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BlogWorld ’09 One Week Later: Thoughts from Around the Blogosphere

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Dinner on opening day: Lara Kulpa, Darren Rowse, Angie Shwartz and I (Deb Ng)

Dinner on opening day: Lara Kulpa, Darren Rowse, Angie Shwartz and I

One week after the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, life returns to normal. We’re rested. We’re over the “BlogWorld flu.” We’ve hugged our kids, snuggled with our spouses, and did massive loads of laundry. We uploaded tons of images updated our FaceBook and Flickr streams and we’re catching up with the email.  Was it worth all the hype and lead up? Absolutely! This was the biggest and best BlogWorld ever.

Filled with bloggers, charities, major brands and social media aficionados BlogWorld offered something for everyone.

My takeaway? Everyone is an A-Lister.

Some other things I realized:

  • I learn more by talking to old and new friends in the hallways than by attending sessions. Not that the sessions don’t rock.
  • Closing keynotes rock harder when they’re not a giant kumbaya.
  • I’d much rather have dinner with friends where we can chat and share ideas than yell over loud music at a trendy club.
  • The Bellagio Balloon guy is really annoying.
  • Not everyone at BlogWorld is a blogger.
  • Sometimes hotels lose other reservations.
  • FatBurgers rock.
  • Not everyone blogs to make money.
  • Geeks enjoy talking puppets and Star Wars icons.
Sharing ideas in the hallways with Patrick O'Keefe, Brandon Eley and Connie Benson

Sharing ideas in the hallways with Patrick O'Keefe, Brandon Eley and Connie Benson

If there’s one thing I did differently this year as opposed to the past couple of BlogWorld’s it’s that I wasn’t as shy. I took a deep, brave breath and introduced myself to the people I wanted to meet. Another thing I’m doing differently is taking all the business cards I collected from interesting people and following up right away. The last two years, it was too late and I didn’t remember all the great stuff we discussed.

Originally I was going to offer a giant list of thoughts and comments  regarding this year’s BlogWorld, but then I thought, “Who better than to offer a post-BlogWorld round up than all the bloggers in attendance?”

So here it is:

BlogWorld One Week Later: Thoughts from Around the Blogosphere

What did you takeaway from BlogWorld this year?

Many thanks to Rick, Dave and Jim for hooking me up with the best gig ever (blogging here), their endless support and encouragement,  and  for making it possible for me to attend BlogWorld 09.

– Deb Ng

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