The Snowcial Blog University Experience

14 Jan, 2011

Last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to be the keynote speaker at Snowcial’s Blog University. The Tahoe Snowcial is where technology, community and snowsports meet up and it begins on January 6th in South Lake Tahoe. The Blog University portion included a lot of questions regarding blogging and focused on how Snow Sports and Travel bloggers, and any blogger for that matter, can grow their audience and maximize their voice.  It was my first time speaking in public about my blog experience and sharing my story about  I really want to thank Jon Burns and Laura Cochran for making it happen.

I arrived on Thursday night just in time to catch up with Jon and Laura but also have some fun with the Porters Tahoe crew (with a fun write up so click on them) and Fran Richards from Spy. The vibe from Snowcial was really amazing and I definitely hope to attend the full conference in the future.

Friday morning kicked off with the Blog University in the morning where I was able to meet new faces and familiar faces from twitter like Skiingexaminer’s Eric Wagnon.  After I spoke, I listened to the rest of the speakers involved:  Jon Burns, Laura Cochran, Michelle Ponto and Beryl Love.  Definitely for the bloggers present, I found the presentations very informing and interesting to listen to.

I’ve had a couple inquires about my presentation, no recording or streaming but I do have my presentation together that anyone can view thanks to Gannett for posting it up.  In my presentation, I covered everything from the beginning to finding my voice and what I learned works for my blog.  I covered blogging at work, advertising and keeping true to yourself. I told stories about companies wanting product placement and learning to say no to stories about working and blogging, the fine line.  I ended up speaking for 45 minutes and wow times flies by when you are up there.  I got some great questions about my experiences and was really happy to have been a part of it.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. January 14, 2011

    Great meeting you at the snowcial. Next time you are in Tahoe let’s make some turns.