NEPA BlogCon 2012


NEPA BlogCon 2012 was held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) Campus Bldg 7 in Nanticoke, PA.  Over $2000 was raised for the two selected charities The Arc of Luzerne County and the NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance

Charity Info:

The Arc of Luzerne County

The Arc of Luzerne County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.

The Arc is a group of consumers, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, and professionals interested in seeing that the rights of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/D) are upheld and that needed services are provided.

The Arc is devoted to providing information, encouraging the development of well-coordinated and integrated services, monitoring the quality of programs, and most importantly, working on behalf of the person with IDD and his/her family to assist in the enhancement and development of skills, attainment of services, and resolution of problems.

The Arc is a private, non-profit membership based organization guided by a volunteer board of directors.

The Arc of Luzerne County is affiliated with The Arc of the United States, The Arc of Pennsylvania, and more
than 700 state and local chapters throughout the country. We are a member agency of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Check out their website


The NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance

NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance is a non-profit all volunteer service organization of veterans dedicated to helping veterans and their families navigate through government and community based provider systems to obtain information, benefits, and services. We assist clients to develop a unique plan to meet individual and family needs, and work in collaboration with other community based service providers to help meet those objectives.

The mission of NEPA VMA is to increase access to services and keep veterans and their families informed of benefits and assistance available to them in order to improve reintegration, transition and stability.

NEPA VMA provides free consultations to veterans and their family members. These consultations include a comprehensive overview of support, benefits, and assistance in a variety of areas, including health care, education, employment, housing, and day-to-day living.

Check out their website

Presenter Info:

Keynote speaker

We love her enough to give her a pink bio.

Gala Darling
Gala Darling
Gala Darling’s unrelenting devotion to positivity & magic has earned her cult celebrity status & rabid fans all over the globe, from India to Sweden. From the massive number of hits her website garners on a monthly basis to her legendary Things I Love Thursday lists, this writer, nomad & international playgirl easily transfers her enthusiasm for life into the written word.Described in the New York Times as “a Web-tethered gadabout”, she was recently named one of the 10 most influential style bloggers in the world (Fashionista). She has been described as “a tattooed Miss Manners” (The Bargain Queen), a “downtown Carrie Bradshaw” (Elle) & a “New York City society gal” (Filament). Celebrity stylist & icon Rachel Zoe says Gala & her site are “très chic”.Gala believes in pink lingerie, sequins, stardust & candy-coloured Cadillacs. She believes in making mischief & the triumph of magic over the brute. She believes in short skirts & lip gloss & bringing about the radical self love revolution. She believes life doesn’t have to be serious, that you create your own reality & that beauty is all around us. Find her on twitter, @galadarling and writing on her blog, She will be giving our Keynote.

Panels & Session Presenters

Evan Barden

Evan Barden

Evan is a New York City improv sketch comedian, Twitter funny man, relationship blogger, and one of the minds behind such awesome social experiments as One Hundred Dates, Live Tweet Tuesday and Scoresby Comedy. He also used the run the hilariously comical blog, When Will We Kiss? He’ll be co-running the panel on Sharing is Caring.

Jim Crenshaw

Jim Crenshaw

Jim has worked as a social media consultant and marketer for several years. He’s the digital marketing director for Pack Our Party which is a NEPA nightlife marketing, entertainment and event planning company. Jim will be completing his Masters in Media Psychology where he will be conducting research and finishing my thesis concerning how and why individuals use and share on social networking websites and the web. Find him on twitter, @startmywebpage

Jason Gaylord

Jason Gaylord
Jason Gaylord is a web guru and application developer from Northeastern Pennsylvania. During the day, he’s the acting Director of Technology for United One Resources in Wilkes-Barre. At night, he tweets, blogs, andfacebooks with the best of them. In his spare time, he’s chased around by his three little ones. Jason has also been a Microsoft MVP and ASPInsider since 2003 and is the group leader of a technology user group called .NET Valley.

Hey Shenee

Hey Shenee!
Shenee is a brand strategist and Backstreet Boys fan who likes you already. Seriously. She teaches the best. branding. class. ever. Hot Brand Action. You should go get some. You can find her all around the internet spreading the good word about guru free business building and brand engagement. She’s gonna teach you to build an unforgettable brand with what you have right now. Find her on twitter @heyshenee or on her website! She’ll be running the session on Branding.

Jessie Holeva

Jessie Holeva
Originally from Northeastern PA, Jessie Holeva is a nationally recognized budget-fashion expert and the trendsetting, budget blogger behind Trend Hungry. She’s taken her skinny-budget style know-how to the radio with a weekly syndicated trend forecast. She also styles and appears on various TV outlets regularly. Jessie your newest shopping partner in crime and your mecca for fashion 411 on a skinny budget. Connect with her on twitter, @trendhungryblog and Facebook, /trendhungry. She will be co-running the panel on Content Strategy.


Jamie Karpovich

Jamie Karpovich
Jaime Karpovich is the author of Save the Kales! blog, and host of the half-hour vegan cooking/lifestyle TV and internet show of the same name. In addition, Jaime is a freelance writer and gives live cooking demos and group talks. Save the Kales! was voted “Best Food Blog” in 2011 and 2012, and “Best Overall Blog” in 2012 by Lehigh Valley readers. Jaime grew up in Kingston, PA and now lives in Bethlehem with her boyfriend and her cat, Pierogi. Find her on and Twitter @SaveTheKales! She will be co-running the panel on Using Media Effectively.


Kuhcoon is a social media as a service (SMaS) platform. The platform is built to help medium and enterprise businesses create a social media strategy to drive sales by providing them with affordable social media management, data-driven marketing strategies, and a dedicated professional community manager. Find them on twitter @kuhcoon! They will be running the panel on Social Media.

Kris Jones

Kris Jones
Kris is the founder and former CEO of Pepperjam, which he sold to GSI Commerce in 2009. Since leaving Pepperjam Kris has invested in over a dozen early stage technology companies, including,, APPEK Mobile Apps,, and Kris is an author and frequent public speaker – he’s also the author of SEO Visual Blueprint, which has sold over 50,000 copies. Kris lives in Shavertown with his wife Robyn and three children, Kris Jr, Lauren, and Jackson. He will be presenting on Monetizing your Blog.

Alicia Magda

Alicia Magda
Alicia is a pint-sized SEO super ninja who fearlessly heads-up the Internet Marketing (SEO and Email) division at Solid Cactus. When not posting to her running blog,, or reading up on the latest and greatest SEO trends, you can find her trotting along in her running sneakers wondering which books she should voraciously read next. She’ll be taking you through the SEO for blogging ropes in her SEO 101 Session.


Shannon Nelson
Shannon Nelson
Shannon launched A Girl’s Gotta Spa!™ in 2005 and has been featured in consumer publications such as VOGUE Australia, New Beauty, Glamour and SHAPE, and trade publications such as GCI, American Spa and Beauty Store Business Magazine. She has been a guest speaker on the topic of social media for business at the HBA Expo and Cosmoprof North America. Shannon loves to write and consult on social media and you can find her talking about it on WBRE’s PA Live. As if all of this wasn’t awesome enough, she is also the mom of 4 boys. You can find her on Twitter @ShannonNelson and on She will be co-running the panel on Content Strategy.
Lauren O'Nizzle
Lauren O’Nizzle
Lauren is a geeky Canadian media girl whose hot face has been seen on both MTV and Cosmo Mag Online. She interviews people, video blogs, and feeds her Internet addiction with lots of videos of cats. You can find her spitting awesome into cyberspace on her blog Lauren Out Loud or on her ever-entertaining twitter feed, @laurenonizzle. She’ll be presenting on Managing Your Community.
Brent Pennington
Brent Pennington
Brent is a professional photographer who abandoned his Creative Writing degree to become a visual storyteller. He maintains two websites and blogs; his professional site,, where he focuses on his client work (commerical, portraiture, and wedding photography), and his personal site,, where he pursues wildlife and nature photography, talks about techniques and gear, and generally hangs out. He’s a native step-son of NEPA, having moved to Pennsylvania four years ago and fallen in love with it. He’ll be taking photos throughout the day and is a panelist for the Using Media Effectively session.
Greg Pugh

Greg Pugh
Greg Pugh is the owner of GP Animations. His blog,, covers mobile application development, software and device reviews. His Colin Turtle eBook apps ( have sold thousands of copies worldwide and his animated cartoons have been shown in the Atlanta Animation Attack Film Festival. He developed a cartoon concept with the help of Joe Murray, creator of Rocko’s Modern Life & Camp Lazlo, that Greg hopes to turn into a comic book app series in the future. Greg will be co-running the panel on Mobile.


John Tomkoski

John Tomkoski
John Tomkoski Jr. is a Web Developer at Solid Cactus, Inc. and speaks many coding languages to include HTML. In this session you’ll learn the basics of styling text, adding media and widgets, and other fun tricks John has in store for you. Follow him on twitter: @johntomkoskijr! He will be running the session on HTML 101.


Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula
Justin Vacula is an outspoken atheist and community activist from Northeastern Pennsylvania who is the co-organizer, spokesperson, and a board member of the NEPA Freethought Society – a social, educational, activist, and philosophical community group. Vacula is best-known for challenging the constitutionality of a courthouse holiday display in 2009 and proposing what was called ‘the most inoffensive atheist bus ad ever’ (which was rejected). He publishes blog posts on, is the host of the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast, and writes articles for as the ‘Scranton Atheism Examiner.’ Find him on Twitter @JustinVacula. He’ll be co-running the panel on Using Media Effectively.

Jason Valenti

Jason Valenti
Jason is a hacker. He enjoys writing programs which contain instructions on how computers should carry out specific tasks. He once drove non-stop from Las Vegas, NV to Nashville, TN without sleeping. Google pays his bills while he dreams in digital, codes in VIM, eats JavaScript for breakfast and is CEO and founder the social gaming company, PwnVFaiL. Find him on Twitter @JVal3nti. He’ll be running the session on All Things Google.

Riss Vandal

Riss Vandal
Riss is NEPA’s edgy and goth fashion blogging queen. She creeps the streets like a pro and then reads a comic book or two. You can find her macabre and posh fashion bloggery at Fashion Vandals. She’s also a staff write at Gothic Beauty Magazine. She’ll be co-running the panel on Sharing is Caring.

Adam Ceresko
Adam is CEO of APPEK Mobile Apps, a leading mobile app agency building apps for leading companies around the world. Most notably is Face Invaders, which was named Gizmodo’s iPhone App of the Day. In addition to APPEK, Adam recently co-founded Pathmapp, a mobile A/B Testing platform the just launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Adam lives in Scranton, enjoys playing golf, blasting EDM and using all things Apple.


Other people and local news sources have been kind enough to write about us on their websites and blogs. Here’s a list of those articles!

04.02.12 NEPA Bloggers Call to Action Source: Karla Porter
04.02.12 NEPA BlogCon Announcement & Survey Source:
05.04.12 Super Cat Meme, NEPA BlogCon & Star Wars Day Source: Darling Stewie
06.03.12 NEPA Digerati in Action Source: Karla Porter
06.03.12 NEPA BlogCon to Host Launch Party Source: The Citizens’ Voice
06.18.12 98.5 KRZ Rocky & Sue Interview (MP3 Format) Source: 98.5 KRZ
06.21.12 NEPA BlogCon Launch Party Tomorrow Source: Gort42
06.21.12 For the love of blog Source: The Weekender
06.22.12 Rock 107 Interview ~ BlogCon Girls 06 22 2012 (MP3 Format) Source: Rock 107
06.22.12 NEPA BlogCon Launch Party Tonight Source:
06.22.12 NEPA BlogCon Launch Party Tonight Source:
06.23.12 PwnVFail Source:
06.23.12 NEPA BlogCon Updates Source: Justin Vacula
06.24.12 NEPA BlogCon Updates and Whatnot Source: Darling Stewie
06.29.12 We’ve Launched! Source: Mandy Boyle
07.18.12 10 tips to market your professional self via your blog Source: Karla Porter
07.20.12 Come & See Me… In The FLESH! Source:
07.22.12 2012 Conferences for Mom Bloggers Source: Mom Spark
07.29.12 Road Apples, #128 Source:
08.01.12 The ladies behind NEPA BlogCon Source: Brent Pennington Photography
08.03.12 ‘Cuz Bloggers Do It Better. Source:
08.06.12 NEPA BlogCon: A local blogging conference for a cause Source: Pepperjam Exchange
08.10.12 NEPA BlogCon 2012 Source:
08.14.12 We’ll be on ComputerWise TV on 08.22.12! Source: ComputerWise TV
08.14.12 NEPA Blogcon 2012 Flyer Source: Justin Vacula
08.15.12 There’s others like us?! Source: An Organized Mess (My Life)
08.17.12 NEPA BlogCon Guest Post (On Civility, Rationality) Source: Justin Vacula
08.19.12 NEPA BlogCon the blogging and social media event for everyone Source: Karla Porter
08.22.12 Upcoming Events Source: Gort42
08.23.12 NEPA BlogCon, NEPA’s First Blogging and Social Media Conference to be Held September 29 Source: Lehigh Valley Women’s Journal
08.23.12 Weekend: Your Guide to Entertainment in Northeast Pennsylvania Source: The Times-Tribune
08.23.12 ComputerWise Episode (HD Video) Source: Vimeo
08.23.12 Area’s first blogging, social media conference set for Sept. 29 (pic) Source: Citizens’ Voice
08.21.12 Blue Ridge Public Service Bulletin Board (pic) Source: Blue Ridge Channel 13
08.22.12 Why Magnify Your Style Should Win an Official NEPA BlogCon Press Pass Source: Magnify Your Style
08.25.12 NEPA BlogCon 2012 Source:
08.25.12 Origins of NEPA BlogCon and the Fearsome Foursome (Pecha Kucha Presentation) Source: Mandy Boyle
08.28.12 Save 25% on NEPA BlogCon Source: .NET Valley
08.30.12 SEPTEMBER EVENTS: with Save the Kales Source: Save the Kales
08.31.12 Running A Business Does Not Equate to Running A Country (Guest Post) Source: Gort42
09.01.12 NEPA BLOGCON Source: Lehigh Valley Style
09.01.12 NEPA BlogCon Source: Pocono Talk
09.01.12 NEPA BlogCon to benefit The Arc of Luzerne County Source: The Arc of Luzerne County
09.01.12 Bloggers and social media aficionados to support veterans at NEPA BlogCon Source: NEPA VMA
09.01.12 Blogging to Resume Next Week Source: The Pigeon Coop
09.04.12 PA Live! Blog of the Week: NEPA BlogCon Source:
09.04.12 The First Ever NEPA BlogCon Comes to Luzerne County Source:
09.04.12 Blog of the Week: NEPA BlogCon (video) Source:
09.04.12 Future Talk Show Host sponsors NEPA BlogCon 2012 Source: Bernard Talks
09.05.12 NEPA BlogCon Source: LCCC Student Intranet
09.05.12 Good Morning Pennsylvania (video) Source: Vimeo and WNEP-TV
09.08.12 I won a contest Source: Brent Pennington
09.10.12 I’ll be Speaking at NEPA BlogCon 2012 Source: Jason N. Gaylord
09.12.12 Rock 107 Interview with Dave DiRenzo and Prospector (MP3 Format) Source: Rock 107
09.12.12 NEPA: Win a free BlogCon ticket by drawing a cat Source: Darling Stewie
09.14.12 #FF: @NEPABlogCon Source: Well Said – A Cabot Community Blog
09.14.12 Good Morning PA Source:
09.14.12 Tutorial Writing and Presenations Source: GP Animations
09.16.12 Upcoming Events Source: Gort42
09.19.12 BlogCon Cometh Source: The Weekender
09.19.12 Upcoming Blogging Events Source: Another Monkey
09.20.12 Weekend: Your guide to entertainment in Northeast Pennsylvania Source: The Times-Tribune
09.21.12 Patton Oswalt, NEPA BlogCon, The Perks of Being a Wallfower, oh and… It’s the Last Year of My 20′s. Source: Save The Kales
09.25.12 BlogCon Interview w/ Rocky & Lissa Source: 98.5 KRZ
09.26.12 Online meets offline at NEPA BlogCon Source: The Weekender
09.27.12 Let’s get nuts, bloggers Source: Electric City/Diamond City
09.27.12 Online writers join forces to produce blog convention (article) Source: The Citizens’ Voice JumpStart!
09.27.12 Online writers join forces to produce blog convention (pic) Source: The Citizens’ Voice JumpStart!
09.27.12 Busy Weekend Source: Gort42
09.28.12 BlogCon 2012 Source:
09.28.12 NEPA BlogCon Source: Not Cease from Exploration (Steve Albert)
09.28.12 Henri, Bagel heads, Toronto’s national anthem and the Nintendo cartridge blow Source:
09.29.12 Purchase Guerrilla History Prints Source: Cheri Sundra
09.29.12 Speaking at NEPA BlogCon Source: Jason Valenti
09.30.12 Shirt Surgery, NEPA BlogCon
09.30.12 NEPA BlogCon Source:
10.01.12 NEPA BlogCon Postgame Source: Another Monkey/Harold Jenkins
10.01.12 Gala Darling: How to Spice Up Your Blog’s ‘About’ Page Source: Tim Sohn from Social Times/Media Bistro
10.02.12 Top 6 Content Tips from Fashion and Beauty Bloggers at NEPABlogCon Source: Tim Sohn from Social Times/Media Bistro
10.02.12 Three Things Bloggers Don’t Want To Do: My Keynote From NEPABlogCon! Source: Gala Darling
10.03.12 I Love Business Cards Source: Randi Dot JPEG
10.04.12 Out & About in and around NEPA BlogCon at LCCC (pic 1 of 2) Source: The Citizens’ Voice
10.04.12 Out & About in and around NEPA BlogCon at LCCC (pic 2 of 2) Source: The Citizens’ Voice
10.09.12 My Conference Doubleheader Source: Skeptic Ink Network
10.10.12 Events: NEPA BlogCon Source: Coriosity
10.20.12 13 No Strings Attached NEPABlogCon Sessions Online Source: Karla Porter
10.20.12 NEPA BlogCon: The Technology Wrap-up Source:
11.11.12 Changing tools of media shared Source: The Dallas Post
12.08.12 Blogging Communities: Pioneers of the Digital Age Source: IndependentNEPA
12.31.12 2012: A Reflection And Junk Source: Darling Stewie

Battle 4 the Interwebz

06.21.12 Day 6 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.20.12 Day 5 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.19.12 Day 4 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.18.12 Day 3 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.17.12 Day 2 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.16.12 Day 1 Final Score Source: PwnVFaiL
06.15.12 Announcement Source: PwnVFaiL



NEPA BlogCon 2012 Sponsors

Everest Business Services



NEPA Geeks



Luzerne County Community College: Official Venue Sponsor

River Grille: Official Launch Party Sponsor

Snip Stamp

Axelrad: They're making our t-shirts



Mohegan Sun

Patrick Gensel


PepperJam Exchange
Brent Pennington
Pocket Studios Web Design & Audio Services
The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge
The Fanciful Fox
Bart & Urby’s
Susquehanna Brewing Company
McDonald’s of Northeast PA
First National Community Bank


Disclaimer: Our sponsors are generous organizations who have donated either services or monetarily to help out with this community enhancing event and charity benefit. While we totally appreciate and love their contribution, we do not necessarily agree with or represent their company, services, or ideals.