Blogging By Yourself? You Don’t Have To

Blogging often feels like a remote, isolated experience. Ideas are shared, and people interact with one another, but all of that is still done from individual computer screens. Leah Segedie is looking to change that.

Her brainchild, the ShiftCon Social Media Conference is a way for bloggers who write on the topics of wellness, health, the environment, food, fitness and natural living to come together. In doing so, she hopes they can inspire each other, network, learn from experts in their fields and share ideas. The conference will take place for the first time next year.

“ShiftCon was born out of the idea that together we can create a profound impact on the world around us,” said Segedie. “We can literally shift how we eat, raise our families and our impact on the environment.” She feels that the shift has already started, and events like ShiftCon will help it pick up momentum.

As the first international social media conference on the topics of health, wellness and the environment, ShiftCon is setting some pretty impressive standards. All food provided at the conference will be GMO free or Organic fresh food from family farms in the area surrounding Los Angeles through the event sponsor Sponsors communicating the conference’s values are the only ones allowed to participate.

For example, sponsorship is available exclusively to food sponsors who don’t use GMOs, synthetic dyes, additives or preservatives, trans fats, synthetic nitrates, or MSG. Personal Care, Cleaning Product and Baby and Child-Related sponsors are held to similar standards. Segedie said that because health is such an important aspect of the conference, the parameters had to be in place.

“This conference blends workshops, networking, parties and intense collaboration of changemakers all over the United States and Canada in one place,” Segedie said. “Bloggers and other social media professionals participate and collaborate with each other to inspire and empower each other to create effective communication and take their profession to the next level.”

Robyn O’Brien, author of Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It, is one of the keynote speakers for the conference. In 2011 she gave a popular TEDx speech that addressed her personal journey to better health and her current path as a self-described “Real Food” evangelist.

When not listening to speakers like O’Brien, attendees have the chance to participate in workshops and discuss their niche and value systems. Part of the unique ShiftCon experience is the opportunity for bloggers who may not otherwise be seen to come together and present what they know. Anyone interested can apply to be a speaker. “This is a powerful event meant to organize the eco-wellness niche as a powerful community online,” Segedie said.


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Azaima A.
Azaima A.2 years ago


Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago

I don't have to, but I do it...
Thank you for the article... :)

Nils Anders Lunde


Nimue P.
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago

I've always enjoyed blogging by myself, it works for me :)

Stanley R.
Stanley R.2 years ago

Thank you will check out shiftCon.

David Doak
Past Member 2 years ago

Honestly, you guys want the best blogging advice? Start your blog on pen and paper. That's right, good ole' fashioned ink pen and paper. A professor at a University found that students who wrote their drafts with pen and paper were able to produce more clear ideas and better written content than those who used their computer solely.

So, if you're writing an article for a blog, especially if it's a long one, write it out with pen and paper first. Then copy what you've written in a word processor or your blog's text editor. I've followed this advice myself, and I got to say, it's the best advice I've ever received. Besides, sitting in front of a computer screen for extended periods of time is bad for your eyes. That's why eye doctors are starting to prescribe "computer glasses" for those who need to sit in front of a computer for their job.

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M.2 years ago

Can this be an on-line event? There are many writers out there, thanks to the internet that fueled the dreams of aspiring, seasoned and wannabe writers.
There are all kinds of websites- not necessarily blogs , writers do share the same idea as a blogger, that is thwir personal take and other invaluable tidbits.
Interesting idea.

mari L.
Sprite D.2 years ago

Great idea, I would welcome this immensely. Sadly, I didn't get the idea that animal welfare is a serious concern for Shiftcon. Animal welfare is a crucial part of social networking. The world is waking up to the fact that animals have brains, feel pain, and emotions. The more this becomes apparent, the more impossible it is to ignore. The need to stop the cruelty perpetuated against animals is increasing. All the things you mentioned impact on animals, and animals impact on them. Cruelty must end in labs, in "shelters", circuses, zoos. There must be an end to worldwide killing animals for their body parts, "meat" and skin, wild animal imports, factory farms, puppy mills, breeding farms, etc. This is a huge and powerful growing movement of non-violence for animal welfare that can not and will not be ignored.
CPR for the animals,
if not now, when?

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

A gadget of miracle and devil