By Guest Blogger, Donna DeClemente, Donna's Promo Talk
Both a hurricane and an earthquake where the main topics of conversation this past weekend at the BlogPaws 2011 Conference which was held in Tysons Corner just outside of D.C. There was approximately 400 people in attendance consisting of pet bloggers, sponsors, news media, as well as about 70 dogs, a few cats, three ferrets, and one guinea pig.
This was the second year, and the third conference, that BlogPaws has hosted and they all did a fabulous job packed with many great sessions and some really entertaining keynotes. Unfortunately a few people did end up leaving a little earlier than planned to get home before the storm hit, including one of the founders, Caroline Golin, who lives in Long Island. Those of us that hung in there had a great time. Here's a photo of me with one of the puppies up for adoption from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Almost brought him home!
I spoke at one of the last sessions and was pleasantly surprised that we still had a good number of people in the room. It was a panel titled Copyright Basics, FTC Updates & Contests Rules & Regulations. Emily Campbell from Dunlap Codding, P.C. started us off with advice on how to best protect your work on your blog. Mary Engle, who I met at last year's BlogPaws, followed with tips on how to stay out of trouble with the FTC. Then I wrapped up the session reviewing sweepstakes and contests rules and guidelines. Here's a summary on my presentation: