Blogging While Brown Conference 2015-Conference Highlight Reel

Blogging While Brown 2015 was EPIC. We had an amazing group of attendees and the energy in the room was supportive, collaborative and creative. We think our 2015 Conference Highlight Reel Captured the essence of what it meant to be in the room. Thank you so much for supporting Blogging While Brown over the years. We are already making plans for our 9th annual conference. If you are not signed up for our email list to receive updates, signup today.

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8 PopUp Tools to Help You Capture Emails - Question from June 26 Mentoring Call

On our June 29th Mentoring and Q&A call, we got a question about plugins and tools you can use to add a pop up to your blog to capture emails. There are LOTs out there. We've prepared this list and infographic of some of the most popular options along with pricing information.

Pippity
URL:        http://pippity.com/
Price:            $49 Personal || $87 Business || $164 Developer

Hello Bar
Plug-in URL:        https://www.hellobar.com/
Price:            Free || Upgrade $15 monthly

SumoMe
Plug-in URL:        http://sumome.com/
Price:            Free

Popup Domination
Plug-in URL:        http://www.popupdomination.com/
Price:            $47 Standard  (1site) || $77 Plus (3sites) || $97 Pro (unlimited)

OptinMonster
Plug-in URL:        http://optinmonster.com/
Price:            $199 yearly

WP Email Capture
Plug-in URL:        http://wpemailcapture.com/pricing/
Price:            Free || Premium $49

Optin Architect
Plug-in URL:        http://optinarchitect.com/
Price:            $27 monthly || $97 yearly (basic license) ||$197 yearly || $297 lifetime

Thrive Leads
Plug-in URL:        https://thrivethemes.com/leads
Price:            $59

 

Austin Black Bloggers Brunch - July 18th @ 10:30AM

Come out of your hiding places and meet other talented creative people who are taking the internet by storm. We're following up on the successful 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference in Austin by building stronger ties between Black bloggers in Austin. You are not alone and we all blog better together.

Join us Saturday, July 18th at 10:30 at Che Zee American Bistro for our first Black Blogger brunch.  Here is the menu.

RSVP to the Brunch

AT&T KEYNOTE PANEL:Featuring GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist, Lecrae

AT&T is returning as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.  On Friday at 4:30, AT&T will be presenting the panel Uplift. Mobilize. Inspire, Featuring GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist, Lecrae.

Uplift. Mobilize. Inspire

Panelists:

Lecrae, Grammy Award-winning Artist - @lecrae
L. Michelle Smith, U.S. Diversity, AT&T Corporate Communications - @LMichellePR
Jason Caston, iChurch Method - @jasoncaston


AT&T continues its Inspired Mobility conversation with a fireside chat featuring church social and digital expert, Jason Caston, and one of today’s most influential faith-based musical artists, Lecrae. During this candid, one-on-one talk, Caston will interview Lecrae about how mobility helps him to uplift and inspire his fans as a hip hop artist and producer. In this session you will learn how to find and mobilize your voice as an inspirational storyteller.

 

Sponsor Update: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Join us as we welcome CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as a sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference. 

The City University of New York’s CUNY Graduate School of Journalism offers a top-notch, affordable education teaching traditional journalism values while preparing students to thrive in a rapidly changing media landscape.

As the profession reinvents itself for the digital age, the CUNY J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the tools to find stories and tell them effectively — using print, broadcast, visual, interactive, and social media.

For more information about CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, visit their website at http://www.journalism.cuny.edu/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter | YouTube.

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

#bwbATX Community Partner: The Austin Socialite

At The Austin Socialite™ our mission is to simply Keep Austin Social. Our mission is to insure that every Austinite, whether native or transplant, has the opportunity to experience every flavor that Austin has to offer.

We’re a lifestyle website that functions as a one.stop.socialite.shop for the city’s entertainment needs. It’s the go-to-guide for young, fly, weird Austin. In addition to delivering the happenings of the city, we also provide an outlet for businesses, event coordinators, club hosts and party pushers to capture the magic of their events by way of our media (photo/video), among other marketing services.

Find out more about The Austin Socialite here: http://www.theaustinsocialite.com/.

Facebook | Twitter 

Attendee Spotlight: Diverse Thoughts by Terri Givens

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

Diverse Thoughts by Terri Givens

Niche

Politics

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

How to be a better blogger

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I wanted to be able to share my personal thoughts about life and politics in a non-academic forum.

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

My thoughts about the latest news, my own life challenges and how I handle them, my travels.

Are there specific types of bloggers you are interested in connecting with at the conference?

Folks working in education (I'm a professor)

See you in Austin! 

 

Attendee Spotlight: Urbania Magazine by Q.B. Wells

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

Urbania Magazine by Q.B. Wells

Niche

Urban literature, art and culture 

Why did you decide to start a blog?

To build a community of artistic minded professionals that care about culture , growth and development.  

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

I hope to network with other bloggers and find more practical ways to build community online and monetize traffic.  

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

They will find interviews with authors, artists and business owners. They will find reviews of books, films, music and the arts. Finally, they will find plenty of tips to grow and get involved in the community.

What are your favorite social media tools?

Tweetdeck and Socialoomph

Do you have something to offer bloggers to help them take their blogging to the next level?

A network and platform to market content. I'm open to guest blogging and producing and distributing quality content to other blogs. In addition, I can provide publishing expertise / services for those bloggers looking to publish and market their content as a book. 

Where do you see you and your blog in 5 years?

More robust but a central hup for other new media content like lesson plans, conferences, publications and events.  

See you in Austin! 

 

Sponsor Update: Welcome CURLS

Join us as we welcome CURLS as a sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference. 

CURLS was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, California by CEO, Mahisha Dellinger. Now greatly expanded, CURLS continues to maintain the highest standards for quality ingredients and product dependability. Dellinger collaborated with leading cosmetic experts to develop CURLS. Her intense desire to create a remarkable line for a growing, yet overlooked audience, coupled with an extensive chemistry background proved to be a winning combination. CURLS’ exceptional CEO remains committed to carefully upholding the principles of quality and integrity that define the company.

For more information about CURLS, visit their website at, http://www.curls.biz/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

Attendee Spotlight: Rogue Style Maven by Danielle Washington

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

Rogue Style Maven by Danielle Washington

Niche

Lifestyle

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

I would like to build stronger connections in the blogging community and learn from others. 

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I've always had a passion for storytelling and after I quit my corporate job and went rogue, I wanted an outlet to share my experiences and maybe help others discover new things. 

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

They will discover a quick-witted girl who is possibly obsessed with finding her go-to-drink and focuses on exploring a new and not a recycled perspective on food, dating, music, travel and fashion. 
 

Do you have something to offer bloggers to help them take their blogging to the next level?

Years of experience in event planning for those potentially organizing retreats or special events.

Where do you see you and your blog in 5 years? 

I'm not sure where me and my blog will be in 5 years, but I hope we'll both continue to explore new experiences and live a rogue lifestyle. Isn't that what makes life interesting? 

See you in Austin! 

 

 

 

#bwbATX Community Partner: TextureMedia

Is the largest haircare platform and trusted thought leader inspiring millions of multi-cultural beauty enthusiasts through original content, branded entertainment, social media, product reviews, data and commerce.

Learn more about TextureMedia at their website, http://www.texturemediainc.com/

Get more information about the conference session to be presented by TextureMedia at the 8th Annual Blogging While Conference here

 

Attendee Spotlight: The Bajan Texan by Keitha

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

The Bajan Texan by Keitha

Niche

Lifestyle

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

Learn how to turn my blog into a business.
Expand my following.
Meet others in my niche.

Niche

Lifestyle

Are there specific types of bloggers you are interested in connecting with at the conference?

Home decor and parenting

Do you need something from your fellow bloggers to take your blogging to the next level?

Yes, I would love to do more collaborations whether guest posting or YouTube collabs.

Do you have something to offer bloggers to help them take their blogging to the next level?

I am working on an ebook to make a blogspot.com blog look professional and customized. 

Where do you see you and your blog in 5 years? 

I want to be the next B Smith! I would like to expand into merchandising home decor and entertaining products. 

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN! 

Attendee Spotlight: Womans Reflection by Bijee

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

Womans Reflection by Bijee

NICHE

Lifestyle

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

To get an overwhelming amount of knowledge and spark for additional creative projects I am currently working on.

Why did you decide to start a blog?

Loved writing and I saw it as a outlet to "talk to myself"

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

Honest, real discussion about relationships, parenting, friendships and life through my experiences and life lessons.

Are there specific types of bloggers you are interested in connecting with at the conference?

Motivational, Faith, Lifestyle

Where do you see you and your blog in 5 years? 

As a catalyst for a book or two and possibly multi-authored.

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN! 

Sponsor Update: Welcome Flashed Ink

Welcome Flashed Ink as a sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference. 

Innovative jewelry inspired temporary tattoos for serious (and not so serious) fashionistas and socialites. Flashedink Tattoos are perfect for the summer, winter, parties, festivals, concerts... anywhere you and your skin might be seen having fun. Just apply, or LET US... and GO!

For more information about Flashed Ink, visit their website at http://www.flashedink.com/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

Izea Returns as Sponsor

Join us as we welcome Izea back as a sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Conference. 

IZEA is the leader in Social Sponsorship. We created the first creator marketplace in 2006 and support the largest sponsorship ecosystem in the world through The IZEA Exchange. Our company connects Creators who blog, tweet, pin and post with leading brands who sponsor them. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership.

For more information about Izea, visit their website at http://corp.izea.com/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter.

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

 

Attendee Spotlight: The Sophisticated Life by Nadeen White

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

The Sophisticated Life by Nadeen White

Niche

Travel, Food, Wine & Culture

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

Meeting and connecting with bloggers of color.

Learning how to grow my reach and brand.

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

Personal experiences related to travel, food events and restaurant reviews, wine articles as well as posts on music, art & culture. 

Who are your blogging inspirations or heroes/ heroines ?

Oneika the Traveler

Do you need something from your fellow bloggers to take your blogging to the next level?

Advice on using Google Analytics data to improve page views and reach the proper audience. Best way to pitch to brands and become a brand ambassador. 

What are your top blogging tips for other bloggers? 

Keep learning and networking and sharing. We all have knowledge that we can share with each other to improve and grow. 

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN! 

Sponsor Update: Welcome Pure Via

Join us as we welcome Pure Via as a sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference. 

At the Whole Earth Sweetener Company we believe in a clear vision of people everywhere enjoying a natural, wholesome quality of life. We believe in an ecological cycle that joins the food chain, people and the earth: each is reliant upon the other through a simple and natural connection.

That’s why the Whole Earth Sweetener Company was born - to bring the world 100% natural sweeteners and a new generation of sweetened food and beverage products.

We believe companies, like individuals, must assume their share of responsibility as active participants in their communities. We will continue to work with all our partners to improve agricultural methods and stevia processing techniques. It’s good for us, our employees, the farmers and the earth.

For more information about Pure Via, visit their website at http://www.purevia.com/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

 

Sponsor Update: Black Enterprise Magazine Returns as Sponsor

Please welcome Black Enterprise Magazine as the Premier Sponsor of the 8th Annual Blogging While Brown Conference. 

BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers.

For more information about Black Enterprise Magazine, visit their website at http://www.blackenterprise.com/.

Be sure to follow them on social media, too. Facebook | Twitter

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN. #BWBATX 

Attendee Spotlight: now a word or two by amy juicebox

OUR ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT IS:

now a word or two by amy juicebox

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2015?

-figure out the next steps
-meet/network
-find a boo. LOL. just kidding. 

Why did you decide to start a blog?

i would leave supremely long comments on other blogs because i had a lot to say. friends and fellow commenters would tell me i should start my own blog - but was afraid. i eventually did one random september afternoon out of boredom!

Are there specific types of bloggers you are interested in connecting with at the conference?

un-niched bloggers. 

Do you need something from your fellow bloggers to take your blogging to the next level?

guidence on how i can maintain who i am as a blogger, but expanding my reach

What are your top blogging tips for other bloggers?

-write drafts, multiple drafts mean future potential posts
-dont be afraid to promote yourself
-attend twitter chats

When people come to your blog, what will they find? 

the blog’s goal is to be a space of positive and fun interaction. you should leave:
*smarter
*happier
*wanting to come back

(two out of 3 won’t be bad)

SEE YOU IN AUSTIN!