NEPA BlogCon 2015



BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

I was once again honored to provide photographic coverage to the annual NEPA BlogCon, now in its fourth year!  The regional blogging and social media conference was held at East Stroudsburg University this year, and in my opinion was the best conference yet.

I’ve had a unique perspective on BlogCon, both by being the organization’s official photographer and due to the fact that I live with one of the co-organizers.  From it’s humble upstart beginnings, NEPA BlogCon has grown and matured into a powerful, full-featured conference that more than delivers on its promises.

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

Each year I have to struggle with the presentation photos.  Not because there’s anything wrong – quite the opposite!  I struggle because I’m supposed to be there in a professional capacity, documenting the event and the speakers, but I all too often find myself drawn into the presentations and my attention wanders.  Next thing I know, instead of shooting photos I’m taking notes.

BlogCon has managed to strike the perfect balance when it comes to their sessions and presenters.  The majority of the presenters are local folks: entrepreneurs, marketing directors, and small-business representatives.  There isn’t a lot of big corporate glitz or glamour; these are run-of-the-mill, hardworking people who are successful at what they do, which makes it very easy for us, as an audience, to relate to them.  After all, if they were able to do it, we probably can too, which is an empowering thought.

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

Which isn’t to say that the speakers are small-time; BlogCon has a history of getting some big deal, big time presenters.  This year alone featured NAME, founder of the What the Fork food truck, a local small business that won second place in a national food truck competition and has since grown to include multiple trucks and a restaurant.

And of course the keynote speaker was none other than Ash Ambirge, famous for her site “The Middle Finger Project.”  I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that for a good part of Ms Ambridge’s presentation, I put the camera down and just soaked in what she had to say.  She is a hell of a compelling presenter and had a great message, and when she was done I felt truly inspired.

That kind of presentation is priceless.

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

Of course NEPA BlogCon is more than just presentations – it’s an expo hall and vendors, it’s networking and introductions, it’s collaboration and creativity.  And I try to make sure that I capture a bit of all of that.  With such a talented, open and giving group, my job is a lot easier.

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

BRENT PENNINGTON The 4th Annual NEPA BlogCon social media and blogging conference, held at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA, on 12 September 2015

NEPA BlogCon 2014



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On 11 October, I joined the indefatigable Mandy Boyle, Karla Porter, and Michelle Davies at Misericordia University for the third annual NEPA BlogCon, the regions premier – and to my knowledge, only – blogging and social media conference.

Approximately 170 people came out and spent their Saturday engaged with a wide range of local professionals, entrepreneurs, and successful bloggers who made presentations of topics ranging from social media engagement, to photography, to monetization.  The common theme?  Speakers sharing freely of their knowledge and experience to educated an audience that was clearly there to learn.

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NEPA BlogCon 2013 Launch Party



BlogCon 2013 Logo

NEPA BlogCon is gearing up for their 2013 conference.  If this is the first time you’re hearing of them, here’s the quick version: last year four very talented local ladies decided that Northeastern PA needed a way to bring bloggers together, share knowledge, interact, network, and most importantly work together to advance not only each individual, but also the region.  So NEPA BlogCon was born and was a smashing success.

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NEPA BlogCon 2012



Registration at NEPA BlogCon, held at Luzerne County Community College on 29 September 2012.

NEPA BlogCon, the day-long extravaganza of all things blogging, social media, and general geekery, has officially come and gone. It was a wild ride, a non-stop series of presentations and panel sessions and left everyone Tweeting and Facebooking the best bits, in between feverishly typing notes on iPads and laptops.

The ripples it caused are still expanding outwards – an after-the-after-party meet up to discuss what worked and what didn’t, lots of interest in next year’s event, and even some developments towards BlogCon 2013.

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I won a contest!



Click the image above to read NEPA BlogCon’s post, featuring all the contest winners.  You can also check out my post about it on my other blog: I won a contest | The Roving Photographer.

The ladies behind NEPA BlogCon



The "Fearsome Foursome," creators of NEPA BlogCon, gather for a portrait session at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, PA, on the evening of 21 June 2012.  Present are Karla Porter, Leslie Stewart, Mandy Boyle, and Michelle Davies.

Alright, playing catch-up here, but that’s okay because these images are too cool not to share, and the point behind them is still relevant.

These ladies are the creative genius behind NEPA BlogCon, which may be the biggest blogging event to hit Northeast Pennsylvania in…well, ever.  BlogCon will take place on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.  Check out their website for all the details, but suffice to say it’s going to be huge.  And awesome.  Just like they are.

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