I attended the 2011 MN Blogger Conference Saturday at Allina Commons (administrative headquarters for Allina Hospitals and Clinics) in the Midtown Exchange in Minneapolis. Everything about the conference was terrific. Props to the main organizers Arik Hanson and Melissa (Missy) Berggren.
Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing and editor/blogger at MarketingBlog.com (that domain name redirects to toprankblog.com) gave the keynote: Blogs to Riches: A Journey from Blogging Luddite to Successful Business. Alternate title on his cover slide: 5 Lessons Learned from 7+ Years of Blogging.
(I happened to meet Lee just before his presentation when he saw me taking photos with my Sony NEX-3. He said something to effect of "I loved that camera until a wave in Hawaii took it away from me." I told him new versions were due soon, ie, the NEX-5N and the NEX-7.)
I don’t have a link to his presentation but slide #15 from this recent Social Media and SEO Slideshare presentation of his is similar to what he used on Saturday.
The break-out sessions I attended were all very good:
- The Pictures With Your Thousand Words: Supporting Your Blog with Photos by Mandy Dwyer
- Vlogging: Lessons to Learn from TV by Erica Mayer
- 15 Essential WordPress Plugins (blog post with his presentation slides) by Mykl Roventine
- Blogging from mobile devices by Julio Ojeda-Zapata