Must-Follow Monday: The BlogHer '14 Veteran Mentors
We're super-excited about the BlogHer Buddy System and want to help you get to know the veteran BlogHers who volunteered to be mentors for the program. They're awesome women and if you aren't currently following them, take a few minutes and do so now. You won't regret it.
A'Driane Nieves from Butterfly Confessions
In her past lives, A'Driane (friends and family call her "Addye"—you can too!) was a Texas-born military brat and junior dog handler with dreams of winning Best in Show at Westminster, a police officer in the United States Air Force, and a single mother. (She was also the only kid in fifth grade singing "Get Off," by Prince).
Nowadays she's a mom of 3 boys, wife to a nerdy futurist, and a color addict who gets a rush from putting paint to canvas. A PPD and PPA survivor, she now strives to find the beauty in living despite the chaos of Bipolar Disorder Type II and OCD. An ardent believer in the power of transparency and vulnerability, she owns her story by writing (and dancing) it all out on her blog, Butterfly Confessions. She survives the joys and madness with a carefully constructed cocktail of Lamictal, Twitter, Prince, and Jesus.
Alexandra Rosas from Good Day Regular People
Alexandra is a first-generation American who has been writing memoir and humor since 2006. In 2011, her life changed when she became part of the cast of Listen to Your Mother Madison. She now produces and directs the LTYM show in Milwaukee.
Alexandra has performed as a national storyteller with TheMoth, and is the Grand StorySLAM champion for Milwaukee. A BlogHer Voice of the Year four years running, she has been published in several anthologies.
She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Purple Clover, MetroParent Milwaukee, and is an essayist for her local NPR station. A Babble Top 100 Mom Blogger, you can find her living online at her personal blog Good Day, Regular People, and offline with her husband and three children in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Ananda Leeke from Digital Sisterhood
The best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned “Jill of many trades:” innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Her mission is “Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga.” Since 2005, she has used her blogs to express her mission, advocate for social good, build community, share information, promote her books and events, and market her services. Currently, she serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Everywhere Society, Macy’s Heart of Haiti Campaign, and Maiden Nation.
Cecily Kellogg from Uppercase Woman
Cecily is a writer and content creator and principal of her company, Double Good Media, a web content business offering consulting and copy. She also writes for a number of publications and clients on a wide range of topics, including technology and social media for Babble Tech and family movies for Fandango.
Somewhat Internet famous for her raw tone and humor on various social media platforms, Cecily writes about whatever she darn well pleases on her own blog, Uppercase Woman.
Cecily lives in the Philadelphia area, is happily married, is mom to a fierce and amazing daughter, has polarizing pink hair, and has occasionally been called a badass.
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Deb Rox from Deb on the Rocks
Deb Rox is the Entertainment Editor for BlogHer.com and co-host of BlogHer's annual Queerosphere party. In addition to writing, she consults and trains on diverse communications and management topics including community development and social media, and works on a diversity of blog-related projects, including the Listen to Your Mother Show. She blogs at Deb on the Rocks and tweets way too much at @debontherocks
Dresden Shumaker from Creating Motherhood
Dresden chronicles her adventures in single parenting (including the awesome story of how the internet got her pregnant) on CreatingMotherhood.com.
For the last few years, she has worked in new media for a tech startup in Philadelphia, as a web designer and graphic artist, and as a freelance writer. She also covers entertainment news at Babble.com and is a contributor to Kids in the House. Dresden's writing has been featured or syndicated in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, AimingLow, Parenting, Type-A Parent, and BlogHer.
Dresden is invested in causes connected to ending child hunger and caregiver support for the Alzheimer's community. She is a blogger and advocate for Feeding America, and was honored by BlogHer in 2012 as a Voice of the Year for her post, "Welfare Queen."