Attendees from the first MN Blogger Conference gathered at CoCo St. Paul back in 2010.

Five years ago, Arik Hanson and I started the first conference in Minnesota solely devoted to Minnesota bloggers: The Minnesota Blogger Conference.

We started the event because we saw a need (at the time): to help bloggers from different walks of life, who blog about different topics, come together and learn from each other. And, to be honest, just to network and get to know one another.

With the help of many, many people, we’ve pulled off four #mnblogcon’s plus a couple of mini-blogcons and happy hours. And it’s been wonderful and fun, but also exhausting… as you can imagine, even with the best of teams, it takes a ton of time and energy.

And so, our run has come to an end–well, for now, at least.

New opportunities for both Arik and I have taken their toll on our free time. Arik joined the MIMA board of directors, the Winona St. Alumni Association, Bolder Options and Goodwill (in addition to client work!). Similarly, last year, I took a new job with WCG. I also joined the board of directors for the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota, and took on the Director of Strategic Planning for the local Social Media Breakfast chapter. And so we’ve had fewer hours to devote to labors of love like #mnblogcon.

Enter Mykl Roventine and Jen Jamar.

We’ve known Mykl and Jen for years. They are big contributors locally. Bloggers in their own right. And great people. When they showed an interest in taking the #mnblogcon reigns, we couldn’t resist.

We wanted #mnblogcon to live on–after all, we’ve seen tremendous demand for the event, and continue to field inquiries about this year’s #mnblogcon. So, naturally, we wanted to secure its future. With Mykl and Jen leading the way, Arik and I are extremely confident #mnblogcon will be on the right path.

We will still be involved in advisory roles, but Mykl and Jen will be handling all the day-to-day and planning details. In essence, #mnblogcon is now Mykl and Jen’s baby.

But Arik and I plan to be at #mnblogcon this fall. We wouldn’t really miss it for anything. So, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Mykl and Jen to the #mnblogcon family and wishing them the best of luck with this year’s event. We know they’ll be amazing.


PS: If you’re interested in volunteering to help with #mnblogcon, or you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact Mykl at myklroventine@gmail.com. Look for more details on the event at www.mnbloggerconference.com.

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