Call for Presenters: Landscapes, Mindscapes, & Heartscapes

BlogJam Atlantic has limited spaces available for interested presenters who have a passion for blogging and knowledge to share with our incredible community. 

Hosted in Moncton on October 27 & 28, 2018, BlogJam is seeking content for our bilingual audience and will accept proposals for sessions to be presented in English or French. Sessions will be 30 minutes in length (20 + 10 for questions and discussion) and should be creative, fun, and engaging for participants.

Blogging topics are open! This year our streams are Landscapes, Mindscapes, & Heartscapes.

Some example topics might include (but are not limited to):

Landscapes

  • Travel blogging abroad
  • Navigating the digital landscape
  • Where to connect and how to find connections

Mindscapes

  • Unlocking SEO secrets
  • Building your best blog
  • Affiliate marketing and more

Heartscapes

  • Sharing vulnerable topics online
  • How to blog with authenticity
  • Overcoming adversity and setbacks in blogging

To apply please click here and complete the Speaker Proposal Form.

Applicants may be asked to provide follow up information or additional content to ensure that your ideas are the best fit with this year’s event.

Presenters will be required to consent to having their sessions recorded and disseminated to the virtual BlogJam audience.

Big Wins with BlogJam Sponsor, Sunwing.ca

This year BlogJam was so thrilled to have the support of Sunwing.ca as a Keynote Sponsor. For us that was a DOUBLE WIN because it also included an afternoon keynote featuring the wise words of Candace Derickx aka the force behind the stellar blog, Life in Pleasantville.

Candace provided some valuable insight on the life of a travel influencer. She had the audience laughing at her confessions of how to capture the perfect beach shot and gave some great tips on what travel businesses like Sunwing.ca are seeking when they work with bloggers.

Of course, BlogJam attendees were on the edge of their seats when it was time to announce the winner of a trip for 2 to the IFA Villas Bavaro Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The lucky winner of the Sunwing prize was Lori Byrne. North Shore farmer and friend to all, Lori’s blog Farm Fresh Style is a BlogJam favourite. She was a presenter in our first year and took the stage again this year with another amazing woman, Heather Clarke of Heather’s Handmade Life.

In Lori’s words:

“We’re so excited and appreciative on winning this trip! We’ve never been on a trip south like this before and can’t wait to bask in the sun and skip a little of a Nova Scotia winter! Thank you Sunwing and BlogJam!”

Big thanks to Candace and Sunwing.ca for providing their invaluable BlogJam support and this incredible prize.

Pre-Conference Food Photography with BlogJam Sponsor, Fujifilm

This year BlogJam was so excited to offer a very special pre-conference workshop on food photography, lead by the extraordinary Michelle Doucette of East Coast Food Stories, and hosted by the delicious and generous, Gio restaurant at the Prince George Hotel.

While all levels of photographers were welcome – including smart phone photographers – we also had help from our very special sponsor, Fujifilm.

Gathered together on Saturday night, 25 bloggers tasted bites of delectable scallops, shrimp, vegetables, and amazingly fresh and fun salad ingredients.

The group was treated to a fun cooking demonstration, which included some beautifully prepared ingredients – perfect subjects for food photography!

These vibrant reds and greens were captured on a Fujifilm X-A3 camera.

Then the ever-skillful Michelle answered photography questions while teaching participants some tricks of the trade, including how to set up food for a flat lay, what types of lighting to use, and where to find some killer props.

Insider tip: You can brush dull and matte food with some canola oil to help provide an appetizing sheen for the dish!

We wrapped up the pre-conference event with some extra special foodie Jam Bags and a few bonus prizes from our generous sponsors like Fujifilm. It was a great way to kick start BlogJam and nice bonus chance for bloggers to meet before a full and busy day of sessions on Sunday.

Big thanks to those who came out to the first ever BlogJam Food & Photography workshop. Remember to share your snaps from that night so we can all remember the tasty fun!

Fujifilm generously provided prizes to be awarded to BlogJam attendees throughout the event, including an Instax printer, Instax cameras and film.

 

 

Afternoon Keynote: Candace Derickx with Sunwing

Candace Derickx has been working in social media for almost a decade now, as both an influencer and an influencer manager; helping brands find the best person to collaborate with. A passionate traveler, Candace has recently teamed up with Sunwing to help them find leading Canadian travel talent to partner with. You can find Candace writing on her blog Life in Pleasantville, talking travel on her What She Said Radio show, and on Facebook and Instagram at Life in Pleasantville.

www.LifeinPleasantville.com

Instagram: @LifeinPleasantville

Facebook: facebook.com/LifeinPleasantville

 

Quick Pitch

This year at BlogJam we are thrilled to provide an opportunity to pair bloggers and brands for what we’re calling a Quick Pitch. This is your chance to have a brief chat about potential partnership opportunities in the future. Each pitch will be 10 minutes and bloggers are encouraged to bring their media kits, business cards, and great ideas.

Participating Quick Pitch brands are:


If you’ve never pitched a brand before, this is your chance to do so amongst friends. Ten minutes is a great amount of time to experience, ask questions, and explore opportunities. No foul balls can happen here!

 

If you’ve got your BlogJam ticket and would like to participate in the Quick Pitch, click here to sign up now.

 

 

Morning Keynote: Elayna Fernández, The Positive MOM

Elayna Fernández, known worldwide as The Positive MOM, is an award-winning storyteller, a master digital strategist, and an avid student of pain. Elayna helps moms transform their pain story into positive growth, step into balance, and create joy and success on their own terms — in all areas of life.

Elayna travels the world as an International keynote speaker and panelist in the topics of motherhood, mindset, and mompreneurship. Her guidance encourages, empowers, and equips millions of moms in 134 countries to increase their impact, income, and influence, without guilt, shame, or regrets in motherhood.

Elayna is Certified Guerrilla Marketing Master Trainer, Certified Passion Test Facilitator, Certified Success Principles Trainer, a graduate of the Steve Harvey School for Business Acceleration, and a web designer for over 20 years. She has been awarded as Best Marketer, Mom Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Latina Lifestyle Blogger of both 2015 and 2016, and the 2017 Best Family and Parenting Creator at the TECLA Awards, and she has been named one of the Top Latina Influencers in the USA two consecutive years. ThePositiveMOM.com, has been ranked one of 100 Top Moms Blogs Worldwide both in 2016 and 2017.

Elayna is often featured in global media, has spoken on prestigious stages, and has partnered with hundreds of brands in her 13-year mompreneur journey.

Born and raised in a slum in the Dominican Republic, Elayna now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her loving husband and 3 homeschooled daughters.

Her philosophy is “BE Positive and You’ll BE Powerful!”

 

www.thepositivemom.com

Instagram: @thepositivemom

Twitter : ThePositiveMOM_ 

Facebook: facebook.com/thepositivemom

 

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Featured Speaker: Julie Elsdon-Height

Pitch Perfect

Ever looked at another influencer and wondered how they got that AWESOME gig? Julie will delve into the aspects of PITCHING!! Roll up your sleeves and let’s dive into branding, media kits, offers and finding contacts! Fantastic partnerships don’t just happen, Julie will share some insights to help you develop your own pitch perfect approach.

Julie Elsdon-Height is co-founder of SJ Consulting, a digital marketing firm and founder of Life Straight Up! SoberJulie.com is a popular Canadian lifestyle blog established in 2010. Known as @SoberJulie online, Julie has been studying the online marketscape for a decade and is a wealth of knowledge for influencer/Brand relationships.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoberJulie

Twitter: @SoberJulie

Instagram: @soberjulie

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/soberjulie