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Ananda Leeke, a lawyer-turned author and Internet geek, is writing a memoir that explores her Internet and digital sisterhood adventures since 1986. Read more

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Ananda Leeke, a lawyer-turned author and Internet geek, is writing a memoir that explores her Internet and digital sisterhood adventures since 1986.

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October 23, 2010

Blessings All,

So many wonderful things have happened since I started my fundraising campaign in September. The first wonderful thing that happened was online and offline support for my fundraising effort. So many people used Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, blogs, email, web sites, other social media tools, the telephone, and word of mouth to spread the news about my efforts. I am so grateful for everyone's support! Many thanks!

The second wonderful thing that happened was receiving $547 in pledges from 17 generous people in less than a month. Gratitude and deep humility are the best words to express my thanks to these special people.

When I started my campaign, I had a goal to raise $500 by December 23. It was a conservative goal that I thought would help me test the fundraising process. Well, as you can see, I have been blessed abundantly. So I decided to relaunch my fundraising campaign today with an additional goal of $1,053 to meet my overall goal of $1,600 by December 23. This money will be used to cover the cost of my self-publishing and mailing fees.

The third wonderful thing that happened was gaining clarity about my book title while attending the Blogalicious 2010 conference on October 8 to October 10 in Miami, Florida. While I was at Blogalicious, I co-moderated an open-mic luncheon and conducted audio interviews with women bloggers about digital sisterhood. My great takeaway from these experiences was the power of the phrase "digital sisterhood."

After I returned home from Blogalicious, I began hosting a weekly event called #STB10 #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday where women in social media are encouraged to celebrate, promote, and tweet about their favorite digital sisters on Twitter. The Twitterstream from the October 13th and October 20th events produced an "aha" moment for me about moving forward on changing the title of my book project. So today, I am proud to announce the new name of my next book: Digital Sisterhood. Let me know what you think about the title. I am open to your feedback!

As a side note, I have reserved "digital sisterhood" as a web site, Twitter account, and WordPress blog. Look for more news about these digital properties going live in 2011.

One last thing ... Join me in getting the word out about my fundraising efforts online and offline. Please make a donation too! Thank you in advance for your support!

Gratitude and Joy,

Ananda Leeke
Author of Digital Sisterhood (December 2011)


Ananda Leeke is using to raise money for her next book Sisterhood the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women's Online Revolution, a memoir that discusses her Internet adventures, digital sisterhood experiences, and reflections about women and the Internet. The memoir covers the period of 1986 to 2011. It begins with Ananda's first Internet experience as a law student using the LexisNexis research service at Howard University School of Law in 1986. It also discusses the first time she witnessed the power of women and the Internet at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995.

The memoir digs deep into the world of women in social media and celebrates the impact of "digital diva" sheroes on Ananda's life. Some of Ananda's digital diva sheroes include:

1) Theresa B. Leeke (Ananda's mother), Nonprofit Leader, Former Elementary School Principal, and Musician - Leeke installed a dial-up research service in her home and allowed Ananda to use it during her third year of law school at Howard in 1988 and throughout her graduate law studies program at Georgetown University Law Center in 1990 and 1991;

2) Catherine Austin Fitts, Former President of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. and President of Solari, Inc. - Fitts gave Ananda her first Internet career opportunity as a knowledge manager and intellectual property manager for Internet products and services at Hamilton from 1996 to 1997;

3) Shireen Mitchell, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Social Media Strategist, and Founder of Digital Sisters, Inc.;

4) Aliza Sherman, New Media Entrepreneur, Author, and Founder of Chain of Daisies Project, Conversify, Cybergrrl, Inc., and Webgrrls International;

5) Candance Carpenter, Co-Founder and Former CEO of;

6) Esther Dyson, Former Chairperson of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Founder of EDventure, and Author;

7) Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, Author, Founder of NiaOnline, and President and CEO of Nia Enterprises, LLC;

8) Donna Byrd, Publisher of and former CEO of BlackAmericaWeb;

9) Lynne Johnson, Senior Vice President, Social Media for Advertising Research Foundation and Former Senior Editor and Community Director of;

10) Diane Williams, Author, Publisher, and Co-Founder of Black Author Showcase;

11) Jennifer Moore, Former CEO of Pink Heels and Blogger;

12) Jamie Ridler, Coach, Blogger, and Founder of Jamie Ridler Studios and the Next Chapter Book Blogging Group;

13) Jennifer Lee, Artist, Coach, Author, and Founder of Artizen Coaching and Life Unfolds Blog;

14) Tara Hunt, Author, Speaker, and Co-Founder of a Tech Start Up;

15) Deb Rox, Author, Blogger, and Business Developer;

16) Gina McCauley, Lawyer, and Founder of What About Our Daughters Blog, Michelle Obama Watch Blog, and the Blogging While Brown Conference;

17) Deanna Sutton, President and CEO of Sutton New Media LLC and Founder of Clutch Magazine;

18) Leah Piken Kolidas, Artist and Founder of Creative Every Day Blog;

19) Kety Esquivel, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Founder of, and Vice President for Digital Strategy for Oglivy Public Relations;

20) Kamy Wicoff, Author and Co-Founder of;

21) Ana Roca Castro, Social Media Developer, CEO of Premier Social Media, and Co-Founder and Chair of Latinos in Social Media;

22) Abiola Abrams, Author, Blogger, Filmmaker, Media Personality, and Lifestyle Passionista;

23) Kimberly Wilson, Author, Blogger, Eco-Designer, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Yoga Teacher;

24) Bianca Alexander, Lawyer-Turned Artist, Journalist, Reiki Practitioner, and Co-Founder of Conscious Living TV and Soul of Green;

25) Toni Odom, Author, Communications Professional, Speaker, Nonprofit Leader, Producer, and Founder of AHSHE Webisode Series;

26) Sonya Steele, Lawyer-Turned Writer, Producer, and Founder of Celeste Bright Webisode Series;

27) Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort, and Jory DesJardins, New Media Entrepreneurs and Co-Founders of BlogHer;

28) Stacey Ferguson, Nadia Jones, and Nyasha Smith, Lawyers, New Media Entrepreneurs, and Co-Founders of Blogalicious and MamaLaw Media Group, LLC;

29) Jessica Solomon, Community Artist, Organization Development Practitioner, Social Entrepreneur, Founder of The Saartjie Project, and Principal of Spark Creativity;

30) Deanna Zandt, Author, Media Technologist, Speaker, and Trainer;

31) Tara Joyce, Innerpreneur, CEO of Elastic Mind, and Founder of The Rise of the Innerpreneur Blog;

32) Gloria Ware, Banker, Gardener, and Founder of Black and Into Green Blog;

33) Faith Hunter, Yoga Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster, and Founder of Faith Hunter Yoga;

34) Moya Bailey, Founder of Quirky Black Girls Social Networking Site; and

35) Jill Foster, Founder of Live Your Talk and Founding Editor of

Ananda started conducting research for her memoir in 2008. She used her WordPress blog, social networking site for women of African descent, Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, and radio shows. Since then, she has created a logo for the book and used her DC Social Media Examiner column, Flickr photo-sharing account, YouTube and Vimeo channels, and Cinchcast audio blog to document her interviews with women at meet ups and conferences such as Blogging While Brown, She's Geeky, Nonprofit 2.0, Social Justice Camp, Crisis Camp DC, Social Commerce Camp DC, DC Media Makers, Social Media Club of DC, Latinos in Social Media, BlogHer, and Blogalicious.

In 2010, Ananda began using Survey Monkey to collect data on women's Internet experiences (, interviewing women on Blogatique with Ananda Leeke on BlogTalkRadio (, and organizing monthly focus groups on women in social media via Eventbrite ( She uses Sisterhood the Blog Radio on to host the online focus groups: She facilitates the DC groups at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. She is co-leading a community discussion about digital sisterhood at the Blogalicious conference in Miami in October:

Her research efforts will end in March 2011. She plans to finalize the book draft, create the artwork for the book cover, and complete her Kickstarter fundraising campaign by Summer 2011. The book will be published by iUniverse, Inc. by December 2011.


Please take 5-10 minutes to complete Ananda's survey on women in social media: (only 10 questions):



1) Watch Ananda's video featuring a reading of her poem Sisterhood the Blog (excerpt from her book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery, 2009 - Available on -

2) Read Ananda's DC Social Media Examiner article about how women used Cinchcast to document their experiences at BlogHer 2010 held in New York City (there are links to Ananda's Cinchcast audio blog interviews with BlogHer attendees):

4) Check out Ananda's photos from BlogHer 2010 on Flickr:

5) Take some time and look at Ananda's episode featuring her 10 lessons learned from using social media since 2005:

6) Learn how Ananda uses social media by watching her episode:


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