Attendee Spotlight : CandidBelle by Martine Foreman

Our Attendee Spotlight is:

CandidBelle by Martine Foreman    

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2014? 

I am looking forward to learning new strategies that I can implement as soon as I return home to help me take my blog to the next level. I am also eager to meet new people, connect with old friends, and get my networking on!    

Why did you decide to start a blog?

To help me heal. I felt less crazy when I talked about my experiences, and its become something I can't imagine not doing.    

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

I started blogging because I LOVE to write and I love to share ideas, information, and experiences with others. I've never really been about that 9-5 life and I realized that if I find a way to just do what I love everyday, it will never feel like work (or at least not that kind of work that makes you want to crawl under a desk and have a drink).    

When People Come To Your Blog What Will They Find?

When you visit CandidBelle you will find information about parenting, relationships and wellness. I also do reviews on products, services, and experiences that I think are awesome. Many of my reviews are not sponsored because I just write about anything that I think will enhance the lifestyle of my readers. I also write many personal posts in my "from the heart" section. It gives my readers a closer look into who I am as a woman. Soon my readers will also find me vlogging. I'm excited!    

Who are your blogging heroes?

Wow, that is tough! I have to say Lamar and Ronnie Tyler from Black and Married with Kids inspire me a lot. They are all about the hustle, but they have high standards, integrity and they always put their family first. I have nothing but respect for that! That's the kind of blogger I want to be -- willing to put in the work, but never forgetting what matters most.       

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

Collaboration is key. If we all work together we can lift each other up. There is nothing better than that!    

What do you have to offer blogger to take them to the next level?

I'm pretty savvy when it comes to social media and I pride myself on being a great researcher and creating great content.    

What are your top tips for bloggers?

1. Only blog about what you have a passion for.
2. Don't let anyone dim your light.
3. Work smarter, not harder. 
4. Be real with yourself about why you choose to blog.
5. Help others along the way. The more you give of yourself, the more you receive.

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

In five years I would like to have at least 2 published books on the market. I would love to see CandidBelle continue to grow and become a place where today's modern woman goes to laugh, gain knowledge and get to the bottom of what they really want out of life. I would also love to see myself as a speaker and a social media strategist. I mean, I gotta shoot for the stars, right?



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