Why I'm Glad I Didn't Stay Home from MNBlogCon | STACIE RAYE

Why I'm Glad I Didn't Stay Home from MNBlogCon

For the past six years, I've been attending the Minnesota blog conference, MNBlogCon. And this year, I almost didn't go.





I don't know why. Maybe it was because this year it cost $20? No, that's not it. Perhaps it was because I've been to all of them except for one. After all, I had heard all there was to hear about learning how to blog. Or so I thought. I decide to buy a ticket anyhow, and see what's new in the blogging world.

On a beautiful day in November, I headed to St. Catherine's for a full day of blogging workshops that also included a few YouTube classes as well.



Why I'm Glad I didn't Stay Home from MNBlogCon

1. Networking is invaluable. You never know who is in the building! I made a few connections that I am looking forward to cultivating.

2. Just because you have heard something before doesn't mean you don't need to hear it again. There were a lot of blogging tips that I had already heard, but have yet to implement. These classes served as a reminder for me to get off my rear-end and get to work!

3. For the price, you can't beat the wealth of information you get from MNBlogCon. Yes, in previous years the conference was free. But $20 still isn't bad. In fact, I don't know of any other conference that affordable.

4. I got to see blogging friends and meet new ones. There's something about being in the room with a few hundred folks that are just like you. They eat, sleep, and breathe their blogs and want them to grow just like you do.

5. Oh, and this year I won a $25 Applebee's gift certificate! We just so happened to be planning to go there for my hubby's b-day. Look at God!




Blogger shenanigans!



Top 5 Blogging & Vlogging Tips I learned from the MN Blog Conference

1. Be confident in your brand. -Jessica Flannigan

2. Be true to yourself, your blog, and your readers. -Jessica Flannigan

3. Create a purpose for your YouTube Channel. -Jenna Redfield

4. Everything you do should have a point for doing it. Use keywords. -Dan R. Morris

5. Don't act small, act big! -Dan R. Morris
6. Blogging isn't about money and fame, but a reflection of who you are -Keane Amdahl.
7. You should only fear not being genuine. - Erica Hanna


Do you attend Blogging Conferences in you local area?

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24 comments

  1. Great recap! MNBlogCon was my first blogging conference and I thought it was great!

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    1. Yet, it was a great conference this year! Everything was just what I needed to hear.

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  2. Hi Stacie, I wish there were more blogging conferences nearby. I need to see if there are going to be any in the closest big cities. Love these key take away s. Pinning.

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    1. Thank Theresa! I don't always get to travel, so it's nice when there's a conference right at home.

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  3. It was great meeting you in personal finally! Thank you so much for attending my session and sharing this recap.

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    1. You're welcome Jessica. You had me taking notes all session!

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  4. Great post. This was my second year attending. I always learn so much. I like how the conference motivates and inspires me.

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    1. The motivation is the best part. I love it!

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  5. I attended first time in MN Bloggers Conference and I absolutely loved it! I am new in MN and I really enjoyed meeting local bloggers!

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    1. It's such a great way to network with other bloggers in the area.

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  6. I havent been to many the last couple of years but the times that I have, they have always been beneficial, one in particular was for a younger demographic but I got so much out of it.

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    1. I try to attend this one every year since it's local.

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  7. I'm dying to check out a blogging conference! Sounds like you definitely got a lot out of it.

    All the Best,
    Allison | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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    1. Yes, I did! I'm still trying to digest it all.

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  8. I haven't been to not one blog conference because I just feel I can get the same info online if I pay it would only be to meet my blog peep but I guess I should go to at least one....just one though

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    1. You should! Just find one conference that you would really enjoy.

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  9. Everytime I see one of these posts I get so frustrated, I have just not been able to make it to one yet but I am planning for next year....

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    1. Aw, I hope you'll be able to go to one soon.

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  10. This sounds like it was a great conference. I have yet to find any ones that take place in my local area though. #ProductReviewParty

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  11. I have been to a couple of conferences last year, but none this year. My plan is to attend some of them next year since I'll have more free time. #ProductReviewParty

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  12. I love a great conference, I am hoping to attend one out of town next year.

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  13. This was well worth the investment, which you should always do for yourself! I haven't attended a blogging conference, but am getting my business off the ground by attending some awesome Women in Business events. Happy Thanksgiving #ProductReviewParty

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  14. It was my first and I had a great time and learned so much.

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  15. So glad you decided go and actually got some useful information out of it! I am hoping to start attending more conferences in the upcoming year.

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