Today I attended Bloggy Boot Camp in Boston. Collective Bias took care of my ticket to the event. The event was nice, a good place for people who are starting to get into blogging to go and network with each other. It is geared toward women and that was evidenced by me being one of three men at the event. It is okay I didn’t feel outnumbered or intimidated. I don’t fit the typical husband mold anyway so I am used to the jokes and jibes.
At each blogging event that I go to I learn some ways to do things and some ways not to do things. Do stick to a schedule. The talks ran a little long and lunch was nearly an hour late because of it, then it was pretty rushed to get us back on track. I would have really enjoyed much more time to network with people at each table rather than sitting down and flipping cards to everyone like a black-jack dealer. Time was scheduled too cramped and things ran too long. I suggest that breaks get scheduled in. If one of the things to do is network then build in more time to do that.
I did like the assigned seating, this was great to get me to a number of tables with different people, however many times it was the same people. there has to be some sort of way to break things up better to people don’t end up at the same table with the same people over and over. There were something like 125 people and four or five table changes, it could have been done. That is just nit-picky and for the most part the moving to different tables was a welcome change from other conferences where you can spend much of my time with people you already know. I did meet many nice people even if it was just for a minute or two before the next session.
More snacks. Maybe it was because lunch was so late and I was pretty hungry after having a light breakfast. I got irritable but didn’t tweet it, that is tacky. I do think that some snacks would have been a good idea to have at the tables or in the back. I was thankful for the coffee after being up for 24+ straight hours but a cookie or something would have gone a long way.
The information I learned was good. I especially liked the talks by Carol Schiller and Katja Presnal. They had some amazing information and stories that were very helpful personally to me. I’ve known Katja for a while now and she helped me very much in the past. It was nice to learn more about her past and how she has become successful. It was very inspiring.
Another very inspiring session was from Mommy Niri. Her talk about how we can use Blogging for Social Good was excellent and something that we should all do more of.
The session that told me not to be scared of Legalities of Blogging probably should not have been right after lunch. I think that Charlene Deloach Oliver and Sarah Visbeek are fantastic and had a lot to offer. The session would have been better suited for us when were were fresh and awake in the morning, not drowsy from the delicious Mirassou wine.
I was tired and needed to head home right after the event which was fine because there really wasn’t a closing event where people could talk with each other in a more relaxed way. I figure that if you go to one of these events that you personally have an opportunity to connect with people and bring the conversation out somewhere after it is all over. I’m sure many people stuck around and did something, I would have liked to but was too tired after working all night to go anywhere.
I enjoyed being able to connect with brands. The sponsors of the event were very nice. I loved hearing the story of Mirassou wine, I had never heard of them but will look at buying their wine in the future now that I know more of their story. The Arm & Hammer folks were great and I have toothpaste to last me a real long time. Sony had some cool devices that I’d like to try out and review. Also I got to spend time with the folks from Collective Bias.
Randi, David and Kim were there. They had some fun things in the swag bag that will go great in the new house too. But, it was fun to talk about different campaigns and what we will do with Whrrl being gone. Man I hate that my work for CB was blown away with Whrrl picking up stakes on their product, that really stinks.
All in all I had a good day and I’d recommend going to a Bloggy Boot Camp if you’d like to learn the basics of the medium.
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