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Sunday, May 13, 2007

What we didn't do at SOBcon07

We didn't talk about better writing, making money, blogging platforms or making the A-list. Hang on... this is a blogging conference right? Wrong, it was a blogger conference. Instead we talked about starting the conversation, authenticity, connecting to each other, building relationships. If you were an SOB, you wouldn't have blinked an eye, what else would you expect from this community. This wasn't a conference, it was a life experience. I felt I could really walk up to anyone in the room and talk to anyone as if I had known them forever. As Liz says, you're only a stranger once. I was proud and honored that the TheGoodBlogs was part of this.

As you would expect, some awesome Sobcon'07 posts already out there. Jason Alba has some terrific summaries, you can find more from Rick Cockrum, Robert Hruzek, Jesse Petersen, the list continues... Oh, and I finally met my long-time digital friend Ben Yoskovitz in person and next time you see Terry Starbucker, ask him to sing, yes Terry, we didn't mind at all!

For pictures, click here

I'll be gathering some notes and posting my highlights in the next day or so.

In the meantime, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

14 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Vernon, it was great to meet you! Looking forward to the exciting new things coming from The Good Blogs, too!

6:56 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Thanks Bob, I'm looking forward to a new conversation with you.
Vernon

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Rick Cockrum said...

Thank you for the mention, Vernon, and many thanks for the photos. I like the way you point out that SOBCon was a bloggers conference, not a blogging conference. Good call!

10:37 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Rick, my blog reading list just got longer. Glad to have found you through Sobcon.

Vern

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Karin H. said...

Hi Vern

If it had been on 'better writing, making money, making the A-list - who needs lists anyway?' I would have guessed all attenders would be thinking: are we in the wrong room?

All these great posts I'm reading now on SobCon07 makes it even more 'real' for those who couldn't attend this year. (Talk about good writing, many examples out there)
SobCon 08, here I come ;-)

Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

8:45 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Karin,

For me, it was why it was so exciting to be involved with all the SOB's. This group really gets it.

Vern

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Karin H. said...

Hi Vern

Isn't that a 'self-fulling' prophecy? ;-)
Invite SOB's to a SOBCon, what'd you get?
Conversationalists!

Karin H.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Mike Rohde said...

It was awesome to meet you and Tony this weekend! When I come to Torono, expect a call to get some great Chinese food with "the dudes" eh?! :-)

10:52 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hey Mike, it's a date. I'll need one of your cool T-shirts though. ;)
Vern

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Connie Reece said...

It was great to meet you in Chicago, Vernon! And thanks to The Good Blogs for being an event sponsor.

I love the way you described SOBCon -- that this was not a blogging conference but a blogger conference. Indeed, that is what made the event so outstanding.

6:29 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Connie, taking a little liberty with your blog, I would say every SOB dot connects!
Vern

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Ben Yoskovitz said...

Vernon - It was great meeting you as well. The conference was a blast, lots learned, lots of great people.

I look forward to all kinds of cool announcements from TheGoodBlogs in the future.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I enjoyed the panel and I'm enjoying The Good Blogs widget as well!

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Karen, I'm glad you had fun, I'm sure we'll see each other again at the next one! Vern

9:19 AM  

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