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Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blogging | 6 Comments »

Blogging is funny.  On one hand, it’s a hobby.  On the other hand, it’s kind of a job.

When you are sitting in your house, with your kids running around screaming their heads off, it’s hard to see past the hobby part.  When you are sitting at the table at 1am trying to finish up a review post to meet a deadline you set for a company, it’s hard to see past the job part.

Sometimes blogging can feel really isolating.  Even when you are connected via Twitter, Facebook (and blogs!) at all hours of the day.

It’s not something that people who *don’t* blog always understand.

So to be in a room packed with other bloggers, having discussions with professionals about things like:

– copyright laws and how to deal with stolen content
– building and managing a community both online and off
– how to legally navigate endorsements, sponsorships, the Facebook TOS  and the FCC
– and how to find the right publishing niche for you (if you are looking to turn your words into a book)

is quite simply, AMAZING.

To have it be right in your backyard and be FREE is just unheard of.

I am so lucky to be a part (a very little part) of this fantastic blogging community we have here in Minnesota. Last year I sat nursing #JudahTheTank watching my Twitter feed and I saw a mention of the conference and I tweeted to @MinnesotaJoY (who I didn’t even know!) that I was super jealous I wasn’t there.

Here I am, a year later.  Spending the night before the conference, cuddling Miss Harper Moo (MinnesotaJoY’s daughter) at a pre-conference party, hanging out with a great group of women* (some who I met over the last few months, some who I only know by their Twitter names).  There is really no other way to put it- it was awesome.

Thank you to Missy and Arik and their top notch planning committee for putting together a fantastic day of speakers at  Minnesota Blogger Conference 2011.  And of course to the sponsors: TopRank Online Marketing, Allina and KARE 11 who made it possible.

I can’t wait until next year!

*Thanks ladies for such a fun night!
Jen, Marta, Jamie and Lindsi, Kristin, Amy, Jo, Stephanie, Mimi, Kristin and Lindsey

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6 Comments on “#MNBlogCon”

  1. 1 Marta28 said at 1:17 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    I agree, it was pretty great to meet everyone and feel less isolated about the whole blogging world. I felt this community everyone talks about =)

  2. 2 KadburyIs said at 2:13 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    Being at that conference was the first time I felt validated about being a blogger. It WAS amazing : )
    Besides the actual conference itself, the best part in my mind was meeting as many MN bloggers as I could. And, as it turns out, it's pretty awesome to turn 'twitter friends' into real life friends!

  3. 3 Jamie H said at 3:10 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    I could not agree with you more about the hobby vs job thing and the isolation thing!! Such a great post that sums up so many peoples' feelings! Thanks for the great pre-party too!

  4. 4 StephanieinSuburbia said at 8:18 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    SO fun to really get to sit and chat with you, girl! I've come to admire you a ton and hope to see you soon. Sad I didn't make it to the conference.

  5. 5 Missy said at 11:52 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    So glad you were able to attend and have such a great time! Great post! 🙂

  6. 6 Beth said at 9:36 pm on February 3rd, 2012:

    I have no idea how you do it and still maintain such a sucessful blog. I have trouble just typing an email with my children running around!! You are doing a great job!!

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