In keeping with its mission to promote the intellectual, social, and cultural development of the blogosphere, on Saturday, July 26, 2008, the conference will feature keynote speakers Angela Benton, Publisher of Black Web 2.0 and Markus Robinson, General Manager of Black Web 2.0. Benton and Robinson will be presenting a workshop titled“The Ultimate Blog Experience.”
“The Ultimate Blog Experience” will help blog publishers enhance the functionality and appearance of their blogs. Attendees will learn what it takes to publish a top blog and how to implement traffic building strategies, beautify design, widgets, and how to develop engaging content.
Angela Benton's experience spans a variety of industries including consulting for UPS, Bizjournals.com, Realestate.com, and Lendingtree.com. Angela also speaks on topics such as diversity in the web and media industries, web trends, web strategy, and web 2.0’s effects on urban entertainment. She been a panelist at South by Southwest and the Experience Music Project Pop Conference . She is presently leading design at RushmoreDrive.com. Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications with a specialization in Digital Design. Angela is a member of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment and currently serves on the Management Board of the Charlotte Network as Membership Director.
Markus Robinson is the Director of Information Technology for the College of Human Sciences at The Florida State University. Markus founded his own web design business in 1999 at the age of 19 and is an expert in new media startups, search engine optimization (SEO), marketing, advertising, application design and development and server administration. Markus is also the creator and Co-Founder of Culture Ads (cultureads.com) a culturally focused advertising network whose goal is to connect advertisers with multicultural online content and communities. Markus holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M University with a minor in Business Administration.
Conference organizers hope that the conference raises awareness of bloggers of color and new media content creators who are helping to shape the face of the latest developments in new media technology.“I hope this conference and its workshop presenters settles the misconception that people of color don't blog or are not involved in technology and new media content creation at the highest levels” said Gina McCauley, one of the conference organizers.
Blogging While Brown is the first international conference for bloggers of color. Additional information about Blogging While Brown workshop topics, registration, and conference events is available at www.bloggingwhilebrown.com