Last weekend I was at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for the 2015 Blogalicious Conference. Believe it or not, I’m still on cloud 9 from meeting all the lovely, kind and helpful fellow bloggers/creatives. The conference, themed Build Your Own Empire (#BYOE15), was once again life changing and re-confirming.
This is my 2nd year attending and of course I had to be in the number. After all the event was held in my hometown, Baltimore! I can go on and on talking about how the meals/snacks were DELICIOUS and plentiful, or how hanging with Vivi, Deanna, Nae, Dionna and our other #DMV BLM Girls was EVERYTHING, but instead I’ll share 5 takeaway from #BYOE15. There’s also a short video below with a few highlights.
1. Live with Intention & Be Consistent. Mattie James, thee Live the Life you Love advocate behind Mattieologie, stressed importance of building a legacy and staying consistent. In life we should all strive to make a living doing what you love, while remaining consistent and intentional about serving others. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Mattie session and appreciated her message, which was perfectly tailored for future creative entrepreneurs like myself.
2. Don’t Be Boring. Blogging colorfully is what keeps your readers coming back for more. Ty Alexander, known to most as the lovely Gorgeous in Grey, was on point with her Create Colorful Content session. It was actually the first one I signed up for. Oiginal content, strong headlines, and writing short and to the point content is where it’s at! (That’s something I’m working on, LOL). One thing that stuck out the most was to write something every day. You have to practice your craft daily if you want to become an expert. There’s simply no way around it.
3. Pitch, Pray & Do the Work. I’ve followed and watched Nicole Walters, the #MonetizeThyself and “Pitch & Pray” Queen, around the Internet for months. She has grown into an incredible force to be reckoned with! Simply put, the girl knows her stuff. She’s passionate about teaching others how to monetize their lives and the tips she provided were extremely helpful. The main takeaways from her session were (1) act like a business, (2) live in the state of expectancy, and (3) strive to make face-to-face connections with key influencers.
4. Diversify Your Coins. For most people the ultimate goal is to make a living doing something you love, while making coins along the way. But who says there’s only one way to make money? Arsha Jones of Tees in the Trap gave exceptional tips on how to diversify your income. We should all have multiple streams of income. A few things to remember; (1) follow your passion, (2) define and know your audience, and (3) leverage up and collaborate with like-minded influencers in your niche.
5. Strive to be Credible. If you’re not credible and your reputation is questionable, it’s going to be tough to build a reliable brand! Blogging veteran Marie Denee (The Curvy Fashionista) delivered a great message on reputations, relationships, and returns. Building a credible online reputation takes time, but it is possible. Marie reminded us to separate the personal from the professional, build a tribe, and don’t focus on “what’s in it for me” (WIIFM). Lastly, always be willing to give more than you receive.
So tell me, what’s your favorite takeaway mentioned above? Were you able to experience Blogalicious this year? Let me know!
I honestly found myself a bit overwhelmed with all the useful information I received, but it’s a good thing. I needed to immerse myself with all things blog and business related. I’ve been hungry all summer to learn and do more, and this conference was a great indicator that I’m on the right path. If you want to know how a few others felt about the conference check out the detailed recaps from Heart, Print & Style and Bernetta Style; two of my blogger buddies who I enjoyed seeing in Bmore! Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!
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Kiara Sada says
Sounds like you took good notes and had a lot to take in! I loved the video. My favorite tip was number five!
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It was awesome! Hope you can check it out one year. I think #5 is one of my fave takeaways too. 😉
Natasha B says
I love all of the useful info. Certainly #5 is where I am at the moment. Great share. I hope to attend next year. xx
Sounds like you had a great time! We need one of these in STL!
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Great recap, and you ladies looked lovely! I definitely see I missed a great event, and hope to go to next year’s. All of the points you recapped were great, but my favorite point was “Live with Intention and Be Consistent”. Definitely want to do what I love while remembering to use it to serve others. Enjoy your break, we’ll miss you in the meantime!
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Seems like a fun event where y’all had a great time, love that customised coke bottle. You look great !
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Oh to Be a Muse says
Diversify your coins — most definitely! And those Blogalicious colas are too cute!
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Would have LOVED to be there for Nicole and Regina for sure! I watched some stuff on Periscope though.
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I love all these tips! Especially diversifying your income and being consistent…two things I’m definitely trying to do these days haha.
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Marquita C. says
This is great information! I follow all of these ladies on social media and they are so on point! I’ve never been to Blogalicious but definitely need to make it happen soon!
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FASHION TALES says
Wonderful and helpful tips, I’m sure it was an enjoyable event. Thanks for sharing, I love #4.
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March and May says
It’s sounds like it was an amazing conference. I sorry I was not there (maybe next year). All those points are great, especially the one about the writing everyday and credibility. Thanks for sharing.
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