Tune In: I’m Speaking at TECHmunch LA – Disneyland Resort!



The news came down earlier this week, and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at TECHmunch LA! TECHmunch conferences are designed to help foodie and lifestyle bloggers, content creators, and publishers gain hands-on digital media, social media, marketing and business skills. We’re talking SEO, social media platform implementation, learning how to brand your blog/business, and even plating your food for photographs and videos.

I’ll be joining Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans and founder of #journchat), Natalie Gourvitch (@ngourvitch) of SquareSpace, and moderator Rich DeMuro (@richdemuro) from the KTLA Morning News! We’re talking “The Future of Blogging” – what do you think blogging will look like in the next year or two?

The conference is sold out but you can still jump on your computer and watch the conference LIVE on Thursday! I’ll also be live-tweeting the panels before mine. Plus follow the hashtag #Techmunch on Twitter for live updates from every attendee!

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa - Disneyland Resort - TECHmunch LA

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – Disneyland Resort – TECHmunch LA

If you’re not in LA, that’s ok. TECHmunch is also hitting the road again with conferences in Austin, NYC, Toronto, Minneapolis, and Tampa!

Join Me at the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Conference 2013



What are you doing on April 26-28? Join me at the third annual Latina Lifestyles Blogger Conference in Downtown Los Angeles! I’ll be speaking on the Blogger Ethics panel with Stephanie O’Dea and Lee Reyes-Fournier on Saturday April 27.

Tickets for the conference are still available. If you’re a blogger (regardless of ethinicity), consider attending and learning more on making your blog into your brand.

The Latina Lifestyle Blogger Collective celebrates Latina & Latino Lifestyle Bloggers by providing a platform that encourages members to share accomplishments, resources and tools with other group members.

Hope to see you at the conference!

See you at Blogworld LA!


As you know, I’m a Board member of SMCLA. Board members will be on-hand to take your social media questions at our expo booth at Blogworld LA on November 4-5. I’ve written a short post about #BWELA on the SMCLA site.

Granted, it’s a little pricey for the average Joe. But if you use the code SMC20, you can knock off 20% of the registration cost.

Here are some of the sessions being offered:

  • Google+ for Businesses
  • SEO Simplified
  • How to Teach and Grow your Audience through Webinars
  • Content Curation
  • Stop Being Afraid of HIPAA
  • The Rise of Social Video
  • Exposed: When Blogging gets too Personal
  • Breaking into Parent Vlogging
  • Typography and Web Design
  • Stop Complaining, Start Pitching
  • Social Photography
  • Writer’s Group: Taking Feedback

And there are so many more sessions!

I’ll be manning the SMC expo booth with fellow Board member Laura Knapp on Friday morning. That’s right, we’re your booth nerds babes on Friday! Stop by and say hi! We’ll be live-tweeting as well as FB-ing as much as we can.

Have questions on blogging or social media? Ask us. Have questions about SMC in general? Ask us. Have a question on how to join SMCLA? Ask us!

More details soon. In the meantime, register with that 20% discount code!

E-cycling in Los Angeles

iPhone 4s - source: mashable.com

We’ve all heard the news of the new iPhone 4s yesterday morning. No, early adopters, there will not be an iPhone 5 just yet. However, EAs, we know you will be in line for the new 4s. That said, you might be in need of an e-cycling center or a place to donate your old smartphones.

One of the more useful ways to recycle your phone is to contact your local, favorite non-profit and ask if they take donated cellphones. Unfortunately, domestic violence is still happening, and women’s shelters can always use the donated phones for their clients or collect the proceeds from sold phones. [Note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on any of those links for more info.]

Another way is to drop your old cellphone (wiped, of course!) at your local service provider’s retail store. All the major phone service providers also offer ways to recycle your phone:

  • Sprint Project Connect – you can either bring your phone and accessories to a Sprint store directly or print out a pre-paid envelope
  • AT&T Cellphones for Soldiers – the longstanding program provides prepaid phonecards to active military by using funds via recycled phones
  • T-Mobile – I couldn’t find a ‘donation’ page on their website, but I’m sure they also take donated phones from their customers
  • Verizon HopeLine – a longstanding program to help domestic violence survivors by providing cellphones

LA County has a website that can help you find the closest recycling location that accepts electronics. There are two directories for you to search from. One is the mega list of all collectors and recyclers. The other is an approved list of collectors and recyclers that adhere to SB20/SB50.

If you’re looking to recycle batteries, I’ve seen bins at my local Best Buy, Whole Foods, Radio Shack and Office Depot.

While not a .org, Recycling for Charities also accepts electronics for reuse.

If you haven’t recycled that old CRT from 1995, what are you waiting for?