Blogalicious 2015: Baltimore, Maryland & 6 Influencers That I Won’t Forget!

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When I say that Blogalicious Weekend 2015 in Baltimore Maryland was truly EPIC.  I had an absolutely FAB trip and this year I got to attend fully sponsored VIP style thanks to BLink and TapInfluence!  I hit the road early Wednesday morning and landed in Baltimore in plenty of time to explore and get some crab cakes before Blogalicious started on Thursday.  The host hotel for this year’s conference was the Mariott – Baltimore Waterfront.  The view from my room was spectacular.

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Can I just say that the crab cake situation in Baltimore is tres magnifique!!?  I had to make sure I got some!  Luckily, I was able to grab a taste at Rusty Scuppers on The Harbor!

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#BYOE15 VIP MASTERMIND DAY

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The #BYOE15 VIP Mastermind day was EVERYthing!  It took place the day before the actual conference got started.  Attendees who participated in the Mastermind day got a little extra by being in the room with some of our industry’s top influencers for a day of high level training.  I will not forget these 4 Influencers or the tips they gave to help us build our empires!

1. Aprille Franks Hunt of Coach, Speak & Serve (@womenrecharged) spoke to us about monetization giving us great tips on creating multiple streams of income.

2. Stacey Ferguson of Be Blogalicious (@JusticeFergie) Spoke to us about gaining Corporate Sponsorships and gave us promotion strategy ideas.  3. Lamar Tyler of BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com (@BlackAndMarried) spoke to us about Sales and Marketing.  He dropped so many gems on how to build traffic and ways to convert readers into customers.

4. Jessica Clark (@Jessica_d_Clark) spoke about brand building and gave us a very useful workbook called, A Practical Guide To Rocking The Business of Running Your Business.

I started Friday, September 11th Off by taking a morning stroll along the harbor.  Along the way I Periscoped a VIP Day Recap!

The Perfect Pitch Competition sponsored by Wells Fargo was awesome!  It was fun, edge of the seat excitement watching this “Shark Tank-like” Competition. Congrats to the 5k winner Vicki Sylvain!!

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My Selfie Game was CRAZY!! Blogalicious Friends end up being forever friends.

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Blogalicious 2015 Day 2

After breakfast on day 2 we had the honor and the pleasure of hearing Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speak.  She gave a wonderful message about her life, the pressures of politics and what it means to be authentically you.

On the second day I attended 2 Master Classes that were available including:

5. How to Build e-Products That Stand Out and Make Sales by Regina Anaejionu

6. Life Rewrite: When More Than Your Blog Needs A Makeover by Uneeka Jay

Both of these classes were chock full of useful information and from two very memorable Influencers, Regina Anaejionu and Uneeka Jay.  Regina broke down e-sales with her product pyramids and I loved this quote from her.

Humanize and legitimize your brand before you monetize and exponentialize ~Regina Anaejionu

Uneeka Jay’s session had everyone in tears as she showed us all how to step back and realize what’s really important in our lives.

The Black and Married With Kids Crew (all current & former writers of BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com) always make a strong presence at Blogalicious.  This is the 3rd year that I have been able hang with my peeps!  From Atlanta to San Antonio to Baltimore #TeamBMWK represents!

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In this pic:  Diana Ramsey (@SisWithBeauty), Stacey Taylor (@TheSistahChick), Heath Wiggins (@HisLeadership), Briana Ford (@BrianaMFord), Ronnie Tyler (@RonnieTyler) Kirstin Fuller (@TheTravelinDiva), Lamar Tyler (@LamarTyler) Te Espi (@TheStyleMedic), Martine Forman (@TheCandidBelle) and Christine St. Vil (@MomsNCharge) FOLLOW THEM ALL ON TWITTER!

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Toyota threw an awesome Blogger Bash to close the weekend and it was fun, fun, fun. I believe that Heath Wiggins and Butterfly Diana Ramsey were unofficially crowned the “Danny & Sandy” of this Ball for their awesome moves and presence on the dance floor!  (That’s a GREASE reference for those who don’t know.  Look it up.) Check out the vid from the Toyota Blogger Bash!


As always I learned SO much this year.  I definitely walked away with some great ideas and action steps that I plan to use to enhance my brand.  The Build Your Own Empire theme was so perfect. I started as a blogger and now I’m a business owner so this was the perfect place for me to be for motivation, inspiration, knowledge and encouragement.  There was SOOO much more but I had to stop writing or else this post would go on forever!  Just like Christmas, the holiday that is Blogalicious only comes around once a year.  I can’t wait till next year!  Thanks again to Stacey Ferguson and her crew, TapInfluence and BLink for the experience of a lifetime!

To see MORE pics from Blogalicious 2015 #BYOE15 Click Here

If you attended Blogalicious Weekend 2015 please leave a comment with your social media handle and I will be sure to follow you!

Stacey Taylor aka “The SistahChick” is the CEO of The SistahChick & Co., LLC which is the parent company of TheSistahCafe.com(blog) Our Natural Kids (website), Sistah Buttah (product), TSC Media (service). I have turned my hobby into my career. Now I am living my dreams of being an entrepreneur and living my best life. Thank you for coming to The Sistah Cafe to read about my journey & adventures!!

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