Sunday, October 24, 2010

Show Me the Blog



On Saturday I attended the first ever Show Me the Blog conference. I first heard of it through a posting on Twitter, appropriately enough. At the time there wasn't much information about the meeting on the internet, but as it was the last day to qualify for the early registration fee I went with my gut and signed up anyway. Am I ever glad that I did! Danyelle Little (thecubiclechick.com) put together a fantastic program. On Friday evening conference attendees and speakers gathered in the space of St. Louis Coworking on the 11th floor of the Shell Building downtown. Coworking is an interesting new concept, offering desk space (or just space to hang out) to entrepreneurs looking to get out of their home offices. It was great to be able to meet some people before the conference, and to be able to see what Coworking has to offer.

Saturday the room at the Maryland Heights Community Center was packed and humming with energy. Throughout the day we learned the secrets of successful bloggers on how to have a blog that is fun, profitable and interesting without sacrificing who we are as creators of the blog. The recurring theme seemed to be "Keep it real". The entire day was fantastic, and I very much enjoyed meeting all of the other bloggers and hearing about their stories. It was so odd to be in a room where everyone was constantly on their smart phones and/or laptops. What would normally seem rude in a conference was in fact encouraged. Attendees were tweeting about the speakers (and some awesome boots!) and the contacts they were making, so others who couldn't attend sort of felt like they were there. How cool is that?

So kudos to Danyelle and the other great people who helped her as she walked out on a limb to bring a conference of this magnitude to St. Louis. Can't wait for the next one!

7 comments:

MilliGFunk said...

I love, love, love that the boots made such an impact! Now here's to hoping something I said was memorable, too. :)

glamazini said...

Nice meeting you this weekend Kim!

Kim said...

Melissa, while I don't work for a non-profit, I thought a lot of your comments were good advice for anyone using social media.

Roshini, it was truly a pleasure to meet you. I'm going after my youtube channel!

That Tech Chick said...

Kim, you were awesome this weekend and i will honestly say, I will never forget Phuket!

Kim said...

Oh, I know! I have already gotten a lot of mileage out of Phuket!

Todd Jordan said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences.
The coworking space is wonderful. I heartily recommend giving it a try.

Show Me The Blog, though a bit cramped, was one of the best conference days I've had in St. Louis.

More!

Mrs. Wryly said...

Darn, sorry I missed this! Sounds like it was very worthwhile!