On Saturday, September 10,

150+ bloggers,

20+ speakers,

and 1 dedicated planning team,

gathered at Allina Hospitals & Clinics offices in Minneapolis

for a day of learning and connecting.

We were especially grateful to our sponsors, TopRank Online Marketing, KARE 11 and Allina. All sign design was by Beth Rubin-Gabor from Where It Blooms.

Bridget Monroe and Suzi Magill from the planning team check in the attendees (that’s Dave Folkens above).


Josh Braaten from the planning team, assuming the official blogger position (coffee in one hand, smart phone in the other).

The large wall in the lobby had three projectors we used for the day. Thanks to Josh for capturing mastheads from attendees to rotate throughout the day. It was pretty cool!

Arik Hanson and I welcomed the group. Keynote speaker, Lee Odden, shared his story, “Blogs to Riches.” It was fabulous!

This is half the room during the opening remarks (it was a large sea of bloggers!). Yes, I took a picture from the podium. 🙂

There were many, many great sessions and I only snapped pics in a few of them. Here’s one of the community panel – Jen Emmert (Prior Fat Girl), Meghan Wilker (Geek Girls Guide), Stephanie Meyer (Fresh Tart Steph) and Ian Schwartz ( @ids07) and led by (right) Kate O’Reilly (Clever Kate).

 Lunch was another highlight- taco bar – courtesy of our sponsors. I thought it was fabulous and I heard many people raving!

Our featured charity this year was Read Indeed. Minnesota Bloggers donated more than 100 childrens and teen books!

  …and Mandy from Glimpses of Soul Photography donated her time and talent to provide headshots for attendees, raising $300+ for Read Indeed. (Mandy was also one of our presenters, speaking on using photography in your blog).

Big thanks to the planning team for their amazing time, talent and dedication to helping build the Minnesota blogging community. (That’s Beth, me, Bridget, Josh & Arik – Suzi had already left). And a giant thanks to my co-founder and partner, Arik. We make a great team and it’s an honor to work with you on this event.


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23 Responses to “Minnesota Blogger Conference 2011 Recap”

  1. Thanks for the recap and for co-founding this great event! I am glad I was able to attend this year.

  2. Jamie H says:

    The conference was GREAT thanks so much for all your hard work! Can’t wait till next year!

  3. Hanaa says:

    Thanks for organizing. It was my first time attending and I had a great time. I learned a lot! Looking forward to next year’s.

  4. I had such a great time. I was so wiped at the end of the day I didn’t think I’d make it the 2 mile drive home, so much information, so many great people. I finally got together a post- I’m sure I will have another one because this is just the tip of the iceberg:
    Thanks for all of your hard work!

    • Missy says:

      Hey Erin, Thanks so much for the note! Glad you were able to attend and had such a great time! 🙂

    • Josefina says:

      I did. The grandchildren came to visit, and so did some of my fenrids, and my offspring sent me a $50 gift certificate for Amazon. So I was well taken care of. Should I admit that I spent the gift certificate finishing my collection of Buffy and buying one season of Angel? I never watch TV shows while they are on; I wait till they are off and somebody insists on showing me the DVDs of one season, and then I decide whether I want to buy the whole thing. That way I don’t get caught up in such a way that I get hysterical if I don’t get home in time to see my TV show, as a certain man who lives not very far away from me like ten feet used to do until I promised I would buy him all the seasons of The Closer! He now has them.Anne

  5. Deb says:

    I had so much fun!! Thanks to you and your team for such a great event!

  6. Great event! Thanks again for all you do drawing our Minnesota blogging community together! ~Chris Ann

    • Missy says:

      Hey Chris Ann, it was great to see you there – wish we could have spent more time together… hopefully things will calm down soon and I can respond to the e-mail you two sent me! 🙂 xo

  7. Josh Braaten says:

    I love the images in the recap! Instagram makes everything seem so epic, but I’d say in this case, it’s true. The day was a blur, but your and Arik’s vision came together once again. It was an honor to be a part of it.

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  9. ange says:

    Just found your blog and so bummed I missed out on this conference. Hopefully I can attend next year!

    • Missy says:

      Hi Ange, thanks for the note – glad you found out about it now, though, so you can be first on the list to register for next year! 🙂 We also may have another mini-con between now and then, so watch closely! Have you found the conference page on facebook and the twitter account (@mnblogcon) – those are great ways to stay on top of news. I also give updates here when I have them. Nice to meet you! 🙂

  10. Thanks for all the work you did to organize this, Missy! It was a great day. And thanks for taking a photo of the panel I was on – it’s my only proof that I was really there.

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