Friday, October 01, 2010

Silicone Bitch: Interview with Blogalicious Co-Founder

News and notes about the South Florida social media and blogging scene, with a little tech thrown in for good measure. And maybe some other random events, too.

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Silicone Bitch took the month of September off for a much needed break from the scene, but we're back in full swing now. Next weekend, about 250 bloggers and speakers from all over the country will flock to Miami Beach for the second annual Blogalicious conference, which celebrates diversity in social media.

Co-founder Nyasha Smith, a contributor at Mama Law Blog, shared a little background and information with SATB.

SATB: How long has Blogalicious been around, who founded it and why?

Smith: We are in our second year and it was founded by my two partners and I. We started the conference to fill the void in social media for women of color. We hope to educate marketers about how to reach us and educate and empower bloggers on how to better leverage their buying power and online presence.

SATB: Is there anything particular about doing this in Miami that you are excited about?

Smith: Aside from the sun and fun that South Beach brings, we chose Miami because it is a great representation of cultural diversity as we see it and a fantastic mirror image of our conference.

SATB: Any notable speakers to mention?

Marc Morial, CEO The National Urban League, Kety Esquivel from LatISM and Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society.

SATB: Has the community at large supported the Blogalicious effort?

Smith: We have received awesome sponsor support this year and I would be remiss if I didn't thank General Mills, McDonalds, Buick GMC Onstar, Sears, Kmart and the many more fantastic sponsors for supporting the conference and our online community.

Silicone Bitch would like to add that some fabulous former Miami gals will also be gracing the beach with their presence: Carrie from Bilingual in the Boonies and Afrobella. In addition, current Miamian Denise Jacobs will be speaking.

The conference is on Twitter @beblogalicious. Keep up with the conversation by following the #blogalicious2010 hashtag.

1 comment:

Carrie at Tiki Tiki and the Boonies said...

I cannot wait to be back in Miami with my gente!

And by the way, I co-author a Latin-flavored blog called The Tiki Tiki. Miami features prominently in the inspiration...

See you soon, Maria!