my funds in product, marketing, I was broke as SHIT but I wanted to attend Blogalicious. This event was held in Atlanta this year and I honestly did not have the funds for even plane, train, or automobile transportation. I wrote this on facebook and within hours, my tribe put together the money for me to get to Atlanta, gave me spending money and then some. I am forever grateful.

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4. Stacey is the bomb.com

I knew very little about Stacey Ferguson and what she was when I decided to attend Blogalicious. She is a POWER HOUSE! A digital brand strategist, media attorney, veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker… the list goes on. JUST WOW! I could not image putting together an event like Blogalicious and she did it with 3 snaps, like YASSSSS honey, now THIS is a conference. Everything was on point and the sponsors were LIT. From Jack Daniels to Kia to Coca Cola, just BOMB. She did an an amazing job, oh and lets not forget her BOMB speakers like Luvvie and Arsha Jones. It was just a place for you to absorb information; let it just all stick to you like you are the wall and the information was a pit ball (gross but I am so serious, ABSORB it and let the knowledge stick to you).



image5. The world is judging you, LET IT.

I loved the segment with Awesomely Luvvie and the knowledge she dropped was oh so worth it. She is a big blogger who transitioned her writing skills from blogging to a New York Times best selling book “I’m judging you”. I’ve known about Luvvie, haven’t gotten to meet her, so when I heard she would be at Blogalicious, SCORE! She encouraged us to be YOU! Have a voice and speak up for how you feel. Don’t let the world silence you and use your platform for a purpose; drops mic. She was just great and I am grateful to have been in her presence and you know I slid her a Mess in a Bottle tee.

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6. Who is Ramon Ray?

I wasn’t privy to the greatness of Ramon Ray before attending Blogalicious8, but now I will never forget him. He came up to me before his presentation and we had a wonderful conversation in which he gave me business advice that might help me get to my million dollar mark a lot faster. Ramon coins himself as the “small business Evangelist” and when I tell you that man was PREACHING its an understatement. His presentation was nothing short of POWERFUL! I held on to every word. He was so engaging and his message was EVERYTHING! Get to know Ramon Ray, follow him, listen to him, he is IT!

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7. She who dares, WINS.

As mentioned, I won the Blogalicious8 Wells Fargo Perfect Business Pitch competition. My competitors were so great, shout out to them, but, “she who dares, wins”. I came for that grand prize and I really wasn’t going home without it. I joke that if I didn’t win, I would push the person down on stage and run off with the check (I kid I kid). I just CAME. I wasn’t playing with these people. I really wanted it and I got it. I am humbled and grateful; for all the people who say, I am too scared to apply, SHE/HE WHO DARES, WINS. What’s the worse that can happen? You win and walk home with a $5,000 check and then some? Baby girl, don’t let fear stop your greatness; its not worth it. Get out there and try!

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8. Enjoy my 5 min of “FAME”.

Like reality TV, you have 5 minutes to show out and let this little instaFAME help you BLOWWWWW UPPPPPPP (in my Martin Lawrence voice). I have so many things I NEED to do now. Girl, imma try to get on CNN off this win honey. Let me see if Bill Maher or if we can resurrect Oprah and Barbara Walters to interview me. I HAVE ARRIVED and I AM HERE to stay. As Fat Joe said “I’m all the way UP!” Planning to push these blogs while I have ya’lls attention, and keep everyone engaged and invested. I feel like I am on a Mona Scott-Young production and we just wrapped the season and now I’m back to being a broke-wanna-be-celebrity. Girl, you betta get out there like Countess Vaughn, it ain’t over, till it’s over honey.

9. Disrupt Aging by being Fabulous AF.

I loved the sponsorship from AARP and having the conversation about “disrupting aging”. Yes, black don’t crack, but we also have to take care of our inner selves to make sure our outer self reflects that care. As I sip on tea, with my AARP #disruptaging coffee mug I acquired at the conference, I couldn’t help but to think, being FABULOUS and AMAZING and not letting anything stress you out is the ONLY WAY to disrupt aging. Focus on being happy, do the things you love and let that drive you. For the first time today, I was able to come to my favorite coffee shop, freely write, and be content about where I am in life. It’s all coming together and I am letting the waves take me wherever.

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9. Disrupt Aging by being Fabulous AF.

I loved the sponsorship from AARP and having the conversation about “disrupting aging”. Yes, black don’t crack, but we also have to take care of our inner selves to make sure our outer self reflects that care. As I sip on tea, with my AARP #disruptaging coffee mug I acquired at the conference, I couldn’t help but to think, being FABULOUS and AMAZING and not letting anything stress you out is the ONLY WAY to disrupt aging. Focus on being happy, do the things you love and let that drive you. For the first time today, I was able to come to my favorite coffee shop, freely write, and be content about where I am in life. It’s all coming together and I am letting the waves take me wherever.

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10. Content is LIFE.

Keep creating, keep creating dope ass ish until someone notices. People will not see how great you are and what you are doing until you post your content and here’s some advice, post good stuff with a purpose. I use to let Mark Zuckerberg use me; being on social media 24/7 kee-keeing, laughing it up with friend and not getting anything done. At the beginning it was all fun and games, until I decided to use social media and not let social media use me. I started looking at social media as a way to share my content and get people engaged and invested in what I was doing, not just having people follow to hear about my personal life. I stop posting all my emotions I wore on my sleeve and started focusing and giving about my ventures and what was happening in my business.

So thats that, Blogalicious is over and its time to get back to the regular scheduled programing. Time to be AMAZING and implement all that I have learned this weekend.

1 Comment on 10 things I learned at Blogalicious8

  1. Kajette
    November 15, 2016 at 9:56 am (10 months ago)

    Awesome!!

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