NEPA BlogCon 2013

2013

NEPA BlogCon 2013 was held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) Educational Conference Center in Nanticoke, PA.  Over $2300 was raised for the selected charity Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge.


Charity Info:


We’ve chosen to donate all of the proceeds from NEPA BlogCon 2013 to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, a no-kill shelter in Dallas, PA.

From their website: “Nestled in the rich green rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a magical place called Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. It’s a place where no animal is too old or too unwanted to find a warm bed, good food and most of all, love.

Created and maintained for over 10 years by the personal efforts and resources of two wonderful women, BCF has quietly gone about its mission. A mission to provide a sanctuary where older, stray, abandoned, sick or abused animals can wait to be adopted or simply live out their lives in safety and peace.”

Why not give them a hand in the meantime and Like them on Facebook?


Presenter Info:


Megan Beste is a marketing professional, and the creator and author of Lehigh Valley Transplant, a blog that explores life in the Lehigh Valley. She wrote a column on the same subject for Lehigh Valley Style for three years. She is has received two “My Choice, My Voice” Best of the Blogs Awards from The Morning Call, and was honored among the “40 Under 40” by Lehigh Valley Business in 2013. Megan lives in Bethlehem, PA, with her husband, one-year-old daughter, and a rescue mutt. | @lvtransplant | Check out her blog!

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Joe Casabona is a freelance Web & WordPress developer who also works and teaches at his alma mater, The University of Scranton. Some terms that describe him: Web Developer. Writer. Nerd. Yankee Fan. Author of Building WordPress Themes from Scratch. His new book, Responsive Design & WordPress, comes out December of 2013. He also likes cigars and plays the drums. You can find Joe on Twitter @jcasabona.

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Dale Culp is a technician and blogger for NEPA Geeks, a computer repair shop in Mountain Top, PA, where he specializes in SEO and copywriting for various clients. He was bitten by the blogging bug in the late 90s and has written on a wide range of topics relating to digital/Internet culture for websites such as EscapistMagazine.com and IGN.com, as well as various tabloids specific to NEPA. When not blogging, he enjoys long rides on his bicycle and writes about his experiences at http://dalerides.blogspot.com while running bikeNEPA.com, a news and information site for the cycling community in North-East Pennsylvania.

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Phillip Erb is a server and code junky, specializing in technologies that foster communication. His belief is that computers should improve people’s workflows, not hinder them. He relocated back to NEPA in 2011, to take up a position as a Systems Administrator and Programmer for the University of Scranton. He runs the Northeast PA WordPress meetup, moderates for WordPress.tv, and writes as much code as he can, while chasing around (being chased by) his kids.

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Jason N. Gaylord is an application developer and is the Director of Technology at United One Resources in Wilkes-Barre. In addition to his daily duties, Jason, who is a Microsoft MVP and ASPInsider, is the group leader of a technology user group called .NET Valley. He resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and four kids. You’ll also find him blogging at JasonGaylord.com or on Twitter at @jgaylord.

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Christina Hitchcock is the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at It’s a Keeper (www.itisakeeper.com), a cooking and lifestyle blog. She’s recently taken her cooking know-how to YouTube where she shares recipes, cooking tips and how-tos. In addition, Christina also hosts group cooking demos and personal cooking classes. Christina is a field editor for Taste of Home magazine, a kitchen expert for GoodCook.com, and is a guest contributor on WNEP’s “Home and Backyard” and on www.HappeningsMagazinePA.com. Find her on http://facebook.com/ItsaKeeper and Twitter @itsakeeperblog.

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Jaime Karpovich is the host and writer of Save the Kales!, a blog-turned-TV-show based in the Lehigh Valley, PA. The foundation of STK! is rooted in vegan cooking, but includes self-reflection, inspiration, art, and community activism. Save the Kales! is an Emmy-nominated half hour show reaching 110,000 households, blending plant-based cooking with interviews from community artists, small business owners and everyday revolutionaries. She is a public speaker, freelance writer, and has cooked for rockstars like Joan Jett. Jaime is launching a food column in 2014 in Lehigh Valley Style magazine, and is an organizer of Bethlehem Vegfest and the Bethlehem Food Co-op. She has degrees in Mass Communication and Interior Design, and is a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach. Originally from Kingston, she resides in Bethlehem, PA with her animals, coffee and book collection. On Twitter: @SavetheKales

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Jeff Katra is an entrepreneur, designer, and an overall digital marketing junkie. During the day he works for the local television station, WBRE/WYOU, as an advertising account executive. A night he spends his time working on various digital marketing and design projects. Most importantly, Jeff is an advocate of giving back to the local community in every way possible. He strives to make our local community a better place and to inspire other individuals in the process.

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Jonathon Knepper is a NEPA (and digital) native. By age 15, building digital relationships, leveraging social proof, ecommerce, and above all, adding value online became a part of his daily routine. Now 26, Jonathon helps small businesses and solo-entrepreneurs succeed online with search engine optimization, web PR and community development. He’ll be co-running the panel on blogging where his focus will be on how to get more eyes on your blog with web outreach. Find him on Twitter @jonknep, on Google+ or at dudewiththehair.com.

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Leni Konstas has spent 98% of her career as a search engine optimizing, social media machine. She supervises the Pay Per Click and Comparison Shopping Engine teams at @SolidCactus; writes, photographs and promotes food lovin’ blog @Whiskey_Bacon and is teaching her first social media course at Misericordia University this fall. She can put M.B.A. after her name and bake bread from scratch, but you won’t see her widening her hips or name often.

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Michael Lello, who has more than a decade of journalism experience, founded the music blog Highway 81 Revisited in the spring of 2011. He was previously the editor of an arts and entertainment weekly newspaper, where he interviewed everyone from rock and pop legends Brian Wilson, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Gregg Allman and all of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, to modern standouts such as Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog.

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Alicia Magda 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, Runningful.com, 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.

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Lissette Santana has been with PPL Corporation since 2005. She is currently the Manager of Digital Media & Employee Communications for Corporate Communications, responsible for managing the company’s online reputation as well as overseeing production of the employee intranet news site, The Grid, and a quarterly magazine. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University in 2011. She began her career as a reporter for The Express-Times, a local newspaper in southeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining PPL, Lissette worked for Crayola doing public relations, crisis planning and employee communications. She is an active volunteer for the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley as well as a board member of Alliance for Building Communities.

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Michelle Schmude, Ed.D. is Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communications and heads the advertising track. Dr. Schmude served as a marketing associate with QED Communication, an account executive for TCI, Media Services, and dean of full-time admission responsible for all admissions-related marketing and advertising at Point Park University. In addition to her role as chairperson of the Department of Mass Communications, Dr. Schmude serves the college as Director of College Marketing and Advertising at King’s. Find Michelle on Twitter @michelleschmude

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Tim Sohn is a social media consultant who focuses on small businesses and startup companies. In addition, he is editor of mediabistro.com‘s daily social media newsfeed, brand-new Bitcoin email newsletter, and monthly Freelance Marketplace email newsletter. He has interviewed digital and social marketing executives from Entenmann’s, Weight Watchers, Dunkin’ Donuts, The New York Times, and more. You can find him on Twitter @editortim and on LinkedIn.

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Mike Toma is an entrepreneur at heart. Dedicated and hard working, he has successfully navigated his way through multiple tech companies running the gambit of small start ups to fortune 500’s. Mike strives to make the world a better place through technology and leave a positive impact on society. Continually learning, crafting ones skill and putting mind over everything, Mike believes that anything is possible and life is too short to be living someone else’s dream. Currently, Mike works for eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions and has a dominant roll in local organizations including Wilkes-Barre POWER! – Vice President, TecBRIDGE Committee – Board Member and the Association for the Blind – Board Member.

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Justin Vacula — writer for justinvacula.com — is a public speaker, debater, outspoken atheist activist, and an activist for the separation of religion and government who hosts the NEPA Freethought Society Podcast and Brave Hero Radio. He has appeared on various radio shows, local television networks, and podcasts; participated in formal debates; was a special guest speaker for a college-level philosophy course at an evangelical Christian college; and has been invited to speak at various conferences and events. Find him on Twitter @justinvacula.

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Scott J. Weiland, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he heads the Media Studies and Production track. Dr. Weiland has held communications and leadership roles in several organizations, including service as the Senior Vice President of the Realty Network Commercial Group, an organization that he continues to serve, and Vice President of Operations of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. His mass communications background includes leadership roles in broadcast communications, social media, and integrated marketing communications.

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Ruth Whispell, known to many as Gussie, is a SEO Manager at Solid Cactus. She is the Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator of WhiskeyBacon.com, where she spends most of her time bickering with Eleni Konstas and their friend and Whiskey Bacon co-founder, Dan Kimbrough. When she’s not working she enjoys reading books and spending time with her friends.

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Press:


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!

 

04.08.13 Mara Wilson rules, So do my IGGPPC girls, and a sneak peek at NEPA BlogCon Source: Darling Stewie
06.12.13 NEPA BlogCon 2013 Kick-Off Party Source: Justin Vacula
06.25.13 It’s Kick-Off Party Time! Source: Mandy Boyle
06.26.13 NEPA BlogCon 2013 Launch Party Source: Brent Pennington: Photographer
08.01.13 Event Listings Source: The Sunday Dispatch
08.08.13 Datebook: Your guide to area activities and events Source: The Times-Tribune
08.08.13 Event Listings Source: The Times Leader
08.08.13 2nd Annual NEPA BlogCon Set For October 2013 Source: Pocono Moms
08.15.13 NEPA BlogCon 2013 Source: Karla Porter
08.29.13 Events to Benefit Blue Chip Animal Refuge Source: PAHomepage.com
08.30.13 Social Media Solutions: Should small businesses handle social media themselves? Source: Wicked Local
08.31.13 We’ve Been Nominated For The Food #NEPABOTY Source: EatMoreGyros.com
09.02.13 PensFans4Ever honored to be nominated for NEPA BOTY Award Source: HometownHockey.CA
09.02.13 PensFans4Ever Honored To Be Nominated For NEPA BOTY Award Source: PensFans4Ever
09.04.13 The winner is… Source: King of Kings Gyros
09.06.13 NEPA BlogCon 2013 Source: CrossValleyMedia
09.07.13 Honors and Awards Source: The Times Leader
09.10.13 How I’m Spending My Time: Blog of the Year Awards and BlogCon Source: Mandy Boyle
09.10.13 Blog of the Year Nomination Source: RandiLynn
09.10.13 Grandmaman Visit Source: Crafternoon Tea
09.10.13 September Meetup: Favorite WordPress Plugins Source: NEPA WordPress / Meetup.com
09.11.13 Giveaway: Win a ticket to NEPA BlogCon 2013! Source: Leslie IRL
09.12.13 The Scoop Source: The570.com
09.18.13 Vote for us to win Blog of the Year! Source: NEPA Beer Reviews
09.18.13 Speaking at NEPA BlogCon Source: PhilErb.com
09.18.13 NEPA BlogCon Radio Interview w/ Prospector Source: Rock 107
09.18.13 NEPA BlogCon visits STK Source: Save the Kales & RCN
09.18.13 NEPA BlogCon visits ComputerWise Source: ComputerWise TV & Blue Ridge Communications
09.19.13 Shit that happened when I wasn’t here Source: mhryvnak.net
09.20.13 Friday 5s: Five Reasons to Love Living in NEPA Source: North East Bloggers Network
09.21.13 In Your Neighborhood Source: WNEP
09.21.13 Vote for Rants from my Crazy Kitchen! Source: RantsFromMyCrazyKitchen.com
09.21.13 NEPA BlogCon and Geek Creation Show: It’s a regular Con Party! Source: LeslieIRL.com
09.22.13 PensFans4Ever Up For NEPA BOTY – Come And Vote Source: HometownHockey.CA
09.22.13 NEPA BlogCon 2013 Source: Justin Vacula
09.23.13 King’s Mass Comm Professor Publishes Article; Professors to present at NEPA BlogCon Source: Kings.edu
09.24.13 Attention Pizzeria Owners – an Opportunity to Help a Great Cause and GAIN EXPOSURE Source: NEPA Pizza Review
09.25.13 bikeNEPA Has Been Nominated for the 2013 NEPA BlogCon Blog of the Year Award! Source: bikeNEPA
09.26.13 NEPA Blog Con Registration Source: Slavic Kitchen
09.26.13 98.5 KRZ Rocky & Lissa Radio Interview Source: 98.5 KRZ
09.26.13 NEPA BlogCon Returns this October Source: Geekadelphia
09.26.13 Developing College Students Through Community Projects Source: Karlaporter.com
09.29.13 WNEP Pointer Picture Video Source: WNEP
09.30.13 Good Things Are Happening / In Your Neighborhood Source: WNEP
10.01.13 NEPA BlogCon is this Saturday! See you there! Source: NEPA Geeks
10.03.13 Registration for second NEPA BlogCon closes tonight Source: The Citizens’ Voice
10.03.13 NEPA BlogCon: Event to Highlight Creative Ways To Link Together Source: WNEP
10.03.13 NEPA BlogCon: Innovative Group Hosts Tech Conference Source: WNEP
10.03.13 Good Things Are Happening PSA Source: WNEP
10.04.13 #FF @NEPABlogCon 2013 Source: Well Said Cabot Blog
10.04.13 Speaking: NEPABlogCon and Beyond! Source: Casabona.org
10.04.13 I’m Delighted Source: KaitBurrier.com
10.05.13 Bloggers unite @ #NEPABlogCon Source: The Citizens’ Voice
10.05.13 Second Annual NEPA BlogCon Source: WNEP
10.05.13 Second Annual NEPA BlogCon SOTVO 11PM News Source: WNEP
10.05.13 NEPA BlogCon: Pennsylvania’s Best Ever Blog Conference Source: Save the Kales
10.05.13 Rooted Takes BlogCon Source: Rooted Now
10.05.13 How to Achieve Two Thumbs Up in Collaborative Work Source: Karlaporter.com
10.06.13 Second Annual NEPA BlogCon SOTVO 8AM News Source: WNEP
10.07.13 12 Ways to Make, and Keep, Your Blog Awesome Source: Social Media Times
10.09.13 Lessons Learned at NEPA Blog Con 2013 Source: suheiry, etc.
10.08.13 How Bloggers Can Create Rockin’ Email Newsletters Source: Social Media Times
10.22.13 NEPA BlogCon like bootcamp for bloggers Source: The Wood Word