Birthdays and Hip-Hop!

Sorry for the delay in getting on here, but as you all know, life happens!  I had an amazing weekend and got to experience some wonderful things…just thought I’d share the highlights!  First off, it was my beautiful mother’s birthday (say, “Happy Birthday Mommy!”) and I got to spend lots of time with her and the rest of my family and friends.  She loved every second of her party (so did I)!

I also forgot to mention that a few weeks ago my mom received an award from the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) at the 2012 ODESSA Awards ceremony.  She was recognized for her public and civil work within the community!  YES! She takes care of her own on a daily basis.

My mom is on the end (left)

Love you, Mommy!

The next exciting thing about my weekend was attending the Life is Good tour with Nas and Lauryn Hill.  YES! She is back!  If you don’t know, now you know…she is my all-time favorite female artist!  I had such a great time!

Nas

Lauryn Hill

What have you been up to?  Anything fun and exciting?!

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Become a Blogger Mondays: It’s Time to Piggyback!

Sooooo, remember that whole segment I did about getting yourself out there when you’re a new blogger?  About how it’s important to grow your brand and network?  REMEMBER? No?  Ok, well, this is where I told you that it’s important to SPREAD YOUR WINGS!  I’m going to piggyback off of that post and share an example of what I do to get out there on occasion.  I like to cover events that are happening in the DC area and recently I’ve been volunteering for Lazy Panda!  Don’t remember who they are?  Well, go back to my post about being at Trillectro because I was hanging with them there also!

I attended the most recent H Street festival and not only volunteered with helping Lazy Panda out, but I got to snap some pretty cool pics also!  Check out my skills:

Tabi Bonney

Become a Blogger Mondays: Spread Your Wings!!!

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Source: Fine Arts America, Maria Martinez

Hello, Dreamworld!  Welcome back for another segment of Become a Blogger Mondays!  As you know, I like to share my experiences and advice about what I’ve learned within the blogging realm, thus far.  By now, the new bloggers who began on this journey with me are not so new anymore!  They have a little bit of experience under their belt and are trying to boost their brand, their reach and their content.  I can’t stress enough how important expansion is for your site.  A couple of weeks ago I discussed consistency in posting, but once you’ve developed your consistency, it’s time to take it to the next level.  Here are some tips on how to SPREAD YOUR WINGS:

1.  You don’t just want to tap into your regular following.

It’s extremely imperative that you are dipping into unique pools of visitors, followers, readers, etc.  Gaining momentum is all about expanding past that group and making “new” people aware of what you have going on.

2.  So how in the heck do you do this? Well, social media will be your new BFF!

Writers, journalists, artists, etc. all have a distinct advantage in 2012.  We have the world at our finger tips.  Use what resources you can…that’s what I call the “low hanging fruit!”.  Don’t be afraid to post your links/articles on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  As you know, word of mouth is POWERFUL!!! So a friend can pass along your site link to their friends and it creates a domino effect and before you know it, there are people you don’t even know reading your stuff.

3.  It’s not just a virtual world…get back to the basics.

There’s something to be said about people who still have the ability to speak in-person and network.  Sure, social sites are amazing, but be sure that you are still MEETING people and giving that good ol’ firm hand shake.  What do I do? I go to events, I volunteer, I work with other bloggers, I sign up for media coverage at events…there’s so many things that you can do to physically be in someone’s presence.  I must say, sometimes that can leave more of a lasting impression than just forwarding a link along.

4.  Don’t be afraid!

It’s hard to just put yourself out there and share your mind with the world, but don’t let that stop you.  Fight past the nerves and be open!  What’s the worse that can happen? Someone doesn’t like what you write? So what! You write for you and followers are just a bonus.  Be confident and don’t psyche yourself out.

I hope this has helped you on your blogging journey!  Feel free to ask any questions and/or add your own tips!  Thanks for visiting Danithedreamgirl!

TRILLECTRO Mania!!!

I know Mondays are reserved for tips on how to become a blogger, but pardon the interruption while I show you what I was up to this weekend!  DC to BC came together to put on a much anticipated music festival, Trillectro, at the Half Street Fairgrounds that highlighted emerging artists in Hip-Hop and Electronic music.  Thousands attended this exciting event in DC and I was lucky enough to get a taste of what the hype was all about.  So, without further ado, here you go!

I volunteered my services for a great cause, by assisting DMV’s very own Lazy Panda who was a sponsor at Trillectro.  They produce clothing for all ages and sizes, with their infamous panda logo, all in an effort to give back to DC’s youth!

I was able to catch some performances!

Remember her?!  Check out my Alison Carney Interview if you don’t!

The fashion was super interesting!

Overall, people just came to have fun!

I had a blast and will definitely be back next year!!!

A Prom Dream Come True!

No matter what path anyone takes in life, it’s so important to give back.  Give back to family, to friends, to strangers…to your community!  That feeling of making someone happy can’t be replaced with anything else and sometimes it only takes a small gesture to make someone’s world a little better.  With that said, it’s no surprise that I was more than happy to volunteer for the Uplifting Sisters “Prom Dreams” event!

I’ve always worked with youth of all ages while living in Philadelphia, so this was right up my alley and something I knew would make a big difference in the lives of young ladies!  I’m open to helping any and everyone, but there’s something about helping young girls that has always been close to my heart and for that I commend Sheena Brown, founder of Uplifting Sisters, because there aren’t enough professional women GIVING BACK to our country’s future.  Attendees were able to shop for dresses, jewelry, shoes, shawls and handbags at NO CHARGE!  Everything was free to them and their families and it was all with a goal of doing something great!

No matter how tired any of us were, seeing the look on their faces was something that even I can’t describe!  If you aren’t seeking to help others, you need to start because it will truly be inspiring for not only them, but for you as well.  Teamwork makes the dream work!