It was a rainy Chicago afternoon and evening, on a Spring day in May. They’d come from all over the United States and the World. Views and opinions as diverse as their points of origin. Powers of observation and writing never before brought together were no in one place, on one busy block.
Who were they? Superheroes? Power brokers? Yes! They were Bloggers! And they came to take Chicago! Well, not actually that last part, but it sounds better yes?
SOBCon08 had drawn bloggers of all types. Bloggers of politics mixed with technology bloggers as well as mommy bloggers. Each brought with them not just a desire to learn and be engaged for the weekend, but they came to share, to support, and to blog. They came to take blogging up a notch.
Liz Strauss and Terry Starbucker assembled a crew of presenters for a human scale event and it was powerful. Chris Brogan, Anita Bruzzese, Chris Garret, David Bullock, Terry Starbucker, Brian Clark, Lorelle VanFossen, and Wendy Piersall talked and presented on blogging and business throughout the weekend. More than that, they shared deeply about blogging and themselves. Each poured out tips, tricks and heart during their presentations and off-stage as well.
The SOBCon08 weekend was jam packed with business and blogging information, but also with fun and friends making. Shashi Bellamkonda and I have been online friends for most of year but had never met. Leave it to a blogging conference to us together. Rick Mahn and I had also been online only contacts for quite a while, this weekend allowed us to share a great experience and become real friends. There was the boat ride, where I took this skyline shot, and enjoyed the music of Christine Kane, and the wonderful dinners with my blogger friends.
Did I take anything away beyond that? More than I can absorb. On the mental and supportive side, I realized I’m not alone out there, and these other bloggers, even the most successful ones, are only an email away. I realized others, yes those big name ones too, struggle at times with their blogs and their businesses. The support and encouragement doesn’t end with the weekend. Becky McCray has organized some of us into a biz and blog support and mentoring circle.
As part of the take away from the SOBCon08 conference, I’ll be changing up things on the blog. It’ll be slow at first, but hopefully the improvements will be noticeable both to readers and to me. Also, I’ll be formulating some business plans, goals and more. Don’t think either that I’ll try to work in solitude. You, the readers, and you, my fellow bloggers and biz folks, will be on the spot. I’ll be asking you for guidance, reassurance, and support because of the respect and appreciation I have for you all.
In summary, the weekend brought me more than I expected, and I can’t express enough in blog posts even how much so. While I make some attempts here though, I’d love to hear from you.
How did SOBCon08 impact you, your blogging and your business? What will you change? Or have you been to another conference recently that made a significant impact on your life? Tell me about it! I want you to share here, on your blog, or drop me a line. Don’t blog? I’ll be happy to post your story here.
Come, tell us about your experience.