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Blog World Expo ’08 – What A Blast!

Just like last year, Blog World Expo has come and gone way too quickly. This was my second appearance to the second annual Blog World Expo, held in Las Vegas Nevada. Overall, the BWE08 weekend far surpassed last year!

Last year was our first conference ever and first time we exhibited, as well. This year, UBD designed and implemented the official Blog World Expo Blog, so we were upgraded to a 10×20 booth (twice as big as last year). KA POW!

On Friday afternoon, only four days after returning from Orlando (IZEA Fest), we packed up our monitors and UBD supplies, and we drove the 4.5-hour trek from Phoenix to Las Vegas.

Friday

We arrived in Vegas around 9:00PM, right when the Tech Set party was kicking off. We first met up with our Blog World Expo buddies from last year, Ms. Danielle and Greg Morgan.

New friends Gary from iPhoneinCanada.ca and Derek Semmler also joined us and we went to the Tech Set party at the Mirage where we met up with our Market Leverage home girls, Dina and Debby, and ShoeMoney.

At this point, the bar was closing at the Tech Set party, so we went another bar in the Mirage where we saw IZEA CEO Ted Murphy and also Pete Cashmore from Mashable. After a few drinks with everyone, we basically called it a night. 😉

Greg Morgan, Matt Blancarte, Nate Whitehill, Gary Ng, Dina Roccobono

Josh Mullineaux, Ted Murphy, Nate Whitehill

Jeremy Schoemaker, Nate Whitehill, Danielle Nagami

Debby Phillips, Ian Fernando, Nate Whitehill, Dina Roccobonno

Nate Whitehill, Jeremy Schoemaker, David Brim, Pete Cashmore

Saturday

Saturday was the first day of the conference, so we spent the majority of the day at the conference hall talking to a wide range of different businesses and individuals. As you can see, I look a little more tired than the night before. 😉

ShoeMoney and Ted Murphy stopped by to let us distribute some of their t-shirts, stickers and buttons. Did we mention we love IZEA?

Ted Murphy, Josh Mullineaux, Matt Blancarte, Nate Whitehill, Jeremy Schoemaker

Later that night, the fun started when we went to the Market Leverage-hosted Super Panel dinner with Internet stars such as Zac Johnson, Ian Fernando, John Chow, Jeremy Schoemaker, Brian Clarke and Jim Kukral. We had dinner at an awesome steakhouse. Big thanks to Market Leverage!

Sunday

Sunday was the final day of the expo, but luckily, I was much better rested than the previous night. We exhibited all day, and afterwards, we had dinner with John Chow, ShoeMoney, the Market Leverage girls at the Red8 Chinese restaraunt in the Wynn.

Unfortunately, my camera died earlier that day so I wasn’t able to snap any more pictures.

Overall, it was an incredibly productive weekend and some of the best networking I have done since, well, the week before. 😉

Sometimes people ask me if I have any tips or tricks for people looking to get started online and how they can become more well known in their online field. My answer is always:

The best way to network online…is to do it IN PERSON!!!

Remember that next time you are thinking about going to an industry conference/tradeshow.

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30 thoughts on “Blog World Expo ’08 – What A Blast!”

  1. I love reading all these BWE recaps on all these blogs–it’s like re-living the conference! It was a great time and I totally agree networking in person is HUGE! 🙂

  2. Great meeting you and glad you agree. There is nothing more “brandable” than meeting and having fun with people. In my opinion, the value trade shows are less about the panels and exhibits, and more about the personal AND business relationships created through fun times and a few drinks.

  3. Nate,
    It was nice meeting you at BlogWorld. Thanks for coming out to dinner with us Saturday and Sunday night. This was our first year at BlogWorld. We are definitely going back again next year. I hope to see you guys again soon!
    ~Debby

  4. Great post! I didn’t get to go this year, so I lived vicariously through your blog.

    I didn’t realize last year was the first time–ever–that you guys were exhibiting as UBD! Crazy how time flies, huh?

  5. It looks like fun man. Shoemoney is quite a wild one, huh? Hehehe, I dig him. Well next time you’ll know to make sure that your camera battery is fully charged before taking off for such an eventful day. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing Nate

  6. Looks like everyone had a blast!

    Pardon my ignorance but what exactly do you guys get up to during something like this? Or, is it one of those things where “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? lol

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