Attending the Minnesota Blogger Conference 2012

Rick Kupchella with arm raised, is speaking at Minnesota Blogger Conference
Rick Kupchella Bring Me The News

I was particularly inspired by the wealth of information offered at the Minnesota Blogger Conference on Sept 22nd in Minneapolis. I was further delighted (but not surprised) when no less that six or seven other people I knew were in attendance. It made the day that much more enjoyable. Throw in the interesting new people I met, and it was a great day, but then I always have a good time when I’m around other writers.

I attended as many breakout sessions as I could. First I had to choose between Blogging to be Found and Hired by Sara Kerr and Google+? The social network as a blogging

Image of four female attendees to the blogger conference
JoAnne Funch, Linda Burandt, Sher Kyweriga, Nadia Giordana

platform led by Julio Ojeda-Zapata. I chose Google. This was interesting, and Julio made some compelling points. I may experiment with it a bit, but for the time being, I’m satisfied with the blogs I’m doing now. Then I went to 10 Steps Bloggers Should Take to Avoid Getting Sued –Steven Aggergaard. I came away with a wealth of useful information. Definitely a session not to miss. Rick Kupchella, the keynote speaker shared with us Bring Me the News, and the session I found most immediately beneficial for my day-to-day blogging, was 15 Essential WordPress Plugins (and 5 that will blow your mind) by Mykel Roventine. The closing session at the end of the day was a  podcasting panel with Steve Borsch, Albert Maruggi, and Patrick Rhone.

I have to hand it to the sponsors, there was breakfast for the morning arrivals, and a baked potato bar at lunch. In the late afternoon we were treated to mini cheesecakes from Muddy Paws Cheesecake. I tried the key lime, and it was “to die for”. No one went hungry.