MN BlogCon Recap

BlogCon

On Saturday, I woke up at the ridiculous hour of 4:45 AM and drove the 2.5 hour trek to St. Paul for the Minnesota Bloggers Conference. Let me tell you, it was totally worth it! I learned so much and had a great time meeting other bloggers. Here are a few of the things that did and learned at MNBlogCon.

  1. Visited St. Catherine’s – what a cute little campus!
  2. Participated in my first live tweeting of an event (@puppiespretties if you want to join me on Twitter). And it was fun! I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter so it was great to try something new with it.
  3.  Got a headshot taken by Glimpses of Soul Photography – I can’t wait to see it!
  4. I won a prize! But I had to give it back since I’m not in Minneapolis/St. Paul (the prize was tickets to the Social Media Breakfast there)
  5. Learned SO MUCH – here are a few tidbits that really stuck with me
    1. Create with a purpose
    2. Hope is not a strategy
    3. Think of yourself as an artist
    4. Stop being a lurker! Comment on posts that you enjoyed reading. (This has been one of my goals the last couple months)
    5. Your blog is an island – don’t compare yourself to others (this one is tough for me)
    6. Your audience is always moving – are you helping them do that and do you know where they are before they get to you?
    7. Monetization isn’t about spamming, its about serving needs
    8. Do giveaways that match your blog, otherwise all those views are trash and are not really worth anything
    9. Magic happens when you tie online and offline
    10. Make sure you have Open Graph set up for Facebook – otherwise you might end up with a random picture of a taco

See what I mean? So much! I can’t wait to put it to use. I’m also looking forward to checking out the blogs of the wonderful people I met.

And you know what made the day even better? I got to stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home and stock up on their delicious candy and mac and cheese! Oh, and I got Arby’s! There are some cons of living in a rural area, that is for sure – like having to drive 1 hour (to Rochester) just for Trader Joe’s and Arby’s.

Alas – I didn’t take a photo of my pretty awesome outfit (#StyleBloggerFail) but just know it was a good one!

MNBlogCon will be an event that I put on my calendar every year. Do you have any events that you would recommend?

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