Thursday, November 1, 2012

LATISM'12 Experience..

Today marks a week since I went to LATISM'12 Conference in Houston.  I haven't posted about it because there is just so much to say. I've been debating making this a two and possibly a three part post, but today I decided to make it one and tell you what I learned. Plus a couple of pictures. For all pictures, please visit my Flickr - Here.

I'd like to start off by thanking the Houston LATISM'12 Directors that gave me a scholarship to attend this conference. Had it not been for them and my friend Xenia, I never would have known or attended. So of course, thank you for this fantastical experience.

I met and chit chatted with a ton of people. All were so happy to speak to me and share with me their own experiences. I exchanged a lot of business cards and even received emails from some of those people telling me it was a pleasure to meet me. Gasp!

I learned a lot from various people. Not just from the speakers. The following are things I learned or things I knew but want to share so that you know as well. I learned a lot more than this, but I'm going to try to keep it short.


  • Don't abbreviate if you don't have to.
  • Watch what you say on Twitter because even though it is possible to delete it, it doesn't mean someone hasn't already taken a screen-shot of what you said.
  • Have at least two Twitter accounts - One for your brand and one for your personal use.
  • RT what you like and don't forget to 'favorite' tweets.
  • Open a brand page or a page for your blog.
  • Use sentences from your post when linking on Facebook.
  • When sharing photos or tips, make sure to also link where on your site it can be found. This way people don't just read your Facebook status update, but also click the link to visit your site.  Who knows, they might find something else they like.
Creating a Killer Pitch
  • Always be prepared and organized. People are watching.
  • Don't waste too much time on one point. Keep it to a minimum, don't get derailed.
  • Do your homework on the organization you're pitching to. It's important for you to know what you're talking about and who you are dealing with.
Blogging 101
  • Posts should be about 300 to 600 words. Use Word or Word Count Tool for this.
  • Use small links like Google Url Shortner and track your links.
  • When sharing on social media - Use a powerful sentence to grab people's attention. This goes back to sharing on Facebook.
  • View this video on Youtube called Blogs in Plain English by Common Craft. 
  • Practice generosity. Be generous with your words.
  • Give eye contact and say thank you.
  • Find your authentic voice.
  • Ask when you need help or people will not know. This isn't just in the blogging world, but in general.
  • A good story teller is a good story listener.
  • Keep your word and practice humility.
  • Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed in life.
  • Stay away from negative people. They will only bring you down.
  • Your brand is what you do. Your reputations is what you build.
  • Don't be lazy. Lazy never wins.
  • You can make anything happen if you believe.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • The most expensive gift you can give someone is your time.
  • Greatness comes from bad things sometimes.
  • There is no Prince Charming.
  • Fear and failure are your best friends.
  • Give people hand written thank you notes. It makes a difference.

Again, I want to thank everyone who attended and changed my perspective on blogging. I've never felt so motivated and inspired to be a Latina Female Blogger and I owe this to everyone who crossed my path.

I want to thank Ruby and Lisa who were at LATISM'12 as speakers and were stranded in Houston due to Hurricane Sandy and all of her destruction.  The two of you helped me in ways you cannot imagine. I'm glad that I had the chance to not only meet you, but hang out with you! I also gave them both a hand written thank you note for truly touching me and encouraging me to be the best Ariana I can be. Now on to some photos.

Lisa, Uchi, Monique, & Ruby.
Monique & Ruby.
Something Monique said that really got my thinking. "The difference between a Journalist and a Blogger is simple. Journalist state facts and Bloggers state their opinions and experiences." So Much truth!

@mommaofdos and I at the #toyota booth. #swag #latism #latism12 #latismhou
New friend Connie who blogs at mommaofdos.blogspot.com
#estamosunidos #2012 #national #museum of #americanlatino awesome poster made by a #twitter contributor. #latism #latism12 #latismhou
Estamos Unidos poster that everyone was given to take home. The colors reflect all Latino flags.

LATISM Directors.
CONGRATULATIONS TO @laliquin for winning the Best Health Blogger Award!! #latism
Awesome Lisa who won the Best Health Blogger Award - autismwonderland.com

#breakfast at #latism #nomnoms
Saturday Breakfast - Btw, the food at this event was SO GOOD!

#itcanwait no text on board #att
At&t is on a mission to put a stop to texting and driving.

Ramon DeLeon and Ari!! This man made us all cry in his seminar! #latism #latism12
Ramon DeLeon and Ari - This man made us all cry in his seminar - @Ramon_DeLeon
Too many folks to name! #latism having a fantastical time!!
A lot of happy people at the Despedida Party.
Sandra Cisneros and Ari. Bought two of her books. asked for her Hancock, and got a photo! Sweet and motivating lady. Can't wait to read her books. #adelantemovement #latism
One of the best Latina writers out there - Sandra Cisneros & Ari
Ted Rubin and Ari!! Fantastical speaker!! #latism
A FANTASTICAL speaker - Ted Rubin & Ari - @just_b_nice

For more pictures, please visit my Flickr - Here. Thanks for reading my post on my experience at LATISM'12 and I hope you're here to stay for future posts. Comments are very much appreciated. :]

..till next time ;]

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