A couple notebooks, a few pens, a cool phone screen cleaner, a flash drive…these are just a few things I brought home from the Minnesota Blogger Conference this past weekend. Even though that stuff was cool, they weren’t the best things I found there. I found some great connections with other bloggers. One blogger suggested a non-profit for me to write about, another wanted to connect with a non-profit for an opportunity, and others were excited to check out my blog. It was exciting to connect with other passionate bloggers and learn ways to improve my own blog.
Another exciting part of the conference was the opportunity to feature a local charity with all the attendees. The planning committee selected Free Arts Minnesota and at the conference we collected art supplies. Bloggers brought supplies that filled two boxes to help Free Arts Minnesota to further their mission of bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families. A local photographer, Mandy of Glimpses of Soul Photography, took headshots in exchange for donations toward Free Arts Minnesota. We collected $938.71 in cash and check donations – not even counting the online donations that were made that day. If you would like to make an online donation, you still can at FreeArtsMinnesota.org.
We are excited that our monetary donations will also be matched by a recent grant that the organization received from the Pohlad Family Foundation.