This time last week I was rushing off to catch a flight down to Atlanta for Blogalicious 2009, a conference for women of color bloggers. As I settled in at the W Midtown and checked into the conference Friday evening, my surroundings of talented and dynamic women, including the thorough conference organizers of MamaLaw Media Group , made it immediately evident that my investment in the trip was going to be worth every penny, and it was!
There are so many wonderful blogs out there on the web and Black, Latina, Asian and other women of color are boldly staking their claim on the net making their distinct voices heard and advertisers take notice. With sponsors like Disney, Suave, Mattel, Johnson & Johnson, GM, and many others, it’s clear that niche bloggers are important contributors to the blogosphere.
I represented FlavorDiva.com in full effect at Blogolicious09, but I was also inspired to step my game up. What an inspiration to see all of these sisters pecking away on their macbooks, netbooks and mobile phones – all being present at the conference while simultaneously taking the conversations online via Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
One of the wonderful bloggers present included Ananda Leeke of BAP Living  who makes full use of video and podcasting. Ananda interviewed me for her YouTube channel – take a look!  Other fabulous bloggers included Rosemary Jean-Louis of The Sexy Geek Files  (pictured with me in first photo below), Lawanda Amaker of LA Beauty Beat  (second photo), Denene Millner of MyBrownBaby  who also happens to be the writer who worked with Steve Harvey on his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, and Ronnie and Lamar Tyler of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com . Believe me, the list goes on. Keep an eye on my blogroll columns to the right where I’ll be adding links to some of my favorite blogs from the Blogalicious crowd.
I definitely came away from Blogalicious with ideas and work to do to bring FlavorDiva.com to more readers and to offer you more flavor! Speaking of flavor, I didn’t want to leave you without a recipe this week so here’s a drink inspired by a smooth cocktail, Pure Silk, which I indulged in at the W’s bar. It includes elderflower liqueur (St. Germain ), one of my new favorite liqueurs. Cheers! Here’s to Blogalicious 2010 in Miami!
Elderflower Grapefruit Martini
Inspired by the Pure Silk cocktail of Atlanta’s W Midtown Hotel
1/2 ounce vodka
1 ounce elderflower liqueur (St. Germain )
2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 Basil leaf
Add all ingredients into a stainless steel shaker with a few cubes of ices. Cover and shake for 15 seconds, then strain the cocktail into a martini glass and enjoy (responsibly of course)!