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The Power of Social Media #SMLatinas #LATISM #Blogher12

August 8, 2012 7 Comments »

Zac Efron (made of cardboard) and I – OutMyWindow suite at Blogher

This weekend I spent a lot of time among amazing women. You may have seen the #Blogher12 hashtag all over twitter.

I was part of the Blogher conference right here in New York City. I had an amazing time. It was educational, fun and very inspiring. But this post isn’t going to be about me talking about Blogher panelists or sessions or about the kiss with Zac Efron, it’s about something a little deeper than that. I want to tell you about my experience as a blogger.

I began blogging privately after joining a couple of amazing Yahoo! mommy groups in late 2003. It was so comforting to find other young mothers-to-be. Confused and unprepared for motherhood, there I learned, I laughed and I somehow felt better knowing I had a support system of other mothers and mothers -to-be on my side as I faced parenthood for the first time.

The internet was my safe haven. I listened, I shared, and I grew as a mother and a person. The Internet exploded…

And then it happened… LiveJournal, Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and I dabbled in it all.

Through the years I’ve met some incredible individuals and organizations. Here are just a few:

Migdalia, Lisa, and LATISM, three forces have been an integral part in my blogging journey.

THE KOYH “Estilo Latina” Event by Stiletto Media

at Pio Pio where we noshed on scrumptious appetizers and sipped delicious sangria!

Migdalia of Latina On A Mission, encouraged me to make my blog public. If it wasn’t for her advice, I’d probably would’nt have made all the friendships and connections I have today. Here’s my first post on her site. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. :) I’ve watched her company grow and I’m very happy for her. She’s the reason I began blogging publicly and I’ll be forever grateful for that.

Lisa of New York Chica has been a positive force in my life too. We talk all the time. She’s proof that Social Media is powerful and that there are REAL people behind those avatars. She’s generous, kind and honest. The thing I love about Lisa the most is that she believes in me and we all need that kind of support in our lives. I’ve worked with Lisa on a few projects and even tried out to become “The Other Angels” of Victoria’s Secret. LOL! Just kidding! Even though we did not make the cut as angels, we certainly made the cut at being good friends.

Ana Roca Castro, Founder of LATISM

And then there’s LATISM – LATISM has put the fire under my *bleep*! She simply INSPIRES me! LATISM is that muscle engine that keeps going, the oil in a machine to keep it healthy, the powerhouse! I’m just grateful that LATISM exists and is able to connect me to so many other Latinas who are not only talented but empowering too. Many thanks again for sponsoring my room at the Hilton while attending Blogher. It was a pleasure and an honor.

I believe blogging is about sharing, building and maintaining relationships but if you’re lucky – you’ll make some really great friends along the way. Wouldn’t you agree?

XO,

Disclosure: A shared room was sponsored by LATISM however, all opinions are my own.


7 Comments

  1. Divina August 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    You are so right! I love how little old .com space that I had has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and grow as a person! Thank you so much for attending the Trumpeting Media suite.

    • Rachel August 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you Divina! Thanks so much for inviting me!

  2. Alba Garza August 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Looks like you had an amazing time.

    • Rachel August 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      I really did Alba. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Lisa - AutismWonderland August 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I am so happy I met you in DC – you absolutely keep me on my social media twitter toes! I know that we will be BBFs – Blog Buddies Forever. LOL – I’m such a dork…

  4. Sujeiry August 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    Agreed! I have developed amazing friendships due to blogging. I can honestly say that many of the new and positive women in my life were first met via social media and blog groups before I met them in real life. It’s an awesome thing.

  5. Lisa August 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    We have a beautiful friendship because we inspire each other. And people and bloggers need that. I’m so happy you are in my life and it was the best time being “Best Blog Buddies” at BlogHer12! Xoxoxoxoxo

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