Blog World Expo 2008, Dream to Reality

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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A few months ago I started a campaign on DreamBank to help get me to Blog World Expo. It’s the world’s largest blogging conference and will be happening in as Vegas at the end of September. The response was overwhelming and I was able to reach my goal days before its expiration.

Last night Raul scoured Twitter to find out who else was going and came up with Arieanna, Glenda, Colleen, Gus, Tris, and John Chow (who will be on several panels). I know that the Tagga and/or Invoke folks were thinking of going as well and Jason of Elastic Path will also be on a panel.

Since my dream came true I’m hoping to also bring John down with me as it will be his 30th birthday a few days later. In the spirit of South by Northwest I think a similar meetup may be in the works for Vancouverites that will be heading down to the expo in Vegas. Whether we can plan something ahead of time, use Twitter, or even find a sponsor, this would be pretty cool to arrange.

Some of points of interest at Blog World Expo 2008 include: Keynote: With Chris Alden, Anil Dash (who I met at Northern Voice 2007), and Richard Jalichandra the President and CEO of Technorati.

Birthday Boris!The State of Citizen Journalism: A panel with Michael Tippett of Vancouver’s NowPublic

Twitter: Building Connections that Drive Traffic A panel with @GeekMommy, @zappos, @Pistachio, @queenofspain

Bloggers and PR: A panel with Chris Brogan, Brian Solis, Jason Falls and Michael Clark

How to be More than a Blog: New Media Integration: A panel with our (now) local Tris Hussey, Deborah Ng, and David Peralty

Opening Night Party: Featuring me and a beer.

Day two will feature Political Blogging, My Blog is a Business?, How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers & Sock Puppets, The Stats of High Performance Content & Marketing – with Lorelle of WordPress fame, and Sports Blogging along with hundreds more in over 15 different tracks. The conference also includes GodBlogCon, Citizen Journalism, and exhibits.

Once again a big thanks to DreamBank and all those who contributed – you’re all the reason I’m heading down there this month – and the reason the Union Gospel Mission of Greater Vancouver received almost $10,000 worth of support… I’m still floored by all of your generosity through blogging, thank you.

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  1. David PeraltyTuesday, September 2nd, 2008 — 5:07pm PDT

    Glad you are able to come. Looking forward to seeing you there.

    It should be an amazing event. And love the Moosecamp picture. I was there for the brown shirts. 🙂

  2. Jason FallsWednesday, September 3rd, 2008 — 6:33am PDT

    Could I persuade you to have a Maker’s Mark cocktail at the opening night party? Looking forward to meeting you.

  3. GeekMommyWednesday, September 3rd, 2008 — 6:49am PDT

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Very excited myself – can’t wait to see some of those panels myself! 🙂

  4. Tris HusseyWednesday, September 3rd, 2008 — 1:02pm PDT

    It would be awesome to get everyone together while down there. Course my panel is up against Brogan, Solis, et al. Darn it.

  5. Linda BustosWednesday, September 3rd, 2008 — 1:16pm PDT

    Cool, see you there Rebecca!

  6. Miss604Thursday, September 4th, 2008 — 7:28am PDT

    @ David – Cool! I also have one in purple 😛
    @ Jason – Maker’s Mark eh? hehe
    @ GeekMommy – Looking forward to your Twitter panel
    @ Tris – I think we have a sponsor for a Canada-party thingie
    @ Linda – Glad you’re going!

  7. Glenda Watson HyattSunday, September 7th, 2008 — 10:22pm PDT

    Looking forward to meeting you, finally!

  8. JennWednesday, September 10th, 2008 — 10:43pm PDT

    It’s going to be a blast down there. Can’t wait! We should all definitely hook up for a drink while we are there.

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