Waking Up Like a Dog

July 22, 2011 by · 7 Comments
Filed under: Blogging, Events 

Kara Mia taking a nap

Yeah, it’s been a while. I know. I’ve been in the process of re-invention for too long and it’s time to pull the trigger on a few things, even if they’re not perfect. Anyone relate?

The topic of this post seemed like an easy way to ease back into regularly blogging for the Breakfast Blogging Club. Although, I can tell you that future posts will likely NOT be about just blogging. It feels too narrow and there are SO many other blogs doing it better.

Besides, it still stings  when I recall telling some snobby Oakland blogger a couple of years ago about BBC, and he sniffed, “Oh, how refractive.” I think that was the word he used. Yet another Blog Snob encounter.

But I digress.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m still a HUGE  proponent of blogging for business, and it can work well when incorporated into an online and social media strategy. Happens all the time.

So as I peek out, one eye open, gearing up for full blog consciousness, I thought I’d start with this easy beginning step. I’ver already committed to going to WordCamp in August, and now I’ll throw my collar in with The Media Awards coming to San Francisco in October. (This Oakland girl thanks the organizers for not picking a south bay venue!)

Here’s the scoop.

The World Media Awards and Event

Learn how to use the latest technologies and techniques to boost your blog and publishing results. The purpose of the event is to gather people and knowledge to celebrate the best in blogging and media creation. If you get the importance of a content startegy – regardless of the size of your business – you’ll want to be there.

At this event, there will be a series of workshops and events hosted by some of the world’s leading publishing experts. The event takes place on Wendesday, October 26th at the PayPal building in San Francsico.

Tickets are $50, but you can blog about this event for a chance to go for free. Yes, I’m going this route myself.  But you need to be one of the first 100 bloggers to post about it.  Wish me luck.

Space is limited to 500 attendees and you can contact the organizer, Murray Newlands.  Murray is also the organizer of the San Francisco Blogging Club Meetup. Sorry to say I haven’t been to one of their meetings yet.

If you’re part of the Breakfast Blogging Club circle and either follow this blog (really, thanks for hanging in there), are a member of our Meetup, or get the weekly emails from our Quick Start Guide of juicy blogging topics (HUGE thank you), then this event is for you. I also think folks in PR, media marketing, authors, business bloggers and content creators will benefit from attending.

Here’s what Murray Newlands says about it:

“I love blogging and wanted to create an event to celebrate the best in blogging and media. I meet lots of publishers and want to be able to create an environment where they can exchange knowledge and creativity.

“We are pleased to have eBay as lead sponsors of the event. eBay is keen to support the publishing community.”

More to be said about the event includes:

The eBay partner network is increasingly reaching out to support bloggers. Other sponsors include Growmap, VigLink and Trancos.

World Media Award judges include Steve Hall, Sarah Austin, Chang Kim, Pierre Zarokian, Cheryl Contee, Krystyl Baldwin, Adrian Harris, Jeremy Wright, Rob Bloggeries, Dave Duarte, Tanya Alvarez and Dana Oshiro

Media partners include Adrants, The Affiliate Marketing Awards, Read Write Web, mediavisioninteractive.com and Bloggeries.

And just who is Murray Newlands? Seems like a busy guy, doesn’t he?

Murray Newlands is author of “How to Make a Blog Book” and “Online Marketing; a User Guide.” He is also founder of the Affiliate Marketing Awards. Born in the UK, he now spends his time in San Francisco and New York. Murray works for Audience Mindshare and consults for Trancos Ins as well as being an advisor for VigLink.

Would love to see some of our Breakfast Blogging peeps there. Let me know if you’re planning on going.

And I promise not to hit the snooze button.

P.S. That’s my dog Kara in the picture. She’s about 10 months old. Got her from the Oakland SPCA. They told us she was a border collie mix, but she looks a lot like a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She seems to like herding and loves water…well, mud anyway.

Blogging, Branding and Building Your Business

July 26, 2010 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Blogging, Events, Marketing Tips 
photo courtesy of Carla Yashiro

photo courtesy of Carla Yashiro

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”  – Woody Allen

If this truly is the case, then there’s about 25 women in the south bay who are destined for greatness, not to mention the two exceptionally engaging and smart gals at Gather Your Crowd.

Last Thursday, Beth and I had the honor of sharing the stage with Cherie De Carlo and Carla Yashiro at the Women Entrepreneurs of the Bay Area meeting in San Mateo.  Cherie and Carla specialize in helping small and medium sized business use social media tools to build their brand, get found online and engage meaningfully with their prospects, customers, partners and vendors.

Far from being a whitewash of how useful blogging and social media is for business – duh! – Cherie and Carla shared specific tips and tools you can use to have a blog that serves your business goals, gets found by search engines and is consistent in it’s message. Read more

Secrets of the Breakfast Blogging Club

May 13, 2009 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Events 
Beth Barany and Cheryl Liquori, Co-Founders Breakfast Blogging Club

Beth Barany and Cheryl Liquori, Co-Founders Breakfast Blogging Club

Join Dojo Radio host Lee Rodrigues and us,  special guests Cheryl Liquori and Beth Barany, to learn the secrets to writing great blog posts.

Cheryl and Beth are the hosts and founders of the Breakfast Blogging Club, a series of monthly blogging workshops in Oakland and Pleasant Hill. In addition to answering your questions, they will share tips and writing exercises that will help you to define your target audience, make time to write, tailor your writing to a blogging format, and more.

If we’re lucky, they may even share the Breakfast Blogging Club’s secret handshake.

The show will air live on Wednesday, May 13 from 3-4PM PST (6-7PM EST) at www.blogtalkradio.com/Dojo-Radio/. If you can’t make it live, don’t worry — you can always listen to the archived version later.

Lee designs these radio shows to be as useful as possible — so tell us what you want to hear about!

Call In: The best way to ask a question is to call in to the show live at (646) 716-9210.

Chat: If you register at Blog Talk Radio, you can also participate and ask questions in the chat room during the show.

See you on the air!