Yesterday, I booked and confirmed my flight from Adelaide to Las Vegas to attend BlogWorldExpo 2008. I knew that there was a possibility of me attending a few weeks ago, but I only managed to finalise my flights yesterday.
So now, I can finally talk about this trip that's scheduled for next month. The official events will happen between the 19th of September to the 22nd of September.
And, I can't tell you just how excited I am. I've been to Vegas once before. Celebrated my 23rd birthday there (yes - ages ago! :-D), with a bunch of people that I didn't know very well (long story!). It was weird but fun. I wonder what has changed in the last 10 years or so?
Anyway, Vegas is just a backdrop. I'm going there primarily for b5media.com. To meet some of my colleagues - some of them, for the very first time. Yes, it seems incredible that we've been working together for the last 3 years and have never seen each other face-to-face. In fact, it will be the first time that fellow b5 co-founders Jeremy Wright, Darren Rowse, and I will be together in one place. I've met each of them on separate occasions in the last year or so. But, the three of us have never had the chance to be together just yet.
And, I'm really, really looking forward to meeting a host of other b5media bloggers, channel editors and staff members .
Of course, I'm also there to take in the rest of what the Expo has to offer. Like, attending panels/sessions - plus meeting many other bloggers and web enthusiasts. It was a real shame that I missed BWE last year. I heard a lot of good things about it. So now, it's great that I'll get the chance to see what it's like.
So, if you're going and would like to meet-up, please let me know. Would love to get together, if at all possible.
If you haven't registered at BWE yet, you still have a couple of days to get your early bird discount!
Writing of meet-ups, the Adelaide Bloggers & Social Web Media Group is going to meet again this week. It'll be on Friday, 22nd August 2008, 6-9pm at the Brunswick (207 Gilbert Street). If you can join us, please let us know through the Meet-Up page and/or at the Facebook Event page. We've had such great fun during the last couple of meet-ups - and we want to share the joy. 🙂 Our local group is really growing. And, it'll be great if you can be part of it. So, we hope to see you there!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.