Blogworld was a good time. You never know what to expect. For a first time conference I think they did pretty good. It was too bad a lot of the speakers were no shows but what are you going to do! I was there!
Its interesting because when I was originally approached to speak at this conference it was pitched in a way like “Come Join Michael Arrington and others at blog world expo!” or something like that. Well Michael was a no show and that was one of the first things I heard when I got there was how dissapointed many people were that he decided not to show up. Well Michael has posted his side of the story saying that he “never agreed to attend the expo in the first place” I have briefly met Mike in person and also fired some emails back and fourth. I also know MANY people in the Valley who have done a lot of stuff with him and I have never heard them every say he has flaked out. I think people really need to give him the benfit of the doubt on this. Here is the thing. Every conference makes it seem bigger then it is. I don’t blame blogworld for what they did and Arrington probably does not either. I think it probably just pisses him off that people think he flaked out on the expo.
and just to tell the whole story… After I was originally asked to speak at blogworld there was a LOT of communication difficulties and I actually canceled speaking. I was later contacted and agreed to do the session if there would be better communication. Every other speaker I talked to said they were disappointed with the lack of communication BUT were pleased with how the event turned out. I VERY MUCH concur with that statement.
Ok back to the conference. I gotta say for a $125 price tag on a conference I think it was absolutely incredible. I have been to MANY conferences that were 10x that price and had 1/10th the value.
Many people did a Day by Day assessment and I don’t think I could do a better job then what they did (links at the bottom).
So here is a entertaining story…. its Thursday morning… I have to speak at 10:15 (need to be there to check in by 9:45). I leave my hotel to or am about to when I really feel like I have to use the restroom… So… I am like damn i should just go here and not at the conference center (you never know about conference toilets). So I hit the can quick and start reading my email on my phone…. All of a sudden like these people come in… in large groups and they have really high pitched voices and im like hrmmm… Then it hits me. I am in the ladies room. GREAT THIS SH#T (no pun intended) ONLY HAPPENS TO ME.
So now time is ticking away… its 9:25… 9:28… women just keep coming in… I want to peak out but I cant because then like they will think I am a total pervert right? I mean I just can not win in this situation… its 9:30… I have 15 mins to catch a cab, go across town, get prepped to speak about “Smart ways to monetize your blog”. So I just sucked it up and booked out. Passing a bunch of women who as they saw me thought they were entering the wrong rest room… ya that sucked…
Anyway so I arrive get all checked in and head to the session I am about to give a presentation on. I find out 2 of the people who were scheduled to be on the panel are now not and 1 was added at the last minute. The session was kind of jacked up (from a speakers perspective) because we had met on the phone and planned out what everyone was going to cover and stuff. Now 2 people were no shows (I learned later Brian Clark called in sick, hope he is ok) and now there is a new person who like I have never met and know nothing about her.
After the panel many people came up and said they thought I showed “smart ways to monetize your blog” (the name of the session) but the other 2 people were just there selling there products. I explained that everything had changed and it was what it was. I think it was fine. Whenever you have companies that have products its very hard not to talk about them. I had this blog and could break down where revenue comes from and why but they actually have products to make money. So they were not necessarily talking about “smart ways to monetize your blog” but rather how their products can help you monetize there blog. The panel did get a little dicey because people asked me why I did not use Kontera’s (one of the other speakers was from Kontera) products during it. I was just honest and said I had not tried Kontera in text ads specifically but have tried others like it and did not like how they confused my users (thinking they were my links), had a lack of editorial control, and also slowed down my websites I tested them on.
Talking with exhibitors there seemed to be mixed feelings. Some said it was just incredible for them and they picked up TONS of business because of it. Others said it was a waste of money and they will not be doing it again. They had by far the most diversified expo hall I have ever seen. Everything from Southwest Airlines to Zaphos Shoes had booths.
The most surprising exhibitor to me was Technorati. They had people working there that knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Technorati. All they did was lookup your website and write down your rank on a little “Hi, my Technorati rank is X” nametag. The 2nd day they did not even both to have a booth. I WAS STUNNED. Seriously… You would think that Blogworld was Technorati’s bread and butter to really connect with its people. Instead they had some b-squad male booth dudes who knew nothing about Technorati representing them… Its REALLY sad watching Technorati goto hell in a hand basket.
Here was something I could not pass up. This guy was giving away a drawing but nobody was paying attention. I think people missed the memo:
I did several interviews with companies (some interviewed me some I interviewed). I found a couple gems I will be talking about in the next few days. It was REALLY AWESOME meeting new people.
Here are others I have seen giving some great coverage:
John Chow has several posts:
John Chow blogger dinner, and his dinner with kontera here
Ms Danielle who totally rocks (sponsors buy space now she is about to blow up). She knows her PPC. She gave me some great ppc tips I will be following up with for sure.
Zac Johnson – Hey I DID eat there but there was no room with you guys so we ate in the other room!
The Official MyBlogLog post – BTW Really nice to meet you ladies in person. <3
Andy Beals thoughts – Who I got to say hi to for like 10 mins =(