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Recapping BlogWorld LA 2011 #BWELA

As I promised in my last post, I did attempt  to liveblog from my BlogWorld conference. Unfortunately, time and technology prevented me from doing a true liveblog (where it is updated continuously). Instead, I tweeted like crazy from the conference and posted recaps to the BlogcastFM website.

Guy Kawasaki, Hawaii-born founder of Alltop

You can find a brief description of the recaps below. Click through if you would like to discover blogging tips, advice, and findings.

Day 1 at #BWELA: Morning Sessions and Keynotes through Lunch:

The morning started off with a kick-ass session of Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan talking about Google+ and its uses for business.

At some point, Srini even bumped into Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.tv, where he was able to share information about how BlogcastFM helps bloggers promote their blogs and take them to the next level.

After that, it was onto an awesome keynote by Peter Shankman, who shared his thoughts on surviving in the new world. His advice is beneficial in social media and everyday life.

Day 1 at #BWELA: Afternoon Sessions:

After breaking bread during lunch with BlogcastFM alumni Pace and Kyeli Smith, we headed over to get some tips on using virtual assistants with Chris Ducker, another BlogcastFM alum.

It was then off to hear Debba Haupert talk about growing and engaging your online community.

We only caught the tail end of Jennifer Miner‘s SEO for Beginners session, but we loved the advice we heard.

After that, it was showtime for Sid’s presentation, “Accelerate Your Blog’s Growth Using Cialdini’s Six Weapons of Influence” which he adapted from similar content we shared in BlogcastFM Premium.

Day 2 at #BWELA: Morning Sessions:

We got up early today, so we made the most of it by attending the networking breakfast. There, we met-up withAli Luke and David Risley. We also met Caryn of The Midlife Guru and Doron of Best Saxophone Webite Ever.

For our first session of the day, we joined Chris Garret and Sonia Simone as they discussed, “What’s the Difference Between a Tribe and a Business?”

Then it was off to the Expo Hall to spend some time in the Livefyre lounge, where Srini interviewed BlogcastFM alum Marcus Sheridan.

The keynote with Shani Higgins covering Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere had some dynamite info.

Day 2 at #BWELA: Afternoon Sessions:

After the Technorati keynote, we checked out the Expo Hall where we saw WordPress and Blubrry, two of the services we use to bring you BlogcastFM.

We had lunch with Janice CrozeMarcus Sheridan, and Anne-Sophie of a Mind Media (whom we discovered during our conversation was a friend of our prolific guest Farnoosh Brock).

After that, we headed to what was supposed to be 8 iPhone tools and tips session with Tom Martin. Instead, he surprised us with 28 iPhone tools!

Jay Dolan, who takes a humorous approach to social media marketing, has more than a little to say about authenticity in social media

Day 3 at #BWELA: The Final Day:

We hosted an impromptu Breakfast and Blogging session and invited anyone at BWELA to stop by. Srini, Sid, and Capsun had some engaging conversations with Lara Kulpa of BlogWorld, Ali Luke of Aliventures, Kristi Hines of Kikolani, Bob DunnAre Morch, and Sandra Foyt.

In Jason Falls‘ session on This is All Such BS, he shared a lot of good tips on how to spot BS and what to do when you encounter it. It was insightful, interesting, and entertaining.

For Star Wars fans out there, we just had to go to Derek Featherstone‘s session on Everything I Know Aoubt Blogging I Learned from Star Wars. He used the Star Wars story to do some story telling of his own.

We had a room full of people join us for Srini’s presentation, “How to Maximize Engagement with Your Audience” He killed it – in a good way.

A blogging conference is much like any other – fun, educational, and fast-paced. It was a lot to digest, but definitely worth the lessons learned, new connections made, and the friendships formed and reinforced.

Whew – I’m all conferenced out and beat.


PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @capsun or visit my photo blog.

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  • Allison November 9, 2011, 4:55 PM

    Thanks so much for writing a BWELA recap, Capsun! It was really nice to meet you, and I hope we can chat more at future BWE events!

  • CAPSUN November 14, 2011, 6:50 AM

    Aloha Allison, it was great meeting, chatting, and hanging out with you. It was an awesome conference. I’m already looking forward to next year. I’ll already be in New York, so I might make it to NYC and LA in 2012.

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