How to Optimize a Hot Tub (and other things I’ve learned so far at Blog World Expo 2009)

That’s an awfully long title. Balls. Whatever – let’s roll.

In the interests of time (mine and yours), here’s a recap of what I’ve learned in less than 24 hours at my first-ever trade show/conference  EVAH: Blog World Expo 2009.

  • I am not alone in my assertion that Facebook apps are, by and large, for “dumb monkeys.”
  • In spite of best intentions, men in Las Vegas surrounded by dolled-up gals will revert to talking about Star Wars.
  • Some people were optimizing hot tubs at Super 8 hotels long before they were writing the algorithms at Google.
  • Sometimes, you just need a guy in a pink shirt and heavy New York accent to get your back and smack someone down.
  • On occasion, you get the best reward ever: real-life personalities that outshine virtual personas.
  • What happens in Vegas will be broadcast on Twitter.

Enjoy some photos of last night’s frolicking with The Redhead (and no – none of the photos involve me in a hot tub):

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At Jason Falls' gig at Fat Tuesday (@jodiontheweb on the right - w00t!)

At Jason Falls’ gig at Fat Tuesday (@jodiontheweb on the right – w00t!)

Brian Clark (on the right, @copyblogger) and other suspects hangin' at the Bellagio (I am up SO past my bedtime)

Brian Clark (on the right, @copyblogger) and other suspects hangin’ at the Bellagio (I am up SO past my bedtime)

The aforementioned Guy in a Pink Shirt with Lewis Howes (@lewishowes) at the Bellagio

The aforementioned Guy in a Pink Shirt with Lewis Howes (@lewishowes) at the Bellagio

The Redhead, Lewis Howes and Jodi Gersh (aka Man Sandwich, no mayo)

The Redhead, Lewis Howes and Jodi Gersh (aka Man Sandwich, no mayo)

Takeaway from night one at Blog World: I love listening. It’s breathtaking what you can hear when you give your ear. (While Seuss-ish in its simplicity, I can think of no other way to say it.)

I’m off for day one in the Exhibit Hall. Come say hello and let me know what you’ve learned so far. I’m kinda into the whole “listening” thing!

3 comments
Erik Boles
Erik Boles

Yo what you got against Beaumont, girl?! Truthfully, to back you up, answer Ari and add some color: Yes, it is in Vegas, because there is a ton to do there, it is "glitzy" and a ton of fun when done right. that being said, the content of this conference, just like SXSW, 140conf and a ton others, is in the people they recruit to speak. However, another very important part of this, and any conference, is the networking outside of the panels and keynotes. I have been to some conferences, either attending or speaking, in way screwed up places, and you make the best of it. If these people had to invade the gas-n-sip or the kum-n-go (sorry, couldn't resist) and sit in the parking lot with 12-packs of Natty Light and a box of Swisher Sweets, the conference would be just as fun and informative. Erik Boles twitter.com/ErikBoles

The Redhead
The Redhead

Let me make this clear: after living in Vegas for 3.5 years, I have little affinity for the town. I would go to Blog World if it were in Beaumont, Texas. Just sayin'. This place is like a petri dish of geeks.

Ari Herzog
Ari Herzog

I'm curious. If Blog World Expo was not in Vegas, but in, oh, Wichita, Kansas, would you still go?