Women In Travel Summit Recap

Hi everybody!!

A few weeks ago I attended Women in Travel Summit (WITS) which is the premier event for women travel bloggers.  Approximately 500 women attend WITS every year and the number keeps on growing.  Once their tickets opened for sale for this year in Milwaukee I went ahead and purchased as I wanted to be surrounded by women who blogged about my same passion – travel.

The summit was from April 21st-23rd held at the Hilton Milkwaukee which had sufficient space and beautiful chandeliers for us to stare at all day!

Hilton Downtown Milwaukee provided by Hilton MKE.
Loved their interior! Picture provided by Hilton MKE.

For Friday I started off my day by having a 1 on 1 session with the wonderful Brianne Miers from A Traveling Life.  Eye opening session and something I so needed to know in which direction to take my blog.  From our session I learned:

  1. I need suggestions for my blog name.  I chose JazzyJ because that’s what my close friends/collegues call me at times and I wanted to write more then just single mom life and travel but I’ve been told to stay with one specific topic and go with that.  My original blog name was SingleTravelingMom and situations could change and its best to pick a name that can continue with me throughout.  So I have a few suggestions in mind.  What do you think my new blog name should be called?  & yes I am sticking to the single mom/travel adventures.
  2. I need a tag line.  A sentence that can let my audience know what my blog is about.
  3. Oh & the major one – I need a serious website update.  I mean I already knew that but still.  Currently working on that.
  4. Work on my blog posts.
  5. Create a logo.
  6. I speak Spanish so why not go Bilingual?  Writing I am not 100% and speaking my Spanish is 100% Cibaeno 😀 lol so umm lets see.

Now let’s go to Blogging 101 Day which was hosted by Travel Blog Success.  I am so glad I purchased this ticket because it was full of knowledge for a newbie like myself and their How to Create an Editorial Calendar given by Robin left me speechless.  Thank-you Robin for the great suggestions!  I honestly did not know the many factors that went into planning your Editorial Calendar.  Let’s just let the following picture to speak for it self:

If you are attending next year I highly recommend purchasing a ticket to this session as it has valuable information for us newbies.

Quick Tips: On Twitter post 3-4 times in a day in different formats as it might get missed.  After 3-4 months you can remind your followers on a blog post.  Also, REPURPOSE EVERYTHING!


Build it Better: Taking Your Blog from Drab to Fab with Leticia from TechSavvyMama:

  1. Your blog has to evolve with you.
  2. If you are a strong writer it will get you anywhere.
  3. Join Amazon affiliates – luggage/products.
  4. Dropbox – save pictues!
  5. Posts your YouTube to FB page.
  6. Update your Media Kit every once in a while

How Bloggers Should be Pitching to Brands with Visit Milwaukee, Visti Oklahoma City, and Annie from Dominican Republic Tourism:

  1. On your 1st visit don’t ask for much, 2nd visit depending how blog post does then you could possibly ask for more.
  2. Own your brand.
  3. Exceed their expectations. Know your worth. Build that relationship.

By the way who knew Oklahoma City is mostly known as a family destination?

Other pictures and tips from the conference:

Oneika Raymond & her tips














Improving Engagements on Social Media thanx to Valerie:

Pinterest Knowledge:

  1. Sign up for a Pinterest Business account.
  2. Put Pinterest links on the image.

It was a great weekend getting to know fabulous ladies – Andrea, Sofia from Urban Gourmand, Jaci from MissAirStream, and many more.  It was great reconnecting with my girl Kim from WorkHardTravelWell.

Sofia, Kim, & I with Fonz.

WITS had a wall where we could sticky note our goals for the year.  Below is mine:


Next year WITS will be hosted in beautiful and historic Quebec, will I see you there?

See you next year Quebec!

Thank-you WITS for exceeding my expectations as I honestly did not know what to expect and thank-you to the wonderful ladies for making me feel so welcomed.  See you next year!



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DiMe Summit & #Hispz17 Time


Hi everyday!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  I am currently having a workcation here in Downtown Miami for Hispanicize 2017!  It’s the largest conference the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.  This is my 2nd year attending & loving it.  It’s something I plan for in advance due to the networking and the knowledge you gain.  If you are a blogger or in the media industry this is definitely a conference you must attend.  Below are a recap of yesterday which started with DiMe Summit at the Rubbell Family Collection Museum and day 2 with the first official day of Hispanicize.

DiMe Summit Recap:

As you might know Wynwood is Miami’s Art District and this year the event was being held at the Rubbell Family Collection Museum.  I have never been here and I am not an art’s person but I actually loved the place and compared to last year location in my mind is was 10 times better.  Why? Because this was inside versus being outside like last year and you know the sun in Miami be crazy at times.

From the opening panel:

  • “Give your the permission to know the real you.  With your permission, LOVE YOURSELF!”-Martin Llores
  • Don’t let age put a limit on your dreams.
  • Why wait for your next life?  Do it NOW!
  • “Rise up to the blessings God has given you.”-Martin Llores


Ximena Duque, Chiqui Delgado, y Maria Celeste Arraras-the Latina Moms Panel after lunch.

I attended Kathy Cano-Murillo from Crafty Chica session on How to Build Your Brand.  Notes from her session:

  • What are your secret ingredients?  What makes you special?  What do you love?  What do you have to offer?
  • Find that story that you have that makes you vulnerable.
  • Put it all together to elevate your business.
  • Strive for that laugh, cry, or wow from the audience.
  • Know your goals and put them into your schedule.  Have a vision ALWAYS!
  • Always have something new in the works.  Change it up.  The key to staying relevant is changing it up.

It was great to personally meet bloggers that I follow and spend some quality with them.

With Laura from @TheFashionDivaB & Michelle from @HealthyFatChick

Thanks to Best Western we received complimentary massages from Exhale Massage Miami and Savings.com provided wine during Happy Hour.  Jack Daniel’s was also present with their new Cinnamon Whiskey.  Not my favorite to be honest, I’m just not a fan of cinnamon like that.  I’ll rather sprinkle it into my smoothie or dessert :).

Lunch was sponsored by Disney Parks and Elena of Avalor was in the da house! If you follow me then you know Sammy LOVES Elena!  I recorded Elena saying hi to Sammy.  Sent it to my mom and she said that he loved it.

Around 3:30pm I decided to head back to the hotel as I had only slept 3 hours.  My plan was to wake up at 6pm to be back to the event by 7:30pm.  Well I ended up waking up at 7:30pm!  Then the decision was to attend or not attend the Juanes concert?  I ended up putting on sneakers, having dinner at the hotel, and taking a Lyft to the Perez Art Museum.  The museum is beautiful and the view to the Bay is spectacular!  No wonder so many weddings are being held there.

I listened to 4 Juanes songs and called it a night, I was tired!

Day 2 Recap of Hispanicize 2017:

So my day was supposed to start at 6am….yea I woke up at 7:20am!  Made it to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (where Hispanicize is being held) at 8am.  Had breakfast there and attended my first session: Understanding your Google Analytics.  A topic I am very blonde in (no offense!).  There I learned I need to set up an account with Analytics on Google and the type of reports provided about who/when/via where people visit your blog.

Second session: Engagement, Digital Advertising, & Creativity for Journalists with Gaby Castellanos who I adored!  She was real and blunt and cursed if it was required.  Notes from her session:

  • Don’t be afraid but be careful on what you do.  Reputation is everything!
  • How you write and produce is what counts.
  • Now in days brands/companies instead of looking for quality they look for popularity.  I prefer quality even if that blogger has a small following because I know I will get great content.
  • At the end of the day you have to do what you KNOW.
  • Every talent has a market and where there is a talent there is money.
  • Each one of us have a value.

Lunch was with Laurie Hernandez-pretty and that smile is God sent!

After another panel I left to change because I got confirmed to attend the Private Viewing party for El Capo starting the handsome Mauricio Islas, Sara Maldonado, and Iran Castillo being broadcast via Telemundo.  I am honestly looking forward to 10pm.

This man just gets better and better como el vino :D.

After that I returned back to the hotel to get ready for the next day.

To Be Continued……






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