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September 2007

Live Blogging At The Blog World & New Media Expo 07

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If you plan to attend the Blog World & New Media Expo, are you planning to live blog your experience?  I ask this because I learned something new in the convention and trade show business today.  While discussing a completely non-related convention with its planners and directors, I was trying to find out if I could live blog the event for a client.  “You want to do what?”, was the response as I made my way through the maze of red tape before I was finally told I would probably not be able to cover the event in this way.  It seems that they consider live blogging or posting the experience live through a blog, “siutcasing.” 

Suitcasing refers to businesses or sales people working the show floor selling their services or products without actually purchasing a show booth.  I tried to explain that I wasn’t there as a sales person or there to sell anything on behalf of my client, I was there to report on my client’s blog the experience of attending the show and who was there, what was the buzz, and what were the hot presentations and what was the breaking industry news.  I was a citizen journalist.  Somehow I don’t think they understood the idea behind a blog, or what posting was or how that played into their “No Suitcasing” policy.  I think it is safe to say that the Blog World & New Media Expo welcomes as many bloggers as possible to create a buzz about the show experience.  If you intend to live blog the event let us know and we can do a page of all of those that are posting their experience.  I would love to hear about those that will be podcasting from the show, livecasting the event and reporting on their experience!  I’ll let you know how it turns out with the other conference and whether I actually have to gain press credentials.  Bloggers get no respect!

Join Us Today For A Discussion with Larry Genkin of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine

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mag5 Today we will be airing our radio show live at Blog Talk Radio and we will be discussing the upcoming Blog World & New Media Expo with Larry Genkin of Blogger & Podcaster Magazine, a sponsor of the expo, and one of the exhibitors of the show. 

We will be doing more interviews as we get the people lined up for the show.  Future interviewees include people like The CEO of Blog Talk Radio, Alan Levy, a speaker and friend appearing at the show and author of Blog Wild! A Guide For Small Business Blogging, Andy Wibbels.  We plan to have other guests on that will be presenting at the show, sponsoring or as exhibitors. These are sneak previews of what is in store for everyone as we near the vent.  Make sure you get registered to meet these people at the show!

Write a Blog Post & Win a $10,000 Scholarship!

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Thats right CollegeScholarships.org is now accepting entries for its fall 2007 Blogging Scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive an unprecedented $10,000 scholarship check. The winner will be announced at Blog World and New Media Expo to be held November 8-9, 2007 in Las Vegas.

Scholarship applicants must currently be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program, maintain a 3.0 GPA, maintain their own individual blog or blog on a community and be able to prove U.S. citizenship.

Any college student with a personal or professional blog is encouraged to apply. Entry forms are now available online through CollegeScholarships.org. Student bloggers may also be nominated by friends and family.

More info at CollegeScholarships.org

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the largest blogging conference and tradeshow in the world.

Write a Blog Post & Win a $10,000 Scholarship!

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Thats right CollegeScholarships.org is now accepting entries for its fall 2007 Blogging Scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive an unprecedented $10,000 scholarship check. The winner will be announced at Blog World and New Media Expo to be held November 8-9, 2007 in Las Vegas.

Scholarship applicants must currently be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program, maintain a 3.0 GPA, maintain their own individual blog or blog on a community and be able to prove U.S. citizenship.

Any college student with a personal or professional blog is encouraged to apply. Entry forms are now available online through CollegeScholarships.org. Student bloggers may also be nominated by friends and family.

More info at CollegeScholarships.org

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the largest blogging conference and tradeshow in the world.

Home of the Blog World Expo: The Las Vegas Convention Center

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las-vegas-convention-center I was recently doing some research about Las Vegas and their conventions for a client and I was amazed at the convention industry in Las Vegas.  It made me even more curious to find out about the location of the Blog World Expo and where the event would be held.  I decided to continue my research a little.  An overview on the convention center can be found:

The Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the most modern and functional facilities in the world – a 3.2 million square foot facility located within a short distance of more than 100,000 guest rooms. Operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the center is well known among industry professionals for its versatility. In addition to more than two million square feet of exhibit space, 144 meeting rooms (more than 241,000 square feet) handle seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500. A grand lobby and registration area (more than 225,000 square feet) efficiently link existing exhibit halls with new exhibit and meeting rooms, and allowing simultaneous set-up, break-down and exhibiting of multiple events.

Those are impressive numbers to say the least.

I asked Rick Calvert about what I could expect to be the amount of square footage that he will be using there for the Blog World Expo, and although I think it will be very big at 20,000 square feet, it seems like a drop in the bucket.

Destination360 [photo credit above] has a great article on the convention center as well.  What I really liked to read was that the convention center is a stop on the monorail system and that to me is a big selling point, especially if you have ever walked the strip.  I can’t wait to see the expo hall all decked out in blog stuff.  My camera will be attached to me at all times!

Technorati Hompage Revamp, Refocus on Blogs

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Thats right. Not many people were happy with the changes to Technorati’s made to it;s homepage a couple of months back. Well today It got a lot better. Here is an excerpt fromDorion Caroll’s post today on the Technorati Blog:

Well, today we are releasing a major overhaul of the Technorati Home page and a completely new area of the site that emphasizes blogs, Technorati Topics. With Topics, we help you discover what bloggers are writing about in Entertainment, Technology, Politics, Sports, Business, and Life.

There are thousands of communities in the blogosphere but those are definitely the largest, and most influential. (Each will be represented at the BlogWorld conference).

Personally I think this is a big improvement over the previous version of the homepage. Reaction from some of the tech bloggers has not been so good.

Stowe Boyd does make a good point:

Is the notion that someone would actually click through to the Technology Topic page and watch the posts go by? There is no search, no filter, no way to use Technorati tags to channel the torrent of posts. How could this be useful?

In fairness Caroll does say:

Today’s release is just a first step. There is a lot more we have up our sleeves, so stay tuned for what’s coming next and come back often.

I think this is a step in the right direction. Technorati has been a pioneer in this industry. Providing a valuable service and resource to tens of millions of bloggers for a very long time. Yes they screwed up with the WTF redesign, but they have earned a lot of good will with me. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and take them at their word that better things are in the pipeline.

Update:

Duncan Riley is rooting for Technorati as well.

On the other hand, as a long time Technorati user it’s good to see Technorati going back to its roots as a blogging search engine. There is still some work to do in terms of improving the indexing, but in terms of focus Technorati Topics is at least a step in the right direction.

Join Us Today Live As We Talk To Jim Kukral On Blog World Expo Radio

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jim_kukral3 Today at 3 p.m. PST and 6 p.m. EST, we will be on live radio at Blog Talk Radio to talk to a speaker at the Blog World and New Media Expo, Mr. Jim Kukral.  Jim is a pioneer of the “new media” and has been a leader in the industry of online marketing.  Jim knows how to make money online and knows how others can make money as well.  He is a forward thinker in the idea of making money online.

Jim’s topic in Vegas will be “Good to Great: Blogging & Profit Potential“.  He will be presenting at the Blog World and New Media Expo on how people as well as others can can make money from this crazy new medium called blogging.  I look forward to seeing Jon at the show and meeting him and discussing his ideas.  I am really excited to get a sneak preview today so stop by the live radio show and hear all about Jim and his expertise.  I also invite all of you to listen and call with your questions and comments for Jim Kukral as well.  Perhaps you too can start making money online with your own blogging. 

UPDATE:  If you missed the show today live you can tune in here and listen to a downloaded archive version!  Thanks Jim for joining me in talking about BWE!

Listen to Blog World Expo Radio!!

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That seems somewhat of an oxymoron if you really think about it, a blog conference on the radio, but we intend to cover all the bases here and use whatever tools we possibly can to teach everyone about the Blog World & New Media Expo.  Our first radio show will begin Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. (PST)  Stay tuned for the show where we intend to start interviewing some of the speakers that will presenting at the expo and perhaps even a few attendees.  We will be having some fun with it so make sure to show up and enjoy.  We may even have a prize or two to giveaway, and who knows what can happen with our Vegas streak of ideas.  You can just never tell, but we will tell on the show!

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