So, this week, Latinos in Social Media (#Latism)—the original and largest online organization of Latinos in the digital space—is holding its annual conference. This year it will be held in Houston, and many of the Rebeldes will be there, including our very own Tony Vargas, who will be on a very cool New Latino Media panel with NBC Latino's Adrian Carasquillo, Impacto's Vanessa Smith, and Impremedia's Isaac Vázquez. The panel will be moderated by Lynn Ponder of Web City Girls, and focus on how the digital journalism space is changing and changing quickly.
In the meantime, we are honored to have received three Latism 2012 nominations for the Best in Social Media in the Latino space. Our founder @julito77 is representing the Rebels under Best Latin@ Activist Blog with the great @angrylatino and @veronicaeye. Julito is also nominated as Best Latin@ Microblogger with two Latino Social Media Legends: @ergeekgoddess and @urbanjibaro. In addition, our very own @BellaVidaLetty, one of our strongest contributors, made the final cut for Best Latin@ Art Blogger along with @theartmuse and @craftychica. It is a great group of people, and we are honored that two Rebeldes are part of this select group. Of course, we are really rooting for Julito and Letty, so if you agree, please vote for them here, but we have to say that all of the eight names listed here are worthy of the honor. We are just thrilled that the online community thought of the Rebeldes in the nominations.
In the meantime, many of the Rebeldes are voting and we decided to share some of our top choices and our own voter's guide, in case you are wondering. You can vote for all the choices here and just being nominated is an amazing feat and recognition for all the accomplishments being achieved each and every day in the Latino social media space. All the people and pages listed were chosen from thousands of entries.
Here are are choices (and some of these are REALLY TOUGH, like REALLY TOUGH) and we just wanted to share them with people:
First of all, we have a WRITE-IN VOTE: @rscspokenword in the Best Peruvian Spoken Word Artist from Minnesota.
Best Parenting Blogger: It is @theonlinemom because Mónica has been a great supporter of the Rebeldes from day one. Although this is a TOUGH CATEGORY since SpanglishBaby and Growing up Blackxican are both amazing sites as well.
Best Lifestyle Blogger: Ana Lydia Monaco of Latina Lifestyle Bloggers. We just LOVE their style because when we read their mission statement a long time ago, "We celebrate and engage Latina Bloggers that don’t fit under the umbrella mom blogger / mami blogger category," we were like YES, sign us up!
Best Business Blogger: Juan Tonroe of Hispanic Trending. We are loyal readers of one the best blogs about Hispanic business, media, and marketing. But is is great to see our dear friend @JulieDiazAsper, one of LATISM's early supporters. Man, this is tough.
Best Latin@ Tech Blogger: Gustavo Franceschini of IOS Post. Gustavo is one of the best bloggers in Puerto Rico today. Yes, Puerto Rican blogger from the island getting recognized! About time!
Best Bilingual Blogger: We have always been big fans of Los Rodríguez Life because it is wicked cool to see a couple blogging.
Best Latin@ Health Blogger: Can we vote for all three? We are going with Laurita, but if we can vote two more times it would be for Jessica AND Lisa. Please please please let there be a three-way tie?
Best Latin@ Education Blogger: Another tough one between two choices we follow and read online and via Twitter. Lili Gil, she of the countless national TV appearances, is a dear dear friend of ours. Lili has contributed to our page in the past when she interviewed Buddy Roemer, so that is the tiebreaker between her and Adriana Maestas of Politic365, which quite frankly is one of the coolest politics sites ever.
Best Latin@ Inspirational Blogger: We have to choose Lisann Valentín of Her Deep Thoughts because she is so #WOW but Vicki is also amazing and so is Eliana. So we are going to be like a Chicago election and find a way to vote three times. Shhh.
Best Latin@ Fashion Blogger: Our choice is Be Chic Mag because they were one of the first ones we saw on LATISM a looong time ago and they have been early supporters of Latism as well.
Best Latin@ Food Blogger: We don't read food blogs, but we will now! ¡Qué rico!
Best Latin@ Frugal Blogger: We have known Yolanda Mason a for while now and she was another early supporter of LATISM, so she is our choice.
Best Latin@ Social Network Leader: All tough choices but we are going with Latina Lifestyle Bloggers. They just do it differently and with real authenticity. We actually get inspired by them.
Best Marketing/PR Firm Using Social Media to Reach Out to Latin@s: We have no clue.
Best Company Using Social Media to Target Latin@s: None of the brands listed here have shown us anything that made us get excited, so we are passing on this category. Can we do a write-on for Jarritos?
Best Health Advocate reaching Latin@s Through Social Media: We don’t know, so we won’t vote.
Best Education Advocate Helping Latin@s Through Social Media: We love what New Futuro has done, but Es el momento has used the power of Univision and social networks to get the word out across many many platforms. (And our boss did work with them, so EEM is our choice.) Ok, we will just vote twice somehow.
Best Not-for-Profit Using Social Media to Reach Latin@: Even we though we are HUGE fans of Voto Latino and they always show us the love, we are going to choose NALEO because we are running our of their voter registration banners on our site and this is our way of just saying thanks. But since this is all about getting the vote, on second thought, we will vote twice on this one as well.
Best Politician Using Social Media to Reach Latinos: Sure, Senator Marco Rubio might be the safe choice, but have you guys seen what Julián Castro has done the last few months in the Twittersphere? The kid is a rockstar.
Best Multicultural Mobile Campaign: We have no clue and we are just going to pass. It’s probably best that we pass on multicultural mobile campaigns.
Best Latin@ Journalist Covering Latino Issues in Social Media: Yeah we know Jorge Ramos is da bomb, but Soledad O’Brien is a Twitter Reina and she follows us. And Soledad also takes the time to engage her Twitter followers as well. Sorry, Jorge, you are still a Rebelde, but Soledad is a Twitter Rebelde.
Best Digital News Covering Latino Issues: We love the people at VOXXI. A lot. Like a real lot. And the group at Fox News Latino has covered some of our stories, but we are going to have to say NBC Latino since they are exploding this year out of the gate and we would have said that even before our boss became a contributor for them this. Although if you like, write us in! Come on, do it! ¡Rebeldes! But seriously, imagine: three English-language Latino media sites. Always a good thing.
Best Latin@ Tech Entrepreneur: Eduardo González Loumiet was one of our earliest supporters, and he has continued to check in on us and cheer us on. So, gracias, Eduardo, you get our vote. Although we have to mention Alex Torrenegra. He's the Voice Bunny page, and that is a cool page. Maybe a two-vote choice here.
Best Incubator Advancing the Latin@ Tech Startups: We are sure all the choices are good ones, but we don’t know any of them. Guess we are too busy incubating ourselves.
Best Organization Supporting Latin@ Tech Startups: We are going with Google, because without Google, none of us would be here.