Niche Mommy Conference In New Orleans, LA 2012

I I just returned from The Niche Mommy Conference, which took place at the lovely & famous Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA. As I write this post, twitter is trending with #HurricanIssac and people are evacuating the area. I am praying for their safety!

I was presented at the Niche Mommy Conference, along with one of the other fantastic Trumpeting Media founders, Dvina Rodriguez. Usually, we are with kids in tow, bu this was a conference was just for us moms (and dads). I must admit, I did miss my family a lot and I do not want to be away from them anytime soon. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic opportunity to meet other niche mom bloggers, both beginners and seasoned social media mavens. This conference would not have been possible without the lovely Nadia Jones and her incredible team of volunteers. I have never been to a conference with this magnitude of networking opportunities with some of the biggest bloggers in the nichesosphere! I just loved seeing how diverse we all our, yet, when it comes to advice about motherhood, taming tantrums, and making our blogs successful, we are all on the same page!

It was so nice to stand within a few feet of some of the biggest names in the social media space,like Ted Rubin. He had the crowd intrigued and motivated during his keynote presentation. Tweets were flying, rich with his quotes and emphasis on the r&r of social media (relationships and reputation). It was great to see how @JetBlue was tweeting along after Ted mentioned them in his presentation. They even tweeted back to me!!

While I did not have a chance to attend all of the sessions, I can share with you why I loved the sessions I did attend. Like, the Travel Blogging Workshop, with Tracey Friley. A blogger after my own traveling dreams. She had so many great tips on photography and how to write as a travel blogger. I can’t wait to hear about her upcoming trip to Morocco! How cool is she! Very!

I also just loved the session, Become a Niche Rock Star: How Focusing Your Message Can Grow Your Audience, with Laura Fuentes and Tamara Floyd. Did you know that Tamara speaks several languages? Wow! Then, it was time for just what the doctor ordred, Dr. Daisy Sutherland. She came out in a cape, which lead into her discussion about her new book, Letting Go of Super Mom. Since it was Shabbos at this point in the conference, I wasn’t able to take notes. However, her message rang loud in clear. I am so happy that I do not have to be a Super Mom, but I can be a Power Mom! You must get her book, it will have your mission as a mommy clear as day!

I also attended the session, Leveraging Brand Relationships for Conference Sponsorship and Other Paid Opportunities as a Multi-Cultural Blogger with Joscelyn Ramos Campbell, Sili M. Recio, and Yadira Ambert. These are so smart mamas! I was so impressed with their approach to reaching out to brands and how to best secure sponsorships. This can happen whether you have 10k followers or just 1k. Very inspiring!

Next on the agenda was lunch served-up with inspiration from Karen Walrond. Did I mention that Nadia Jones hooked me up with the most delicious kosher meals during the conference? A very special shout out to KosherCajun.com! Again Karen’s presentation was about How to be Extraordinary ,which was just that! I am so glad that I had to tell her that as well! One of th last sessions I attended was, Building Your Brand with Google+ by Nimi Cheetham-West. Who knew Google+ had so much to offer, and so easy to use as well! Nimi gave over a wonderful presentation and I left that session with a whole new appreciation for Google+.

I can’t wait for Niche Mommy 13, back in New Orleans, LA! I am so happy that I had the chance to meet almost everybody individually and had them my business card. I also gave over my ‘elevator speech’ several times, after all, practice does make perfect!

After the conference, I had the opportunity to check out some of the local, and world famous, sites within walking distance of the historic and swanky Roosevelt Hotel. Here are some of the pictures I took, as well as some that Dvina Rodriguez took and shared with me.

 

 This post is not complete without mentioning my sponsors, Captain McFinn and Friends and The Manischewitz Company.

Check out Captain McFinn and Friends, where we can all learn how to teach our children to ‘be a buddy, not a bully’.

See how Manischewitz has developed healthy soups, mixes, and snacks to meet the demands of healthier lifestyles.

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