September 2008 Posts

Blog World Expo 2008 Recap

Now that I have returned from Blog World Expo 2008, have had some time to catch up and process the experience, I thought I’d write a detailed personal recap, to share how the trip went and, also, to document it for myself, in the future. This is a super long, highly detailed post. Emphasis on personal and long. You have been warned. :)


I was due to fly out late Thursday morning, on September 18. Only thing… my entire family was coming down with a nasty stomach bug. So, while I attempted to sleep, the sounds of them being sick woke me up and kept me up all night and I ended up receiving around four hours of sleep, or so. Not only that, but it felt like I was coming down with it because, an hour before I was to leave, I was sick. Lovely.

The main thing I thought of was how much planning had gone into this trip. I wasn’t just attending the conference, I wouldn’t just be out of a substantial amount of money. I had two panels and a book signing and I had other people that had worked for me to be there and were relying on me to be there. If there was any way I could go, I was going to go.

I basically told myself it was nerves, not an actual illness like the rest of my house (some might call this denial, heh), and pushed myself to get ready and go, make the hour and a half car ride and get to the airport, nauseous much of the time. Worse yet, I had a horrendous flight path. Norfolk, VA to Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV. About 10 hours in all, from start to finish. I gritted my teeth and made it. The last one and a half plane rides were not bad as I started to feel better.

From the airport, the cab driver seriously – seriously ripped me off. I had no basis of what the proper fare was as I had forgotten to look into that. We’re talking double the regular fare rip off.

I got to the hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton, around 6 PM local time and met with my friends Brandon Eley and Chrispian Burks, for dinner. I hung out with Brandon and Chris for the vast majority of the conference. We had planned to head to a meet up hosted by my pal (and fellow panelist) Jason Falls, but we were dead tired – I was half falling asleep at dinner. So, that is where my first night in Vegas ended – in bed before 9 PM. But, I fell asleep the moment I hit the pillow and slept 8 hours straight – this turned out to be the only good night of sleep I’d get while at the conference.

I’m Back!

I just wanted to mention that I am back from Blog World Expo. Outside of how I slept and felt in the mornings, it went great and the book signing and panels were awesome. I plan to post a detailed recap, but that will take some time, so I just wanted to get a post up, letting everyone know that I had returned. It’s amazing the amount of work that piled up in five days of being away! Hopefully, I’ll be back on top of everything by next week.

I’m at Blog World Expo!

You probably already know this, since I’ve talked about it so much, but I’ll be in Las Vegas for Blog World Expo from September 18th through September 22nd. This means that it may be a little longer between posts than usual here during this time.

The conference itself runs from the 19th to the 21st. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and talking with a lot of people I already know. If you are coming, I’d love to meet you – please stop by one of the events I’m participating in or send me a note on Twitter and we can try to meet up!

After the conference, I’ll have videos, a recap and more.

Thank you for visiting my personal blog.

BlogHer Greensboro Cancelled

Unfortunately, BlogHer Greensboro has been cancelled. I had registered and was planning to attend. However, I will still be attending ConvergeSouth and I look forward to it.

My Blog World Expo Schedule

I’ve been talking about it for quite a while now, but with Blog World Expo almost here, I wanted to go ahead and post my full appearance schedule. Please let me know if you are going to be coming to any of the following. I look forward to meeting a lot of new people.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Book Store on Second Floor (RSVP on Facebook)
Book Signing: “Managing Online Forums”
Joined by Rohit Bhargava, Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Marketing at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He’s the author of “Personality Not Included” and we’ll both be signing copies of our respective books.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Room 219
Panel: “How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers & Sock Puppets”
Joined by Rick Calvert, Founder of Blog World Expo, John Chow of John Chow dot Com, The Tech Zone and TTZ Media and Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Room 227
Panel: “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social Media”
Joined by Lee LeFever of Common Craft, Jason Falls, Social Media Explorer, Doe-Anderson and Blogger, and Darren Rowse, Owner,, Co-Founder and VP Training, b5media and Co-Author, “ProBlogger: The Book.”

My Little Hater

Recently, Jay Smooth over at Ill Doctrine posted a couple of video blogs where he talked about his little hater, referencing another one he posted on the same subject back in December.

As he says, this is a subject that definitely resonates with creative people and, I would say, especially for entrepreneurs, people who are in charge of something, who are running a business or a website or something they are passionate about. I’ve been thinking about this subject lately as I have noticed doubt creeping into my mind at certain moments.

One of these moments seems to be the morning, right after I wake up. I think about what I have to do. I think about my mountainous to do list and how I’ll never catch up on it. I’ll never make the money I need to make. I’ll never get ahead of the list and be able to not just maintain what I have, but expand. I’ll never be able to focus on just what I love. What am I doing? I’m lost, I’m overwhelmed, I have too much on my plate. Life is going by me, I’m getting older, what do I have to show for it?

This is my little hater. He gets me for a little while, punches me when I’m not looking, makes me hurt. But, I overcome him. And then I get back to work.

Blog World Expo Book Signing Update: Rohit Bhargava Joins the Brawl!

If I may borrow a line from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

My book signing at Blog World Expo will be a dual signing, as I’ll be joined by Rohit Bhargava, the Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Marketing at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He’s the author of “Personality Not Included: Why Companies Lose Their Authenticity And How Great Brands Get It Back.”

The signing is on September 21 at 10:00 AM and will be at the bookstore on the second floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Immediately before, Bhargava will be giving the opening keynote for the day, joined by Timothy Ferriss of “The 4-Hour Workweek” and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. (My brother is quite envious, as he’s a huge Linkin Park fan).

Jeremy Schoemaker (ShoeMoney) Joins Blog World Expo “Trolls” Panel (Looking for Feedback)

As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be on a panel at Blog World Expo called “How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers and Sock Puppets.”

When I was on on Blog World Expo Radio on Friday, Rick Calvert, the founder of the conference, told me that a fourth panelist had joined the lineup. It’s Jeremy Schoemaker, better known as ShoeMoney. In addition to myself and Mr. Schoemaker, the panel will also feature Rick and John Chow.

One of the reasons I wanted to bring this up was so that I could point to today’s post on his blog, where he is asking for feedback on what we should talk about. So, if you have any thoughts, please feel free to let him know. It should be a great panel.

Live Interviews Today on Blog World Expo Radio and Wednesday With Zane Safrit

As Tropical Storm Hanna heads for me, I’ll be interviewed live on Blog World Expo Radio today at 3:00 PM ET. The Blog World Expo conference is fast approaching. If you are attending, please come to my panels and/or signing! My schedule is on the book website.

I’ll also be appearing on Zane Safrit’s show on Wednesday at 10:30 AM ET.

So, if you’re free, please tune in and participate! Thanks.

Consulting Decision: Community Direction

A few weeks ago, I asked for feedback here, and on, on the idea of me getting into consulting. I appreciate the feedback that I received.

My decision is that I am going to do it. I plan to take a laid back approach to it and see how it goes. I’m going to launch a website, link it up and see what happens. I’m not really interested in cold calling or any of that. If I spot someone who might be interested, I’ll contact them, but that’s the extent of “marketing.”

Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting into it. After an exaustive search of available domain names, I’ve decided to call the operation Community Direction. The website will be at Here’s the logo:

So, if you, or anyone you happen to know, may be in need of such a service, I’d definitely appreciate you mentioning keeping me in mind or mentioning me! Thanks.