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This is me. Yes, I took a picture of myself in the bathroom mirror to show ya'll. Find me at BlogWorld! Don't be afraid to just yell my name if you see me walk past.

Thousands of people will be attending BlogWorld this year. As a new attendee, I have to be honest; that makes me a little nervous. I don’t actually know anyone else who is going, and I’m terrified that it will be junior high all over again. I don’t want to end up eating lunch alone or being the last kid picked in gym class. Sometimes, I end up being more introverted than I’d like, and while I wouldn’t really say that I’m shy, it does make me a little anxious to go into a situation where so many people know one another and I don’t know anyone.

Lisa Morosky, who is a panelist this year and someone I regularly stalk on Twitter, did something I consider pretty ingenious yesterday. She wrote a post specifically for BlogWorld attendees to leave their link, which allows everyone to get to know some of the people who will be there – at least through their blogs. Dave Risley, Nathan Hangen, Mike CJ, and Lisa will be doing a panel called “Treating Your Blog Like a Business” this year, but even if you can’t attend that specific session, it makes sense to leave your link on this list.

Beyond that, don’t just leave your link – check out the other links to see who else is attending this year. If you land on a blog that isn’t in your niche or even mildly interesting to you, you might still want to connect with that person. Check out their about page – you might find that you have something in common. Hey, you’re a travel blogger who homeschools her kids? I’m an entertainment blogger, but I also home my kids. We should try to meet up!

You might have other things in common as well that aren’t so apparent at first glance. For example, maybe you have a similar writing style. Or, maybe you live in the same area. Wouldn’t it be cool to find out that a blogger in your niche lives in your neighborhood and will also be attending? Heck, you might even be able to make arrangements to share a cab to the airport.

Maybe you just like the person’s blog. True story: I follow this one mommy blog, even though I have no kids of my own. Her stories just make me laugh! There’s no reason you can’t connect with a blogger outside of your niche if you like his or her writing.

At the very least, everyone at BlogWorld 2010 has one thing in common – the drive to be a better blogger. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be attending in the first place! Use that as a starting off point, and connect to these people. My goal is to comment on every blog on this list before BlogWorld, and although that’s a small goal right now (at the time of posting, there were only 12 blogs listed so far), I’m hoping that this list grows to include hundreds of bloggers.

I know I won’t get to meet every attendee at BlogWorld, but I hope that in the coming months, I can make some deeper connections and find new blogs that I really enjoy. There are already a few people on my list of “have to find at BlogWorld,” but I’d really like that list to grow to the point where my every moment is packed with meeting awesome people from around the world.

So, go add your link to Lisa’s list – and don’t be afraid to say hi to me, either here or at my own blog (listed as #2) on Lisa’s post, After Graduation). Hope to see you at BlogWorld!

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She apologizes in advance – her hair will probably not be the same color at BWE as it is in that picture. Hell, it might not even be the same color every day of the conference.

Allison Boyer freelance writer and content marketing consultant. She also runs the food blog The PinterTest Kitchen with her mom and sister. You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (@allison_boyer) or contact her at allisonmboyer@gmail.com.


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  • Judy Helfand

    Allison,
    I just know we will meet. I look forward to it. Last year was a little intimidating…
    Judy

  • Lisa Morosky

    Thanks for the shoutout, Allison. I love Twitter stalkers (unless, ya know, they’re actual stalkers…which wouldn’t be good…). Looking forward to meeting you and everyone else!

  • Kevin Blalock

    I look forward to attending your talk, it sounds very interesting!

  • Sarah Oriel

    Thank you for this Allison and Lisa! Will be my first BlogWorld and yes, I’m very nervous 🙂 Added my link and will check out the others!

  • Amy Parmenter

    Allison! Love the proactive approach…and thanks for encouraging the rest of us to do the same. Looking forward to meeting you at BlogWorld. I’m speaking on Friday, so please make a point of saying hello if our paths don’t cross beforehand.

    Amy

  • maria

    I really enjoyed this post, especially the “examples in this post” portion which made it really easy for me to SEE what you were talking about without even having to leave the article. Thanks

  • Allison

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! It’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only person who’s nervous as a first-year attendee, and I feel less like the nerdy junior high kid to know that at least a few people hope to say hi to me as much as I’d like to say hi to them!

  • Dean

    I went last year and it was great. It is an odd mix of shy Introverted nerdy bloggers and extremely social Extroverts who want to be on camera and all over the internet. I did not know much of anyone either, but came away with a few good contacts in my field. Be aware there are a few folks there mainly trying to sell you their services or products. It’s interesting to see internet celebreties. The parties were nice too. ***Oh, bring your iphone or other device to check out the twitter stream. That is the #1 way folks meet and communicate there. You can be in a room full of people not saying much of anything, but you’ll notice there all twittering like mad.

  • Jeremy Wright

    I think we’ve chatted on Twitter. Apparently I’m a tour guide this year, so if you want to meet folk just DM me 🙂

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