Blogworld Heads to New York!

I'm a huge fan of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. There's so much to learn, so many people to meet and see, and the parties... holla! This year, BlogWorld is leaving Las Vegas. I was a tad weepy about this news, but then I heard that the east coast stop would be in The Big Apple... my tears dried up in a New York Minute!

What is BlogWorld All About?

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the world's largest blogging and social media conference, with more than 100 leading experts from all genres presenting educational sessions to attendees from 27 countries. This event isn't just about the education -- it's about networking and meeting other people, like you and me, who are passionate about blogging and new media.

I can tell you this is one blogging event you won't want to miss. Click here for a little overview of what BlogWorld is all about.

BlogWorld will be happening in New York at the end of the month: May 24th-26th to the Javits Center and I would LOVE to meet you there! Don't think you can afford it? Can you afford $25?

Can I Get a Discount?!!

That's right! You can snag a pass for just $25. The "Exhibits Only" pass is a great value and includes access to the tradeshow floor, the keynote presentations, and the evening networking mixers and parties. Just choose the pass titled "Exhibits Only", enter code BWNYSJ50 when you register, and you'll get 50% off the Exhibits Only pass.

Or…if you'd rather upgrade to a conference pass that includes all the great sessions and learning, choose from a 1-day up to a 3-day "Full Access" pass, and save 20% off any of those with code BWNYSJ20. This code will save you more than $250 off a Full Access pass!

Register online HERE.

BlogWorld Sessions and Speakers

I learned so much at the last BWE in Vegas. I got to hear from people who are knock-out successes in the on-line world; people I don't normally get to hear speak in other conferences. Not only did I get valuable tips and information, I also got my fire rekindled. It was inspiring to hear how so many struck out in their own way or used simple platforms to build a fantastic following.

Have you seen the schedule of sessions? There are so many tracks with so many different topics... Monetization, Personal Branding, Platforms & Apps, Mobile, Media, Content Creation... it's going to be hard choosing between them all!

If you want to get first look at special previews for the upcoming BlogWorld event, speaker announcements, networking party details and more, sign-up for updates HERE.

Ready to expand your thinking and add tools to your toolbox? You should definitely make plans to be in New York for BlogWorld.

Hope you take advantage of the discounts and see you in New York!

Peace, Love, and Sugar

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Vegas, Baby!!

Blogworld was thirty-two different kinds of awesome this year. We started off with an awesome party at Liquid at Aria hotel. It's always so much fun running into old friends and meeting new ones. My favorite moment though, had to be when I walked in and Brian Solis did a little "Woah hooo... Sugar JONES!!" Last time we met, he was less than excited to meet some chick in San Diego.

This was a nice upgrade, for sure.

The conference location itself was quite an upgrade from last year, as well. In 2009, BWE was held at the Convention Center. This year, we were at the Mandalay Bay. Most of us stayed at the Mandalay or Luxor making it a short walk down stairs and through casinos t0 get to the actual conference.

Once downstairs and in the exhibit area, you could see all the big time sponsors that came to support and be visible at Blogworld. Ford, Kodak, Southwest...

I applied to be a flight attendant at the Southwest booth:

They said no... so I figured I'd better get into the sessions to keep going on with this on-line content creating stuff.

The sessions were so much richer this year. Rick and Dave did a fantastic job putting together such a broad range of topics and just the right speakers to speak on them. They were informative, entertaining, and engaging. The sessions I went to left me full of ideas that are still buzzing around my head.

Here's me with my fave speaker of the weekend, Name Tag Scott:

I think alcohol may have been a factor in this charming facial expression at this point in the weekend, but Scott had a lot to say about messages, visibility, and commitment.

There was a lot of talk about commitment. I've been thinking a lot about this lately and don't want to just breeze past it, so I'm putting together some notes from my sessions to share later this week. You might want to come back... just sayin'.

And the food!

The food was more Mandalay's deal, but still... Blogworld picked the spot soooo... anyway! All attendees with a Full Access pass received $20 vouchers for lunch. I used all of my vouchers at The Border Grill at the Mandalay. They have the BEST food! My favorite had to be the Peruvian Ceviche with plantains. YUMM!

The Mash Bash was fun... but the best party that night had to be Adventure Girl's Love Party at Revolution. The size of the club was just right for dancing, mingling, and lounging. And the music was pumpin' all night! If you weren't careful, you might end up dancing with this fine gentleman:

Scott Stratten had a private little shindig for close Social Media pals at the MGM one night. I got to go. Pinch me.

TechKaraoke on closing night  at the Pearl was a blast!

Rather than singing to a background soundtrack, all singers were backed up by a real band and a back up singer that was on hand to help you through should you forget the lyrics... or just freeze after sobering up and realizing you are about to sing on stage.

As I tweeted that night, some people's mamas were VERY good at the whole confidence building. Maybe a little too good. But there were some real stand outs. Mainly Amanda Coolong  and Chris Noble. I forget who got up to sing Journey's Don't Stop Believing because about 30 seconds into the song, several of us rushed up on stage and sang along. Good times!

And this party was in a lobby last year!

I missed the Closing Keynote because I was laying out at the pool. I needed a nap and some sunshine after all the late nights. Thankfully, the boys of Blogworld Expo recorded all sessions and gave the attendees a smokin' deal of $49 to purchase them all. I'll be listening to the sessions I missed for at least another month. Can't wait to hear all the rest of the awesomeness!!

So yeah... Blogworld was off the chain. If you're serious about creating content for marketing and business purposes and, if you want to meet the real players on the internet, you might want to consider going next year.

Viva Las Vegas, Baby!!

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