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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?

Social Media Shrinks the Planet and Enlarges Our Lives

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Social Media has so many facets; it’s impossible to cover them all in any one blog post, or even any one BOOK.  Yes, we make friends online.  Yes, we run businesses online.  Yes, we ask and get advice online.  Yes, we make purchases online.  The list goes on and on.

For me, personally, one of the most awesome things the internet – and I hang out mostly in the Blogosphere and on Twitter – has to show and teach us is that this earth of ours is populated by real people, the vast majority of whom are very nice people.

Not only that: the internet makes us all better people by giving us living proof that even though people might be of different cultures, ethnicities, political stances, races, and any other category that might come to anyone’s mind, we all have something to give each other and teach each other and show each other that will enhance and enrich each other’s lives.

The Blogosphere also proves to us that people whose lifestyles are different from ours, even to the extreme, are really still just people who have more in common with us than either of us thinks.

By peeking through each other’s windows, via social media, we can see that we are all just, well, nice people with much to offer each other, different though our personal viewpoints on certain issues might be.  We make each other smarter and better and nicer by reading what other people have to say.

In our “real” lives, many of us don’t have the opportunity to meet people who are “different” from us.  In the Blogosphere, however, we are all sitting on each other’s sofas and there is much we are all learning from each other.

I think one of the main things we are all learning is that we really aren’t THAT different from each other, and that no matter what kind of opinions and occupations and lifestyles we might have,  we are all trying to make a living, have fun, raise children, deal with problems, pay bills, and deal with life.

I firmly believe that the more we know about each other – the more interaction we have with people – the more we will realize that we are all much more alike than we are different, and this is a very good thing indeed.

The Parenting Blogosphere: A REAL Reality Show in Progress

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bellezappa There are TONS of parents in the Blogosphere, and none of them knows everything about rearing children.

(One raises alfalfa; one rears children.  Semantics, semantics, semantics. . . .)

However, we all know SOMEthing about rearing children, and if you put all of the “somethings” together, we just might have everything.  Maybe.

It’s not just parents with young children who live in the Blogosphere, you know.  There are also older parents whose children are grown and gone, but these people are parents, nonetheless!  Often, these experienced parents are the missing link when it comes to the combined forces of the Blogosphere knowing “something” and knowing “everything!”

For someone like me, for example, with grown children and a shipload of experience but no takers in my real life, blogging about the joys and sorrows and delights and frustrations of raising children is a cathartic thing, with a lot of the bad memories miraculously and conveniently erased.  But to a young parent, some small thing I mention might make a world of difference!  I hope so, anyway.

This applies to many areas, of course, but parenting is the most important job in the world, so it is the one I am thinking about right now.

When my children were babies, and toddlers, and all the way on up to now, all I had to help me were pamphlets and relatives.  Much of what I learned from these very limited resources was viable, but so much more of it just, well, wasn’t.  It would have been wonderful to have, at my fingertips, a wealth of OTHER parents who were learning, as do we all, by trial and error, themselves.

Blogging parents will always have someone to ask, someone to tell, someone to admonish, someone to thank, and someone to fall back in abject horror at the very THOUGHT of being like that.  Often, a bad example is also the best example.

The Blogosphere.  Now, that’s a reality show I could go for.

P.S.  Those are MY children in the picture.  My beautiful, beautiful children.

Blog World Expo: The Best of Both Worlds!

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Blog World Expo excites me.  It thrills me.  Blog World Expo is like the culmination of bloggerhood fantasies: the coming together of people who know each other quite well, often so well that we could order for each other in a restaurant, or pick out shoes for each other.  We know all about their jobs.  We know their children’s names.  We know about their pets, and their gardens, and their opinions about big government, world peace, and whether they prefer brown or white eggs.

We know almost everything about them, in fact.  Everything, perhaps, except what they really look like.  Much of the time, we couldn’t pick each other out of a lineup.

But that’s okay, because online, assuming we’re all telling the truth – and we must make that assumption -bloggers have turned this huge planet into a neighborhood of relationships – friendship, business, and everything else, deep and lasting, and proof positive that we don’t have to know what people LOOK like, to know what people ARE like.  Most bloggers have found and made wonderful, genuine friends via blogging.

Our blogrolls and readers are full of people we wish lived next door to us, or even WITH us, because we’ve come to love them as dearly as though we met for lunch daily.

You know, we’re all just so BUSY.  Most of us work and raise children and try to nurture them and a marriage and our friendships and our talents all at the same time.  Many days, something’s gotta give.  With blogging, the conversations can wait till we can get there.  Bloggers are friends who don’t put any kind of time limitation on us.  We are here, and we’ll be here tomorrow if you can’t stop by tonight.

Blog World Expo excites me.  Bloggers will be there.  BLOGGERS!  People who, well, KNOW!  They KNOW.  Blogosphere neighbors who sit on each other’s virtual sofas several nights a week will get to sit at each others’ tables for real.

For real!!!  Then again, the Blogosphere is real, too.  Blog World Expo excites me, because it is the best of both worlds.

Rockstars of the Blogosphere

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When you think of a rockstar who comes to mind?  For me it’s folks like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, etc.  Now when you think of a blogosphere rockstar who do you think of?  Chances are whatever person you just though of is going to be at blog world expo this year!

We have 200 speakers at blog world expo and guess what?  They are all rockstars of the blogosphere.  I’m talking about folks like:

  • Laura Fitton (Pistachio on Twitter)
  • Chris Brogan
  • Brian Solis
  • Shawn Collins
  • Robert Scoble
  • Lee Odden

Just to name a few.  We are also going to feature leading military and political bloggers such as:

  • Matt Burden (Black Five)
  • Greyhawk (Mudville Gazette)
  • Jane Hamsher (Firedog Lake)
  • Erin Kotecki Vest (Queen of Spain)

Bloggers from virtually every industry are going to be at this event to lend their ideas and experiences to other bloggers from around the world.  If you are a seasoned blogger or someone who is just looking to get started with a blog, you are going to find invaluable insight and networking opportunities.

One of the things we are most excited about this year at blogworld expo is the “blockbuster” panel which is going to feature some of the true “rockstars” of blog monetizations.  The session, Making Money Online with a Blog, will be moderated by leading expert, Jim Kukral. Panel participants include big-time money making bloggers John Chow, Brian Clark, Zac Johnson, Darren Rowse, and Shoemoney.  This panel is going to be one you are not going to want to miss.

Be sure to check out our list of other “rockstars of the blogosphere!”

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TechSet Las Vegas, Blogworld Expo

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Blog World Expo has partnered with TechSet founders Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis to host “TechSet Poolside” in Las Vegas.  If you are looking to connect and network with indutry leading professionals and thought leaders, then you won’t want to miss TechSet.

The event details are as follows:

Friday, September 19, 2008
8:00pm – 11:00pm
Bare at the Mirage Hotel
3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd

For those of you who have never been to Bare, you are in for quite a treat.  The ultimate in poolside pampering, Bare is defined by its distinctive contemporary ambiance and ultra VIP service. The DJ-spun music mix sets a lively mood as guests enjoy European-style ambiance secluded by towering palms.
To attend the event please RSVP via facebook.  This is one event you will not want to miss.

Are Fortune 500 Companies Adopting Social Media?

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This study was conducted by The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research and is a follow up to a similar study they conducted in 2007.  209 companies participated and were asked how familiar they were with blogging, podcasting, online video, wikis, and social networking.

According to the results of the new study, social networking was the most familiar among the companies that participated in the study.

Blogging also received an enormous jump as more and more fortune 500 companies are understanding the value of a blog.  This is definitely great to see!  According to the study 77% of the companies that participated in the study reported using some sort of social media.

The graph below shows that blogging is definitely becoming a staple in the social media strategy for the fortune 500 and the growth should only continue from here.

In 2007 when the companies were asked how important they viewed social media, 26% of the companies said that social media was “very important.”  In 2008 that figure rose by 18%, 44% of the companies now say that social media is “very important.”

The results of this study show that social media is continuing to grow among the fortune 500 companies.  This means that events like Blog World Expo are going to continue to be a haven for for companies and individuals looking to learn about blogging, social media, and the value of the conversation. If you want more information check out the full study.

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Blog World Expo + Southwest Airlines = A Unique Opportunity

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Do you like traveling?  Do you like blogs?

Then you’re going to love this!

We are excited to announce that Blog World Expo is joining forces with Southwest Airlines to find the next Blog-o-spondent.  This person is going to get to travel around to select Southwest cities while creating videos and posting to a blog that will be shared with the rest of the world. Christi Day has been the official Southwest Blog-o-spondent for a while and now it’s time for you to join her!

So how do you enter the contest?

Submit your one minute video audition to the contest site, the rest of the world will then be able to vote on your video (and other submitted videos) through Aug 31st, so try to get your video up asap.  Once you upload your video don’t forget to blog about it, twitter it, and share with the rest of the world.

Once 3 winners are selected they will be invited to join us at Blog World Expo where they will compete in the final round where the winner will be chosen.

Blog World Expo is excited to work with Southwest Airlines to find the next Blog-o-sponded and we couldn’t think of a better place to hold the final competition round than at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas.

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