Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Christie Glascoe Crowder, author of Your Big Sister’s Guide to Surviving College, blogger, lifecaster, social media consultant, and speaker. Through writing, speaking, and consulting, Christie helps others discover their true passions and entrepreneurial spirit. She also hosts The ChatterBox Show on BlogTalkRadio.
Fun Facts: Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke and Christie met during a Blogalicious beauty event held during the BlogHer Conference in 2009. They reconnected at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in 2009 and 2010. Christie will be speaking about Pinterest and Google+ tools on September 30, 2012, at the Blogalicious Weekend Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check her out if you are headed to Vegas!
1) How can people find you online?
2) Why did you start using social media?
I started blogging in 2006 after I wrote my first book, Your Big Sister’s Guide to Surviving College. I started chronicling my journey through life as a first-time published author and new mom.
3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?
Social media has given me an outlet for expression and a sense of community that I’ve never felt before both personally and professionally. Professionally speaking it allowed me to do things I thought were only dreams like having my own radio show.
4) In her 2011 Digital Women: from geeks to mainstream presentation that was given at the WIFT International Women Conference for Digital Women, Dr. Taly Weiss, a social psychologist and CEO/Founder of Trendspotting, concluded that “women are dominant digital users – they breathe and live digital.” Dr. Weiss’ conclusion echoes BlogHer’s 2011 Social Media Matters Study findings. They include 87 million women (18 to 76 years old) are now online, 69 million women use social media weekly, 80 million women use social media monthly, and 55 million women read blogs monthly. These facts illustrate the power and presence women have in the digital space. Now that’s Digital Sisterhood!
How has social media helped you carve out leadership roles as you interact online and offline?
I’m not sure if I can say I’ve carved out a “leadership role,” but I feel that social media has allowed me to be a connector. Through my blog and online shows I’ve connected many people to other like-minded people, connected people with new breakthroughs in technology, and connected people with their inner selves.
5) Social media has helped women become Digital Sisterhood Leaders, ambassadors of social expression who share what they are passionate about online. In her upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: Fierce Living Online for 25 Years (Fall 2012), Ananda Leeke, founder of the Digital Sisterhood Network, writes, “Without even knowing it, women have become Digital Sisterhood Leaders as they use their social media platforms to advocate causes; to build communities; to create apps, art, books, businesses, products, publications, services, tools, and webisodes; to curate content; to educate and inform; to give voice to their thoughts as subject matter experts, thought leaders, and brand ambassadors; to share information and experiences; to explore and experiment with new technologies as early adopters and trendsetters; to engage in social good; to influence others with their lifestyles and personal interests; to inspire and motivate; to mentor; to network; to tell their personal stories; and to promote and celebrate the expertise, gifts, and talents of others. Based on my online and offline interactions, I have identified 12 key leadership roles they play: advocate, community builder, creator, curator, educator, influencer, mentor, motivator, promoter, social do gooder, storyteller, and thought leader.”
What other types of leadership roles do women play in social media?
I think you pretty much covered all of the ones I would have said.
6) What types of leadership roles do you play in social media?
I would say I am an advocate, creator, curator, influencer, motivator, and storyteller.
7) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?
While you may have mentors and role models…people you admire and want to “be like” in this digital space, always BE YOURSELF. Take your place in the sun and not in the shadow of another. Find your own “place.” The Internet (so far) is infinite…there’s room for everyone.
8) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?
I’m always in “forward motion,” but not always with a plan. I’m on my surfboard and will ride wherever the wave of creativity takes me.
9) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?
- Aliza Sherman is just an all around digital pioneer. Her wisdom in this space is unmatched.
- Stacey Ferguson , one of the co-founders of Blogalicious…enough said….
- Shameeka Ayers, the queen of social branding in my opinion
- Ananda Leeke … for the digital sisterhood