Over 250 of the area’s biggest bloggers will gather at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012 for the second annual Central Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference. Nicknamed CFLBlogCon, the conference is a one day gathering of bloggers, tweeters, Facebookers, YouTubers and other social media enthusiasts featuring 26 local experts sharing their knowledge with attendees. Is #CFLBlogCon trending yet?!
“We’ve got a very knowledgeable social media community right here, and so the philosophy of CFLBlogCon is based on locals coming together, sharing best practices, learning tech tips, and making new friends.” states conference organizer Bess Auer. “So much of a blogger’s life is spent online, that it is essential to network in person, too”
In addition to promoting social media know-how, Auer, a third generation Central Floridian, is passionate about promoting all things local. The conference food sponsors are local, such as Parkesdale Farm Market, the largest family-owned farm in Central Florida. The conference is also committed to the local environment and is ”going green” by eliminating all paper hand outs. New Orlando start up tech company Doccaster will be the official content provider, allowing attendees to download conference materials. (Do the Heart Walk with us!?!)
Auer is also excited about a new program, CFLBlogCon’s Blogging for Good. “This year we’ve chosen to harness the social media power of the conference attendees, some of whom have over a million views a month, and come together as a single voice promoting six local nonprofits,” Auer explains. “By partnering with the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center, we hope to really make an impact.”
Attendees will be lending their social media support to benefit the following nonprofits: United Arts of Central Florida, Valencia Foundation, American Heart Association of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida and Orlando Science Center.
The Blogging for Good program started July 1st and will spend the next two and a half months spreading word about these nonprofits. On the day of the conference, several bloggers will be awarded prizes for their efforts, including an iPad 3.
Registration to attend the conference is $59 and it sold out early last year. For more information about CFLBlogCon or the Blogging for Good program, please visit http://cflblogcon.com. Bess Auer can be reached for further comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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