Sunday, October 20, 2013

Florida Blog Con

Central Florida Top 5's Bess Auer began the annual Blog Con three years ago. It has been an annual pilgrimage for me to cover the conference. This year's conference, on Saturday, September 21, was at Full Sail University in Full Sail Live. It was a one-day gathering of the state's biggest bloggers and social media pros. One of the sponsors was Bahama Breeze and a spokesman got up to the podium and announced that one lucky conference attendee would win an expense paid trip if they were seated at a table that had a Bahama Breeze certificate taped underneath it. Darn it, I wasn't even seated at a table! Everyone scrambled, first feeling blindly under the tables with their hands and then getting on all fours to look. The lucky winner was in the back of the room. The theme for this year's conference, was "Be Awesome!"

Pat Williams, an author, blogger and Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic was the keynote speaker. His message was about how to be successful in life and blogging. "In tough times, you're very teachable. Don't waste those moments: turn suffering into lessons." he said. His advice can be summed up in a ten step process...

1. Think the right kind of thoughts.
2. Say the right kind of words.
3.  Be specific in your goal setting.
4. Be responsible.
5. Seek out the right kind of friends.
6. Turn set backs into strengths.
7. Go the second mile.
8. Never give up.
9.  Character counts.
10. Love life and have faith.

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