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Five Questions with Ray Ortega & Interview with Deb Ng [BlogWorld TV]

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Deb NG talks planning for BlogWorld & New Media Expo

This week on BlogWorld TV, we talk with Deb Ng about her role at BlogWorld & New Media Expo. She talks about how she is hand writing thank-you notes to everyone who registered. We also learn about some prizes you could win while at BlogWorld. Since Deb used to live in New York, she knows a bit about this summer’s host city.

“New York is a totally different vibe than Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They always say the west coast is more laid back than the east coast. I think that’s true. To me, I lived in New York for more than 30 years. When people go to conferences, it’s just another day at the office,” says Deb. “I am looking forward to meeting a totally new group of people, who have a different way to go about this conference thing.”

Ray Ortega will be at BlogWorld & New Media Expo

Ray Ortega will be at BlogWorld & New Media Expo

Also on this episode, I also talk with Ray Ortega from the Podcasters Studio, where he answers five questions for us and talks about what he is expecting during his first BlogWorld & New Media Expo trip. Not only is he attending, he is also speaking.

All this, and your tweets as read by a bad Jerry Seinfeld impersonator.

[youtube width=”550″ height=”394″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z_dDYX1L6o[/youtube]

BlogWorld & New Media Expo Is Moving To Los Angeles

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We have been hinting at big news for weeks now and we are glad to finally be able to share it with you. BlogWorld & New Media Expo West will be held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center this November 3 – 5 2011.

For those interested in the long version of why we decided to move to Los Angeles and leave Las Vegas you can read more at the bottom of this post. In short we love Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas. We never thought we would leave but the folks at MB just did not have the space we needed to hold the show there this year so we had to look at other options.

We had two cities on our short list; San Diego and Los Angeles. Being born and raised in Americas Finest City, San Diego was my first choice. We saw the two cities having different distinct advantages. San Diego is the city everyone wants to visit, the downtown area is amazing, the convention center is right on the bay and the weather is always perfect. Another positive for San Diego was that it was close to LA.

LA on the other hand is the center of the Music, TV, and Film industries in North America, has a population of more than 10 million people and the largest population of bloggers, podcasters and other new media content creators in the country. It was the obvious logical choice from a business perspective. We have always attracted new media savvy individuals from traditional music, film and tv but by being in Los Angeles (and New York) we are going to see that participation increase significantly. That means more opportunities for content creators.

The drawback to Los Angeles was quite honestly the downtown LA area. At least that was our perception. Boy were we wrong!

We were blown away by our first site visit to Los Angeles. I have attended numerous events at the LA Convention Center including NAMM, E3 and the LA Auto Show. Honestly I always thought the convention center was great but there was nothing to do once you left the building. That has changed drastically! Downtown Los Angeles is being revitalized. The multi-billion dollar L.A. Live entertainment complex is directly adjacent to the convention center. Several of the downtown hotels have just undergone multi million dollar renovations in order to compete with the new J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels (they are beautiful btw). There are tons of new restaurants, shopping, parks and just cool city stuff that you (at least I) had never imagined of when I thought of Los Angeles. Oh and don’t forget the food trucks.

To sum it up we think all of you are going to find more business opportunities than ever and those of you unfamiliar with Los Angeles are in for a real pleasant surprise.

We would love to hear what you think of the news and welcome any suggestions you might have about how we can make this our best event yet.

Now if you want to know more about what led to this huge decision, read on.

It really started due to logistics. The space at Mandalay Bay was absolutely perfect. The conference sessions and exhibit space were conveniently located side by side, the space was the perfect size and Mandalay Bay is an amazing property. We knew we would need more space in 2011 and that meant we had to move to a different area inside Mandalay Bay. At first our friends at MB told us they didn’t have any space for us but they worked hard to try and accommodate us. They were able to offer us some space eventually but the conference rooms were far removed from the exhibit area. We tried to come up with a creative solution that would make this work for our attendees and exhibitors but simply couldn’t figure out a way to make it work.  Of course we looked at other venues in Las Vegas first but we still couldn’t find a workable combination of dates and space. So that made us ask ourselves, if we can’t hold the event here, where would the next BlogWorld be?

Why not San Francisco?

We have discussed San Francisco several times and we love the city but in the end we think San Francisco has the perception of being a technology city and if we were to ever move there, we would have to fight the perception that we were a technology conference and we are not. BlogWorld’s primary focus is content.

Cool as Ever Tech TweetUp at Del Mar Racetrack

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Del Mar racetrack image from Cool as Ever Tech site

Our friend Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin on Twitter) is hosting a great TweetUp this weekend at Del Mar Racetrack this weekend, not to be missed. It’s called Cool as Ever Tech, it’s on Saturday, August 8th from 12:00 Noon ’til 6pm and it’s freeeee…

So come meet SoCal tech friends from Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego for festivities, music, networking and watchin’ the races.

From the Cool as Ever Tech website:

Join us as we take over the expansive  Seaside Tropical Cabana from noon until 6pm, where many a celebrity and special guest has passed before us. We’ll eat, drink, tweet, and take in the excitement that Del Mar horse racing has to offer.

Of course, we’ll do so in über-connected and geekified style. Expect real-time Twitter walls, a livestream of the event, and gadgets, goodies, and giveaways that will make the geek in you scream with delight.

Make sure you pre-register for the event here.

Additionally, Jenn’s got some great promotions and contests going with give-aways, so check out the details on the event blog.

Follow @jbruin on Twitter and stay up to date.

See you there!

@dave_blogworld

[photo via Cool as Ever Tech]

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