It‚??s Saturday night in New York ‚?? arrived Thursday, leaving for home early tomorrow ‚?? my family is sleeping after two long days spent walking. I can‚??t tell you how much I love this city.
After last night, I have one more reason to love it too. I had the privilege of being here for a blogger meetup. The opportunity to go was too good to be true, given that Karen and I only decided to make the trip three days before.
Today, after meeting some great people, I‚??m feeling very reflective about the whole experience ‚?? and thankful to have met some of the people who have had a special influence on me and others who have been a great source of support. Often, in fact, they‚??ve been both.
People like CK, who‚??s just as genuine and nice in person as she is through e-mail. We got to talk business and books and tons of other stuff. Her story of how she got into blogging was inspiring and just, well, cool. This is one resourceful marketer, let me tell you. (Check out her post about the meetup.)
Then there‚??s David Reich, a New Yorker familiar with Montreal ‚?? and all the great things about it. David just started blogging a little while ago, and he‚??s a natural. We talked about how he started his business ‚?? and his story is similar to what I‚??m going through now, as is his business model. Just a great guy whose brain I can now feel free to pick.
The one and only Conversation Agent, Valeria Maltoni, was there. She‚??s been a wonderful supporter of mine and I got to thank her for it. Valeria has a contagious energy and confidence ‚?? after meeting her it‚??s no shock to see why her blog is so meticulous and well done. Her rise in blogland is certainly well deserved.
I also had the opportunity to meet another blogger I was familiar with, but had not yet started a dialogue with. Toby Bloomberg, the Diva Marketer herself, and I talked a little and it‚??s clear why she‚??s a superstar in this space. I was honoured when she invited me to participate in her Blogger Stories project and can‚??t wait to do so.
It was also great meeting Matt Dickman from Cleveland. (My first question: do you know Cleveland Mark Goren? He knew of him.) He Twittered from the dinner. Nice guy at a similar life stage as me, we shared many like opinions. (Check out the photos from last night over at his Flikr page.)
The Blog Squad was present and provided a real-life example of just how small this world really is. Denise Wakeman, now settled in California, lived a couple of blocks over from me in Ottawa a few years back. Really. Small. World.
And I think that‚??s what struck me most about the whole evening. You walk into a room full of people you‚??ve never met and it‚??s like they‚??re old college friends. If social media is about conversations and connections, I can‚??t imagine a more powerful example than that.
Thanks, NYC. Once again.
P.S. If I missed you, please feel free to point it out. Particularly you, Red, I’ve searched high + low for you online, but I haven’t found your site. I must’ve committed the wrong URL to memory. My sincerest apologies.