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(Recap) BLM Experience Atlanta #BLMGirls

On Saturday, August 31st I attended the BLM Experience in Atlanta. It was hosted by Kim Wright of Keystrokes by Kimberly, at Gordon Biersch in Midtown. I had no idea what I was in for, but every expectation was met.

What is BLM? BLM stands for Bloggers Like Me. It was created by Leslie Young of Fashion DuJour Daily. It’s a blogger group that is over 1,300 strong with women all across the nation.

What is the BLM Experience? The theme for the event was Building and Growing your Brand by building REALationships. The cool thing about the BLM Experience is that it took place in 4 cities on the same day at the same time; New York, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

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I was given the cool opportunity to be the photographer for this event. LAWWD, I pray Kim was satisfied with my pictures. I was snapping and note taking. It seems like everything Kim told us was GOLDEN!

Here are some (not all) of my notes:

  • Register your personal #hashtag at Twubs
  • Watermark your images (beautifulmess – app)
  • Brand – You have a personal and professional brand. What does your brand say about you?
  • Eventbrite – Check events monthly in your city (and cities you are traveling too) to see what is going on and if you need to be there.
  • Email PR companies between 8am-10am (when most people check their email.)
  • Send out a press release when you do something big! Or anything at all.
  • Get on the Twitter/Facebook Trains! (this will grow your fan #)
  • Have an elevator pitch that is 30-45 seconds.
  • FTC disclosure is a must have
  • EIN #’s
  • Monetizing – ooooh some good stuff!

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We had a special guest speaker too! It was Yalanda P. Lattimore, creator of DryerBuzz.com. Honestly, I have never heard of the site but quickly learned she was a force in social media!

  • Blogging for over 11 years
  • 20K Twitter followers (followed by Oprah & The White House too!)
  • Major political presence

Yalanda was so down to earth and transparent. She gave us the Formula to blogging in addition to organizations to join. And most importantly, she spoke to us about being an emphatically happy black woman! You had to be there!

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DSCN0713 DSCN0715  DSCN0751I have been blogging for a few years now, but learned there is so much more I can do to make my blogging experience better. I met some great new blogging buddies and can’t wait to make new memories with them. I think that everyone left with a renewed love for blogging. I came home and just told my husband, “Man, I am so glad I attended this event!”

DSCN0755If you are a blogger and looking for a network of females that lift each other up, share information and desire to see each other do the best and be the best – look into joining BLM! One great point I left with is SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT YOU!

 

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  • Reply
    Laura
    September 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    First, thank you for introducing me to twubs. I went ahead and went on a hashtag registering frenzy. The event seemed amazing and the food looked wonderful! Glad you enjoyed yourself! 🙂

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I agree. I registered two myself!

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    Daphne
    September 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I have been part of the BLMgirls for a minute but have not beeen as active as id like. I need be more involved.

    Great recap I will def try to make it out to next event

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Yes girly!! It’s a great group of women!!

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    Antionette Blake
    September 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Great review and wonderful pics. I am working on my blog post for the DMV Experience. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks so much!! Can’t wait to read it.

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    Christina
    September 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    UGH! I was sooooo supposed to be there but someting came up. Thank you SOOOO much! I needed this… especially the portion on expanding a social media presence.

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Well there is always next time. It was good, but I am sure they will do another one next year.

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    Carissa
    September 6, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    They didnt have one close to my location, but this is good info! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      YOu are so welcome!!

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    Bobbie
    September 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I wish I was able to attend the BLM Experience. Thank you for sharingyour notes and what knowledge you gained at the event. I need to be a little more active in the BLM Group. Great recap, Bernetta!

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      Bernetta
      September 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Yes girly you sure do!

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    Karen
    September 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Great recap! I learned a lot at the DC event with Arsha Jones as the presenter as well. It is great to put all of this information together and make it work for me and my blog too!

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    Kimberly
    November 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Still smiling from whenever I reread the recap. This has given me some ideas to revisit in the spring. 🙂 Thanks for the LOVE shared. You will always be special to me.

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