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2012 MN Blogger Conference a success

Minnesota Blogger ConferenceLast month Arik Hanson and I hosted the third annual Minnesota Blogger Conference along with a wonderful team of volunteers. It appears the conference was another success, based on the great comments we heard from nearly 200 attendees, speakers and sponsors.

If you’d like to check out some of the sides from the speakers or read the recap posts from attendees, check out the round up post on the MN Blogger Conference site for all the links.

I’d like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors for making the event possible:

Pioneer Press, Mall of America, Allina Health, Padilla Speer Beardsley, National Camera Exchange, Strother Communications Group, Plum District, Sleep Number, ArtHouse, Muddy Paws Cheesecake and Glimpses of Soul Photography.

I’d also like to thank our planning team – we couldn’t have done it without you:

Sara Kerr, Robert Dempsey, Teresa Boardman, LeeAnn Owens, Grant Spanier, Ryan May, Jen Westpfahl, Anna Rendall, Leah Zins, Jenny Huschka, Stacy Pearson.

Mini-conf recap – MN Blogger Conference

Hosted by CoCo

The mini-conference was hosted by CoCo in St. Paul. Photo by Joel Carlson.

Last Friday we held the first mini-conference for the MN Blogger Conference. There was a full house of local bloggers and social media professionals in attendance to hear speakers Becky Flansburg on networking and Josh Braaten on Google Analytics. Josh posted a recap of his session here: Google Analytics for Bloggers.

Becky Flansburg presented on networking. Photo by Joel Carlson.

Josh Braaten

Josh Braaten taught the group about Google Analytics. Photo by Joel Carlson.

It was great to see a crowd of bloggers gather together again after our large conference last fall. We saw many of the same folks, but new faces as well.
group photo

A large group filled the CoCo space to learn about blogging.

There was a lot of buzz on twitter for at least 24 hours after the event, including blog posts by Joel Carlson and Griff Wigley. And tweets like these:


beth's tweettweet shot from Griff

screenshot of Paul's tweet
Thanks to all the attendees who donated diapers for The Diaper Drive. These donations will help lighten the load for local families struggling to get by.
Diaper donation

Josh and Paul carried some of the donations.

Big thanks to my partner in crime Arik Hanson for planning the event with me, and special thanks to Judy Grundstrom for the extra help with logistics. A survey will be going out to attendees in the near future to get input on future events.

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