Breaking the Internet: #AZLatinaInfluencers Share Blogging Tips and Stories

azlatinainfluencersDid the hashtag #AzLatinaInfluencers break the Internet?  Probably not.  But hey, we gave it our best….

Once again the event was well attended (approx 75) and this time it was with three very successful Latina bloggers who shared tips on how to make oneself successful in the ever-growing blogging world. These ladies, Kathy Cano Murillo, Diana Bejarano and Christy Wilson, told the audience their stories on how they started blogging to how to maintain steady traffic on their websites. They stressed the importance of how successful blogs come from those who put in the time and effort.

Kathy mentioned how at the beginning she would work her job by day and then work on her blog at night. She stressed the fact that if it’s something that one has a passion for, then in the end it’s all worth it. Kathy also mentioned that in order to be successful one has to become a writer, photographer and an analyst because companies will want to see high quality product. Another very important point that Kathy made during her presentation was that if you find your post boring, then the people who are reading your post will most likely also find it boring.

Diana was asked how she managed her time due to the fact that she works a very demanding role at Arizona State University as a marketing professional. She shared with the audience that it was all about prioritization and time management. Diana explained how she wants to be a voice for Latinas that have gone through troubling situations nationwide.  The reason she started blogging was to encourage Latina empowerment and she believes that one woman’s story can motivate many more.

Christy, who blogs about nutrition, shared with the crowd ideas on how to become a better writer. She mentioned that when she first started she would go to her really good friends and have them read and edit her content right in front of her. She stressed that is better to have your close friends criticize your writing than to have the internet do it.

In the end, these three talented ladies, with their tips, stories and humor, got the audience motivated and ready to venture off into the blogging world.

During the event the audience used the hashtag #AzLatinaInfluencers to share their thoughts and pics.  Check out the action below!

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Meet Latina Influencer & Collectivo Guest Speaker Kathy Cano-Murillo From The Crafty Chica!

Kathy Cano-Murillo from Crafty Chica.

Kathy Cano-Murillo from Crafty Chica.

Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer, novelist, artist, illustrator and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com.  We are proud that Kathy will be one of our guest speakers at our discussion panel on May 13th, “Successful Latina Influencers: Tips For Bloggers And Brands.” Known for her glittery “Mexi-boho” style, she is a national spokesperson for iLoveToCreate and a creative influencer for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. She has a product line that is carried in Michaels stores and is a former columnist for The Arizona Republic, and has authored nine books, two of them novels. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, HGTV, DIY Network, Lifetime TV, and more. When Kathy isn’t designing, crafting, or writing books, she tours the country teaching classes and giving motivation and business presentations.

In 2001, Kathy launched CraftyChica.com, a wildly popular web site to inspire women to brighten their lives with clever lifestyle ideas. The site began as an online diary about juggling family, a full-time job as a newspaper reporter and a craft designer by night. Now in it’s 13th year, CraftyChica.com has evolved into a well-rounded lifestyle site that is anchored in DIY and crafts, but also embraces books, shopping, fashion, business, movies, food, travel, beauty, tech, family life and more. She is a third-generation Mexican-American, a native Phoenician, mom, wifey, with four Chihuahuas. Kathy is also working on two new product lines and is a weekly columnist for Latina.com.

Want to learn more about our May event and Kathy Cano-Murillo? Visit azlatinainfluencers.splashthat.com for more information and to RSVP. Hope to see you there!

Meet Collectivo Guest Speaker – Christy Wilson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Christy Wilson from Christy Wilson Nutrition.

Christy Wilson from Christy Wilson Nutrition.

A teacher at heart, Christy Wilson is a speaker, writer, blogger, cooking class teacher, food photographer and all-around good-food-enthusiast who actively practices what she preaches everyday. Wilson will be one of our guest speakers at our up-coming event this May, “Successful Latina Influencers: Tips For Bloggers And Brands.” She has worked with the HIV-positive community for a decade at El Rio Community Health Center as a nutrition counselor and cooking class teacher and is a nutrition educator with Life & Work Connections employee wellness program at the University of Arizona.

Christy’s mission to promote healthy living practices through diet, exercise and cooking, is based on her knowledge of nutritional science and over a decade of work in the field of food and nutrition. Translating the science into achievable health practices is imbedded in her realistic approach to wellness for a lifetime.

Named among Latina Magazine’s Top 10 Latina Health & Fitness Bloggers and recently featured as an inspirational personality on Partnership for a Healthier America’s blog, Christy’s work has gained national recognition. She is a contributing editor and columnist for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics publication, Food & Nutrition Magazine and has been quoted in Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog, Latina magazine and Fooducate blog. Food companies like Welch’s and non-profit organizations including Wheat Foods Council and The Cranberry Institute have collaborated with Christy based on her expertise in culinary nutrition.

Promoting her business both in person and through all major social media fronts, Christy shows the world that eating nourishing foods, cooking more and exercising for optimal health are not only achievable but enjoyable for a lifetime.

If you would like to learn more information about Christy Wilson and her up-coming appearance at our May event or to RSVP, visit azlatinainfluencers.splashthat.com.

Meet Our Guest Speaker Diana Bejarano From Latina Still Standing

Diana Bejarano from Latina Still Standing.

Diana Bejarano from Latina Still Standing.

Diana Bejarano, blogger and columnist, will be one of our guest speakers at our next event, Successful Latina Influencers: Tips For Bloggers And Brands. She  is a native of Arizona and her professional background includes more than 15 years of marketing and communication experience. She currently works as the Director of Strategic Marketing at Arizona State University, the largest university in the country and has held positions at the Arizona Republic newspaper, azcentral.com, Bashas’ Inc., KAET Channel 8 Horizonte, and Motorola.

She was named “Forty under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal (2005) and she was also recognized as one of “40 Hispanic Leaders under 40” (2007) . She is also a Hispanic Leadership Institute graduate (HLI) Class of 2007. She is an Arizona State University graduate of the  Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Ms. Bejarano is also a Latina blogger, columnist, and motivational speaker, who has survived several traumatic events in her life. She created Latina Still Standing because she wanted to be a voice to so many other women just like her: resilient and still standing. She wanted to share her story and other women’s stories of resilience to encourage and empower other Latinas. In her Latina Still Standing blogs, columns, Facebook and Twitter, she shares inspirational stories, sayings and images of hope and triumph. One woman’s story can motivate many more, creating a growing movement of Latina empowerment. Latina Still Standing also has a line of women’s apparel that is proudly worn by Latinas from all over the globe.

For more information on our May event, Successful Latina Inlfuencers: Tips For Bloggers And Brands, as well as more information on Diana Bejarano or to RSVP visit http://azlatinainfluencers.splashthat.com/.