Blog World 2009 #Rehash: Beef and Corned Beef

Damn I love corned beef hash!I’m back from Blog World Expo 2009. Four days in Las Vegas is long enough to remind me of why I moved to Denver from Sin City in November of 2008. Seriously – why does this convention have to be in Las Vegas? I’ve got my beefs with my first-ever industry trade show, yet there is some applause to be shared as well.

To make things more palatable, I’ve dubbed my Yays (CORNED BEEF) and Nays (BEEF). Corned beef hash is, like, my favoritest food of all time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner – you name it, I’ll eat it. It’s my stranded on a desert island food of choice and you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands to take it off my menu. So let’s roll with the #rehash:

BEEF: Could have done without Guy Kawasaki’s low-hanging fruit “all Asians look alike/white guy slam” at the closing keynote. Really, Guy – give us some credit.

CORNED BEEF: Chris Brogan, Brian Clark, Jason Falls and Laura Fitton are all equally, if not more, impressive in person as they are online. A collective thanks for your consistently kickass content.

BEEF: Placement of an eating/social area directly adjacent to the keynote speaker area, divided only by a curtain. Yeah. Re-engineer that one for next year, please.

CORNED BEEF: Giving me the book “Blog Blazers” in my schwag bag. I like books.

BEEF: Giving me the book “Blog Blazers” in my schwag bag. I don’t need to hear the same questions answered by 40 bloggers. As well, I have to take some credibility away from a book copyrighted in 2009 that cites blog URLs from top bloggers hosted on Blogger and WordPress.com. You even quoted Dharmesh Shah (who’s da schizz, BTW) stating that no one should have a blog.provider.com domain for their blog. WTF, yo? (see my post Stop Being a WordPress Whore)

CORNED BEEF: The spread at the closing night BBQ party at the Hilton Pool. I was so happy to see grilled dead animal I almost *censored* myself.

BEEF: The fact that the other Blog World 2009-sponsored parties weren’t anything like the closing night BBQ. At an event that was teaching the importance of building community, you subscribed to the antithesis by hosting events that were divisive and exclusive (and not to mention all over the damned Strip with no access other than by taxi). I was with a group on Thursday who was cockblocked at the door for the Techset Party at The Bank where we were told we couldn’t enter and while the ladies got in free, the guys were blessed with half-priced admission. On Saturday’s party at Jet, we were met with olfactory offense upon entry by an antipasto spread that smelled like vomit and my friend Jodi got to pay $21 for a seltzer water and an appletini. Tell me this: you can’t talk to people in sessions and you have little time to talk between sessions. You sponsored events where we were deafened by loud music and exorbitant drink prices in dark nightclubs. Do you want to rethink that whole “community building” angle next year? Awesome and high five in advance.

CORNED BEEF: I have heard nothing but kickass reviews of Laura Fitton’s keynote “Be Awesome.” She is one of the first people I ever followed on Twitter almost two years ago and meeting her, if only briefly at the end of  a panel session, was pure joy. She exudes…well, swellness. Here’s a link to the notes from her presentation (thanks to Wayne Sutton).

BEEF: I don’t drink and have no BEEF with those who do. I’d love the ability to have water available as complimentary at Blog World Expo-sponsored events in the future. Have you ever seen bloggers dehydrated? Our backlinks dry up.

CORNED BEEF: The Keynote speakers who gave their time. There is a difference between taking an audience’s time and giving yours. Thanks for giving yours and in return, you thanked us for ours.

15 comments
rick calvert
rick calvert

I would be one of those "powers that be" and I love corned beef hash! I hearby decree it shall be served at all BlogWorld meals in 2010!Thank you for the post and the constructive feedback Red. You are definitely not the only person to complain about the music level at the parties. We will definitely lower the volume next year. However I do have to point out, we also had a long lunch break on Friday with no music, and a "reception" on the show floor on Saturday with no music, and of course the BBQ Saturday night. Break area and Keynote: we have some serious space issues with meeting rooms. Not sure if you noticed it but we had to build that "Keynote Theater". We are working on a new venue for next year. Stay tuned. For the moment we have no plans to relocate from Vegas and I am all but certain you will never see us in San Fran (too many tech events there and too expensive for non west coasters), or Austin (that's SXSW territory). The fact is Las Vegas is the 2nd cheapest city in the US to fly in to (Orlando is #1), and with hotel rates this year at $69,79, and $89 there is nothing close to that in any of the other cities you mentioned especially when you include the quality of the hotels. There is certainly a significant minority of "vegas haters" out there but most people actually like it and there is a reason it is the #1 trade show city in the world. I don't mean the gambling, and other adult stuff you can find there.The city actually makes more money off of tradeshows than it does gambling. It is built for events, with all of the venues, restaurants and other entertainment available and yes the convenient travel. You can actually travel in vegas without cabs to most places on the strip. The monorail stopped right in front of our host hotels and runs to the strip right across the street from the blogworld parties for $6 each way. All we need is a water sponsor for next year and you are all set 8). Thanks again for the post.

Jim "Genuine" Turner
Jim "Genuine" Turner

I have been attending "Post Show Analysis" meetings behind the scenes, and I think most of this was discussed and your beef and corned beef are well recognized by the feed back from others as well as our own analysis. This is a great well balanced look and I wanted to thank you personally! Now make the snow leave Denver, and let's go out for some corned beef hash!

Steph
Steph

@adventuregirl did the same thing for the party I was with... CLASSY!

Beau Blackwell
Beau Blackwell

Great writeup! I couldn't agree more with several of your points. I'd love it if they moved the conference somewhere else next year, like Austin, Seattle, or San Fran. Vegas gets old really fast, and I have to go there multiple times a year already for other conferences. The vibe just isn't right for this conference. The parties were definitely all wrong. I ended up skipping the second night's party because I couldn't get motivated to spend $30 on taxis and $20 on a single drink to try to scream over the music. The first night, I ended up just talking to people I already knew instead of trying to meet anyone, because having to yell to introduce yourself is a bit awkward. With that said, overall I really enjoyed the conference (again) and am looking forward to next year. Laura's keynote was probably my favorite, too, although Ben Huh's session on "How to Get Huge for Practically Nothing" was really good too. Next year we should try to organize a mini-Colorado meetup or Tweetup at the event.

Ewan Spence
Ewan Spence

Now I thought we weren't going to mention the 'gentlemanly' escapades in the taxi?

Noland Hoshino
Noland Hoshino

I love your analogy of the 'Corned Beef' and 'Beef.' I too thought the key note with @ScottMonty during lunch was a terrible idea. It should have been a time to socialize (this was a social media conference, right?) and to enjoy our only sit down meal during the entire conference. I felt like I was in the cafeteria at school when Headmaster Scott yells at us for having casual conversations. Geez. I missed his tweets after his keynote. I wonder what he said. Note to BlogWorld: No keynotes during lunch. After a morning filled with sessions, we need a break to digest and share. Laura Fitton's keynote was my favorite. I thought she was only talking to me because she "gets it" and radiates "Awesome(ness)" Who knew Jermaine Dupri cared about his fans? Who knew? I have greater respect for him for being in touch. However, I have the exact opposite feeling with Jon Moss. Why was he up there during the keynote? Seriously. Now to make some corned beef for dinner!

Wayne Sutton
Wayne Sutton

Good recap of BlogWorld and thanks for the link.

Paul Stamatiou
Paul Stamatiou

Great recap... and I absolutely agree that all the damned parties were held at loud venues. Best I could do was nod at people and take pictures with them. And at Lavo.. where after the first hour or so regular non-Blogworld peeps starting flooding in. That was interesting.

Hieronymus Murphy
Hieronymus Murphy

Thanks, Red. I like your summation. I also like drinks and loud, dark nightclubs, but if those were the primary venues where community building was supposed to occur, I'm with you: time for a re-think.

The Redhead
The Redhead

@Jim/(@genuine) - Jim, thanks for giving my rehash a read and I'm glad the ideas are being passed around with the powers-that-be. Great to see you at Jet, if only for a moment. I'm sure you were buzzing 134 mph last week and appreciate you taking the time to say hello. Let's connect more often on home turf - maybe a breakfast tweetup for some corned beef hash? :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

@Steph - I can't remember the last time I've been met with a classier hostess. Total props to @adventuregirl, indeed.

The Redhead
The Redhead

@Beau - Agreed! We should definitely have a Colorado contingency gathering at next year's event. Sorry I missed you and looking forward to connecting with you soon :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

Oh, Ewan...what happens in the taxi stays in the taxi ;-) *muah!*

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thank, Wayne - great to meet you (if only briefly) at Blog World and I look forward to seeing more of you in the future!

The Redhead
The Redhead

@Paul - I have to hand it to @adventuregirl regarding Lavo. She caught three of us on the way out and stopped us and hooked us up with a VIP host. We were apologized to and set up with a swanky table in the downstairs lounge with 6 free drinks. It was a cluster, but I have a feeling she was sold a bill of goods. She was the consummate hostess and I applaud her. We had a relaxing wind-down to a harried night on her account. Not to mention a fun cab ride back to the hotel with @ewanspence @jodiontheweb and @dough :) Thanks for stopping by!