Blogging Goal for 2012 – Just Keep On Blogging

I’ve been blogging since 2003 but I’ve never been a blogger that posts at least three entries per week, which is the widely recommended minimum for a “real blogger.” I have said time and time again that I would eventually post at least three times each week, but unfortunately I have not met that goal. I’ve always leaned toward quality and not quantity with an overall approach focused on less is more. I also have to be motivated to write and really believe in the topic I’m covering, so If I’m not feeling it, then I’m just not feeling it.

I also blog about fraternity/sorority life and manage a communication/business blog. So every other week I’m blogging about something. Some may think I’m spreading myself too thin, but I enjoy running several blogs with particular niches. I think I’ll always blog and again will aim to up the ante on the number of posts for 2012. To be honest I’ve Tweeted much more than I have blogged in 2011. In 2012 I hope to post more entries across all four blogs.

Even with this strategy for 2012 I still might not meet three posts per week per blog, but as long as I keep on blogging I’ll be happy.

As the year comes to a close, I’ll like to wish everyone who has ever visited any of my blogs a very happy and healthy New Year!

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My Favorite Latino Blogs for 2011

In 2009 I posted an entry about My Favorite Latino Blogs and followed up on the topic with My Favorite Latino Blogs for 2010. In browsing the blogosphere this time around to find my favorite for 2011, I came across so many incredible blogs that narrowing it down to just 10 was quite a challenge. There is no scientific method involved in my decision making process. I just go with what I like, what catches my attention, or what other Latinos would find interesting and/or informative. So here are my top ten Latino blogs for 2011:

  • LatinoPoliticsBlog.com – With Latinos becoming a major force in politics, I think this blog is amazing. It provides a wealth of information and every Latino should have it bookmarked.
  • LATISM Blog – Latinos in Social Media is the largest organization of Hispanic professionals engaged in social media. I’m a member and a huge fan. The organization just had a successful conference in Chicago.
  • Hispanic PR Blog – A guide to Hispanic public relations and social media news, this blog excellently covers industry news and trends and is one to check out daily.
  • Bella Vida by Letty – This is a blog by a creative Boricua that shares her inspirational photography, art, quotes, and life’s lessons with the world to make it a better place.
  • Andy Checo – This is the personal blog of a Dominican public relations professional specializing in the US Hispanic market. Checo is the founder of the monthly Hispanic Public Relations Chat #hprchat on Twitter (first Wednesday of every month at 8pm EDT.)
  • The Buffalo Puerto Rican Press – Maria Rosa started writing for the Buffalo Puerto Rican Press back in 1978 as a columnist for the Latin Journal. Rosa covers politics and Puerto Ricans nationally and specifically in the Buffalo, NY area.
  • Salvador Mendoza – This is the personal blog of a father, husband, photography enthusiast, and technology/social media professional.
  • Una Cabeza de Coco – This is the blog of an entrepreneur and owner of one of the most creative and forward-thinking PR/Marketing firms in the nation and the founder and moderator of the first and ONLY Latina Lifestyle Blogger Group.
  • La CaSSaDaGa – A blog by Julián Esteban Torres López, its mission is to share with an English-speaking, int’l audience the diverse, creative talents of budding Colombian artists and introduce Colombians to the emerging, non-mainstream talents of the world.

Please support the work of the Latinos/as above by visiting their blogs, commenting on posts, and sharing their links. Feel free to also make a comment below about the blogs in this post or use the space to give a shout out to another Latino blog.

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Does your business/organization have a Google+ Page?

Everyone knows how popular Facebook Pages are for businesses and organizations, but has your group created a Google+ Page yet? If it has not, it should. It’s just another online promotional vehicle connected to the most popular search engine in the world. Google launched its new Google+ Business Pages on November 7. The new Pages feature allows brands, products, companies, businesses, and organizations to build their very own tailored Google+ presence. Of course if you are not familiar with Google+ for individuals it might be challenging to jump into Business Pages.

The launch of Google+ Pages increased overall traffic to Google+. Experian HitWise noted that for the week ending Nov. 12, Google+ logged 6.8 million visits from U.S. users alone, making it the third-biggest week for U.S. visits since the network launched June 28. So far, 61 percent of the world’s top 100 brands have created Google+ Pages since its inception, according to SEO company BrightEdge.

Facebook has a few years on Google+ but it’s still early. Google+ Pages may one day be just as popular as Facebook Pages. We’ll have to wait and see. Ford, for example, has 27,648 fans on Google+ as of this posting, but 5 million total fans on Facebook. If a company like Ford is diving into the Google+ Page craze, what not your company/organization?

So what does your organization or business have to lose? If you want to create a Goolge+ Page check out Google’s guide to using Google+ Pages.


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Latino Gay Poets & Writers

There are some incredible Latino gay poets and writers making their mark in the New York City scene. Some have been around for a while and others are just starting out. In either case, there is an enormous amount of talent and passion in the field and much more should be written about these amazingly fearless people who put their personal and emotionally-filled stories on paper and on the stage.

Charlie Vázquez is someone who has contributed greatly to Latino gay literature and also created ¡HISPANIC PANIC!, a monthly event in NYC showcasing Latino gay poets and writers. I get a great deal of inspiration listening to poets and writers reading their work publicly. I attended Charlie’s most recent creative occasion at Bartini in Hell’s Kitchen last Wednesday night. Brandon Lacy Compos was the evening’s MC and read his work as well. He did an awesome job keeping the energy and flow going and presenting each performer. The lineup of poets and writers that night was extraordinary including such legends as Robert Vazquez-Pacheo, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, and Emanuel Xavier. They were joined by up and coming poets/writers Jimmy Lam and Cristina Izaguirre.

Latino gay poets and writers have a long history and the outstanding individuals above are just a few that represent its past, present, and future. I greatly appreciate their work and commitment to the art of the written word and I am sure many others do as well. Keep up the remarkable work!

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Velez Communication on Facebook

I’ve been on Facebook since about 2006/2007 and just Sunday decided to finally create a page to highlight my writing, blogging, and consulting work. The page mainly supplements my business blog at Velez Communication, but I also aim to showcase posts from this blog and Fraternity Communication, and writing from Examiner.com and ElBoricua.com. If you like any of my work please feel free to “Like” Velez Communication on Facebook.

I created a logo to go along with my new Facebook page. In my search for a logo online I came across the symbol of the mythical Phoenix, the firebird that resurrects itself from its ashes. There was something about the fictional creature that spoke to me, both personally and professionally.

So please support my overall work by liking Velez Communication on Facebook.

Thanks for your continued readership.

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How Saying Yes to a Frozen Margarita Led to a $100,000

Recently I interviewed Farid Ali Lancheros, the co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro in Brooklyn, (a thriving Colombian Pan-Latino restaurant in Park Slope) about his challenge early on to secure a small business loan. The inspirational article was published yesterday via the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Applying for money to start a small business is not always so black and white.  Farid takes us through how meeting a bank officer who loved frozen margaritas led the successful entrepreneur to obtaining a $100,000 loan he needed to start his business.

To read the entire story click here.

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Spotify and Facebook: Perfect Together

About a month or so I received an invite to join Spotify, an on demand online music streaming service. I was already happy with the two music services I use now, Pandora and Last.fm, so I passed on the invitation. Recently Spotify teamed up with Facebook to offer its 800 million members a great way to listen to music online and share tunes with their Facebook friends, so I thought I’d give Spotify a try. I’m glad I did.

You have to download and install the Spotify program to your computer, so for some who hate downloading stuff this might be a deal breaker. A few months ago you could join the service on its own, but now a Facebook account is required. I recommend checking it out. Your Facebook friends on Spotify can decide to share their playlist and favorite artists with you or keep this info private, which just recently became an option. I like listening to music when I want and it also allows me to listen to new full-length music anytime I want. If I really enjoy the song I can buy it on iTunes. So far, I’m loving Spotify.

Did I mention the service is free? Spotify provides you with 10 hours of free music a month. There are short commercials along the way, but they’re not very annoying. If you really love the service you can opt for a premium service with unlimited music and no commercials. For now the free service works for me.

Spotify has an incredible music library, but of course not all songs/artists are available. For example, I love Seal and was happy to see that most of his music is just a click away. However another one of my favorite singers, Adele, only has her first album and her mega hit “Rolling in the Deep” from her second album, 21, available for streaming on Spotify.

Music has been social online for some time now, however this joint venture by Facebook and Spotify may take online music sharing to the next level. So if you have a Facebook account and enjoy listening to your favorite music online and finding new music your friends already like, give Spotify a try.

If you already use Spotify feel free to share your thoughts on it so far. Enjoy the music!

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