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In Case You Were Wondering Why…

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Here is a reason or 10 why you should end up in Vegas!

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Thanks Nicole I needed that one today!

If you want to let Nicole know how cool this is, feel free to stop and tell her yourself if you are in Las Vegas at BlogWorld& New Media Expo.  Nicole is a speaker that will be moderating a panel about Twitter!  She is a true Rock Star that we are glad to have be a part of the fun this year.  I get the first dance Nicole!

Get A Taste of Blog World Expo

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I am going to be talking tomorrow with some of the speakers that will be speaking at BlogWorld & New Media Expo in October.  I have watched as our schedule came together and have many people to thank for that, but none more than the speakers that will be providing their time, their efforts and their expertise to all of the attendees that will be coming to the event, and even those that will get a chance to perhaps see it through other means.  The speakers make the content we provide in the conference possible.  The guests will each provide some glimpses into what they will be talking about and what we can expect October will bring.

Join us on Blog World Expo Radio at 12:00 p.m. PST as I am joined by my special guests, Mur Lafferty, Lewis Howes, Patrick O’Keefe, and Ben Ilfeld. This will give us a chance to get a small taste of what we can expect in Las Vegas.

Chad Vader Breaks The Internet and Turns To Blog World Expo For Help

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If you have not seen this video of Chad Vader now is a good time to check it out.  We have had quite a chuckle here watching and sending it out via Twitter.  Our special thanks to Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda for their hard work in putting it together and allowing us to have a bit of fun.  You can see their session on YouTube Success on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.   If you have not yet registered to be a part of the event, I will send Chad to your house and break your Internet!

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Thanks also to our other speakers, Chris Brogan, Cali Lewis and Guy Kawasaki for letting us poke some fun.

Win a Free Pass to BlogWorld with Hotel Included – Courtesty of Alltop

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Wishing you could come to BlogWorld but can’t quite scrape together the cash to get there? Perhaps there’s another way: Guy Kawasaki and Alltop are giving away three passes to the BlogWorld and New Media Expo, plus they’ll even throw in the hotel stay for one lucky grand prize winner.

Intrigued?

Read on:

Prizes:

  • First prize: Two nights hotel, three-day “Full Access” pass to Blogworld Expo ($1400 total value)
  • Second prize: Three-day “Full Access”pass to Blogworld Expo ($1195 total value)
  • Third prize: 2-day “Weekend”pass to Blogworld Expo ($495 total value)

By now you’re asking, “This contest you speak of, how can I win?” Of course there’s a catch. Simply create a My Alltop page and have it retweeted. Each MyAlltop page has a “retweet” button at the bottom. The more you get your page retweeted, the more likely it is that you’ll win. Here’s Guy’s MyAlltop page, click on it and you’ll see what a MyAlltop page is all about.

How to Get Started

1. Create a MyAlltop page. Click here to get started. It will take only a few minutes. Then spread the word by clicking on the Retweet button on your page.

2. Enter your information. Click here to enter the contest.

3.Spread the word. Then start tweeting, retweeting, and getting your friends and relatives to help too.

Official Rules and Regulations

Description: This is a contest to determine who can get the most people to tweet a link to their MyAlltop page as measured by the Tweetmeme button.

Legal Stuff

  • Prizes are non-transferable, and there are no cash alternatives or substitutions. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  • The winners are solely responsible for all other arrangements, costs and expenses associated with receiving the prize including taxes or other fees imposed by a government authority.
  • Eligibility: The contest is open to all MyAlltop website users who are at least thirteen year old and legal residents of the United States or Canada. Blogworld Expo and Alltop employees and their relatives, anyone professionally connected with the prizes offered in this competition, and celebrities featured by Alltop at http://my.alltop.com/ cannot enter. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants. Entrants can submit as many MyAlltop pages as they wish.
  • Announcement:. The contest ends at 8:00 am Pacific Time on October 1, 2009. Blogworld Expo and Alltop will determine the winners on October 2, 2009. Blogworld Expo and Alltop will contact them on October 2, 2009 via email. In the event of a tie, Blogworld Expo and Alltop will select the winners based on who has the larger number of followers; in any case, only three prizes will be awarded.
  • Retweet Count: We rely upon the Twitter API for accuracy of re-tweets, so you know as well as we do that we cannot be certain of the retweet count. We will not retrospectively adjust counts due to failures as a result of missing data. Legal Considerations: There are no fees or expenses to enter the contest.This is not a lottery or a game of chance. The odds of winning depend on the number of acceptable entries received and the amount of retweets that you generate. Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to disqualify your entry if we believe that you have breached any of these rules.
  • Disqualification; The use of robots and automated tools to affect voting will result in disqualification. Failure to claim a prize by October 15, 2009 will mean that Blogworld Expo and Alltop will select other winners. Your Information: By taking part in the competition, you warrant that all information submitted is true, current and complete at the time of submission.
  • Privacy: Blogword Expo and Alltop will not sell, rent, loan, or share contestant’s address or email address with third parties. Blogworld Expo and Alltop, however, will announce the names and Twitter accounts of the winners. Changes and disputes: Blogworld Expo and Alltop reserve the right to alter, amend or close the competition as necessary. In the case of any disputes regarding these rules, or the rules or instructions, the decision of Blogworld Expo and Alltop will be final and binding.

So…why are you still here? Head to Alltop, create your page and start tweeting.

See you at Blogworld!

Speakers and Schedule Not Yet Complete

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standinline I wanted to take a moment and bring everyone up to date on where we stand with the schedule and the speakers lineup.  We are completing most of the 11 separate tracks that will be going on at Blog World Expo in October.  Panels such as the military bloggers have already been completed by their track leaders as well as the medical bloggers,  and those are being posted on blogs.  Other tracks such as the Social Media Business Summit and others have yet to be completed.  These are taking more time to develop. We are in the process of filling those positions by interviewing those that have submitted proposals and are vying for the very few spots left. Most of the track leaders have completed their tracks and we are firming up some information before the schedule is set.

Imagine if you will that we have two job openings for cool positions.  Now imagine 2,000 standing in line to interview for the positions.  You can get a sense of what we are trying to accomplish here.  I need to first speak to those that we want to provide the stage to and then make a decision based on the interviews.  That all takes much time and effort and we are trying to get through them as quickly as possible.  I appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  Those that have already been chosen to speak will be getting an email soon with more information on the time of your panel and the information related to that panel.

I have to apologize that this is taking much longer than I myself anticipated. If you are one of the people standing in line, I am getting there, I just need to find another few moments in the day!

photo via Aldor

Does Your Blog Have Balls? Join Us In New York City!

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bwb_logo_block I am headed to New York City on Friday, June 12, 2009 to participate in a very cool blogging conference in New York City at Stout New York.  The event is scheduled all day on June 13, 2009.  The have lots of panelists and cool topics. Of most interest to me is the “Why We Hate You” topic which will discuss why the old media is not so fond of the new media folks. I think this will be a topic of discussion coming up in our own conference in Las Vegas.

They have lunch sponsored by Guiness, and have a great lineup of speakers, including a past keynote speaker of Blog World Expo, Gary Vaynerchuk (perhaps he will finally make that announcement that he has purchasedthe New York Jets?), and a post game party sponsored by men’s magazine GQ. I think they describe it best:

Blogs With Balls is the world’s largest sports blogger and new media gathering. Sports fans, writers, sites, teams, athletes and companies, don’t miss your chance to talk with industry leaders about the future of sports media. Scheduled speakers include: Jim Bankoff (SB Nation), A.J. Daulerio (Deadspin), Spencer Hall (EDSBS), Dan Levy (On the DL Podcast) Dan Shanoff, Bethlehem Shoals (FreeDarko.com), Dan Steinberg (The Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog), Michael Tunison (KissingSuzyKolber.com) Matt Ufford (WithLeather.com) and Pete Vlastelica (CEO, Yardbarker.com)

This is my first trip to New York City and I can’t wait to attend.  If you want to attend the event as well, they are taking registrations through 7:00 p.m. on June 11, which is tomorrow.  Get over and get a pass for this great event.  What else are you going to do on Saturday?

Learning WordPress

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wp This is my third try at writing this post as I have lost my draft three times.  Isn’t that just the way when you want to talk about a technology?  I am writing this in the dashboard of WordPress.  There are many choices when wanting to use a blogging platform, like Blogger, Moveable Type, Squarespace and others.  I like to stay up to date on what all of them are doing.  I was able to see what was new in the world of WordPress and learn some cool stuff and meet some new friends yesterday.

I had an opportunity to attend an event this weekend in Reno, Nevada, called Reno-Tahoe Wordcamp.  I had a chance to see again for the fourth time many users and evangelists of the blogging platform.  I was one of the presenters and wanted to thank the organizers for allowing me to talk about “Blogging For A Living.”  This is my fourth Wordcamp this year attending Vegas, Miami, Denver previous, and I will be speaking at the Chicago Wordcamp coming up in June. If you are going, I would love to see you there.  Next month the main event in the world of Wordcamps is happening in San Francisco. Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress will be talking about the company more in depth at that event and everyone should attend.

I wanted to thank the organizers of the Reno-Tahoe Wordcamp for allowing me to be a part of their exciting event.  The event was held in a journalism school in Reno at the local college.  That to me was a bit of an irony as we are just now being taken serious by the world of journalism so it was also fun to think about how far we have come. If you have a local Wordcamp make you get signed up to attend it will allow you to learn from some of the best and the brightest using this application.  I have had an opportunity to walk away always with a new nugget of information or a trick or tip to make my use of WordPress a little better.

Blog World Expo Wants to See You At Web 2.0 Expo

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webexsf2009_home_header_bg1 We are giving away a free badge to a special Blog World and New Media Expo blog reader, radio listener or other friends.

You can win a badge to Web 2.0 Expo very simply. Here is how.
Just tell us you want to go to Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco coming up on March 31, 2009 through April 3, 2009, and let us know why we should give you a badge.
Link to this blog post and to the folks at Web 2.0 Expo and tell your best yarn about why we should give you a badge.  The badge includes all of the conference awesomness:

Conference Plus Workshops
Access to

* All sessions (Wed-Fri)
* Workshops on Tuesday, March 31
* All keynotes
* Expo Hall & events held there
* All networking events
* Web2Open
* Lunch (Tue-Fri)
* Official schwag
This is a $1745 value that we will be providing via the generosity of the folks at Techweb and O’Reilly Media, Inc.

UPDATE:  3/2609:  The deadline for entries into this giveaway will be Midnite tonight, March 26, 2009.  Get your entry in before that time.

Blog World Expo Radio – Episode 1 From SXSW in Austin Texas

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SXSW Interactive

Our show comes to you live from last Saturday at SXSW Interactive at the Techset Blogger Lounge presented by Windows Mobile.

Our guests on this show live from SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas:

Ewan Spence and his Twitter is @ewanspence
Wendy Piersall and her Twitter is @emom
Justin Levy and his Twitter is @justinlevy
Patti Serrano a caller and her Twitter is @iGrandma
Aaron Brazell who we all know as @technosailor

I want to definitely thank the folks at Windows Mobile and the Techset group for letting us have our show.  Special thanks to Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis for allowing us to have the fun we had there.

Hopefully at Blog World and New Media Expo we can have as much fun!

We Have Bloggers and Blog World Heads to Texas!

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In case you haven’t noticed, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of new bloggers here on our site that will be providing some content.  I want to introduce you to Jane Goodwin and Tyler Knott Gregson.  Jane and Tyler are prolific bloggers and will be talking about all things blogging and new media.  They will be discussing industry news and what is happening in the world of blogging.  They will talk about the upcoming show a little and also be talking about what is going on in the world of technology.   Feel free to talk to them and tell them what you think and to also let them know what you want them to post about and other information. Welcome to Blog World Jane and Tyler!

Rick Calvert, Dave Cynkin and I will be in Austin, Texas next week attending Spring Break For Geeks or more commonly known to many as a SXSW Interactive.  We will be setting up shop at the Techset Blogger Lounge Sponsored by Windows Mobile and organized by Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis. We did our radio show yesterday on the trip we are taking and talked about all things SXSW with Tammy Lynn Gilmore and Brian and Stephanie and I invite you to listen in on that show but listening to the widget on the right under Blog Talk Radio.  We will be doing the show live from SXSW and giving you the on scene experience of attending the Blogger Lounge and about all the people that are there participating.  It will be the next best thing to paying for a pass and attending the event yourself.  Join us as we head to Texas for some Yee Haw!

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