Things Heard and Done at #CNMC11

This past Saturday I attended the Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City. I had a great time meeting some fellow Catholic new media enthusiasts, including lots of people I follow on Twitter and Google+. These were some of the highlights:

  1. I started the day with an unexpected Holy Hour, thanks to the fact that I wrote down the wrong start time for Mass. (Doh!)
  2. “What counts isn’t the numbers, but the presence of the Holy Spirit.” – St. Anne Flanagan, FSP
  3. ”  We need to do a better job of recruiting talent and leaders for  Catholic  New Media.” – Matt Warner
  4. I got my copy of The Church and New Media  signed by Brandon Vogt!
  5. “Why do Catholics have to pay someone to set them on fire?” – Devin Jones
  6. “A good book either offers a gift or solves a problem.” – Pat Gohn
  7. Enjoyed a great keynote by Sean Patrick Lovett, the Director of Vatican Radio.
  8. Got Lisa Hendey to sign a copy of  Handbook for Catholic Moms  for my wife.
  9. “You’re a diocesan beereaucrat!” – Pat Gohn (This will now be added to my fictional business cards (along with Professional Catholic and Theology Geek).
  10. Enjoyed great dinner conversation with Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, Marc Cardaronella, Helen Lee, and Pat Gohn.

I really enjoyed my first CNMC, and while I doubt I’ll be able to go every year, I certainly hope to get back again in the future!

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My 3 Goals for #CNMC11

After months of hemming and hawing I finally registered for the Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City next month. My main concern was that the conference is scheduled just a few weeks after our next child is due. With the blessing of my wife, however, we are going.

(It helps that the conference is being held 15 minutes from my mom’s house. Growing up in KC does have its advantages, kids!)

Here’s the three things I’m hoping to accomplish at the conference:

  1. Networking. Honestly, this is the #1 reason I’m going. There are quite a few people I know from Twitter and G+ that are going and I’m really looking forward to the chance to meet them face-to-face.
  2. Podcasting advice. While I’ve been getting plenty of good feedback on the Catechetical Leader podcast (and we’ll be coming back from our summer hiatus in a couple weeks), I’m still not  satisfied  with the quality of the audio and the general “polish” of the finished product. I’m hoping to be able to get some good practical tips from other podcasters on how to up the production values on a limited (that is to say, virtually  nonexistent) budget.
  3. Conference ideas. Our diocese puts on an adult enrichment/catechist formation conference every two years, and I’d like to add more social media into the mix. I’m sure I’ll walk away with some great ideas to bring to our local conference in 2012!

Are you heading to CNMC? What will you be looking for or hoping to hear?