Blogger Conference Tomorrow


From our friends at ProgressNC, randallt, and dKos Asheville:

Anyone can start a political blog, but not everyone can maintain a good one. On Saturday, January 17, Progress North Carolina and DKos Asheville (a DailyKos community group) are joining forces to host an afternoon meetup and seminar to help established bloggers sharpen their skills and build their networks, and show prospective bloggers what they need to get started.

Guest speakers will talk about what makes a political blog successful, and share some best practices for building your audience. Topics will include:

  • Here We Go Again: A preview of the 2015 legislative session
  • Bridging the gap between old media and new, with Jon Elliston from Carolina Public Press and Sarah Ovaska from NC Policy Watch
  • Building and maintaining a blog that will best reach your audience
  • Finding and Following a Good Story: Don’t just comment on the news cycle… Capture it!
  • Reaching your audience and driving home your message

Check-in, welcomes and an informal lunch begin at noon, with the program beginning at 1:00pm and running until about 5:00pm. Afterward, attendees are invited to stick around for drinks and networking.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP or purchase a ticket below. Attendees who RSVP ahead of time but wait to purchase their ticket at the door will still only be charged the Early Bird rate of $10. Tickets purchased on the day of the event without an RSVP will be $15.

If you are interested in carpooling to Asheville from the Triangle, Triad or Charlotte areas, or if you have any other questions about the event, contact logan.smith@progressnc.org.

Sign up HERE. Schedule below.

12:00pm: Registration and Lunch
12:30pm: Welcome and Introductions
Logan Smith, Progress North Carolina
Randall Thompson, DKos Asheville

1:00pm: Getting Started: Building and Maintaining Your Blog
Conen Morgan, Progress Now

1:30pm: Looking Back: Regional Election Data and Public Sentiment
Gerrick Brenner, Progress North Carolina
Tony Wikrent, Nation Builder Books

2:30pm: Digging Deeper: Bridging the Gap Between Old Media and New
Sarah Ovaska, Policy Watch
John Elliston, Carolina Public Press
Greg Flynn, GregFlynn.org

3:15pm: Speaking Out: Advocacy Journalism in Western NC
Tom Sullivan, Scrutiny Hooligans
Jerry Williamson, Watauga Watch
David Forbes, Asheville Blade

4:00pm: Looking Ahead: Issues and Priorities for 2015
Terry Van Duyn, NC Senate
Gordon Smith, Asheville City Council

4:30pm: DKos Asheville Discussion, Video Chat with Daily Kos Seattle
SteelerGrrl, DawnN, Lamont Cranston, randallt, davehouck, NBBooks, Otteray Scribe

5:00pm: Drinks and Networking
The Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive

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  1. randallt says:

    Thanks for the shoutout Tom, looking forward seeing you at The Crowne Plaza. Looks like we going to The By Water afterwards. Not sure what for, something about beer I think.