Take Your Blog To The Next Level

by derek on March 27, 2008 · 18 comments

Since I began blogging, I have heard from numerous people how attending a trade show or conference can really take your blog to the next level.
There were a couple of conferences in 2007 that I had my eye on but the logistics did not work out, thus I made a goal for myself to attend my first blogging conference this year.


Goal Accomplished!
Well, technically I have yet to actually accomplish the goal but I have secured my seat at SOBCon08 – Biz School for Bloggers.
SOBCon, founded by Liz Strauss, will be taking place May 2-4 in Chicago. This event is limited to roughly 250+ attendees in an effort to allow for more hands-on learning with the impressive list of speakers, which I will mention in a moment.
While discussing the tax implications of blogging, I mentioned the idea of formalizing a business to encompass all of my blogs. With SOBCon, I hope to learn more about the business of blogging and the ability to work in a mastermind team to discuss and apply the lessons presented is very exciting.
As I mentioned, there are quite a few well-known individuals presenting at SOBCon08, including:

To be honest, I have to admit that I am somewhat nervous to attend an event like this as I feel like I might not be prepared to fully take advantage of the situation.
However, I think this will be a great opportunity to network with an outstanding group of people – which is what many say is the true value of these events – and create an actionable plan to take my blogging business to the next level.
If you will be attending SOBCon08, give me a holler!

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Liz Strauss March 27, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Hi Derek,
No worries, by the end of Friday night you’ll know everyone on a first name basis. You’ll be just another blogger in a group of bloggers who can’t quit talking about why we came together. 🙂


derek March 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Liz, thanks for stopping by!
I’m very much looking forward to it and I’ll be doing my best to be prepared.


Futon-Matt March 28, 2008 at 6:30 am

Cool idea, I wish I was at the point where I felt comfortable attending a conference like that. Maybe next year.


Easton Ellsworth March 28, 2008 at 8:34 am

Look forward to meeting you there, Derek!


Ling March 28, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Look forward to your report after the conference. I’m still poking around for a ‘feasible’ business model for a blog…


derek March 28, 2008 at 9:43 pm

@Matt :: To be honest I am not sure I am comfortable attending a conference as I tend to be a quiet person until I really know people. We’ll see what happens!
@Easton :: Likewise, should be a fun time!
@Ling :: Now I am in the market for a laptop that I can take with me to the conference so I can take great notes and blog about it. 🙂


Jon Muranko March 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I have never attended any trade show regarding blogs,I would definitely like to attend any seminar or trade show which can help us improve our blogging.


Nicole Price March 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Thats a great step forward. Hope to get to make friends with a lot of other bloggers.
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knupnet April 1, 2008 at 7:02 am

Looks like a great time Derek. Unfortunately I’m busy that weekend. Would love to attend though.
Have fun!
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Asia'h Epperson April 3, 2008 at 8:30 am

Won’t be attending. Hopefully you can make some post on the event here.
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pauletet April 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Such seminar will really take you to another level. More power to you!


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