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


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!


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

Software Versus Physical: Why Go to Conferences?

Networking, Not in the IT Sense

Networking, Not in the IT Sense

By Guest contributor Chris Garrett

With all the buzz and hype around social media, you might wonder why someone would go to a physical rather than virtual conference. What are the advantages of a conference over staying at home?

As someone who is an advocate of all things digital, and also someone who has been involved in his own fair share of webinars, teleconferences and online summits, it might seem strange that I am coming to you singing the praises of meeting in “meatspace”.

Yes, software is coming on leaps and bounds, there are actual usable video conferencing tools that anyone can use like Skype, there are Webinars that allow hundreds of participants, and even three dimensional virtual reality environments, but in fact there are some things that online can not yet offer.

I have mentioned before how even geeks like me prefer to meet in real life given the chance over at the Cogniview blog, but I should explain now my thoughts in detail.

Five Reasons I Go to Live Conferences

  1. Authority – If you know anything about me then you might know that one of my “things” is Authority, that is, using blogs to gather an audience that knows, likes and trusts you. Speaking at conferences and meeting people in the flesh is a great way to build this authority without attempting to convince people that you are an expert. By being seen and networking at these gatherings you build a personal brand, especially if you give a talk.
  2. Human connection – Meeting in person builds and deepens relationships much faster than online. Many people say the good stuff at conferences happens in the halls, and this is true very often. Connections I made in the early 2000’s are still surprisingly paying off today. At the time I thought I had done myself a disservice and that I had wasted an opportunity not being more forward, being as I am a complete introvert. In fact I must have made a small impression as opportunities came out of that nobody would have predicted. It’s not just me either, one of the fellow shy friends I already kind of knew but really enjoyed talking to in a quiet corner is now super successful in the SEO space. Don’t get me wrong, online offers cool things – after all I have still yet to meet in person my friend and Problogger book co-author but putting faces and voices to names makes you and the people you meet much more memorable and you feel a much stronger bond.
  3. Knowledge and ideas – When you immerse yourself in learning your mind seems to open up and absorb much more. Your ideas are sparked in a way that I just haven’t found from books and the web. Each person you talk to is a potential mine of new facts, thoughts and ideas. Choose the sessions you attend well and you can come away with a ton of new business boosting action items.
  4. Experience – One of the things I love about my “job” is attending conferences. They really are like a working holiday for me. Yeah, I complain about travel, getting up early, and did I mention how shy I am? But I always come back buzzing and loving the experience of meeting new people in new places, and catching up with friends who I rarely get to see. Blogworld is going to be crammed with people who I want to connect with in a city I have never been to before. And my business is paying! How cool is that?
  5. Escape – Following from the previous thought, sometimes it is good for our brains and our health to get away from the desk and expand our horizons. I love my family to bits, and I try to bring them along whenever I can, but even when I can’t I think it is good for me to go and do things outside of my comfort zone, to get away from the daily stresses, and to dedicate my mind to something other than my ever-growing to-do list!

What do you think? Why do you (or not) go to live events and conferences? Please let me know in the comments …

Cirque du Soleil Tickets At BlogWorld


We are very grateful to Cirque du Soleil and their Social Media Manager Jessica Berlin @jessberlin for once again providing free tickets to several of the hottest Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas for BlogWorld attendees.

This year, Cirque du Soleil is offering a limited number of tickets to Mystère, Zumanity, KÀ, The Beatles LOVE and CRISS ANGEL Believe.  If you are interested in seeing and reviewing a Cirque show while in town please email jessica.berlin@cirquedusoleil.com with information about your blog.  Not sure which show to see?  Try the Cirque quiz to see what show is best for your personality www.getcirqued.com/quiz.  For Cirque updates, follow them on Twitter @cirquelasvegas or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/lasvegas.  Ticket requests should be received by October 9.

Be sure to leave a comment at let us know which Cirque du Soleil show you would like to see most.

Let me also say this is a very generous thing for Cirque du Soleil to do so please do not abuse it. All they are asking you for in return is an honest review on your blog, podcast or via Twitter so please don’t go to the show and then not post a review.

Blog on!

Barnes & Noble Official Book Store Vendor for BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2009


We are happy to be partnering with Barnes & Noble again this year on the BlogWorld Book Store. So if you are speaking, or attending BlogWorld & New Media Expo this year and you are an author and want to have your book included in the book store this is what we need you to do.

email kimberly@blogworldexpo.com a link to your book on the Barnes & Noble website here. The local Barnes & Noble store will then order your books to stock in the BlogWorld Book Store. We need this link from you by September 28 2009 in order to give the B&N folks enough time to order the books.

If you want to schedule a book signing, then we also need you to let us know which days you will be attending BlogWorld this year so we can try and get you on the schedule.  We anticipate this schedule being completely full so submit your request ASAP. Also please understand that we are giving speakers the first opportunity to do book signings.

Barnes & Noble Official Book Store Vendor for BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2009


We are happy to be partnering with Barnes & Noble again this year on the BlogWorld Book Store. So if you are speaking, or attending BlogWorld & New Media Expo this year and you are an author and want to have your book included in the book store this is what we need you to do.

email kimberly@blogworldexpo.com a link to your book on the Barnes & Noble website here. The local Barnes & Noble store will then order your books to stock in the BlogWorld Book Store. We need this link from you by September 28 2009 in order to give the B&N folks enough time to order the books.

If you want to schedule a book signing, then we also need you to let us know which days you will be attending BlogWorld this year so we can try and get you on the schedule.  We anticipate this schedule being completely full so submit your request ASAP. Also please understand that we are giving speakers the first opportunity to do book signings.

Medblogging and Patient Privacy


628bd932-5e0c-4001-ab47-3091dd2578a6drcase300-real (Mike Sevilla, M.D. is a board certified family physician in Northeastern Ohio. We know him as medblogger and Blog Talk Radio star Doctor Anonymous.

Mike is moderating the Medblogger track session “Staying on the Good Side of HIPAA: Safe and Ethical Blogging Practices”.

Here is his take on the session and the panelists. Take it away, Mike!)


When I first considered authoring my own medical blog, I was very concerned about the issue of privacy. And, many people have told me that this is the number one concern that they have when considering entering the social media sphere – whether it be blogging, podcasting, or using sites like twitter and facebook.

“Staying On The Good Side of HIPPA: Safe and Ethical Blogging Practices” is the second of four sessions comprising the first Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2009. We’ll be discussing, arguably, one of the most difficult challenges medbloggers have to face – namely – Where is the line between safe & ethical blogging and patient privacy?

As my social networking/blogger identity suggests (Doctor Anonymous), I definitely have some thoughts on this subject and I will be moderating this panel of experts who will give excellent perspective on this complicated subject.

Rob Lamberts is author of the blog Musings of a Distractible Mind. Dr. Rob is a primary care physician who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Recently, he has entered the realm of podcasting with his wildly popular House Call Doctor podcast. In 2007, Dr. Rob proposed a “Health Blogger Code of Ethics,” which is used as a standard in the medblogging community.

Bryan Vartabedian is the author of the Parenting Solved blog. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. He is the author of Colic Solved, the definitive book on screaming, miserable babies published by Ballantine/Random House in 2007. Dr. Vartabedian has written for American Baby, Parenting, Disney’s Wondertime and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to children’s health.

Bob Coffield is the author of the Health Care Law Blog. According to his bio, Bob is a health care attorney practicing at Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso, PLLC and blogging from Charleston, West Virginia. He is focused on helping businesses and health care providers weave through a variety of state and federal health care regulations and assisting them in business transactions. For a good introduction to this panel subject, I encourage you to read his post entitled Healthcare Blogging and Web 2.0.

I invite you to come and check out the first ever MedBlogger Programming Track at BlogWorld and New Media Expo 09. In addition to this topic, there will also be panel discussions on the State of the Medical Blogosphere, How To Influence Healthcare Through Blogging, and The Value of Blogs to Hospitals and other entities.

This will be an undoubtedly be a historic and fun meeting. Hope to see you there!

Top 10 Things to Take to BlogWorld


BlogWorld is a little less than a month away. If you’ve been to The BlogWorld and New Media Expo in the past, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. If you’re new to this conference, there are a few things to consider. BlogWorld isn’t only parties, though it’s always great fun. There’s exhibits, talks, networking and learning. This is my third year attending BlogWorld and every year I have a DOH! moment after realizing I forgot some essential or another. Don’t be like me. Her are the

Top 10 Things to Take to BlogWorld


1. Camera/Video Camera

Trust me on this, you WILL want to take pictures. You’ll make new friends and meet your blogging idols. You’ll attend parties and meetups and you’ll want to talk about it all on your blog or Twitter.  Make sure you have some sort of device to take pictures whether it’s a camera or phone.


2. Laptop

Don’t leave your laptop in your room. Live blogging and Tweeting are the norm at BlogWorld. Sit in on any session and what do you see? Everyone with an open laptop Tweeting quotes from the session, taking notes or posting to their blogs.


3. Chargers

Chargers should be at the top of your check list. The last thing you need is for your camera or cell phone batteries to run out halfway through the conference. Pack your chargers and rejuvenate your batteries while you sleep each night.


4. Vitamins

Don’t laugh, but you’ll need your vitamins. Everyone who attends BlogWorld will agree, by the last day your’re run down, you have no voice and you can’t wait to get on the plane if only to get some sleep.  I always get a bad cold the week after BlogWorld. Take some immunitiy boosters or Vitamin C a couple of weeks before the event, and continue to take them every day during the conference. It may prevent you from feeling like hell when you get home.


5. Comfy Shoes

Save the heels for the parties. You’ll want to wear sneakers, Crocs or another type of comfy shoe during the day. You’re going to do a lot of walking and standing at BlogWorld. If you’re wearing impractical shoes, your feet will be complaining by late afternoon. Do yourself a favor and wear something comfy for day time.


6. Extra Tote Bag

Bring an extra tote bag along in your suitcase. You may not need it, but many of the vendors are giving away some cool bits of swag. You may also want to buy some books or other items from the BlogWorld store. Besides, Vegas has good shopping.  You never know when you need an extra bag “just in case”.


7. ATM Card

Last year I forgot my ATM card. I arrived in Vegas with $100 in my pocket and then took a $20 cab ride from my hotel to meet friends further up the strip. I ended up using my credit card to get funds cash from a casino, which of course, charges a premium. It may seem like such a simple thing to remember, but crap happens. Don’t forget your ATM card.


8. Schedule of Events

Keep the BlogWorld schedule of events with you at all time and set your cell phone, laptop and watch to remind you. Sessions can fill up fast. The last thing you want to do is miss out on a talk you’ve been looking forward to.


9. Water

You’ll want to rehydrate often. Buy some bottled water and keep it in your hotel room. Be forwarned, water is at a premium all over Las Vegas. You’re going to pay, but don’t avoid water because it’s pricy. If you don’t mind hotel tap water, bring a canteen or sports bottle along. You’ll feel like crap in the morning if you’re not hydrated throughout the day.


10. Business Cards

Yesterday I heard from someone I met at the first BlogWorld because he kept my business card. In fact, I’d say business cards are one of the most important investments you can make in preparation for BlogWorld. When you hand someone a business card, you’re directing that person to your blog or website and letting him know you’re available for projects. Everyone you network with will want some what to get in touch, don’t disappoint.

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



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.


Read on:


  • 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!

The Milblog Lounge


Come one, come all to the Army Milblog Lounge! I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Army has stepped forward and as a result, we have a 20×20 area in the exhibit hall, half of which will be configured as a comfortable area for discussions on milblogging and topics of interest to the milbloggers, from technology to music to more. In the days ahead, we hope to be telling you of events that will be taking place in the lounge portion, and the other portion is going to be more than merely interesting. But more on that later. If you need an area to record an interview or such, drop us a line and we may be able to make this area available to you for that. Otherwise, feel free to drop by and meet some of the milblooggers present. Remember, we are not all raving neanderthals of uncertain disposition (that’s just Uncle Jimbo *G*). You will find a variety of interests and a variety of interesting individuals. So, come join us at the Army Milblog Lounge in the Exhibit Hall

Meblogger Track: The State of the Medical Blogosphere


The State of the  Medical Blogosphere The medical blogosphere is actually a composite, made up of patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, medical companies…you get the picture.

If you are blogging about a health care topic, you fall under the medblogger rubric.

“The State of the Medical Blogosphere: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” is one of four sessions comprising the first Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09. We’ll be looking at the history of the genre, what we have learned along the way and where we are headed.

Some of the anticipated topics for this session (and yes, I am listening to the Beatles right now, why do you ask?)

  • Come Together: the early bloggers and the formation of Grand Rounds
  • Paperback Writers – bloggers in print
  • I Should Have Known Better – when blogging and work collide; how much is too much?
  • Help! – patient bloggers share experiences and emotions
  • Revolution – mainstream media starts blogging; bloggers make made the jump to mainstream media
  • All Together Now – medical institutions embrace the blogosphere

I have the honor of moderating this panel, so let me introduce you to the panelists:

  • Kerri Morrone Sparling – Kerri is the author of Six Until Me, where she chronicles the experience of living with diabetes. Her blog has been spotlighted on WebMD, The Lancet, US World News and World Report, CNBC and AOL. She is an Editor and Community Leader for dLife, a diabetes-media company. She’s smart; she’s eloquent – she knows her stuff. (No jealously here. Nope. Not a bit….).
  • Nick Genes, M.D., Ph.D – Nick is a resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He writes his own blog (Blogborygmi), is a partner at Medgaget.com and is most famously known as “The Father of Grand Rounds”, having started the venerable blog carnival in 2004. And just for the record, he studied chondrocyte mechanotransduction while getting his MD. I can’t even pronounce it. ‘Nuff said.
  • Kevin Pho, M.D. – Kevin is a board-certified internal medicine physician from Nashua, NH. He blogs on current medical issues at Kevin, MD. He’s been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, British Medical Journal, The Detroit Free Press and American Medical News. You may have caught his interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News. I make sure to catch his blog by having it come directly to me by email. It’s that good.

Come join us as we explore the state of the medical blogosphere and meet our blogging colleagues at BWE.

The state of the medical blogosphere?

It’s fantastic!

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