We Were Both Too Tired To Sleep
Photo-A-Day #1586

My third and final day at Affiliate Summit East was full of blogging, keynotes and networking with some fantastic people. I started off early. I went to the Blogger’s Lounge an hour before it opened. I had written my post from yesterday late into the night on WordPad because I wasn’t going to pay for $18.95 Internet access in my room. The ability to write without distraction of twitter, e-mail and “Oh! Shiny!” is wonderful. I was able to pop on some headphones and just go at it and recall my whole day. I’m presently writing this post on the train bound back for Providence. I have a seat in the back (no one behind me thank God) and the car is nearly empty. Too bad the train was over an hour and a half late leaving. I have about 3 solid hours to write. So brace yourself this post is gonna be epic.

Having the Blogger’s Lounge to myself for the first hour of the morning was great. I was able to catch up on all the tweets I missed because I don’t have an iPhone and constant contact. Which isn’t great all the time but at a conference of this nature it is essential. I was able to post all my photos and write captions for them before posting up my actual post. I was also able to post up the infamous video of Ted Murphy (@TedMurphy), Me and Shawn Collins (@AffiliateTip) singing Milli Vanilli’s Girl You Know It’s True. Just wait, that thing will go crazy viral. I can’t wait to sing with Ted and Shawn again!

The photos were fun because last night I formatted all of them but wasn’t able to write out all the descriptions because it was so late. I hope that people are enjoying the photos that I’ve take with them using my Xshot, or their Xshot. I gave away 12 Xshots throughout the conference and there were many people who were very happy about that. Thank you so much to Michael from Xshot for sending me a case to give away.

I worked on the post and photos solidly until around 9:20am when I realized that I should eat something. I ran downstairs and got something to eat at breakfast and came back up to the Blogger’s Lounge to finish everything up and head off with Tim Jones (@Timothy_Jones) to the Peter Shankman (@Skydiver) Keynote.

Peter Shankman

Peter’s keynote was fantastic. He was funny endearing and brutally honest. He was also introduced by the ever-awesome Jim Kukral (@jimkukral).

Jim Kukral at Peter Shankman Keynote

I loved this keynote mostly because of the content but also because of Tim Jones. Sitting next to Tim Jones in a keynote is amazing. The guy is there on his MacBook, he’s writing notes about the keynote, tweeting, filming and writing most of his post about the keynote never missing a beat about what is being said. Tim put together a 3 minute ADOS (Attention Deficient,… Oh! Shiny!) video of the keynote that is great and since I cannot really remember specifics about the keynote I’m just going to link to some great tweets by Tim and his post: Peter Shankman Keynote Address at Affiliate Summit East 2009

Peter Shankman

During the keynote, towards the end Peter pulled out his Poken, he has a panda I have a Dragon. He explained how the Poken was going to be the next amazing breakthrough in making business and personal connections.I just received my Poken yesterday via FedEx from PokenGirl (PokenGirl). I was excited because I could finally Poken with someone else who got it. I mean, Tim certainly gets it so he counts but we already Pokened yesterday. Peter tossed a couple of Pokens to the crowd, Missy Ward and her son got some. After the keynote I went over with Tim to get some photos of us meeting Peter and exchanging “High 4’s”.

Peter Shankman and Tim Jones

Peter was selling the Pokens there for $20 and there were a bunch of people buying them.

Update: PokenGirl has offered a %15 off code for Affiliate Summit Attendees. Just use ase09 at checkout. Buy Your Poken Today. And if you would I’d love it if you bought it through my affiliate link there. I’ll be sure to High 4 you when next we meet.

@BenSpark and @Skydiver after Keynote with our Pokens

One person who wanted one was Stephanie Lichtenstein (@StephARC). She wasn’t carrying cash so I fronted her the money so she could get one. I don’t want to see someone cool going Pokenless. We had exchanged a few tweets recently and I figured, hey pay it forward. It wasn’t until people were starting to open and play with their Pokens that I realized that PokenGirl really hooked me up. She not only GAVE me a Dragon Poken for free but she got my Poken completely ready to roll. She pre-pokened my Dragon with her info and she also hooked me up with a lanyard. It was really nice of her to do that.

Stephanie and BajaLori (@BajaLori) posed for a few photos for me so I could get some great Poken action shots.

@BajaLori and @StephARC

I’ve posted them to Flickr and will put up my Poken review as soon as I have a moment to do some serious updating and upgrading to my Poken Profile. I will however help anyone who would like to have a custom Poken Card. Basically an image that is unique to your Poken Profile. This is sort of like a custom Twitter Background.

After the keynote I met Missy Ward’s Dad (@MissysDad) and we had a photo taken together by Missy’s sister.

BenSpark and @MissysDad

I also got to meet Jen Goode (@JGoode). We didn’t meet and talk much but I did get to High 4 her.I wanted to tell her that I love her episode of The Spew (Missy Ward’s Geekcast.fm show)

Peter Shankman selling Pokens at Affiliate Summit East

When the Keynote was over I went down and checked out of the hotel, came back up to the Blogger’s Lounge and there were all the IZEA Insiders who were at the conference. I finally got to meet Laurie (@Laurie_Pooh) and Corrin (@CorrinRenee). So we got a bunch of different Group Shots using our Xshots. Sometimes together and sometimes one at a time. Here is one of Heather Mary Smith, Blogger Lounge Mistress (@HeatherinBC, Connie Foggles (@ConnieFoggles), Me, Laurie, Corrin and Brett Bumeter (@BrettBum).

The IZEA Peeps at Affiliate Summit East

We also took one of all the IZEA Insiders Me, Heather, Laurie, Corrin and Brett.

IZEA Insiders at ASE09

I spent pretty much the entire rest of the day in the Blogger Lounge. There wasn’t really any session that I wanted to see and there was my Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack contest to work on. I got four great judges. Tim Jones, Famous Blogger Murray Newlands (@MurrayNewlands), Eric Schechter (@EricSchechter and my favorite Life Coach Kim Ann Curtin (@KimAnnCurtin). I know that I made a great choice in picking these judges. They watched each video read each blog post and determined the best choice for the Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack Grand Prize Winner. That person will be revealed on MarketLeverage TV on Monday August 17th along with the two runner up winners.

You’d think that being in the Blogger’s Lounge that you would go and miss everything that was going on but that is not the case. I met some wonderful people there and I gave away a bunch of Xshots to those people. I met Michael Pomposello of Content Written. We played a game of Wii Tennis for an Xshot. He smoked me and got his Xshot and we took a photo together.

BenSpark and Michael Pomposello

Michael is a really nice guy who has a great idea and company to help people who need content.

I also got a photo with BajaLori so that I could print her a special business card with my Pogo. She was all amazed at it and had some serious tech envy! That is okay Lori because you have a Poken now. BajaLori has the very special VIP Gorilla Poken. It is very cool.

@BajaLori and @BenSpark

I also got to Meet Connie’s daughter Peanut and her Husband. Peanut was a trip, she is so precocious but in a great way. She loves photos of Eva and cannot wait to meet her. She also liked the videos that Allison sent me of Eva watching Dada make a fool out of himself and dance with Ted Murphy and Shawn Collins. Connie is such a dear woman and her family very nice. I look forward to seeing her again at IZEAFest.

@ConnieFoggles and @BenSpark

The Blogger Lounge was Sponsored by Vemma. Vemma is a company that makes some delicious fruit juice that is full of amazing fruits and vitamins for you. They are starting an affiliate program and I’m going to get in on this. I drank their energy drink all weekend and at the end of the show they left a lot of product int he Blogger Lounge. Well I loaded up with it. I mean Loaded up. I took everything I could. Towards the end of the session. Bonnie Schroader (@BlogBonnieBlog) the Affiliate Manager for Vemma approached me and we chatted about the program. I liked that this a program that I can get behind. I have plenty of product to incorporate into my daily life for a while and give you a really good idea of the benefits to me and hopefully to you as well.

My Vemma Haul!

Yesterday when I met Gary Vaynerchuk (@GaryVee) I also met the head of Vemma, BK. Except at the time I did not know that. BK was pretty impressed with my Xshot as well as with my use of ZINK Paper in my Polaroid Pogo. And to think I could have gotten a photo with BK that night if I had only stopped and asked him who HE was. That is my big problem, I talk too much about me and not enough about other folks. I need to ask people more about what they want or what I can do for them. I have to learn from Affiliate Blogger/Famous Blogger and all around nice guy Murray Newlands. He always asks people, what can he do for them. Such a great question.

@BlogBonnieBlog and @BenSpark

I was also approached by a couple of guys from GTO Management. (Ted they have fantastic cards that are spelled right and everything and they do BOWLING Shirts, forget Hockey Jersey’s Bowling is more my sport anyway.) So Wade Tonkin (@Affile8Warrior) and Joel Garcia (@JoelGarcia) came over and gave me a great bowling shirt from BowlingShirt.com but I was talking to someone at the time and didn’t get photos with the guys, which I should have done.

Bowling Shirt from Wade Tonkin and Joel Garcia

At the time I was talking with a new blogger named Carrie Jaffe-Pickett. She had been talking with Heather and Connie for a while while I worked on photos and other items and then we got to talk. She had a bunch of questions but such a desire to learn and to put up with my complete ADOS was great because I was up down and talking with everyone who came by. I was trying to be everything for everyone and I apologize for not giving my full attention Carrie. I hope I was able to help you out with questions, you can always contact me if you have any further questions. Carrie is a Freelance Writer and she has a blog called CarrieWriterBlog.com

I gave Xshots to Courtenay Bird (@Courtenaybird) and also to Andre Natta (@Acnatta. I tried to give one to their friend but he already had one and was very abrupt with me about it. They must have been late. I have no idea who the guy was either. Oh well, Instead I gave one to Lewis Howes (@LewisHowes) and another to Sean Cohen (Scohen) of Aweber. Lewis was using the Xshot right away with his friend Alex Shalman (AlexShalman). I went over and got a great photo of the two of them using their flip with the Xshot.

Alex Shalman and Lewis Howes

I am looking forward to how that video comes out. Alex is going to hook me up with a great WP plug in too. I’m pretty excited.

Update: Alex hooked me up with the video that he and Lewis made witht he Xshot and the flip. Good Stuff.

Around 4:30 when all the bars were closing John Chow (@JohnChow) went and collected all the free drink tickets that he could find and he cleaned out a bar of all their beer. Then he and Kim Ann Curtin snagged a big rolling cooler full of ice so as to keep them all cold as they blogged. John Chow is one really dedicated blogger, vlogger and affiliate. He’s such a hard working guy, getting out there and producing content all the time. I shot this photo of him deep in concentration on the beer video.

John Chow, Hard at Work

A video of the beer that he just got. John is fast, super fast, that is why he is one of the best. When I left he said that we’d catch up again at Blog World Expo. I’m really seriously considering going. Does anyone have a spare pass?

I forgot to mention earlier that I had a really nice lunch with Murray Newlands and Connie. The menu was a Chinese Food one and there were Fortune Cookies. I love Fortune cookies and am going to bring back Fortunate Fridays. But today I took about six of them and cracked one open every 1/2 hour or so and tweeted the fortune. These were all so appropriate for the weekend and for what I learned about giving more to people and taking less. Listening and seeing what I can do for someone else. Chasing a dream and being grounded in reality. I have to thank once again Missy Ward (@MissyWard) and Shawn Collins @affiliatetip) for creating Affiliate Summit. More importantly I want to thank Missy for giving me a Platinum Pass to the event. She’d never met me before and I asked her what could I do to help, she just gave me the pass and I said I’d blog the event. I wasn’t as great a blogger in real time, like Tim Jones, but I think I did a pretty good time letting you know about what Affiliate Summit was all about. Missy is a class act and a simply amazing woman. I didn’t get a photo with her either. Man I am slipping. Well, there is always IZEAFest or future Affiliate Summits.

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31 Responses to “We Were Both Too Tired To Sleep”

  1. corrin says:

    We are one good lookin’ bunch of Izea Insiders!
    .-= Look at what corrin wrote blog ..Needy Facebook Friends =-.

  2. Drew says:

    Corrin,
    You can say that again! I was so glad to finally meet you in person. I love being an insider and look forward to IZEAFest when we can hang out and chat!

  3. ML Vanessa says:

    Yes, you definitely did a good job at covering ASE and the different sessions you were able to participate in. Thanks for sharing all the fun pictures with the great people you met :)

  4. Alex Shalman says:

    You’re the man. E-mail being sent with the video.

    Nice to meet you!
    .-= Look at what Alex Shalman wrote blog ..You Are Not Your Business Card =-.

  5. Drew says:

    Vanessa,
    Thanks so much. I would have liked to go to more sessions but there would be no way I was gonna be able to blog it all. I am not the power blogger like Tim Jones. That guy is incredible with his speed. Glad you liked the pictures, that is something I definitely can do.

  6. Great coverage!
    So excited to see and hear about all of the poken buzz at Affiliate Summit! I was watching Peter Shankman’s keynote on UStream and practically jumped out of my seat when he began talking about poken! So amazing.

    For those that didn’t get a poken, PokenGirl.com is offering a 15% discount to Affiliate Summit attendees and friends. Just use the code ase09 during checkout.
    Best,
    Vanessa

  7. Baba says:

    WOW! That’s a lot of great people to connect with!
    Blog World Expo? Gotta tell us about that!
    .-= Look at what Baba wrote blog ..Welcome to FeedBurner =-.

  8. Drew says:

    Baba,
    Here’s a tip I learned from Shawn Collins and Heather in BC. Write something memorable about each person that you meet on their business card that way you make a deeper connection with who they are.

  9. Drew says:

    Alex,
    I edited my post to now include the video. Great advice. I think you and Lewis were both guys who nailed that credo.

  10. Drew says:

    Vanessa,
    That is a fantastic offer. I will go and promote it. Thanks! I was very excited when Peter threw Poken’s to the crowd. I wouldn’t won one anyway because I wasn’t hung over. I think that was the question. LOL.

  11. Great job! i might be going to blogworld too find out next week

  12. Drew says:

    Buck,
    If I can get a ticket to the event I will surely go even if I have to have my “appendix out” cough cough or something. I’m out of vacation time.

  13. I probably be out of vacation time after TypeAMom, Izeafest (if I win, Monday can not get here soon enough), and BlogWorld (will now hopefully mid next week). Thanks for all the cool links.

    Does your work not know about your blog, mine sure does. I’ll say something in a meeting and people will stop me and say, “I saw that on your blog/that you tweeted it/on your facebook status.”
    .-= Look at what Buck “Daddy” Rogers wrote blog ..Sick! Move to WordPress put on hold =-.

  14. Drew says:

    Buck,
    Yeah they know about it but very few read it. I know Monday is a ways away. The anticipation is pretty tough to handle I know. So many great people and entries. I wish I had more tickets but One comes down to the judges and two come down to fate. Glad you liked the links. I try to put things out there for everyone.

  15. John Raser says:

    ok, so apparently Blu Frog needs to be representing at ASE10 next year, now that I see Vemma was there.

    Funny you mention BK, because he is one of my dad’s closest friends in business. Great guy!

    I’m so bummed I missed this awesome event! ahhhh!
    .-= Look at what John Raser wrote blog ..The Real Meaning of Freedom =-.

  16. Drew says:

    John,
    I walked out with a month or two worth of product from Vemma. And I think that they are doing something right that BluFrog is not. They are setting up an affiliate program, not just the MLM stuff. Basically some try and buy packages that I could promote and if that does well then I could get into the distributor portion. But it is also the NEXT product which is a vitamin supplement for kids. That will be huge. It has prompted me to revive from the dead my blog, Read to Me, Dad.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you at IZEAFest, you’re a guy that I know is going to be interesting to talk with. Are you hitting any conferences in the coming months besides izeafest?

  17. Courtenay says:

    Thanks again for my Xshot! :)
    .-= Look at what Courtenay wrote blog ..courtenaybird: "Friending and Reputation" by @chrisbrogan http://bit.ly/r06gI #socialmedia #twitter #facebook #linkedin =-.

  18. Drew says:

    Courtenay,
    I am only sad that we didn’t get a chance to talk at all or take an xshot photo together. You’ll have to let me know what you think of it when you try it.

  19. It was a pleasure to share the Milli Vanilli stage with you and Ted.

    Looking forward to seeing you at IZEAfest.
    .-= Look at what Shawn Collins wrote blog ..Peter Shankman Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2009 =-.

  20. Drew says:

    Thanks very much Shawn,
    You really know how to throw a party. Do you need anything in order to get the karaoke video as part of the set of ASE videos? I noticed it wasn’t up. Let me know if you need anything special from me to do that. Looking forward to hanging out with you again.

  21. Hey Drew – our production company is working on th videos of all the sessions, and when they are ready we will send access info to all Gold and Platinum attendees.
    .-= Look at what Shawn Collins wrote blog ..Peter Shankman Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2009 =-.

  22. Drew says:

    Shawn,

    Sounds great. Was the karaoke being filmed too? You can have my video if you’d like it unless you can just take it from Vimeo.

  23. Our video guys were off the clock for karaoke (they did sing, though).

    I’ll get your video added to our video section – http://video.affiliatesummit.com/
    .-= Look at what Shawn Collins wrote blog ..Peter Shankman Keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2009 =-.

  24. Drew says:

    Shawn,
    Fantastic. I’m going to spend hours watching all those great videos. Thanks for gathering them all together for us to watch!

  25. It was so awesome to meet you, Drew. I learned a lot, got over my fear of being a “newbie” and had a blast! Thanks for the photos, for saving me from my stalker and for taking time to hang with me and answer my questions. I’ll be checking soon to see if my photos came out after my camera mishap and will post what I have in the next few days.
    .-= Look at what ConnieFoggles wrote blog ..When’s The Next Blogging Conference? =-.

  26. Drew says:

    Connie,
    Great to meet you as well. I hope that you at least got some photos and didn’t lose what was taken, that should not have happened because the memory card and the camera are two separate things. Hope for the best. You are no newbie. You are a full on grade A blogger. Looking forward to seeing you at IZEAFest.

  27. “I have to learn from Affiliate Blogger/Famous Blogger and all around nice guy Murray Newlands. He always asks people, what can he do for them. Such a great question. ” WOW thank you so much for your complement! It was great to meet you and I look forward to meeting you at lots more shows.

    Murray
    .-= Look at what Murray Newlands wrote blog ..360 degree feedback London and Cambridge with Vandy Massey of Engauge =-.

  28. Drew says:

    Murray,
    It is the truth, you are a really nice guy and I could learn a lot from you, I already did in five minutes. Looking forward to seeing you at IZEAFest.

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