The 2013 conference date is set for October 12 — you can keep up with the latest news on Twitter at @MNBlogCon.
There is a tremendous blogging community in Minnesota. We have bloggers who write about politics, parenting, food, sports, fashion, technology, communications and even weight loss! You name it, we have it covered.
The first conference in September 2010 was a big success! We also had a great mini-conference event in January, 2011 and full day, free conferences in September 2011 and 2012. Everything about the conference was developed with your input via survey and committees, and we focused the speaker panel to Minnesota bloggers to keep our focus on the wonderful talent within our community.
Arik Hanson @arikhanson
Arik Hanson is principal of ACH Communications, a digital communications firm focused on serving as strategic thought partners to financial services, health care, not-for-profit and other organizations. With more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience, Arik has spent the last few years focusing on the world of digital PR and blog marketing. Arik blogs at Communications Conversations and has played a lead role in many social projects and initiatives online–both locally and nationally–including: founder–Help a PR Pro Out Day; Organizer/speaker at BlogWorld (2009, 2010); Founder of the PR Reader’s Choice Blog Awards; Co-founding the B2B Voices blog; and a regular contributor to Ragan.com, PR Daily, the PR Breakfast Club and MinnPost.
Missy Berggren @marketingmama
Missy Berggren is the director of a new Minneapolis office for WCG, an integrated communications agency. She blogs on marketing and business at melissaberggren.com and on the rest of her life (parenting, family activities and health topics) at Marketing Mama. Named one of the top 11 Tweeps of the Twin Cities, Top Ten Titans of Twin Cities Social Media and Top 50 Women of Twitter, Missy isn’t far from any online discussion and regularly appears in local media.
2013 Planning Team
Jenny Huschka @PrincessSushi
Jenny Huschka loves to tell people what to do, especially if she thinks it will make them more successful. In marketing at SPIRE, a credit union serving residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin, Jenny works to trumpet the benefits of belonging to a credit union. She also designs print and online collateral, builds web sites and conducts social media coaching for customers and friends alike.
When she’s not tweeting (which is rare) or telling people what to tweet, Jenny entertains her children and her 2 small dogs. Jenny spends her nights moonlighting as a karaoke singer at one of many local drinking establishments or shooting up the opposition on Xbox under her alter ego, Princess Sushi. She has enjoyed gaming, computers, gadgets and good times as long as she can remember.
Lee Owens @EdinaEater
Public Relations Manager
A writer of many hats, Lee has created content for a variety of distribution channels dating back to the smudgy ink days of print and is thrilled to be a wired blogger today. What better way to combine a life-long love of writing and food than with a blog focused on the culinary delights found in the ever-expanding culinary destination of Edina? As public relations manager for the Minnesota Blogging Conference, she is eager to reach out to fellow bloggers and learn more about this fascinating forum of online discussion that empowers writers with interests as varied as the War and Peace-sized menu at the Southdale Cheesecake Factory.
Grant Spanier @grantspanier
Grant Spanier is a writer, designer & entrepreneur.
He nearly won the spelling bee in 6th grade.
Jen Westpfahl @JenPioneerPress
Jen Westpfahl is the Deputy Editor/Digital News & Social Media for the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com and mother of three. After three years of regular blogging, she has focused her efforts on various social media channels. She is also a scrapbooker, cheapskate, bookworm, introvert, wannabe environmentalist, perfectionist and procrastinator.
Teresa Beardman @Tboard
Teresa is a Realtor, a weekly columnist for Inman News, where she writes to the real estate industry on a wide range of topics, and is also a profuse serial blogger who has written thousands of blog posts on multiple blogs. She started StPaulRealEstateBlog in 2005 and is considered an early adopter and blogging pioneer by her peers in the real estate industry. Her blog has gained local and national recognition, and is her primary source of new real estate clients. She is also the author of StPaulPhotos.com showing St. Paul, Minn. one photo at a time. She provides photographs for local businesses and for the Saint Paul Visitor and Convention Bureau specializing in architectural, landscape and fine arts photography.
Laura Fitzpatrick @BitzofFitz
Laura Fitzpatrick is a strategist, writer, & improv performer. She currently works in advertising at Olson, volunteers with the Advertising Federation of Minnesota Communications Committee, and was selected to be part of Google’s Project Glass. In some non-career related notes; Laura can list the elements on the periodic table…in song, is the University of Minnesota Homecoming Queen 2011-2012, and feels very strongly that there is no purpose in this world for single-stuffed Oreos.
Mary Woestehoff @Whitepeachphoto
Mary Woestehoff is a Twin Cities boudoir photographer at White Peach Photography, and has a passion for creating beautiful and lasting images for women to freely express their personality.
Beyond the lens, Mary relies on the two-fold punch of caffeine and craft beer to defy the logic of being a SAHM to two active and wily daughters. She shares bits of her personal stories and photographs at White Peach Blog.
In her rare free time, Mary loves thrifting, cross-stitching, and laughing with girlfriends who just get her.
Monika is currently a RPS Marketing Services Program Manager for US Bank executing multi-channel Portfolio Marketing campaigns. She has 20+ years experience in Health Club Management, Loyalty Marketing Operations, Credit Card Marketing, Account Management and Vendor Management.
Her personal blogs are melshaunplugged.tumblr.com & http://nightlightjourneys.blogspot.com/. Monika’s background includes ACE certified group fitness instruction and multiple roles for the National Physique Committee of the USA (NPC) including State Chairperson & Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure competition event promoter. Her interests include cooking, gardening, golf, digital photography, interior design and social media.
Kate Selner is passionate (and often outspoken) about her love for fresh, simple foods and eating for good health, combining her lifelong love of food with a vivid writing style on her blog, Kate in the Kitchen. She’s raised a pretty amazing young man, shares her home with two cats and incites great envy through Instagram photos of her lake home. Kate revels in her Introverted nature, where she drinks far too much coffee, reads endlessly about the world of food, gardens a tiny organic plot in her backyard and dreams of living near water. Her loving husband willingly cleans up the kitchen without complaint.