Wondering if you should attend BlogWorld And New Media Expo 2010 in October? Well, here's my experience from when I attended.
In 2008, I attended The New Media Expo when it was a separate event from BlogWorld. I was fresh from taking Podcast Secrets with two of my trusted mentors Paul Colligan and Alex Mandossian, and just itching to learn all that I could about podcasting and New Media overall, and to move forward with my first podcast. It also didn't hurt that I was living in Las Vegas at the time (where the event was being held).
Besides getting my first taste of the field's personalities like Gary Vaynerchuk (the keynote speaker), I was able to immerse myself in so much great content. I was able to get at least a new idea from each session, and, in fact, many new ideas at most sessions.
In addition, just being exposed to people who were already doing the cutting edge new media content creation I aspired to, was the final push I needed to believe that I could take the knowledge I learned about podcasting and finally plug in my microphone!
I got to attend a session delivered by Paul Colligan himself about monetizing a podcast, and then meet him first-hand, so he could put a face to the person that had been asking all the questions during his course. This first meeting led to a coveted endorsement from Paul Colligan for my book What You Know Is Worth More Than You Know! (it's actually on the book's back cover), when I finished it a few months later.
Even more incredible was what happened on the final day of the New Media Expo. Not as many people attended the main session on Saturday morning, but I was there with my very first Starbucks Vivanno in-hand sitting attentively when another woman asked if the seat next to me was taken (it was not).