#FLBlogCon 2014 Florida Blogging Conference

This past weekend I attended FLBlogCon 2014 the Florida Blogging Conference for bloggers throughout the state to learn more about blogging and social media.

I discovered FLBlogCon early in 2014 and signed up so that I could learn more about writing a blog.

I have been blogging for several years but never really considered myself a blogger until I realized that my blog content worked in conjunction with my website, and in some cases totally separate.

If you have started a blog or are thinking about it, I highly recommend this conference for Floridians!

Mayor-Jacobs
Orange County Mayor Jacobs gave a welcome speech to the FLBlogCon

FLBlogCon 2014 Florida Blogging Conference

The day was extremely interesting and filled with knowledge of all kinds, held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

The Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs stopped by to give us all a big welcome and then the conference began with a motivating opening keynote speech by Ted Murphy, CEO of Izea.

There were a large number of speakers on a wide range of topics which covered:

  • Starting and Growing a Blog
  • Content Creation (writing, photography, etc)
  • Different Social Media Tools & Strategies

I took three pages of notes on different ideas to grow my blog, ways to integrate my blog content with sponsors, I made some great connections and new friends. I was really surprised at the number of sponsors and the huge amount of support for the blogging community.

Barnies Coffee Kitchen supplied the much-needed caffeine to start the day, and an awesome lunch was provided by Tijuana Flats! A big thanks to them for providing food selections for us vegetarians!

Hunger-Hero
Hunger Hero T-shirt and Award from Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

I was really delighted to learn that my recent blog post about holding an online food drive to help fight hunger: Hungry for Beads or Hungry for Food? was selected as the winner of a really cool Hunger Hero T-shirt and dinner for two by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida!!

Ford-Swag
Lots of great SWAG from Ford and other sponsors

Lots of SWAG

Everyone walked away with lots of information and a big blue SWAG bag filled with goodies from Southern Ford Dealers, Brighthouse, Juice Plus+, Florida Dairy Farmers Association, MuskIt, Body Check Journal, and lots more!

Do you write a blog? For entrepreneurs, have you considered how valuable an online blog might be to your small business?

Let me know what you think!

Hungry for beads or hungry for food? #FLBlogging4good

We bead jewelry artists may be hungry for more beads and jewelry findings, but many people are just hungry for food! We joke about never having enough beads, but can you imagine not having enough food to eat like fruits, vegetables, milk or eggs?

What does hunger look like?

The face of hunger is unsuspecting and could look just like you or your neighbor. Right here in Central Florida there is an astonishing number of children, adults and elderly people who suffer from hunger due to a job loss, being homeless or on a low fixed-income. So many people are one paycheck away from any number of disasters that would cause them to not be able to feed themselves or their children.

Virtual Food Drive
It’s Easy to Organize a Virtual Food Drive

How you can help fight hunger

I know you have seen food drives run by grocery stores, the local post office or the boy scouts but did you know that you can set up and run a Virtual Food Drive online?  The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has created this online tool that anyone can use to run a food drive to support those in need of a good meal. Illustrated examples in the grocery cart show just how far a few dollars can go when donating through Second Harvest.

Virtual Food Drive shopping cart with easy online checkout

Organizing a successful food drive

Organizing a successful Food Drive takes a lot of planning, volunteer work, and storage room to collect and disburse in the community. Many people would like to help but either don’t know how or do not have the time or manpower to run a food drive effectively. This really cool virtual tool at the Second Harvest Food Bank Website is easy to set up and manage and has the potential for greater participation through the wide reach of the Internet.

Some great ideas for who can hold an online food drive include:

  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Groups & Clubs
  • Small and Large Businesses

Virtual Food Drives can be promoted on websites, blogs, email newsletters and different social media sites to generate interest and excitement about helping the community. Go to the Second Harvest Website today to learn more about starting an online Food Drive or donate to an existing drive to help fight hunger.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 local non-profit feeding partners in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.