Because of you was selected as one of the Top20 blogs for Black Enterprise Bloggers Month 2011

Over the years I have never guessed how blogging or having a blog could change or affect my life. Some people blog to share their opinion, some blog because it's their job and some blog as a hobby and just for fun. I think I've all four. Regardless of the reason, I've received my share of privileged access to events, established partnerships, launched startups and other opportunities and this blog has been at the core of how I've been able to tell my story and share information with the world. Because of that has been listed as One of the Top 50 Social Media Blogs Of 2010 [...]

Would you check-in to win free Gas? Whrrl partners with Murphy USA for social loyalty program

As many question the value of using location-based services a lot users are still asking the question, what am I getting out of it for checking in? A few years ago using your favorite geo app was just a cool tech/geek thing to do but now it’s all about value. Fast forward to 2010 and the tech blogging space is dominated by post about Foursquare vs Gowalla and very few mentions of the other 20+ location-based apps that are working on partnerships to add value to their users.

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Enter Whrrl, is a Seattle based app founded by Pelago. Last week [...]

Can the Biltmore Estate use social media to enhance their offline experience? Photos and recap from the blogger outreach trip.

Last week I had the opportunity to be one the invited guest to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC for their Biltmore blogger outreach and social media event. I was joined by my wife @LaToyamsutton along with about 8 other bloggers and their families. The event was organized by Biltmore's Corporate Communications Manager, Jean Sexton @injeanius and some of the other bloggers who attended were @RealLifeSarah @IlinaP @StacieinAtlanta @pensieverobin @JenniferPerillo @mantripping @ManTripping @connerty. It was great to meet everyone and catch up with a few who I've known already.

Jean Sexton [...]

IZEAFest announcement: Sponzai launches as sponsored post platform for bloggers and brands

Whether you agree with it or not, sponsored blog post or tweets which some call sponsored conversations are here and more are on the way. Today at IZEAFest conference organizer Ted Murphy who's behind sponsored tweets announced Sponzia which works to match bloggers with sponsored content.

The Sponzai pitch
Sponsors write their own guest post including multimedia and links. Sponsors then select the blogs on which they want to distribute their pre-written post. Bloggers earn cash for posting the content.

Monetize Your Blog is an online marketplace that allows you to connect [...]

See you at IZEAFest – October 01-04

IZEAFest organized by Ted Murphy and company, is an interactive event designed to educate, inform and connect social media enthusiasts at SeaWorld on October 1-4. I'll be joining an awesome list of speakers by moderating the "Screen Gems" session on growing your community and increasing your reach with Sarah Austin of andJulia Roy Some of the other topics we'll cover in our session will be video blogging, content creation and monetization in the social media space.

IZEAFest is marketed to bloggers, podcasters, tweeters, marketers & agency professionals, PR & [...]

Has blogging or bloggers gone too commercial?

Ok, this is not your typical blog post or is it? Basically I'm asking one question, has blogging and/or bloggers gone too commercial? Are the days of blogging for the sheer joy of it been replaced with blogging for SEO or ReTweets? Do we blog for affiliate clicks and comments to show off our "social media" blog credibility?

In the beginning bloggers were called something like "pajama bloggers" and the media didn't take "us" serious but now main stream media and corporations are all trying to blog for profit. I had a conversation last week with an associate about the same topic. We both [...]

Social Media brings Dinosaurs back to life at the Museum of Life and Science

Today I attended the Dinosaur Trail exclusive Blogger/Tweeple Preview at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC.

The event was organized by Beck Tench, who manages the Museum Life and Science Twitter account (@lifeandscience). Beck reached out to the local Triangle, NC blogging and Twitter community, which is strong, for the exclusive preview event. And if you think bloggers and tweeple are not interested in dinosaurs, then you're wrong. Before the event began, tweets were tweeted, asking who's going, and everyone was excited to preview the new dinosaur trail.

Joining me was fellow [...]