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[Blogging 101] Let’s Talk Billion Dollar Branding At Blogalicious 2015 #BYOE15

September 11th, 2015 by Christen

Are you a blogger, online influencer or someone that wants to learn the real world practices of becoming a career blogger? Want to learn how to research, pitch and close six-figure deals for you and your brand? Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk the business of blogging at Blogalicious!


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As a top media marketer for companies like CBS and iHeart Radio for over 10 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about monetizing influence.  [How I Learned To Master Consistency And Become Profitable –] Discover how I’ve amassed relationships that span beyond blogging with Fortune 500 companies like Coca Cola, Verizon and Ford Motor Company and learn how to pitch and get paid for your brand online and beyond.


I’m Speaking

Join me at Blogalicious 2015 and learn step-by-step strategies to creating your Billion Dollar Brand and Empire Thursday, September 11th at 4:30pm!  Learn from blogging and branding strategists @Kaileicarr, @Mayaelious and myself to uncover branding secrets and apply proven techniques to monetize your influence and blog better than ever before.


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What You Can Expect

Practical answers, illustrations and solutions to your sales questions.  How to create the demand for partnerships? How to initiate the sale? What makes a billion dollar brand want to work with bloggers? What does a six-figure influencer proposal look like?  How do you find the right brand with the right budget?


Register for Blogalicious 2015

Blogalicious 2015 Build Your Own Empire | September 10 – 12 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 

Blogalicious Weekend conference – the first and only event of its kind – is THE go-to destination for influential multicultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another. Whether you are a blogger interested in connecting to a welcoming sisterhood or a brand looking to engage with a robust network of social media influencers, the Blogalicious community is rich with meaningful relationships and limitless opportunity. [Register today!]


Let’s Talk Now

How do you make the most out of a blogging conference experience?  What are the conference essentials that every attendee needs?  What are conference mistakes to avoid?  What’s the best way to prepare for a conference that could change your life?  Join blog conference veterans Terrance (@BrothaTech), Ty (@GorgeousInGrey) and myself as we discuss the Do’s/Don’ts and what to pack for Blogalicious 2015 – on Blab!  Subscribe & check out the replay!


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Meet smart people. Hear success stories. Discover what’s working. Discuss ways to create smarter creative content, impactful web-based marketing, as well as new programs, people, and platforms that engage your audience and build relationships. Want to learn more about Blogalicious? Visit


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The Best Apps & Gadgets To Pack For Your Next Conference Trip

August 25th, 2015 by Christen

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You’ve registered for your favorite conference and with only a few weeks to go you’re beginning to review the itinerary, confirm your schedule and determine what to pack for your trip.  Attending conferences might be one of the best things you can do for your career. You’ll learn about industry trends, gain some new skills, and make all kinds of new connections. Sure, you have plenty of options when preparing for your experience but with all those speakers, sessions, contacts, and conversations – if you’re not preparing right, then you’re already planning to fail.

Besides bringing tons of crisp, new business cards and collecting/trading them with other attendees, what else should you have packed and ready to go for your next conference trip? I’m getting ready for Blogalicious #BYOE15 – what about you? Discover the best apps and gadgets to pack to make the most of your next conference below.

Rule #1 – Always Be Charging

Portable charger accessories – The #1 accessory that I never travel without is a multi-mobile usb cable.  Why carry multiple cables for your smartphone, dslr camera, tablet, etc – when you can carry one cable that’ll charge them all simultaneously! The 10-In-1 USB Computer Charger ($4) can charge all your devices at once and is a conference must have!

Portable charger – There’s so many portable charging options available that there’s no reason you don’t have 2-3 fully charged power packs in your arsenal ready to go.  Not all portable chargers are created equal.  Just in case you still need a few options, consider the MyCharge Hub 9000 ($116) and charge your tablet, smartphone & more for up to 40 hours. If you need extra juice to keep you charged for the day check out the MyCharge RazorPlus ($19) and if you want to be a conference hero by keeping you and all your conference buddies powered up for days without being chained to a wall outlet the LUXA2 ($120) (aka worlds largest power station) boasting 41,000 mAh is an investment worth buying.

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Power Strip – My favorite is the Quirky – Pivot Power Protector ($14).  It has six pivoting outlets accommodate plugs and adapters of all shapes and sizes. That means you can always fill every outlet; yes, even those big ol’ brick charging cords.


Rule #2 – Always Be On Time

Conference App  – Many conferences come equipped with comprehensive apps filled with up to date news and event information. There’s even options to plot out your schedule and sync with your smartphone calendar from within the app.  If you’re headed to any of these popular conferences in the near future you definitely want to download the conference app to ensure that you’re present and on time – no matter what!  BeBlogalicious | SXSW | TED | BlogHer | Social Media Week

Kick Butt with the Moleskine Timepage app:  The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make conference days more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Have all your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts.  (I have six different calendars, so you know I need something simple and seamless that’ll work for me!)  Even on the Apple watch, you can see your day-by-day schedule for the entire conference week, discover the weather, see how long until your next session and travel details and wrist tap reminders…ALL ON YOUR WRIST! Genius! (Download Moleskine Timepage)




Rule #3 – Always Be Charming


Smart Voice Recorder (free) – You can’t leave for your upcoming conference without having your 30-second pitch memorized and ready to go!  Smart Recorder is a full featured recorder and transcriber offering many features beyond what is available in the built in voice memos app. Use it to capture session meetings, interview, keynotes, classes, todo lists and more! Plus after you have made your recording, you can transcribe it through the Smart Recorder transcription service instantly!

Business Cards – It’s never too late to print out luxe business cards from but just in case you need to figure out where/how to store all those cards with Business Card Reader Pro ($6.99) you’ll get instant (it takes seconds!) recognition of business cards right on your iPhone. Import contact information from a business card directly to your iOS Contacts. You can also try the CamCard app for free.



Must Read: Ditch The Selfie Stick, This Is The Accessory For Selfie Lovers Everywhere


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Bluetooth Selfie Studio kit ($24) – Need a selfie stick to capture all the action during the day? What about a tripod and selfie flash/LED light to capture Periscopes on the go?  You can create your own Bluetooth Selfie kit like I did – or stock up on the kit which includes 1 x Bluetooth Extendable Bluetooth Selfie Stick Monopod, 1 x Rear Mirror Selfie Adjustable Phone Holder, 1 x Tripod Mount, 1 x Adjustable Phone Holder, 1 x Rechargeable Mini 16Selfie Flash LED Light, 1 x EEEKit Pouch at



These are just a few of my favorite conference must-haves that’ll keep you prepared and ready for a productive and engaging conference experience!  Did I miss any?  What are some of your favorite gadgets and apps that you have packed and ready to go for your next conference?  Share your favorites below!



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#Blogalicious11 – 3 Things learned, 2 Different days, 1 Weekend Only

October 26th, 2011 by Christen

Blogalicious  – 3 Things learned, 2 Different days – 1 Weekend Only           

One of the most anticipated weekends in Washington DC – October 21st – October 23rd was the destination for thousands of Howard University alumni, friends, bloggers and entrepreneurs for Howard University’s Homecoming Weekend and Blogalicous Weekend (the largest social media conference for women.).  The weekend was one of the most intense weekend’s I’ve had in a long time, from travel issues,  family issues, stress battling my desire to enjoy my weekend, make connections and learn from the experience as a whole.


Lesson One:  Women LOVE Smartphones & Stilettos

The weekend began with’s inaugural “Smartphones & Stilettos” Tweetup sponsored by Clever Girls Collective, Amazon & Cricket Wireless.  The #Cleverlicious Tweet Up took place Friday night at the Gaylord National Convention in the beautiful Belevedere lobby bar & lounge.  It was an evening of filled with tweets, prizes and anticipation of my arrival :/  Due to an unforeseen travel emergency – I didn’t even make it to my own party (P. Diddy style…smh).  Luckily, the team was able to fill in (special thanks to Dorthy & Tonia *wink*)  In spite of my untimely absence, the #Cleverlicous tweets during the Smartphones & Stilettos twitter party spoke volumes on how much women truly love smartphones & stilettos.  I also learned volumes on what blogging sisterhood & support is truly all about.  Special Thanks to Cricket Wireless with Muve Music for sponsoring the event. Check out some of the fabulous peeps & tweets from the party!




Lesson Two:  Working With Brands 101:  Learning a level of Marketing Smarts

Upon my untimely arrival to the Gayloard National Resort for the Blogalicous conference, my highly anticipated session to attend was Getting Down To Business: Working With Brands 101 lead by Clever Girls Collective’s own Cat Lincoln & Edita Gassmann.  Two major gems of the conference that I’ll be sure to include in my daily activities are:

1.     Building a relationship with brands by establishing a report.  Including emailing a link whenever I post an interesting story about them.

2.     Marketing your blog to brands that set you apart from other blogs is the name of the game.  Since is a unique site dedicated to the women that love fashion, technology and everything in between we have a niche that’s easily definable – BUT you can always learn ways to market your business & website better (and this panel definitely opened my eyes to additional ways to do so.)




Lesson Three:  Step out your comfort zone & meet someone FABULOUS!

Saturday night during the Aunt Jemima “Breakfast for Dinner” event, exhausted & hungry I (antisocially) sat at an empty table that was within moments bombarded by the most fabulous Latina bloggers from across the country.  From Divina of @DancingHotdogs and Julie of @GigCoin my table was filled with women who blog about everything from motherhood, technology and everything in between.  With true hospitality they introduced themselves one by one and made me feel like “una de las chicas” (one of the girls.)



Blogalicious Weekend was a remarkable experience of networking, learning and partying with friends.  I can’t wait to attend next year and if you’re an entrepreneur, blogger, media specialist or just interested in networking with great women from across the country I highly suggest you consider attending next year too!


Special Thanks to Clever Girls Collective for sponsoring me for the Blogalicious Conference.  If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Clever Girls Collective click here (and tell em D&D sent you:)

#CLEVERLICIOUS in DC (Blogalicious Weekend)

October 4th, 2011 by Christen

We’re so excited to hang out in Washington DC with so many of our friends that we’re ready to tweet about it, giveaway some great prizes and kick off our Blogalicious Weekend right!  Are you going to Blogalicious?  Join us Friday, October 21st at the Gaylord Resort in Washington DC for a fabulous time filled with friends, fashions, technology and tweets!

(Did we mention giveaways?)







We have limited capacity so RSVP today!

See you in DC!

Divas And Dorks Invades DC For Blogalicious Weekend! #CLEVERLICIOUS

September 27th, 2011 by Christen

The 3rd Annual Blogalicious Weekend | October 21 – 23 at the Gaylord Resort Hotel and Convention Center | Washington DC

Commonly referred to as the Social Media Conference of The Year – Blogalicious 2011 is almost here!

Blogalicious conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media. Over the course of 3 event-filled days, savvy, influential and talented women bloggers will ignite a sense of unity within the multicultural blogging community as well as educate marketers on the importance of our demographic in today’s marketplace, all while networking, building relationships, and promoting inspiration and success for each other.  Thanks to the lovely ladies at Clever Girls Collective – I’ll be attending my first ever Blogalicious Weekend – October 21st – 23rd in one of my favorite cities in the world, Washington DC! *throws confetti everywhere*  

Some of my absolute favorite things to do in Washington DC includes:

Shopping in Georgetown

Enjoying fresh seafood from the Wharf

Sight-seeing around the National monuments

Strolling along the National Mall

Driving through Crystal City

Late night eats at Ben’s Chilli Bowl

..and much, much more…

What are your favorite things to do in Washington DC?

If you’ve never been, or haven’t discovered your favorite things to do in DC – let the Clever Girls help you out.  Clever Girls Collective is hosting a Twitter Giveaway of  Two (2) Blogalicious Weekend Conference passes this week and you could WIN! Simply tweet why you want to “be #Cleverlicious at @BeBlogalicious” for a chance to win a ticket to attend the conference.

1.  “I want to be #Cleverlicious at @BeBlogalicious because:  ____________________________”

2.  Clever Girls Collective will select the winners at random from tweeted entries on Friday, September 30th

3.  You must be a member of the Clever Network to be eligible to win. (JOIN HERE.)

Note:  The prize is for the conference pass only, no travel expenses are included…

I can’t wait to meet fellow bloggeristas at Blogalicious this year, if it’s anything like my past experiences at the Blogging While Brown or BlogHer Conferences earlier this year than I’m sure to meet some amazing women, brands and have enough outrageous stories for days!  DO YOU HAVE YOUR BLOGALICIOUS TICKET YET?  Let me know below and keep up with all my Blogalicious updates, preparations & maybe a surprise or two before, during and after Blogalicious Weekend via Twitter (with my ever clever) #Cleverlicious hashtag… SEE YA IN DC!



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