Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Monica Barnett


Photo Credit: Monica Barnett

 

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Monica Barnett, an image curator and the founder of Blueprint for Style LLC. Monica is a seasoned vet in the fashion industry who has worked with a diverse clientele including executives, professionals, and organizations across the United States and overseas. She is also a speaker and writer. Her image, fashion, and style commentary have been featured in the Washington Post, MyBlogalicious, MyStyle (part of the Style Network), and Lucky and Uptown Magazines.

Fun Facts: Monica’s image and style tips have inspired the “BoHo budget fashionista” living inside of Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke. Ananda loves reading her Blueprint for Style tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts! They first met at the Blogalicious DC Meet Up and later reconnected at the Fabulous Women Business Owners DC meetings in 2010. Since then, Monica has appeared as a guest on Digital Sisterhood Radio and shared her styling advice with women bloggers and social media influencers at the Fierce Living in Fashion Tweetup held at the Violet Boutique in Washington, D.C. during Digital Sisterhood Month in December 2011. In February 2012, she served as a community leader for the BlissDom Conference and hung out with Ananda, Stacey Ferguson a/k/a Justice Fergie, Johnica Reed, and Demetria Lucas at the Heart of Haiti blogger reception sponsored by Everywhere. Monica will be speaking at the How to Price and Value Your Services session on August 4, 2012, at the BlogHer Conference in New York City.

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media in earnest about four years ago and then ramped it up when I became an entrepreneur.

3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?

Social media has provided access to a population of people I wouldn’t normally see, business contacts, and social connections.

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?

It allows me to share more with more people, and as a result, I think people see me as an inspiration.

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 types of leadership roles do you play in social media?

Of the 12 leadership roles, I’d say I most closely align with curator of content, an inspiration, and a motivator.

6) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?

Chose your words carefully because you don’t know who’s listening/watching, and you can’t take it back once it’s out there!

7) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?

As an entrepreneur, I have invested heavily in working with more corporations and thus am looking to expand my circle of influence there. Additionally, I want to expand my leadership role in marrying fashion and technology, and in sharing inspiration around cancer.

8) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?

Ananda Leeke and Stacey Ferguson

Whenever they share something, it’s worth listening to.

9) Share several ways women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand.

  • Share what you’re passionate about.
  • Give a little of yourself and your expertise to others.
  • Support others in their attempts to expand (choose your efforts wisely).

 

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Mandy Boles


Photo Credit: Mandy Boles

 

Meet Digital Sisterhood Leader Mandy Boles, a freelance writer and the founder of The Well-Read Wife blog and Mandy’s Blogger Book Club.

Fun Fact: Mandy and Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda met in Nashville’s airport after the BlissDom Conference in February 2012. They had a great time hanging out and chatting with fellow blogger Cecily Kellogg

1) How can people find you online?

2) Why did you start using social media?

I started using social media maybe about about four years ago. It’s hard to remember a time before using social media on a daily basis though, isn’t it? I had a previous blog before the one I have now. This led me to create my first Twitter account. I initially started using Facebook to connect with friends. I started my first Facebook “like” page when I started my current blog.

3) What has social media allowed you to do in your life (personal, professional, business, nonprofit, community)?

Social media has allowed me to connect with other people in the publishing industry that I would have never had the chance to meet otherwise. It has allowed me to keep up with old friends and share my life with family in other areas. It has also helped me promote awareness for a variety of topics. Last year it helped me raise money for a charity I am passionate about, The Trevor Project. I hope to use social media and blogging to have a fundraiser for another charity soon. My blog currently donates to The Trevor Project on a quarterly basis. I am in the process of trying to pick our next charity project right now.

Social media has also allowed me to expand my personal brand in ways that traditional media would never allow someone with a pretty small ad budget to do. Between my Twitter following and my Facebook page my blog reaches thousands of people on a sometimes daily but mostly weekly basis. Without social media (and proper SEO) my blog would merely be a personal diary.

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?

The main way social media has helped me is that it makes me feel like a part of something larger. I didn’t realize the immense size of the book blogger community until I joined Twitter and the Book Blogs Ning. I also have a series I am working on for my blog called #BookBlogHelp. The idea behind the series is that every time I tweet the series title it shows up as a hashtag. Anyone that wants to use these articles as a resource can look up the hashtag. It’s brand new so there is only one article so far.

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 covered it! If I could add anything to that list it would be that we are on social media sharing our stories to help others know that they are not alone. (But I think that falls under advocacy.)

6) What types of leadership roles do you play in social media?

I try (try being the key word) to help promote the written word through my enthusiasm for literature. I also mentor and educate other book bloggers who are just starting out. I also consider myself to be a storyteller and advocate because I share stories from my life experience on my blog as well.

7) What lessons have you learned as a leader in the digital space?

The main lesson I have learned is that your blog and social media accounts are your own space. Just because you have a niche (RE: books) does not mean that is all you have to write about. You space is your space. Do what you want with it.

8) Do you have plans to expand your leadership roles in the digital space? If so, what are they?

Currently I’m just working on the #BookBlogHelp hashtag. I have a couple of more plans that I’m not ready to talk about.

9) Who are your favorite social media women leaders and why?

Megan Jordan — She is my blog consultant. Without her I would not even use the words social media on a daily basis. I would not have known what SEO means without her. She has been my biggest influence by far.

10) Share three ways women can use social media to define and express their personal leadership brand.

  • Women can express their personal brand on social media by sharing what they are passionate about.
  • Reach out and engage other social media users.
  • Be authentic. Be yourself and others will follow.

 

#BlissDom #DigitalSisterhood Moments


Conference booklet

What happens when hundreds of women bloggers spend a weekend at the BlissDom Conference held in February at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee?  Digital Sisterhood in real life (IRL)!

So what is digital sisterhood IRL at BlissDom? I am sure its many things to many people, but here’s what I witnessed.

Digital sisterhood IRL at BlissDom 2012 was women bloggers

  • Connecting, collaborating, inspiring, learning, sharing expertise and experiences, growing together as they build community.
  • Celebrating each other.
  • Supporting social good causes they believe in.
  • Networking with each other and sponsors.
  • Developing their entrepreneurial and writing skills.
  • Shopping for books and handmade goods created by fellow women bloggers.
  • Taking tons of photos and recording videos.
  • Tweeting and texting from their smartphones.
  • Smiling, hugging, laughing, and crying.
  • Eating great food.
  • Singing, dancing, and listening to music.
  • Wearing sparkles and expressing their authentic selves!

Check out photos of some of my favorite digital sisterhood moments below.  If you are like me, you probably want to see more photos.  So visit the BlissDom Flickr photo group here.

Enjoy the visual expression of BlissDom digital sisterhood IRL!

Bliss Chicks - Paula Bruno, Allie Worthington, and Barbara Jones - Photo Credit: BlissDom Flickr Group

Ana Roca Castro and Allie Worthington - Photo Credit: BlissDom Flickr Photo Group

@WellReadWife Mandy, Cecilly Kellog & Ananda

Britton Edwards and Ananda

Ananda, Stacey Ferguson, and Monica Barnett

Lucrecer braxton, Ananda & Tawanna Smith

Quick phone photo with Anissa Mayhew and Ananda - Photo Credita Anissa Mayhew

BlissDom digital sisters getting their groove at the Girls Night In event

Tina LeAnn Erdmann‏ and Ananda

Jennifer Williams and Aminah Hanan

Danica Kombol and Ananda

Monica Barnett, Demetria Lucas, Johnica Reed & Ananda

Jeanette Kaplun & Danica Kombol - Photo Credit - Everywhere Heart of Haiti Blogger Reception

Scotty Reiss and Ananda

Cecilly Kellog and Ananda

#DSFierceLiving is coming to #BLISSDOM12 on February 24@2:30 pm


Great News!  Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) founder Ananda Leeke is headed to BLISSDOM to speak about #DSFierceLiving (DSN’s 2012 theme) during her writing session, “Fierce Living from Your Creative Heart”  on February 24 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  See the description below.

SESSION DESCRIPTION:

Calling all creative women!  You know who you are Ms. Artist, Collage Maker, Crafter, Dancer, Dramatic Performer, Musician, Painter, Photographer, Poet, Sculptor, and Ms. Writer.  When’s the last time you allowed yourself the space to dream, imagine, and create something that inspired a deep feeling of peace, play, and fulfillment?  Wait no more. During this session, you will have an opportunity to explore your inner women (also known as archetypes or personalities) and the role they play in your creativity through mindful writing exercises and discussion.  The takeaways include ways to tap into your inner women’s intuition, imagination, and nurturing energy as “fierce living” growth opportunities for 2012 and beyond.

FYI — Join #DSFierce Living Conversations on #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays

“Fierce Living” is the DSN’s 2012 theme.  DSN founder Ananda Leeke defines Fierce Living as,

“the mindful practice of unplugging, understanding, and unifying who I am online and offline from the inside out so I am able to express myself fully in my healthy living journey, Digital Sisterhood book writing, art, and work as a coach, digital media producer, yoga teacher, and innerpreneur.”

DSN recognizes that Fierce Living means different things to different people. That’s why we are hosting #DSFierceLiving conversations on Facebook, Pinterest, Survey Monkey, and Twitter on #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays in 2012.

Here are four ways you can participate.

1) LIKE Digital Sisterhood on Facebook, visit the page on #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays, and share what you are doing to make fierce living a reality in your daily life.

2) Create a #DSFierceLiving 2012 board on Pinterest and share what fierce living looks like in your life. Cross post your Pinterest link on Digital Sisterhood Facebook page. Also, tweet the link on Twitter with the hashtag #DSFierceLiving. DSN will retweet it. Click here to check out Ananda Leeke’s #DSFierceLiving Board on Pinterest.

3) Follow @Digitalsisterhd on Twitter and participate in #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays by tweeting your favorite digital sisters. Tweet about your acts of fierce living by using the hashtag #DSFierceLiving.

4) Participate in #DSFierceLiving 2012 Conversation on Survey Monkey by answering six easy and fun questions about your fierce living definition, sheroes, and inspirational music.

LINKS:

Tune into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s Women in PR and Communications Series on November 2, 22 and 30


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Would you like to learn about the career journeys of some of the top women in PR and Communications?  Tune into Digital Sisterhood Radio on November 21 and 22 for the shows mentioned below.  Click here to listen to the shows. Also, use the hashtag #digitalsisterhood on Tweetchat.com or Tweetgrid.com to follow the show’s Twitter conversation.

  • November 21 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Barbara Jones, CEO of One2One Network and Co-Founder of Blissdom
  • November 21 @9:00 pm ET – Interview with Towanda Long, PR Professional and Author of Queentocracy blog, the go-to site for “Me” time, Family Time and Girlfriends Day Out Ideas
  • November 22 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Danica Kombol, Managing Partner at Everywhere, and Britton Edwards, Senior Digital Manager at Everywhere
  • November 30 @7:30 pm ET – Interview with Heather Whaling, Founder of Geben Communications, Author of prTini blog, and Co-Host of #pr20chat on Twitter