I’m leaving for Vegas in 6 days to attend BlogWorld, which will be my first ever convention. I’m really excited as I don’t travel very much and it will be awesome to finally meet some people in person.
I’m taking Lisa and we’re staying for 8-days; BlogWorld is only 2 days (3 if you count the conferences) so we’ll have 4 full days to explore Vegas. I never count the first and last days as they comprise mostly of travel.
I’ll be taking two planes to get there. I live on an island in Canada and it takes 2-hours by ferry to get to the mainland, so in order to minimize travel time and stress as much as possible, I decided to splurge for a plane trip from the island to the mainland airport which will take 23-minutes instead of about 3 hours (ferry + getting to the airport). It will be the first time taking the plane from the island here, so it will be a good test ride to see if it’s really worth the added cost for the travel time saved.
The trip will be really interesting since it will be so exciting to the extent that it might almost be overwhelming. The last time I’ve been to the US (apart from a stop-over flight to South Korea in 2003) was when I was in high school and travelled to Moscow, Idaho for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival as I used to be in a few jazz combos and bands (I played piano).
We’re staying at the Monte Carlo, but it’s a bit of a shame since shortly after booking I found out that one of my poker contacts knows one of the owners at the Wynn and could have got us rooms for like 50-60% off. The Wynn is one of the nicest hotels in Vegas. Oh well, maybe next time.
I won’t be playing any poker in Vegas since I take care of any poker needs here in town at some private games that run underground here. They’re fairly big limits ($1,000 buy-in) so I’ll have no problems avoiding gambling there.
I have all my business cards ready for the “meet and greet” at the exhibit booths, and a couple days ago I bought a new suit, dress shirt, and a couple other things. I’m quite a quiet and shy guy, so networking may be a bit difficult for me at first – but it largely depends on the environment. BlogWorld – and Vegas – is right up my ally, so I should be able to come out of my shell fine. I definitely plan on visiting MarketLeverage‘s booth and possibly partake in their Cashinator machine!
I don’t plan on attending any conferences or seminars at BlogWorld because I just believe there will be anything secret or ground-breaking in them, but rather just general information and advice. I’d rather spend my time networking and meeting people.
I’ve convinced my friend and guest poster Paul from InspiredMoneyMaker.com to come to BlogWorld as well, so we’ll probably meet up and maybe catch a magic show (hopefully Penn & Teller) since we’re both into magic.
I might also meet up with one of my ex-staff members and forum members of Movie-Vault.com since he happens to be vacationing in Vegas at the same time.
One of the things I’m really looking forward to is a private dinner I was invited to at the fine dining restaurant Envy at the Renaissance hotel which is being hosted by MarketLeverage. Dina and Deborah from the ML marketing department who I work with closely to bring you the big Affiliate Marketing Competitions will be there, as well as my affiliate manager Michael and MarketLeverage‘s CEO himself, Mike Jenkins. I’ve spoken to them all on the phone and AIM before, but it will be nice to meet them in person.
In addition to some of the MarketLeverage staff, the following super affiliates and bloggers will be at the dinner:
- Jeremy Schoemaker (Shoemoney.com)
- Darren Rowse (ProBlogger.com)
- John Chow (JohnChow.ca)
- Brian Clark (CopyBlogger.com)
- Zac Johnson (ZacJohnson.com)
- Jim Kukral (JimKukral.com)
- Ian Fernando (IanFernando.com)
It’s funny, because the total net worth of those at the table must be in the high 8-figure range.
It will definitely be a bit intimidating (to say the least) sitting next to all those Internet rock stars, but the opportunity is priceless. My goal is to establish at least 2 new relationships out of the 7 people at the table. I’ve already met John Chow in person and am friends with him, and have spoken to all of the others briefly here and there online, but would like to establish a closer connection than that.
It will be interesting meeting and talking to Shoemoney as he has never replied to any of the past e-mails I’ve sent to him over the past couple years, nor worn the shirt I sent him on his blog. This could easily be due to being busy and inundated with such things, but it could also be because he dislikes me (we did have a small kafuffle over a past blog link exchange). Hopefully our meeting goes well!
There will probably be literally 15-20 cameras and Flips at the dinner, including mine (I actually just bought a brand new camera this afternoon just for Vegas) so rest assured you’ll see some photos and video from the dinner. I’m going to try to take some photos of John Chow taking photos of his food, haha.
So… 6 more days and I’ll be in Vegas. Are you going to BlogWorld and want to meet up? If so, let me know and we can arrange for a meet and greet.