Month: May 2014

Jane About Town: Birmingham Bloggers Monthly Meetup

There’s a new blogging group in town and See Jane Write is eager to support this organization. Birmingham Bloggers is led by Meredith Davis, Beth Branch and Molly Moon and caters to male and female bloggers of all ages in the Birmingham metro area. Their goal is simple — to help local bloggers meet and collaborate. 

Birmingham Bloggers will host its first monthly meetup at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Chuy’s in the Summit. RSVP via Twitter @bhambloggers or via email at

Looking Ahead

There are many great blogging and social media conferences coming up this summer that you don’t want to miss. 
Y’all Connect Presented by Alabama Power is a blogging and social media conference taking place Friday, June 13 in Birmingham. The mission of Y’all Connect is to give attendees practical takeaways in corporate storytelling. See Jane Write fans can save $30 on Y’all Connect tickets using the code SJW110. But hurry. This offer expires May 30. 
The Bloganista Mini-Con is See Jane Write’s first mini-conference. This partial day conference is designed for fashion, fitness, and lifestyle bloggers but has something for everyone. Early bird tickets are only $20! Learn about our speakers and session topics and get your tickets today at
Save the date! This year’s WordCamp Birmingham is set for Saturday, August 16. WordCamp Birmingham is the South’s oldest running WordCamp having its first in 2008. WordCamp is a great opportunity to learn about WordPress whether you are a beginninger or advanced user. Visit to sign up for updates on this year’s conference. 

On Being a Woman of Power

The B-Metro Blog Team
We’re raising our glasses to the power of women!

Last week I had the opportunity to cover B-Metro magazine’s Women of Power party, which celebrated the release of the magazine’s annual Power of Women issue.

As part of the B-Metro blog team I shared highlights of the party via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

The Power of Women issue is my favorite. Last year I had the honor of being one of the women featured. The profile See Javacia Lead focused on my work with See Jane Write

I was quite excited to see several ladies of See Jane Write at last week’s party, which was held at Vino in English Village. 

Abiola, Jane, and Shella came out and represented for See Jane Write!

The turnout was great and everyone seemed to have an excellent time. 

We enjoyed delicious free hors d’oeuvres from Vino and live music by Gabriel Tajeu. 

Along with Vino, the party was also sponsored by Alabama Power and Cadillac, who showed off some gorgeous new cars. 

At the party I had the chance to chat with Raquel Morgan, a top commercial account manager at Alabama Power, about what it means to be a woman of power. 

Raquel Morgan of Alabama Power

“Being a woman of power is about being willing to give back and being willing to uplift other women,” Morgan said.

When asked what advice she would give to young women graduating high school this month, Morgan’s response was simple yet wise: “Enjoy life, but make smart choices.” 

Morgan has worked for Alabama Power for 15 years and says it’s a great place to work for women and for anyone. 

“I’ve been given so many opportunities and resources to excel in my career path,” she said. 

Morgan said that one of the women of power she admires most is Bobbie Knight, who is the head of the Birmingham division of Alabama Power. “I admire her integrity, her strength, and her intelligence,” Morgan said. “And she has great fashion sense!”

How do you define a woman of power? What women of power do you admire most? 

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Jane About Town: Celebrate the Power of Women with B-Metro

It’s no secret that I love B-Metro magazine and its annual Power of Women issue is a prime example of why I’m such a fan of this publication. 
Each May B-Metro honors women of Birmingham striving to make the city a better place. I had the privilege of being recognized for my work with See Jane Write in last year’s Power of Women issue. (Check out my profile, See Javacia Lead.) 
This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the Power of Women Party, 5-7- p.m. on Thursday, May 8 at Vino (1930 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook)  in English Village. I’ll be part of the B-Metro Blog team broadcasting party highlights via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 
The party will include complimentary food, a cash bar, and door prizes. 
Head to Facebook to RSVP
And then read about this year’s honorees in this month’s issue of B-Metro 
You can follow my event coverage on the following social media channels:
Instagram  – @writeousbabe
Twitter – @writeousbabe and @seejanewritebhm
Why you should go? B-Metro supports our city’s powerful women. Show that you do too. 


Jane About Town: Swoozie’s Housewarming Party

People who say there’s nothing to do in Birmingham simply aren’t paying attention. Most weeks there’s so much going on I have trouble deciding what events I will and won’t attend. If you’re a Birmingham social butterfly you probably have his problem too. That’s where Jane About Town comes in. With this new feature I’ll highlight local events I think would be of interest to women who write and blog. 

Swoozie’s Housewarming Party

You are invited to Swoozie’s Housewarming Party at their new location at The Summit (next to Bed, Bath & Beyond). Swing by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for cocktails, a chance to snag great door prizes, and big discounts. 

You may know Swoozie’s best for its personalized printing services, but the store has so much more to offer. Swoozie’s would be a great place to grab gifts for Mother’s Day or for the graduates in your life. If you’re getting ready for a summer soiree, check out Swoozie’s stylish drink pitchers, wine glasses and serving platters. If you’re headed to a baby shower soon Swoozie’s has you covered there too with everything from plush stuffed animals to chew-beads necklaces — a trendy trinket for mom that’s also baby friendly. Swoozie’s also has a wide variety of stationery, jewelry, gift books, and more. 

Why should you go? Swoozie’s is a company that values bloggers. Wednesday evening Swoozie’s hosted a special exclusive event for bloggers that I was honored to attend.  And not only is Swoozie’s a good place to get gifts for family and friends, but you’ll find great gifts for you too. With journals, notebooks, and notepads galore — Swoozie’s is a writer’s dream. 

Looking Ahead

How to Win Awards and Influence Readers in 439 Days and 668 Blog Posts

Wade Kwon
Would you like to learn how to win awards and influence readers in 439 days and 668 blog posts? Then you don’t want to miss the next See Jane Write members-only workshop. 

Communications consultant Wade Kwon will be speaking to See Jane Write members on this very topic. 
Wade is the founder of Birmingham Blogging Academy and the Y’all Connect social media conference. The Poynter Institute selected Wade as one of 35 Influential People in Social Media. Birmingham Magazine readers selected him as Best Tweeter in the Best of B’ham 2010 and 2011 online polls.

A Birmingham, Ala., native, he started his award-winning blog Wade on Birmingham in 2005, and has worked with Time Inc. and Scripps-Howard on blogging and new media. He is also one of the founders of the Alabama Social Media Association, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating people about social media.

Wade has been a writer and editor at Southern Living magazine and the Birmingham Post-Herald newspaper, winning numerous journalism awards.

This event is for members-only. To receive an invitation to this event become an official See Jane Write member today. Click here for information on how to join. 

Alabama Writers Conclave Conference 

T.K. Thorne
Set for July 11-13, 2014, the Alabama Writers Conclave Conference will offer workshops on fiction, poetry and more. See Jane Write member T.K. Thorne will lead a workshop on historical fiction versus the historical novel. For registration and more information visit

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