|This way to the coffee. Yes!|
MN Blogger Conference is in a bigger venue than last year so they could increase attendance, or at least have more spots available. Last year there was a wait list and I ended up buying a ticket from someone else that ended up not being able to attend. DD1 was going to attend, but she had a work conflict and any of my friends with an interest weren't able to come. There was no wait list this year, so I have an extra ticket. I suppose I could grab her "stuff" but then I'd have to carry her free notebook, a really nice one at that and pen, around with me all day. Not doing it. I brought my camera, as it does have WiFi capability, but I haven't figured out how to configure that yet. Perhaps I'll get pointers later on. I'm a self proclaimed troglodyte.
At this point, more people are starting to come so I made my way to the auditorium to start a little networking-and find coffee.The opening speaker, Jennifer Kane,was quite good, a mixture of entertaining, motivating, and informative, with the theme of Fierce and Fearless or vice versa. I feel neither I nor my blog is either synonym, so I tried to perk up to her tips. My two morning sessions were on unblocking writers block, and using live video. I am still trying to figure out the world of a recorded and edited video on YouTube so the presentation was interesting, but not applicable-now. It was presented by the wonderful Erica Hanna, who I've been
|The fierce, fearless, and fabulous Erica Hanna @meeterica|
- I can't see myself making a real career out of blogging in the near future, but as a viable hobby, and way to meet like minded folks, I'll keep at it. But...one never knows.
- I need to just get off the dime and launch content on samandcoffee.com, and not worry about perfection. Also, a little video (even if not live) can go a long way.
- Who knew Hennepin County library had so many free resources for aspiring writers? I do now.
- I like learning and feeling like a student again. Admittedly, 50% of today was over my technological comfort zone, but terms I've heard are no longer foreign, and I am inspired to explore new ways to improve my writing, my use of technology, and my enjoyment of this hobby.
- Minnesota has some really creative people, and people willing to share their experiences and expertise. January weather still sucks, but the people are awesome.
Will I attend next year. Sure! Why not invest a day in learning new information, potentially new contacts, and new skills? The price was a bargain; early bird tickets at $20, and even with eating one of the two tickets, still low cost. I have another idea from just talking ideas out loud for yet another blog site, pulling bits I've touched on in a more singular purposed topic. We'll see how much cabin fever I get this winter before I dive into another project. I do this though, get excited about ideas and then reality sets in, and energy wains.That whole full time job and a family thing. Still, hopefully in the last last year I applied some new strategies from the last conference that made my my blog and writing better and will do the same in the months to come. I even picked up a few more followers on Twitter-wowsa, I'm at 110 now. Who's up for joining me in 2017?
|One of my favorites, engraved on a university wall, fitting for the day.|