Where are they now?

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Happy new year!  Hope you all had a great holiday!  We’re back to business planning for NEPA BlogCon 2014.  Look for announcements in the upcoming weeks and months for our call for speakers, tentative date and location.

With the start of the new year, I thought it would be a good time to update you on the exciting projects and successes that our NEPA BlogCon speakers from years past are involved with.


Class of NEPA BlogCon 2012 Presenters:


Gala Darling (Keynote Speaker):  In addition to her super fabulous successful blog she has started a new project called the Blogcademy which you can read all about here.  It’s essentially a global school for blogging!

Shannon Smyth nee Nelson (Content Strategy Panel):  Shannon has been busy in the last few months of 2013 raising funds for a natural beauty line after her blog’s namesake “A Girl’s Gotta Spa!“.  Once the beauty line launches, she will be selling products such as scrubs, body butter and lip balm (to name a few).  Look for more exciting updates soon.



Adam Ceresko (Mobile Panel):  If you attended the 2012 Mobile panel, you probably already know that Adam is a NEPA native and co-founder of APPEK, a mobile tech start-up in downtown Scranton.  In late September of 2013, he launched a new project called “Rooted Now”.  Rooted Now is a team effort blog that covers everything positive happening in NEPA.  Rooted Now had a vendor table setup in the lobby of the LCCC Educational Conference Center during NEPA BlogCon 2013.  Read up more on Rooted Now by visiting the website or on their Facebook page.


Class of NEPA BlogCon 2013 Presenters:


Justin Vacula (Using Media Effectively Panel 2012 & Online Reputation Management 2013):  Most recently, Justin has been working with to create instructional videos that demonstrate how to get the most bang for your buck with certain offers.  You can watch the videos here.  He’s also been busy debating Pastor Brewster, Pastor Nichols and speaking to Marywood students in an intro to religion course.  For more of his appearances visit:


Tim Sohn (Social Media for #SmallBiz 101):  Tim has been busy continuing to write about social media and digital marketing for mediabistro and Ebyline. Some stories he’s had published include:

What Brands Can Learn from CNN’s Crossfire

What the Pope’s Twitter Success Can Teach Brands

In addition, he’s been busy ramping up my social media consulting business, Sohn Social Media Solutions ( where he offers training for small businesses on how to use social media platforms, content strategies, and etc.

Tim will be teaching a class, “Twitter for Small Business Success” coming up this week on Jan. 16, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m., Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley. For more information, and to register, visit:



Michael Lello (Content Creation & Management):   Since BlogCon, Highway 81 Revisited had some interesting things happen.  Below are some of highlights in Michael’s words.

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Joe Casabona (WordPress Customization & Security):  Joe’s long awaited WordPress book was finally published in December.  I believe he was busy editing and revising the book around the time of BlogCon.  The book is called “Responsive Design with WordPress” and you can find more info on it here:  Joe has kept busy after BlogCon speaking about WordPress and already has some engagements booked for 2014.  More info at:

Responsive Design with WordPress


Dr. Michelle Schmude and Dr. Scott Weiland (Non-Profits vs. For-Profits in the Game of Social Media, Blogs, and Online Media Tools):  The Kings College faculty members recently had an article published titled “Non-Profits VS For-Profits in the Game of Social Media: Critical Observations and Reflections,” which was recently published in the “Journal of Mass Communications and Journalism.”  For more information, visit:


Are you having a hard time remembering these presenters or perhaps missed their session?  You can always check out our Youtube Channel which has the sessions videos available 24x7x365 for viewing free of charge – this includes our 2013 videos which were just uploaded this week.

Are you a past NEPA BlogCon presenter and have something exciting going on?  Keep us in the loop!  Send an email to with all of the details so we can announce it on our social networks!

Author: Michelle Davies

Michelle Davies is a married mother of two beautiful little blossoms and she lives with her family in Sweet Valley, NEPA. She’s been blogging for 10 years and is the mastermind behind the award winning NepaBlogs.Org. She works at local news station WNEP as an IT superstar. She graduated from Leadership Wilkes-Barre in 2010. She is an active volunteer in the community.

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