Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hear Jane Speak on Biz Talk Radio

In the WAGG studio with Roy Williams recording my segment for Biz Talk 


Be sure to tune in to WAGG Heaven 610 AM today from 3 to 3:30 p.m. I'll be on Roy Williams' radio show Biz Talk discussing blogging, See Jane Write and the upcoming Bloganista Mini-Conference.

You can also stream the show at www.610wagg.com.

If you haven't registered for the conference yet, don't delay. We have less than 20 tickets remaining.

You can get your tickets today at thebloganistaconference.eventbrite.com.

Check out Meet the Bloganistas to learn more about our speakers and read about our sponsors to learn what door prizes you could win at the event.




Friday, July 11, 2014

Jane About Town: To Kill a Mockingbird at the Alabama Theatre

Gregory Peck (center) as Atticus Finch

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time. Set in Depression-era Alabama, Harper Lee's novel follows the story of Atticus Finch as he defends a black man against a false rape charge and strives to shield his children, Scout and Jem, from prejudice and hate. 
As an English teacher I have the privilege and pleasure of leading a group of 8th graders through a reading of this book each school year. And after we finish the novel we watch the 1962 film adaptation of the book, which in my opinion, is a classic in its own right. 

This Sunday, July 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.,  I'll have the chance to see To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen at the Alabama Theatre as part of its 2014 Summer Film Series. 
Beginning at 1 p.m., author Beverly Crider will be in the Alabama Theatre lobby signing copies of her new book, Legends & Lore of Birmingham and Central Alabama.
Doors will open one hour before showtime. Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door or in advance through Ticketmaster.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We Love Our Sponsors

Next week's Bloganista Mini-Conference wouldn't be possible without the support of several sponsors, who will be contributing food, drinks, and awesome door prizes to the event. 



With a focus on families and businesses, Hamer Law Group is a Birmingham-based law firm seeking to provide candid advice, creative solutions, aggressive representation and results to clients across Alabama. Hamer Law Group is committed to helping small businesses, including See Jane Write LLC. Hamer Law Group sponsored last month's Bloganista Mixer, which served as a preview party for the Bloganista Mini-Conference. If you had a blast at that event, you definitely don't want to miss this month's conference. 


Sol's Sandwich Shop & Deli, located in downtown Birmingham just off 20th Street North, is all about fresh and local. All of their burgers, hoagies, wraps and sandwiches are made to order with great ingredients and generous portions. At the Bloganista Mini-Con, Sol's will be providing breakfast snacks for the Morning Mingle.



Church Street Coffee & Books is located in Crestline Village in Birmingham, Alabama. Church Street sells books, coffee, pastries and tea and hosts book clubs and a number of other community events. The staff at Church Street also publishes a book blog called PostScript. Church Street will provide coffee for the Morning Mingle.




Urban Cookhouse  is a vibrant, bustling restaurant that consistently serves excellent tasting food with exceptional customer service. The folks at UC use the freshest ingredients available with an emphasis on supporting the local farmer. In fact, they not only buy local produce for use in their kitchen, they also sponsor and manage the Homewood and Summit Farmer's Markets. Conference attendees who register by July 10 will receive an Urban Cookhouse gift card. 




For more than 20 years, Collage Designer Consignment has outfitted some of the best dressed women in Alabama.  With locations ‘On the Curve’ in Downtown Homewood and at the Vestavia City Center, Collage has been voted ‘Best Women’s Boutique’ by readers of Birmingham Magazine and ‘Best Consignment Shop’ by many publications and ‘Best of Birmingham’ year after year. A representative from Collage will be present at the Bloganista Mini-Con selling clothing and accessories so the fashionistas who attend can do some shopping while they're learning more about blogging. Collage is also giving away a jewelry set to one lucky winner. 



Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give online at wbhm.org and follow the station on Twitter @WBHM and on Facebook. WBHM is our media sponsor for the Bloganista Mini-Conference. Be sure to tune in to hear announcements about the conference. Also, at the conference you could win a WBHM lunch bag filled with goodies like a WBHM French press travel mug, a Radio Lab t-shirt and an Eric Essix CD. 



Inspire Fitness is a locally-owned fitness studio that offers Spinning, yoga, and strength conditioning classes as well at personal training. The coaches at Inspire Fitness are passionate about helping their clients meet their personal fitness goals and give them personalized attention to help them do so.  At the Bloganista Mini-Conference, one lucky attendee will win a free functional strength screening ($60 value), plus a 3-class package ($30 value) from Inspire Fitness. 


In the area of skincare for the face and body, Sisley's expertise is well known.  Sisley Paris, available in Birmingham at Saks Fifth Avenue, offers a complete line of products to meet the needs of different skin types and various issues including makeup removal, hydration, anti-aging, sun protection and hair care. One lucky conference attendee will win a Sisley Paris spa experience. 




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Meet the Bloganistas

See Jane Write believes you, your life and your blog should be fabulous. And so we present to you our first mini-conference -- The Bloganista Mini-Con, a partial day conference for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers. But don't worry if you're not a style blogger; this conference has something for everyone. Not only will our speakers and panelists discuss style tips and best blogging practices, but they'll also cover ways to use your blog to land freelance writing gigs, speaking engagements and other opportunities. 

The mini-conference will be held 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road. You can find a complete conference schedule and order tickets at thebloganistaconference.eventbrite.com

Now get to know our speakers and panelists. 



Alexis E. Barton is a style blogger and digital influencer whose commentary and fashion advice appears weekly on the popular blog SameChicDifferentDay.com, which she launched in September 2011. Her personal style tips have been featured in The Birmingham News, Skirt.com, Life and Style PR and on WBHJ 95.7 JAMZ. Alexis has appeared on ABC 33/30's Talk of Alabama and on CBS 42's Wake Up Alabama. She has worked with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, H&M, Girls Inc., Macy's, Belk, and a number of other non-profits, businesses and brands to help make the world a more stylish place. Alexis has been named a 2013 Role Model by the Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama and this year was named a Birmingham Trailblazer by The Birmingham Times. 




Heather Brown is the lifestyle blogger and social media and blogging consultant behind MyLifeWellLoved.com. She is a Birmingham native, has been married for 5 years and has been blogging for 4 years. She would love for you to connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram @MyLifeWellLoved.






Erica Bunker is from Hoover, Alabama and is the creator and editor of Erica B's - DIY Style, a popular sartorial sewing and fashion blog that can be found at ericabunker.com. Erica is a wife, mother of three, grandmother of one and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also a self-taught seamstress whose personal mantra and way of life is: "Why buy it, when you can make it!"




Megan LaRussa Chenoweth is the fashion stylist, image consultant and personal shopper behind Southern Femme, which is both a blog and a style consulting service. A Birmingham native, Megan moved to New York City to work for a famed trend forecaster and pursue a Master's degree from Parsons School of Design. But the South wooed her back with its slower pace and picturesque landscape. Megan created Southern Femme because of her desire to educate her favorite women in the world, Southern ladies, on both high fashion and their everyday wardrobe. Megan has styled and produced fashion shoots for several magazines including Birmingham magazine, Alabama magazine, and Seventeen. 




Vanessa Culpepper of the blog BuddingFashionista.com is ready to step out in style no matter the time of day or occasion. As a producer of a morning news program, she doesn't let her overnight shift keep her from putting a stylish spin on work-appropriate looks. She carries the same attitude toward her weekend wardrobe when she is off the clock and running around with two kids in tow! Vanessa does all this while stretching her budget to the max! She doesn't claim to be the hottest fashionista around...she is just budding.




Dr. Bertha Hidalgo is a PhD-level genetic epidemiologist with a true calling and passion for fashion.  She began blogging in August of 2013 and has grown her brand to include daily “outfit of the day (#ootd) posts on Instagram. She is a mother of two boys, a wife, and loves attempting to find balance between family, work, and life as a fashion blogger.  Her blog is an extension of her day-to-day life, featuring posts on ways to dress fashionably on a budget; ideas for office-appropriate outfits; and how to score deals on designer duds.  She firmly believes that it should be socially acceptable for a woman to be both intelligent and fashionable, and that those two qualities should not be mutually exclusive.  She strives to show the world that a woman can indeed be both, one outfit at a time, on ChicInAcademia.com.  


Williesha Morris has been hustling gigs of the freelance variety since she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a journalism degree in 2001. Since 2012 she has been pursuing the dual title of administrative consultant/virtual assistant and writer. Having this title allows her to never get bored, along with helping small business owners and entrepreneurs get more done and show freelancers how to truly live a “free” freelance life. You can find her on Twitter - @willieshamorris. She created her blog MyFreelanceLife.com in 2013 and also blogs at nerdythirtysomething.wordpress.com



Tanya Sylvan of the blog All In Stride is a Jersey girl living in Birmingham who loves to run far and eat lots. Her real life and blog life collided recently when a long-time blog reader offered her a job doing marketing and public relations for an outdoor publications company. Now she can say that she really does eat, sleep, and breathe all things outdoors! You can find her blogging about running, recipes, and random life events at tanyasylvan.com.


Carla Jean Whitley is a writer, editor and teacher based in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is managing editor of Birmingham magazine. Her first book, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, is set for publication by The History Press on July 22. Carla Jean founded the music blog Birmingham Box Set, and has also written for BookPage, Paste, The Birmingham News, Sky and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. Carla Jean volunteers with literacy organizations and teaches journalism at the University of Alabama and Samford University. Her favorite yoga pose is bakasana and her favorite cats are orange. Connect with her at carlajeanwhitley.com.


Monday, June 30, 2014

The Call to Be Bold


I should have known Friday would be a great day. 

During my personal Bible study time Proverbs 28:1 was brought to my attention: "The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." And this was after a week of feeling God urging me to be bold in my prayers and to be more confident about my future. 


Marla and Marcia Pruitte
a.k.a. The Pruitte Twins
Then I went to Cupcakes and Conversations, a ladies empowerment night hosted by inspirational speakers Marla and Marcia Pruitte, better known as The Pruitte Twins.  

The night was full of motivational talks by local women who true are movers and shakers in our city. Women who spoke at the event included  radio and TV personality Eunice Elliott, Robin Ato, owner of Gracie Grove Venue where the event was held, Kimberly Davis and TaShara King of Davis and King Consulting, public relations pro Chanda Temple and Kanisha Shamburger of Created to Win Enterprises LLC. 

All throughout the night the message I heard over and over was to simply be bold. 




Be bold enough to dream. I knew I'd love the Pruitte Twins as soon as they started talking because they mentioned that they are fans of vision boards. A vision board is a visual representation of your dreams and goals. I make a new vision board every year or so because I believe that, as Proverbs 29:18 states, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." 

I, like the Pruitte Twins, also believe that we should write down our dreams. As Habakkuk 2:2 reads, "Write the vision and make it plain." I've written down my goals and dreams since I was a child, but Eunice Elliot, who was the MC for the night, made me realize that I need to approach this practice in a new way. Instead of writing down what I want to have or to do, I need to state what I will have and what I will do. Or better yet, I need to state that what I want is already mine: I am a successful blogger, writer, and entrepreneur! 


My Current Vision Board
Find out how to make one of your own at The Writeous Babe Project.


Be bold enough to walk in your purpose. Purpose, the Pruitte Twins said, is tied to the people you believe you were called to serve. I believe I am here to serve God, women and girls, and my husband. Thus, I seek ways to glorify God in every part of my life. I work to empower women and girls through my writing, my teaching, my church small groups, and See Jane Write. And I strive to be the best wife I can be. This is how I try to walk in my purpose. What is your purpose and how to you strive to walk in that calling every day? 

Striking a pose with the lovely Chanda Temple


Be bold enough to always be your best self. Chanda Temple reminded us ladies that, whether we like or not, we are our own brand. Look your best always -- even on casual Friday or when out running errands -- and be ready to give the pitch for your business, book, or blog. While listening to Chanda, who, of course, was dressed to impress in a gorgeous floral frock, I began to think about how this applies not only to a wardrobe, but to a website as well. Your blog should showcase your best writing. No throwaway posts allowed! And keep your blog updated to show that you are on top of your game. 

Be bold enough to empower other women, not compete with them. What is for you is for you; it's yours and yours alone, the Pruitte Twins reminded us during in their talk. There's no need to believe that if another woman in your field is successful you won't be. Instead of tearing other women down, lift them up. I've learned that you'll often lift up yourself in the process. I started See Jane Write to help other women and as a result I've received a number of paid freelance writing gigs, speaking engagements, and much more. 

I left Cupcakes and Conservations ready and determined to take See Jane Write to the next level. And I left feeling as bold as a lion indeed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jane About Town: Cupcakes and Conversations



On Friday night you'll find me with my business cards in one hand and a cupcake in the other. 

Think of Cupcakes and Conversations as a ladies night out for women looking to be empowered in their professional and personal lives.  The theme for this event is "reNew You: Renewing Your Mind For Your Purpose." The panel discussion will cover a variety of topics including personal finance advice, beauty tips, and guidance on how to get the most out of life. 

One of the panelists for this Cupcakes and Conversations event is See Jane Write member Chanda Temple, who is director of public relations for the Birmingham Public Library. Alabama 13's Eunice Elliot will be a speaker as well.  

The night will include food and drinks (and cupcakes, of course). Click here to learn more about this event and to purchase tickets. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekly Writing Tip: Know Your Purpose


For true online success, you must know your purpose in the blogosphere. You must know who and what you want to be for your readers.

So why do you blog? Read more about this topic at The Writeous Babe Project.