Minnesota FinCon Local: Coffee, Conversation, and Blogging Tips
This is a guest post from Peter Anderson, the coordinator for the Minnesota FinCon local group.
The Minnesota FinCon local group got together recently at a local grocery store that has a free meeting room that can be used by local groups. Free is good, and the meeting room was quiet and perfect for fostering discussions about our favorite topic, blogging!
I brought in some lunch from the grocery and some coffee from the Caribou Coffee downstairs.
In attendance at our meetup:
- Lori from Retire and Renew
- Travis from Enemy of Debt, among other sites
- Mike – a new blogger from the just launched Financially Relevant
- Elizabeth from Women’s Money Week
- David from Young Adult Money
- Kraig from Young Cheap Living
- Peter Anderson from Bible Money Matters (that’s me!)
Our Minnesota group of bloggers is a pretty diverse group. We’ve got bloggers like Elizabeth who have been blogging for years, both in the personal finance niche and others. We’ve got brand new bloggers like Mike who just started his site about a month before our meetup. Then we’ve got a larger group of other bloggers who have been blogging or freelance writing in the personal finance niche for quite a while.
We got together at the meeting room at 12:30pm, and since we did have several new people that weren’t at our last meetup, we began by discussing who we were, what sites we run, and how we got started in blogging. From there the discussion branched out into the topics of monetization, SEO and social media. We also did brief site reviews for several people to give constructive feedback on things they were doing well with their sites, and talking about things we thought could be improved. Before we knew it it was almost 3:30 and we’d been talking for almost 3 hours. Several of us never got to have their sites reviewed, so we may have to pick up on that next time.
It was announced a couple of weeks ago that FINCON13 will be held this year in St. Louis. Several of us in the Minnesota group have already purchased our tickets and plan on attending. There was even some talk of getting a party bus and road tripping it down to the conference. I’m not confident that plan will pan out, but either way we should have a pretty decent group attending.
All in all it was a great get together and I look forward to our next one! We’re hoping to meet up again in late April or early May. For up to date details on our meetups, and to let us know if you’re coming – check out our FINCON MN page on Facebook.