I’m moderating Manitoba’s blogging conference this month



Manitoba’s blogging conference – MBlog – is back for a second year at the end of this month and I’ll be moderating/emceeing the day.

The conference begins with a networking reception on the evening of Friday, January 31 at The Fort Garry Hotel (Winnipeg, Canada).

I went to the reception last year and it was a super friendly, informal do. We spoke to other bloggers and the expert folks in town for the conference (last year’s keynote speaker was the brilliant Catherine Connors, editor in chief of Disney Interactive Family and author of Her Bad Mother. This year it’s the equally brilliant Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess).

In fact, I get to sit down with Jenny and have a cosy chat for ‘A Conversation With …’ bit of the conference afternoon the following day. I’m currently reading Jenny’s HILARIOUS book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir).

The conference-proper happens on Saturday, February 1 at Convocation Hall at the University of Winnipeg.

The speaker lineup includes writer, iPhonographer and inventor of the Canadian Weblog Awards Elan Morgan (AKA Schmutzie.com a blogger I sincerely respect); Pinterest expert Cynthia Sanchez; Jaeny Baik; along with Kyla Roma, Heidi Reimer-Epp, Ian McCausland, and Brian Bowman.

The whole shebang costs $129 + GST if you register before the early bird deadline on January 10, 2014. After that, it’s $159 + GST.

Jenny Lawson’s about page should be enough to make you want to come to the conference. I quote:

I wrote for the Houston Chronicle, but I needed an uncensored space to say the f-word and talk about ninjas so I started this blog.  I tweet a lot.  Also, I can balance live cats on my head but no one will pay me for it.  Yet. My book (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) debuted at #1 on the NYT best-seller list. I assure you, no one is more surprised about this than me.

Speaker topics include: anatomy of great content; common sense advice for bloggers; Pinterest strategies for traffic and engagement; blog design; blogging for business; online content and the law; and how not to look nervous on video.