Oh The People You Will Meet at SOBconBy
SOBcon, the blogging conference of the year is less than two weeks away and I am already living vicariously through those who are going. I have a prior commitment and cannot make it, but I happen to know quite a few lucky souls who are, and I can’t help it – I am excited for them.
Sandra Renshaw and Easton Ellsworth are both bloggers I admire, and they are both going to be at SOBcon. Sandra was the first one to register and Easton wouldn’t even think of missing it! I took a few minutes to ask these two some questions about why they feel attending SOBcon is so important and what they are most looking forward to.
Sandra Renshaw of PurpleWren
Char: I notice on the SOBevent site that you are the first one registered. What was so compelling about the conference to make you sign up first?
Sandy: I knew this event was in the planning stages, so when registration opened, I was there! It’s an opportunity to meet many of the people I know from the comment box. These are real people I have relationships with – business bloggers who intend to grow and improve. That’s the kind of people I like to hang out with.
Char: How much of a role do you expect the attendees to play in this conference?
Sandy: A lot. I’m not sure how, but it will be fun. Probably some small group work, and something silly. Knowing who some of the presenters are, we’re in for a treat.
Char: As an attendee, what would you like to contribute to the conference?
Sandy: I like to give my input (thoughts, experiences, etc.). You never know what you might have to say that is just what another person needs to hear that day.
Char: Who are you most looking forward to meeting face to face?
Sandy: Only one? That has to be Phil Gerbyshak. We have worked together and talked by phone so often. Several others I have already met – the Iowa Blogga Nostra, Liz Strauss, and Starbucker. I’m looking forward to meeting every person there. Do you think we’ll have time to sleep?
Char: Which session are you most looking forward to?
Sandy: Oh, I can’t pick just one – how about two?
- Community night with Christine Kane. Her blog is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to meet her.
- The session with David Armano. I love his work.
Easton Ellsworth of Business Blog Wire
Char: What influenced your decision to attend SOBcon most – the speakers, the event format, or what you will bring away from it?
Easton: The speakers and attendees. I’ve never met any of them in person, but I know many of them through blog comments, emails, phone calls, etc. But I’m also highly intrigued by the participatory nature of the conference.
Char: What are you hoping to get out of SOBcon?
Easton: A better understanding of how to really use blogs and other Web publishing tools to connect with people. And a closer connection with al lot of bloggers I’ve only met online up to this point. Also I promised to give anybody a hug who wants one.
Char: Which speaker are you most interested in hearing? Why?
Easton: Liz Strauss. She has a rare gift for capturing the attention – it’s difficult not to listen intently to what she says. And I think she has a great vision that transcends blogging and extends to our potential as human beings to make a positive difference in the world.
Char: Do you think the conference will be beneficial to those who are not bloggers – yet? Do you think a non-blogger will come away with the blogging bug?
Easton: Yes, yes, yes! And the real reason for that is NOT the technology – rather, it’s the personal appeal. Businesses improve by leaps and bounds when they harness the power of conversation and connection inherent in blogging. It’s not automatic, but it is simple.
Char: Do you anticipate being an active participant in the sessions?
Easton: Absolutely. I’m not really sure what is going to happen, but I’ll be laughing and learning along with everybody else.
Have you registered yet? What are you waiting for?