Quiana Agbai claims many titles Mompreneur, public speaker, family life blogger, work at home mom, wife, and mother of two. But first and foremost Mother of the World.net had the immense pleasure of sharing a candid conversation with this magnificent March featured Blogger.
Since 2009 Quiana Agbai has been exploring young family life on her blog Harlem Lovebirds. A Wellesley College alum with 8 years of ad agency experience, Quiana took a leap of faith launching Trifecta Media Group, a consulting firm with her NYC-based sisters. A certified Toastmaster, Quiana has appeared on The Chew and The Dr. Oz show discussing her passion of food and also enjoys traveling and reading when her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son give her a break! Last fall the Lovebirds moved to Boston where she and her husband first met 18 years ago as college sweethearts.
MW: Why did you decide to start your blog Harlem Lovebirds? How did you decide on the name of your blog?
QA: I started by blog as a turning point from keeping a written diary since I was 7 years old. In 2009 my husband and I got married and moved to Harlem so I thought a blog might be a fun way to document my experiences as a newlywed in NYC. The name came about because I thought of how we were college sweethearts living in Harlem. I remember brainstorming names on my couch one day, and it just popped into my head. I said it aloud and it stuck!
MW: What social media site are most active on? Do you have any tips for success on that platform?
QA: I’m most active on Instagram. I’ve lived in very photogenic cities and have enjoyed showcasing the adventures I have with my family especially as we like to travel as well as attend local events. My best Instagram tip is to not be afraid to show the messy side of life – your followers like to see that you keep it real!
MW: Where do you get your content ideas?
QA: Over the nearly 8 years that I’ve blogged, I’ve found my inspiration from whichever life stage I’m in. Currently, that stage is new homeownership and a mom to 2 young kids exploring a new-to-them city. Boston also feels new to me as it’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve lived here and so much has changed. I like showing my readers how my family and I navigate new experiences that come our way.
MW: As an influencer, what do you look for in a brand that wants to collaborate with you?
QA: When partnering with brands I leave room for brands I’m already familiar with as well as those may be new to me. My readers trust my no-nonsense opinions and the best is when I get to work with a brand my family and I already use – it helps to tell the story of how I chose the brand organically and my readers appreciate that but also respect that I’m willing to try new things and give them an honest review. When a brand lets me tell my own story in a unique way without unreasonable restrictions and parameters that’s when I know it’s a perfect fit!
MW: What are important factors in self branding going to events, collaborations, conferences, social media tips?
QA: Getting from behind the screen is a major theme in how I approach life beyond the blog. Having a great media kit, business card and your elevator pitch helps me be prepared for whatever I may encounter when I’m out representing Harlem Lovebirds. Even when I’m not at a dedicated blogger event I stay ready with any business card because you just never know who you’ll meet. I highly suggest having a card with your picture on it to help make you memorable. I’ve always done that it’s given me tremendous responses.
MW: How do you balance your marriage, motherhood, business, travel, and blogging?
QA: Balance is more like juggling for me, but I do my best via lists on the Evernote app and my Day Designer, a physical planner. I’m not near my family like I used to be and finding reliable childcare is definitely a challenge in our new city, but my family does help when they can. Right now I understand the phase I’m in and I make sure to keep my foot in the door on certain aspects of my career while I prioritize caring for my family. My daughter is in elementary school while my son is home with me until he goes to preschool so I’m working on looking ahead and building a plan for growth once the milestone of both kids in school is reached.
MW: Where do you see your social media company in five years?
QA: I see “brand Quiana” becoming more prominent vs. just the current family-centric content I have on my blog. While I do plan to continue to blog I’m excited for the consulting company I run with my sisters to be able to take on more clients as our life stages evolve as well as being able to hire a support staff.
MW: What one word would describe you for 2017?