There’s a saying, “You become like the people you hang around”. I believe in that statement, and have made it a point during my social media travels to associate myself with like-minded people who I could look to for inspiration when I need motivation to keep pushing.
Lamar Tyler and Stacey Ferguson both are people I’m honored to call peers, colleagues, and friends. Both have done what many of us bloggers and social medialites strive for: Growing a blog that was born from a need to share thoughts & ideas, fill a void, or nurture a passion as it grows into a popular and profitable business.
Lamar and his wife Ronnie started Black And Married With Kids to promote positive images of marriage and family in the African-American Community. Their blog quickly evolved into a nationally recognized online community while simultaneously launching Tyler New Media, a multimedia company that has successfully produced several full-length documentaries that are shown in theaters nationwide.
Stacey (AKA Justice Fergie) Ferguson took her love for food, pop-culture and balancing a 40+ hour work week with 24/7 family needs and started Mamalaw & FOODe to share her tips on handling it all.
Her social media skills and love for event planning aided her in co-founding the BeBlogalicious Community & Annual Conference that promotes celebrates digital diversity in Social Media, in addition to Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, a full-fledged event planning/consulting company.
…And that’s just the short versions of their long-list of accomplishments. Both are brand ambassadors, speakers, and consultants. To rub it in for the rest of us, both Lamar and Stacey started all of this while holding down 9-5’s and balancing full houses.
Of course, both of them eventually ditched their “stable” incomes to pursue their digital passions. All of us who have been affected by them in one way or another want to ask the burning question: “How did you do it?” You have probably read their bios, attended their events, or heard them speak in general about their experience.
I don’t know about you, but I need the DETAILS!
Those of you who didn’t join in for our LIVE hangout can view the recording here:
We will also talk about their joint one-day social media meets business workshop: The Takeaway. No Fluff. in Atlanta (my backyard) on April 26th at 9am.
As the title suggests, this event by Lamar and Stacey takes all their knowlege of the social media game, adds some powerful speakers (who won’t spend 3/4 of their time talking about themselves), and crams it into a one-day workshop that will give you a solid roadmap to making the blog to business switch.