DSN Founder Ananda Leeke’s June 26th Book Reading in PG County, MD


Guess where Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke will be this week? In PG County, Maryland  (the county she was raised in).
Join Ananda on June 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an author discussion sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2020 St. Joseph Drive, Largo, MD (located just off Landover Road, Route 202). The event will be held in the Rosemont Room. Refreshments will be served.
Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

She is one of the two featured authors. She’ll be reading an excerpt from her book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Copies of the book will be available for autograph and sale (cash and credit card payments). To learn more about her book, visit Amazon (available on Kindle and as a paperback).
 

Happy May Digital Sisters: Are You A Lifestylista?


Happy May Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is celebrating the theme, “Lean In and Live Your Life as a Work of Art.” What are you doing to make your life a work of art?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as a Lifestylista. Check out the Lifestylista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

Lifestylista Profile:

A Lifestylista is a woman who lives her life as a work of art; expresses it through her passion for beauty, entertaining, fashion, food, home décor, personal style, and travel; and inspires others to live their lives as works of art. If you identify with one or more of the Lifestylista’s characteristics, please check out the Lifestylista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of a Lifestylista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Ananda's Lifestylista Collage

Ananda’s Lifestylista Collage

Manifesto:

I am a woman who lives her best life with passionate intention, purpose, and plenty of joie de vivre! In my heart of hearts, I know la vie est belle! I rejoice daily through an appreciation of all things beautiful. I celebrate by expressing my own beauty and style from the inside out. This energy inspires my home and office décor. It influences my taste buds and connects me to the pleasure of great food, wine, and dining experiences. It allows me to pursue and revel in the magnificence of the arts, culture, music, and travel adventures. It dazzles, shines, and sparkles in every facet of my life. So I let the good times roll!

Chakra Connection (Click here to learn more about chakras):

Lifestylista’s energy is connected to the:

§  Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.
§  Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
§  Heart, or fourth chakra, which corresponds to love, joy, harmony, and inner peace. It governs the heart, chest, lungs, and circulation).
§  Throat, or fifth chakra, which corresponds to communication, expressions of feelings, or the truth. It governs the throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, and neck.

Chakra colors

Color Connection (Click here to learn more about colors):

Wear or surround yourself with the colors orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), green or pink (fourth chakra), and light or sky blue (fifth chakra) to connect with Lifestylista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection

Wear or surround yourself with amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), aventurine or rose quartz (fourth chakra), and turquoise (fifth chakra) gemstones to connect with Lifestylista’s energy.

Goddess Connection (Click here to learn more about Goddesses):

Lifestylista is connected to the Goddesses mentioned below.

§  Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)
§  Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
§  Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love; Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love; Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, (fourth chakra)
§  Vach, the Hindu goddess of speech and communication (fifth chakra)

 

Yoga Connection (Click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do each pose):

Practicing bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); camel, cat, cobra, fish, sphinx, upward facing dog, and upward facing bow poses (fourth chakra); and bridge, fish, lion, plow, and upward plank poses (fifth chakra) can help you connect with Lifestylista’s energy.

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

Badge designed by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Lifestylista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Lifestylista virtual mentors.

Lifestylista collage

Lifestylista collage

 

Lifestylista collage

Lifestylista collage

 

Lifestylista collage

Lifestylista collage

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Lifestylista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Are You An Empowerista?


Greetings Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is promoting the theme, “Finding Your Digital Tribes” as an Empowerista. Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Empowerista. Check out the Empowerista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com

Empowerista Profile:

An Empowerista is a woman who creates and curates content, shares information and experiences, connects with others and establishes positive relationships, and builds and participates in communities that empower her and others. If you identify with one or more of the Empowerista’s characteristics, please check out the Empowerista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Empowerista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Empowerista Collage

Empowerista Collage

Manifesto:

I am a woman who lives fearlessly. I affirm and value relationships. I invest positive energy and time when I connect with others. I share information and experiences willingly in an effort to build community. I use my wisdom to guide me in how I affect the opinions and actions of others. I give birth to sisterhood through activism, connections, conversations, empowerment, and inspiration that transforms women’s lives and communities.

Chakra Connection (click here to learn more about chakras):

Empowerista’s energy is connected to the:

  • Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
  • Throat, or fifth chakra, which corresponds to communication, expressions of feelings, or the truth. It governs the throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, and neck.
  • Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.

Chakra colors

Color Connection (click here to learn more about colors):

Wear or surround yourself with the colors yellow (third chakra), light or sky blue (fifth chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Empowerista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), turquoise (fifth chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Empowerista’s energy.

Goddess Connection (click here to learn more about goddesses):

 Empowerista is connected to the Goddesses mentioned below.

  • Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
  • Vach, the Hindu goddess of speech and communication (fifth chakra) 
  • Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra)

Yoga Connection (click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do the poses below):

Practicing bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); bridge, fish, lion, plow, and upward plank poses (fifth chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Empowerista’s energy.

 

Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year Photo Collage

 

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Empowerista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Empowerista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Empowerista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You An Enchantista?


Greetings Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is promoting the theme,”Tapping into the Magic of Your Heart” as an Enchantista. Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as an Enchantista. Check out the Enchantista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley, http://www.leighmosley.com

 

Enchantista Profile:
An Enchantista is a woman who taps into the magic of her spirit as she focuses her energy, opens her heart, trusts her intuition, embraces her fears, and shares her gifts in service to others.

If you identify with one or more of the Enchantista’s characteristics, please check out the Enchantista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of an Enchantista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Enchantista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Enchantista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Manifesto:
I am a woman who believes life is a journey. I choose my true calling by being still and connecting with the spirit within. I allow grace and wisdom to permeate my inner sanctuary. They encourage me to surrender my ego and tap into my intuition. That’s where the magic happens. I become my higher self. I celebrate who I am in this moment and who I am becoming in the next. Gratitude fills my heart because I know I am blessed.
Chakra Connection (click here to learn more about chakras):
Enchantista’s energy is connected to the:
-Root, or first chakra, which corresponds to survival issues including food, shelter, money, and financial independence. It governs the feet, legs, bones, and spine.
Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.
Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.
Heart, or fourth chakra, which corresponds to love, joy, harmony, and inner peace. It governs the heart, chest, lungs, and circulation).
Throat, or fifth chakra, which corresponds to communication, expressions of feelings, or the truth. It governs the throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, and neck.
Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.
Crown, or seventh chakra, which corresponds to the crown of the head and pituitary gland. It governs the higher self or inner spirit.
Chakra colors
Color Connection (click here to learn about the connection between chakras and color):
Wear or surround yourself with the colors red (first chakra), orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), green or pink (fourth chakra), light or sky blue (fifth chakra), indigo blue (sixth chakra), and purple (seventh chakra) to connect with Enchantista’s energy.
Gemstone Connection:
Wear or surround yourself with garnet or ruby (first chakra), amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), aventurine or rose quartz (fourth chakra), turquoise (fifth chakra), lapis lazuli (sixth chakra), and amethyst (seventh chakra) gemstones to connect with Enchantista’s energy.
Goddess Connection (click here to learn about Goddesses): 
The Enchantista is connected to the Goddesses mentioned below.
Atira, the Pawnee Native American goddess of the earth; Coatlicue, the Mexican goddess of the earth; and Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth (first chakra)
Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)
Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)
Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love; Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love; Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, (fourth chakra)
-Vach, the Hindu goddess of speech and communication (fifth chakra)
Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra)
Shakti, the Hindu goddess of divine feminine energy (seventh chakra)
Yoga Connection (click here to search YogaJournal.com for instructions on how to practice the yoga poses):

There are certain yoga poses that can help you connect with your Enchantista chakra energy. Practicing mountain, warrior two, standing forward fold, and bridge poses (first chakra); bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); camel, cat, cobra, fish, sphinx, upward facing dog, and upward facing bow poses (fourth chakra); bridge, fish, lion, plow, and upward plank poses (fifth chakra); bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra); and corpse, headstand, lotus, and half lotus  poses (seventh chakra) can help you connect with Enchantista’s energy.
Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Photo Collage of Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Enchantista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Enchantista virtual mentors.2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Digital Sisterhood (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Enchantista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

Happy New Year: Tips on Creating A Digital Wellness Plan


Happy New Year and Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday!

This month, the Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is focused on the topic, “Creating Your Digital Wellness Plan.” In an effort to help you incorporate more digital wellness moments in your life, we have included an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available on Amazon as a Kindle download and a paperback book). The excerpt provides tips on how to create your own digital wellness plan. We hope you find these resources helpful. Please be sure to visit the DSN web site tomorrow for a blog post about living as a Flowista, a woman who unplugs from her digital devices from time to time.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Excerpt from Appendix C of Digital Sisterhood by Ananda Leeke –  Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke.

 
Creating Your Digital Wellness Plan
A digital wellness plan is a gift you give yourself to help manage your time online with mindful self-care practices. Mindful self-care practices encourage you to slow down, become aware of how you spend your time online, and identify and take small steps towards having a healthier digital life. Examples include breathing exercises, journaling, massage, meditation, physical movement (walking, running, yoga, and aerobic classes), rest (naps and a good night’s sleep), setting time boundaries, and using time management tools (HootSuite, TweetDeck, and an editorial calendar) to schedule your blog and social media posts.
TIP 1: BREATHE!
 
  • Before you begin thinking about your digital wellness plan, find a comfortable seated position in your chair. Come to the edge of your chair and place your feet flat on the floor. If you are wearing glasses or shoes, take them off to relax. Create hip width distance in between your legs. Take a deep breath through your nose and exhale it through your mouth. Notice how you feel. Now do it SEVEN more times.
  • When you breathe intentionally and deeply, you invite yourself into the present moment.  The more you breathe intentionally and deeply, the more open you become to PEACE.  When you have PEACE, you are free to IMAGINE. Your imagination helps you DREAM. Your dreams help you CREATE and INSPIRE others in your blog, business, career, and family.
  • Four Takeaways from Breathing: Breathing creates Peace. Peace helps you Imagine. Your imaginations helps you Dream. Your dreams help you Create and Inspire.
  • Breathing Exercise: Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth to release any stress or pause any thoughts or to do lists you carried with you into this moment.
TIP 2: BREATHE AND WRITE WHY YOU NEED TO PRACTICE SELF CARE IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE.
  • Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Ask yourself why you need to practice self-care in your digital life. Use the next 10 to 20 minutes (or more if you need it) and a piece of paper, journal, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to write or type your response to the following writing prompt: “I need to practice self care in my digital life because _________________ (fill in the blank).”
TIP 3: BREATHE AND WRITE WHAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE SELF CARE IN YOUR DIGITAL LIFE.
  • Take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Ask yourself what you need in your digital life to practice self care. Use the next 10 to 20 minutes (or more if you need it) and a piece of paper, journal, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to write or type your response to the following writing prompt: “To practice self care in my digital life I need _______ (fill in the blank).”
  • Feel free to include the amount of time you need on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly basis to unplug. Consider taking sabbaticals or vacations from your digital life, too!
  • Share the types of activities you can do to rest, relax, and recharge.
  • Identify one or two people in your life that you can ask to be your accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who will gently remind you to practice self care in your digital life.
  • If you can, give yourself a start date for launching your digital wellness plan.
Just in case you need more suggestions for creating mini unplug moments, I have included a list of my favorites below:
  • Before you get out of bed, incorporate breathing exercises into your morning routine by taking SEVEN deep breaths. Place your hand on your heart as you inhale and exhale through your nose.
  • Establish FIVE minutes of “soothing your soul time” at the end of your day. UNPLUG from your electronic devices. Start with playing your favorite music. As you listen to the music, take SEVEN deep breaths. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you exhale, release any thoughts, stress, to do list items, or emotions that may prevent you from being in the present moment.
  • While you’re working during the day, UNPLUG from your electronic devices and take a THREE minute break by inhaling and exhaling through your nose three times.
  • During your morning and evening commutes, UNPLUG from your digital devices and take FIVE deep breaths (inhale and exhale through your  nose) before you turn your car or motorcycle/scooter, start to bike, or when you sit down on public transportation.
  • Before answering your phone, take a deep breath (inhale and exhale through your nose).
My Final Thoughts
Remember to be patient with yourself as you make changes in your digital life. Take baby steps. Celebrate your victories, no matter how small or big they are. Enjoy your digital wellness journey!

Digital Sisterhood Radio: Tune Into Digital Sister of the Year Boni Candelario’s December 11th Interview


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Photo Credit: Boni Candelario

Photo Credit: Boni Candelario

Celebrate Day #11 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 and #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s December 11th interview with Empowerista Digital Sister of the Year Boni Candelario, an author, career strategy and empowerment life coach, speaker, and founder of CoachMUp.com,  from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to listen to the show.

Get Ready for 12/8 Digital Sisterhood Radio Interview with Sylvia Wong Lewis


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Celebrate Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s interview with 2013 Lifestylista Digital Sister of the Year Sylvia Wong Lewis on December 8 from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST. Click here to listen to the radio show.

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Lewis

 

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

Photo Credit: Sylvia Wong Lewis

 

Lewis is the founder of Narrative Network, a legacy and lifestyle blog and media consulting firm based in New York City. She is also a proud alumna of Smith College (2013 Digital Sister of the Year Women’s College), chef, foodie, gardener, genealogist, and Examiner.com columnist. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @sylviawonglewis.

AARP #ThanksProject: Saying Thank You to Caregivers in November


Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Happy November! Happy Early Thanksgiving!

This month, the Digital Sisterhood Network is honoring National Family Caregivers Month by joining forces with AARP’s Thanks Project to express deep gratitude for the caregiving work provided by America’s 42 million caregivers, many of whom are women and our fellow digital sisters.  AARP created ThanksProject.org to encourage and allow individuals to post messages of support and thanksgiving for and about caregivers.  We think it is an awesome way to express digital affirmation and gratitude in a public forum that builds a community of support and inspiration. It also informs  others about the important roles caregivers play in their loved ones’ lives. Now that’s a great way to do something special for someone!  And here’s the deal: IT IS FREE and EASY to do. So click here and leave a message that honors a caregiver you know and/or caregivers in general.

Photo Credit: AARP

Photo Credit: AARP

Another way to say thank you to caregivers is by providing resources like AARP’s caregiving guide, Juggling Work and Caregiving by Amy Goyer, an expert in aging and families. Goyer’s book tells her story as a live-in caregiver to her parents and offers insight and inspiration for caregivers.

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

You can also thank caregivers by showing them AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. The web site has great articles and tips that caregivers can use to support their wellness journey as they care for their loved ones. You can now access AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center on your iPad!

Photo Credit: AARP.org

Photo Credit: AARP.org

AARP is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are 50 and over turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security,  and retirement planning.

Logo by Dariela Cruz

Logo by Dariela Cruz

AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

AARP Blogger Kitchen Cabinet #CareSupport campaign

 

Disclaimer: This blog post was written in support of Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle and Living Well initiative and participation in AARP’s #CareSupport Campaign.

Getting Ready for Blogalicious Panel on CrowdFunding & Crowdfunding 101 Blog Series – Part One


Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Digital Sisters!

Today, begins our official countdown for the fifth annual Blogalicious Weekend Conference that will be held on October 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This year’s theme is “Create. Build. Fund.” Read the agenda and learn more about the fabulous conference we have attended since its inception in 2009. The conference blog posts are filled with great information about the sessions and speakers. So go on and use our special 30% discount to register and attend the conference. Click here and use the code SpeakerFriend for your registration.

During the conference, Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke will moderate a panel discussion on CrowdFunding: The Financial Backing for Your Project Is at Your Fingertips! that will take place on Friday, October 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Have you used a crowdfunding platform? Tell us more about your experience in the comment section.

Are you thinking about using a crowdfunding platform? What for? Share your thoughts in the comment section

Just in case you were wondering about crowdfunding, we have decided to publish a Crowfunding 101 blog series this week that will provide an overview of crowdfunding, resources, and a campaign checklist. The series is based on excerpts from Leeke’s upcoming book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. Today’s blog post provides an overview of crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding 101 Blog Series – Part One (Copyright 2013 by Madelyn C. Leeke)

Did you know women use social networking sites more than men?

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 74% of women use social networking sites, compared with 62% of men in 2013. That 74% really excites the Digital Sisterhood Network because it supports our belief that women are the perfect people to launch successful crowdfunding campaigns in the digital economy.

So what is crowdfunding? It is a web-based financial model that allows individuals to use social-networking sites to identify and solicit donors who pool their money in community to support creative projects, entrepreneurial endeavors, and social causes.

There are four types of crowdfunding: donation-based, equity-based, lending-based, and reward-based. Donation-based crowdfunding allows you to give a financial contribution to a charitable cause. With reward-based crowdfunding, you invest a certain financial amount and receive a reward which is a tangible item or service in return for your investment. Equity-based crowdfunding offers you a stake in the company when you make a financial investment. Lending-based crowdfunding treats your financial contribution as a loan that will be repaid over a period of time. For purposes of this blog post, the information we are sharing relates primarily to donation and rewards-based crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding Platforms

Three of the most popular rewards-based crowdfunding platforms are GoFundMe, Indiegogo (co-founded by a female entrepreneur Danae Ringelmann), and Kickstarter. PayPal is another web platform people use to collect donations. There are other crowdfunding platforms and online fundraising web sites that support children and youth, ethnic groups, nonprofit organizations, social causes, and women. See the list below.

Children and Youth

  • Piggybackr.com is a crowdfunding platform that helps children and youth (kindergarten through college-aged kids) to raise money for their specific cause (co-founded by female entrepreneur Andrea Lo).

Ethnic Groups

  • Aflamnah.com is the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping independent filmmakers, artists, geeks, students, innovators, and thinkers in the Arab world raise funds for their projects (co-founded by female entrepreneur Vida Rizq).
  • BlackStartUp.com is a crowdfunding platform for projects and ideas that will have a positive impact on the African American community.
  • Crowdismo.com is a Latino crowdfunding platform that Latino entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, marketers, educators, students, community leaders, cause champions, journalists, engineers, inventors, artists, and producers can use to fund their projects.
  • ShopZAOZAO.com is a crowdfunding platform that allows Asian designers to post projects and receive production funding (founded by female entrepreneurs Ling Cai and Vicky Wu).

Nonprofit Organizations and Social Causes

  • Crowdrise.com is an online fundraising web site that allows individual fundraisers, nonprofit fundraising, and event fundraising (co-founded by female film producer Shauna Robertson).
  • Fundly.com is a social fundraising platform that helps individuals and organizations raise money for causes they care about.
  • GiveForward.com is an online fundraising web site that allows friends and family to donate to patients navigating a medical crisis (co-founded by female entrepreneur Desiree Vargas Wrigley).
  • Razoo.com is a crowdfunding platform for causes.

Women

  • Catapalt.org is a crowdfunding site that works for gender justice and equality that only nonprofit and charitable organizations can use (co-founded by female entrepreneur Maz Kessler).
  • CrowdHelps.com is a crowdfunding platform that helps women. People can help change a woman’s life by donating funds, professional advice, free time, or kind words (co-founded by female entrepreneur Silvia Podubni).
  • GirlTank.org is a community and crowdfunding platform that helps women and girl changemakers fund and grow their social enterprises (founded by female entrepreneurs Tara Roberts and Sejal Hathis).
  • Moola-Hoop.com is a crowdfunding platform for women entrepreneurs, owners, and managers (founded by female entrepreneurs Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes).
  • NapTimeStartUps.com is a crowdfunding web site for mom and women entrepreneurs that will launch in December 2013 (founded by female entrepreneurs Catherine Snowman and Jenivieve Elly).

If you are raising money for your film or online television program and looking for an alternative to Indiegogo and Kickstarter (two of the most popular platforms for filmmakers and webisode creators), check out the following platforms.

  • JuntoBoxFilms.com is a film collaboration and mentoring studio that uses its social platform to empower creators, writers, producers, directors, and actors to develop films with budgets starting at $250,000.
  • Mobcaster.com is a crowdfunding platform focused on finding, funding, and broadcasting independent online television programs.
  • SeedandSpark.com is a selective film crowdfunding platform that approves each project (founded by female entrepreneur and filmmaker Emily Seed).
  • Slated.com is an online film marketplace that connects a network of investors, filmmakers, and industry professionals.

For more resources, see the information below.

Tomorrow’s blog post will discuss Leeke’s Kickstarter experience.