Must-Follow Monday: The BlogHer '14 Veteran Mentors

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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.

Deb Rox from Deb on the Rocks

Deb Rox is the Entertainment Editor for 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

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 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."

Lizz Porter from Am I a Funny Girl

Lizz is a writer, crafter, photographer, social media pro, camper, Giants fan, graphic designer, geek. She is wife to Jamie, mom to Max.

Lauren Fleming from Queerie Bradshaw

Lauren Marie Fleming loves to put both sides of her brain to use. A writer since childhood, she runs the critically-acclaimed blog and writes for major news sources as an expert on the legal and social issues surrounding sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity. Lauren also started Frisky Feminist Press (, which features sexual education guides and classes from the top sex educators on the Internet.

From Ivy League universities to major conferences, Lauren has spoken all over the country and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, educational workshops. Check out her workshop page for a complete list of upcoming workshops and speaking engagements.

A law school graduate, she started Creativity Squared, LLC to help bloggers, writers and other creative types turn their ideas into practical, sustainable products or services. Lauren particularly loves helping people find and amplify their voice, dig deep to write their difficult truths, and make a profit by doing what they love. Lauren offers her consulting services through group classes and individual coaching.

Mona Darling from Darling Propaganda

Mona Darling, aka Dead Cow Girl, spent close to 20 years as an A-list professional dominatrix before becoming a D-list mommy blogger. After spending many years traveling the world being told that she is fabulous, she now spends her days being told she doesn’t drive fast enough by her son.

Patricia Patton from Boomer Wizdom

Patricia A. Patton is the principal content creator at BoomerWizdom, a blog focusing on health, travel, and technology. On her website,, she coaches individuals and conducts group classes for those who are reimagining their lives in meaningful and entrepreneurial ways. Via this site, she also partners with corporate and non profit clients who wish to extend their reach to her community of readers .

Educated as a linguist and trained as a creative analytic who worked in hospitality and in tourism for a foreign government, she brings a cosmopolitan understanding to the question of what is meaningful in life and a passion for lifelong learning.

She began blogging in 2008 as a healthy living entrepreneur on the Jersey Shore, where she sold wild salmon burgers, wheat grass shots, and smoothies beachside in competition with hamburgers and french fries. She lost this battle, and as a result, now fancies herself an expert in the business knowledge that failures bring. She lives close to the ocean with Jinji, her Bouvier des Flandres, grows food in the summer that she cooks, and maintains an exciting electronic bi-coastal relationship with her grandson Seu. She is presently launching, a site for modern grandmothers like herself.

Pauline Campos from Aspiring Mama

Pauline Campos is Latina Magazine’s #Dimelo advice and relationship columnist, editor of the ebook anthology, Strong Like Butterfly, an #amtrak blogger, and a radio personality. Pauline blogs three times a week at Aspiring Mama (or when she remembers to take her Adderall.) Strong like Butterfly is currently available on Smashwords.

Sharon Greenthal from Midlife Boulevard

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief, Midlife Boulevard. @midlifeblvd. My personal blog is Empty House Full Mind. Blogger, Huffington Post. Former stay-at-home mom, now an empty-nester. I live in Orange County, CA with my husband Peter and our perfect dog, Lambeau. My kids are grown but I'm still a mom.

Stacey Ferguson from Blogalicious

Stacey (known online as Justice Fergie) is an attorney, veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker, freelance writer, and chief curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media. As Founder of Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media, she combines media, publishing, consulting, and events to inspire women to live richly with strategies for turning personal passions into viable brands. She is a technology attorney by trade and regularly consults with both startups and established brands on digital and brand strategy. Stacey also is an accomplished public speaker, presenting at conferences and events nationally and served as an advisor for Media Bistro’s Social Media Marketing Bootcamp. She was a contributing tech writer for Babble (a Disney brand); a vlogger on the OMMA award-winning SheKnows’ Mommalogues; and is an inaugural cast member of Go Mighty. She is also a proud ONE Campaign Community Partner, Shot@Life Fellow, and an advisory board member of "we teach," iBlog Magazine, and Fanatchicks.

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