Event Guide for FLBlogCon's FORUM 2014

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Event guide for FLBlogCon's FORUM 2014, a one-day mini-conference on blogging and social media. Also featuring the Sunshine Blog Awards. January 11 in Orlando. For more information or to register go to forum.flblogcon.com

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Event Guide for FLBlogCon's FORUM 2014

  1. 1. FLBlogCon’s FORUM 2014 January 11 - East End Market FORUM.flblogcon.com
  2. 2. #FORUM14 I want to personally welcome you to FLBlogCon’s first event of the year: FORUM 2014! I’m just back from the trip of a lifetime to Asia that I was fortunate enough to share with my mother. While there, I reflected on what is most important in life: family, friends, health, and security. Blogging has been my way to make each of these components more meaningful in my life, so I want to challenge you to allow your website to do the same for you. As we enter 2014, let’s help each other to reach our blogging goals and make this event the start of our best year yet!! ~Bess Auer Here’s to a New Blogging Year! Be sure to use the hashtag #FORUM14 when tweeting, posting, or Instagramming about Saturday’s event. FORUM 2014
  3. 3. #FORUM14 The Venue: East End Market We’re thrilled to be showcasing one of Central Florida’s newest, hippest, and hottest places! East End Market is a neighborhood market and cultural food hub inspired by Central Florida’s local farmers and food artisans. Home to two dozen merchants, we’re excited to explore this interesting venue with you. 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803 CLICK HERE FOR MAP • Arrive early for parking because it will be crowded. Signs will direct to overflow lots. ! • The meeting room is on the second floor. @EastEndMkt ! • Connect With ! East End Market: After the FORUM, we will come down to “Local Roots” for our Mix & Mingle. Fun! Food Network’s hit show “Eat Street” will be filming an episode here earlier in the day - be prepared for crowds! facebook.com/ EastEndMkt FORUM 2014
  4. 4. #FORUM14 Event Agenda 3:30 - 4:00 Check In Upstairs 4:00 - 4:30 State of the Blog Address Justice Mitchell 4:30 - 5:00 Self-Hosting Your Blog! Ben Reed 5:00 - 5:30 Go Hollywood! Add Video to Your Blog! Bess Auer 5:30 - 6:00 Monetize Your Blog! Katy Widrick 6:00 - 7:00 Mix & Mingle Downstairs at Local Roots! FORUM 2014
  5. 5. #FORUM14 “State of the Blog” Address Discover the latest trends and industry forecasts for blogging and social media. Justice Mitchell will not only analyze the current blogosphere, but will lead us into 2014 with his guidance and expertise. The marketing world is overflowing with caffeine – fueled idea monsters ready to pitch their concept about “taking you to the next level." But occasionally you meet someone different. You feel an immediate connection. Maybe you can’t put your finger on what is so special about the person – but you know you MUST work together. ! That’s how people feel when they meet Justice Mitchell. Advertisers sense that he intuitively understands their vision. They can tell he “gets it.” Connect With Justice: @JusticeMitchell facebook.com/ JusticeMitchell ! As a hardworking, blue-collar kid practicing his craft in a white-collar world, Justice carries a toolbox loaded with an array of traditional and cutting-edge marketing techniques. His fertile, creative mind generates experiential, guerilla concepts that pound a forged-steel wedge between you and the competition. In addition, he plays a rad air guitar to classic Metallica and Judas Priest. instagram.com/ JusticeMitchell FORUM 2014
  6. 6. #FORUM14 Self Hosting Your Blog Self-hosting sends some bloggers into hysterics, but we promise it is not that scary! Ben Reed will show how easy it is to become selfhosted with just a little elbow grease and know-how. And best yet, he will give tips on the very best plug ins and widgets every blog needs to get readers coming back again and again. Connect With Ben: As a travel blogger, Ben Reed accumulated nearly half a million miles traveling to nearly 20 countries and documenting his adventures at adventureswithben.com. Three-and-a-half years later, it was time to take those blogging lessons and focus on his own home. ! With a vision to connect and engage the Central Florida Florida Community, Orlando Water Hole was launched. Locally in Orlando, he’s a member of the Florida Blogger Conference (FLBlogCon) planning committee and has his name etched twice on a plaque at the Colonial Lanes Bowling Alley. Seriously, go check it out. It’s fo’ realz. @orlndowaterhole facebook.com/ OrlandoWaterHole instagram.com/ orlandowaterhole FORUM 2014
  7. 7. #FORUM14 Add Video to Your Blog Go Hollywood! Learn how easy it is to add video to your blog posts and to utilize this powerful format. Bess will share the tips and tricks the pros use to give your movie “high interest” and the potential to go viral. Connect With Bess: Bess Auer is dedicated to educating bloggers and to connecting them with brands, especially through her company FLBlogCon. In addition to blogging, Bess is a passionate swim mom, which led her to start FloridaSwimNetwork.com, a website that livestreams competitive swim meets from across the state and for the University of Florida. The website was also recognized by the International Olympic Committee for the 2012 London Games, so most weekends you can find her poolside hanging with Ryan Lochte and other Olympians from the Sunshine State. ! @Bess_Auer facebook.com/ floridaswimnetwork instagram.com/ floridaswimnetwork Bess is also thrilled to be a part of the Growing Bolder gang and is helping shape the GB Elite Blogging Team to showcase some of Growing Bolder’s most inspirational bloggers. FORUM 2014
  8. 8. #FORUM14 Monetize Your Blog Katy Widrick will revisit her session from last year’s FLBlogCon, sharing best practices to create a media kit and why you need one. She will also reveal different ways to monetize your blog, ranging from affiliate links, banner ads, sponsored posts, and more. Connect With Katy: Katy Widrick is passionate about healthy living — through food, fitness and other “F” words. She’s a TV producer by day, a runner and triathlete by night and she loves sharing social media tips on her blog KatyWidrick.com. ! Katy is the Executive Producer for Bolder Media Group, a production company based in Central Florida. She wears many hats in this role (sometimes even a princess crown), but her main job is to produce the Growing Bolder TV Show. It’s a 30-minute program that features men and women who smash the stereotypes of what it means to grow older. Growing BOLDER — get it? @kwidrick facebook.com/ growingbolder instagram.com/ kwidrick ! Also, be sure to check out Katy’s baby/family blog, BugChild.com. FORUM 2014
  9. 9. #FORUM14 Mix & Mingle After the informative sessions are through, let the networking begin! We’re always asked for more time to chat with fellow bloggers and social media pros, so here it is! Connect and create new friendships in a casual and fun environment. • Filter down to “Local Roots” for an inviting atmosphere to mix and mingle. ! • You will receive a ticket for a free craft beer from Cigar City Brewery special thanks of Lucas of @NightHops. Connect With ! Cigar City Brewery Central Florida @NightHops ! • Be sure to check out everything Local Roots has to offer, too. facebook.com/ CigarCityCFL FORUM 2014
  10. 10. #FORUM14 Introducing the! 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards After a month-long nomination process in November, the top submission getters in 20 categories made it onto the voting ballots. ! Voting lasted throughout the month of December. ! Congratulations to those who were nominated and good luck to all! FORUM 2014
  11. 11. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Business/Marketing/Technology 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: DavidBrim.com elliot.org JusticeMitchell.com FORUM 2014
  12. 12. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Food 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: AuthenticFlorida.com droolius.com thelittlekitchen.net FORUM 2014
  13. 13. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Travel/Theme Park/Destination 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: CanDoItMom.com TheDisneyBlog.com WhatBoundariesTravel.com FORUM 2014
  14. 14. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Nonprofit/Cause 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: CentralFloridaTop5.com HoldinOutforaHero.org thesqueakywheelchair. blogspot.com FORUM 2014
  15. 15. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! DIY/Home Improvement/Craft 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: alittleclaireification.com sewwoodsy.com thethinkingcloste.com FORUM 2014
  16. 16. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Sports/Fitness 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: mealandmiles.com pbfingers.com runtothefinish.com FORUM 2014
  17. 17. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Education/Parenting 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: professorjosh.com savingsaidsimply.com theeducatorsspinonit.com FORUM 2014
  18. 18. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Fine Arts/Literature 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: analogartistdigitalworld.com loveatfirstbook.com readbreatherelax.com FORUM 2014
  19. 19. #FORUM14 Best Blog on ! Fashion/Shopping/Beauty 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: brothersandcraft.com clumpsofmascara.com jseverdayfashion.com FORUM 2014
  20. 20. #FORUM14 Best Blog in ! “Other” Category 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: cakewrecks.com suburbiainterrupted. blogspot.com terriertorrent.com FORUM 2014
  21. 21. #FORUM14 Best Overall ! Design of a Blog 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: delifreshthreads.com floridatechnologyjournal.com professorjosh.com FORUM 2014
  22. 22. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! Instagram 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: brinkmagazineonline.com pbfingers.com runtothefinish.com FORUM 2014
  23. 23. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! Pinterest 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: cookthestory.com jseverydayfashion.com theeducatorsspinonit.com FORUM 2014
  24. 24. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! YouTube 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: jasonsadler.com sewwoodsy.com wdwradio.com FORUM 2014
  25. 25. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! Facebook 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: growingbolder.com jseverydayfashion.com thelittlekitchen.net FORUM 2014
  26. 26. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! Twitter 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: familyfoodie.com thedailycity.com thetravelbite.com FORUM 2014
  27. 27. #FORUM14 Best Use of ! Social Media 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: jasonsadler.com thelittlekitchen.net wdwradio.com FORUM 2014
  28. 28. #FORUM14 Best Voice/Writing! of a Blog 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: avitable.com katywidrick.com theantijared.com FORUM 2014
  29. 29. #FORUM14 Best Blog Post ! of the Year 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: amandatinney.com holdinoutforahero.org theantijared.com FORUM 2014
  30. 30. #FORUM14 Best Blog ! of the Year 2013 Sunshine Blog Awards Click image below to visit nominated website: jseverydayfashion.com thelittlekitchen.net wdwradio.com FORUM 2014
  31. 31. #FORUM14 Special thanks to our sponsors: And to our FLBlogCon Planning Team: Adam Avitable, Ben Reed, Bess Auer, Brian Wilson, Jeanette Scott, Josh Murdock, and Katy Widrick FORUM 2014
  32. 32. #FORUM14 Join Us! For Our January Tweet Chat Wednesday, January 15 - 8 pm - 9 pm Featuring Tom Jelneck on SEO Marketing He’ll answer your questions about Google searches, page rankings, and how to optimize your site! Click here to get a reminder about the chat. FORUM 2014

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