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24 Reasons Why You Should Attend These Blog Conferences

I’ve got three blog conferences I’ll be speaking at, and I want to give you 24 good reasons why you should be at each of these.

March 29-30 – WordCamp Dallas

WordCamp Dallas 2008WordCamp Dallas is going to be one of the hottest WordPress-oriented blog events this year. People are flying in from all over the country to join Dallas area bloggers to enjoy all things WordPress and blogging. The 10 speakers you will not want to miss are:

  1. “WordPress 2.5 and Beyond” with Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame. WordPress 2.5 will be released just before the conference, so you will get a first hand look at where WordPress is going beyond this version.
  2. John Pozadzides with “5 Ways to Power Up Your Blog”, author of the popular One Man’s Blog, founder of, and Chief Marketing Officer of Layered Technologies, and more, will cover hot tips for making your WordPress blog be as powerhouse blog.
  3. “How to Prevent, Detect and Stop Content Theft” with Jonathan Bailey, of Plagiarism Today and the , offers a wide variety of ways you can help put a stop to content theft with your WordPress blog.
  4. Cali Lewis and Neal Campbell are famous for their popular GeekBrief.TV, a popular web technology and consumer electronics videocast, and they will be covering video blogs and incorporating multimedia into your blog.
  5. Liz Strauss brings “C’mon, Let’s Talk! Building Influence and Interaction with Blogging”, sharing her tips for mastering the blog conversation learned from thousands of comments monthly on Successful Blog and Liz She is also the founder of the popular blog conference, Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference.
  6. “WordPress Power Tips” by Lorelle VanFossen will offer useful tips, Plugins, and advice for blogging with WordPress collected over the past almost five years blogging with WordPress and 14 years blogging in general, and the author of fast selling book, Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.
  7. “SEO for Bloggers” is by Chris Smith of Netconcepts, the company’s Lead GravityStream Strategist, and an expert in custom consulting on natural search optimization. Over the years, he has contributed to and oversaw development for diverse applications including: natural search optimization, advertising forecast systems, weather data delivery, city guides, campus area yellow pages, internet analytics, map-based search, e-cards, XML, RSS, wireless applications, and private-label yellow pages or PPC ad distribution provided to AOL, MSN, InfoSpace, Lycos, Google,, and many others. His work in organic search engine optimization can be found on Search Engine Land, WebProNews, and Natural Search Blog.
  8. Aaron Brazell of TechnoSailor and b5media brings his business and networking expertise to share, helping us learn more about blog networks and marketing, as well as what’s hot in blog technology.
  9. will be making his first WordPress event, bringing his business expertise which turned around Weblog Tools Collection into a “source” for WordPress and blogging news.
  10. Jacob Santos is one of the new programming experts in WordPress. He will be covering “Testing with WordPress” for WordPress Themes and Plugins.

May 2-4 – Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference – Chicago

SOBCon 2008The Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference is a unique event for bloggers called the “Biz School for Bloggers.” It brings together professional and upcoming business-oriented bloggers to learn from the best of the best about how to make money with your blog.

The 11 best of the best you do not want to miss include:

  1. Terry Starbucker of Ramblings From a Glass Half Full and Joyful Jubilant Learning developed the “Half-Fullism” concept of business leadership, and serves as a senior operations executive for a service business based in the Rocky Mountain west, working as a consultant and student in leadership and personal development.
  2. Anita Bruzzese is a syndicated newspaper workplace columnist/book author/magazine managing editor at Gannett News Service/USA, The IRE Journal, and “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy”.
  3. Brian Clark of Copyblogger is quickly becoming one of the most recognized names in blogging, as well as an Internet marketing strategist, content developer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney. Clark has built four successful offline businesses using online marketing techniques, and sold scores of products and services online via joint venture and affiliate arrangements.
  4. Lorelle VanFossen brings her blogging business common sense to discuss your blog focus, purpose, readers, and making it all work together for you to build your blog business. Lorelle blogs on , , Lorelle’s Family History Blog, , and is a frequent guest blogger on many top blogs such as ProBlogger, Liz Strauss’ Successful Blog, Coach Ezines, and American Artists Magazine.
  5. Chris Garrett is a professional blogger, Internet Marketing Consultant, writer, coach, and web geek. You know him from such sites as ASPToday, ASPAlliance, Threadwatch, Performancing, ProBlogger, Copyblogger, and , and founder of OMIQ online media consultants.
  6. Muhammad Saleem has become one of the leading experts in social bookmarking and networking sites, covering social media and socially driven content on his site and many others. HIred by Netscape as a professional social bookmarker, he is a recognized leader and speaker in this emerging field.
  7. Chris Brogan is a social media expert specializing in building online and offline communities, including founding PodCamp Community UnConferences, a free unconference that explores the benefits of new media community tools. Chris is also community developer for Pulvermedia, and produces the Video on the Net Conference, which explores the disruptive impact of the broadband Internet on the future of TV, Film, and Entertainment.
  8. Dave Bullock is best known for introducing the advanced testing and tracking and innovation method known as Taguchi-TRIZ to the internet marketing space. Students using these methods have increased conversion rates as much as a documented 600%. David has been featured in both He built a successful online/offline business after a $100,000,000 international sales career in the industrial automation and manufacturing industry. His practice has been featured in both Direct Marketing News and Black Enterprise Magazine.
  9. Liz Strauss is considered one of the most influential relational blogger on the Internet turning her blog into a destination by developing a fiercely loyal community of readers. With over 20 years in the international publishing industry, she took the social networking of blogging to new heights with the development of the unique relationship conference, Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference, that gained the attention of BusinessWeek, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Kellogg Innovation Network of the Kellogg School of Management.
  10. Wendy Piersall turned an idea into a blog into a business and a year later, she is the CEO and Founder of eMomsatHome, the Internet home business magazine for moms and dad, part of a growing blog network. Liz Strauss recently featured her as one of the top blog success stories of the past year.
  11. is a blogger, singer, songwriter, consultant, and program leader. While her music is available online and off through Borders Books and other music outlets, she goes beyond musician to creative expert working with the US Federal Government to teach creativity for their Leadership Assessment Program for government leaders, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, CIA, and many colleges and universities, including University of Tennessee, Drury University and Boston College. She facilitates three-day retreats for women in the mountains of Western North Carolina four times a year, and shares her creative passion and success through her blog.

April 2-5 – The Alliance for Distance Education in California Summit – Pasadena, CA

ADEC SummitThe Alliance for Distance Education in California Summit in Pasadena, California, April 2-5, 2008, is not just for educators. It is for bloggers and online business people who want to learn more about how web technologies are being used and developed in the education industry, as that is where our future rests. The online distance education market is one of the fastest growing online industries in the world, providing educational opportunities that exceeds borders and geographic restrictions.

The top leaders in distance education learning and web technologies will be bringing the lastest news and technologies to Pasadena, reaching out beyond the classroom to the global market. The three keynote speakers you do not want to miss are:

  1. Farhad Saba, Ph.D is a blogger but also a long time leader in telecommunications and web technologies. Currently, he is the professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University, where he teaches courses on distance education, and cyberculture. Involved in distance education since 1973, first as the Managing Director of Educational Radio and Television of Iran, then Director of the Telecommunications Division at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Saba is a founding leader in distance education with his company, He serves as a consultant to international corporations and local schools and governments, and continues his research into design, implementation and evaluation of distance education systems. He is also founder and President of Saba & Associates, an independent group of experienced consultants who specialize in distance education.
  2. Yolanda Gayol, Ed.D. is Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and blogs at Distance Education Village. She worked as a distance education specialist at NASA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Athabasca University, the University of Maryland University College and ICMA/USAID, among other international corporations and educational institutes. She is a leader in online education and distance learning.
  3. Marci Powell is Global Director for Higher Education on the Polycom Education Team and president-elect of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). She works with educational product development and facilitates integration and utilization of educational technology. She also works with the Communities In Schools of San Antonio, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and Interactive Videoconferencing Special Interest Group (IVCSIG).
  4. Mike Lawrence, Executive Director of Computer-Using Educators, Inc. (CUE), lead Principal training programs for Southern California and has been a teacher, speaker, technology coordinator, and director for more than 15 years. In 2003, he was honored as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is also an author and editor.

That’s just the crème de la crème. Over a dozen leaders in online education and distance learning will be speaking in special sessions and on panels through the week, including me.

What Will You Really Be Missing?

By missing any of these powerful blogging and web technology events, you miss rubbing shoulders with the best of the best who are paving the path to success online. You are missing a chance to learn directly from those who have made all the mistakes and earned their reputation for excellence. You can have all your questions asked and answered by those who have been there, done that.

It’s a chance to get to know the trendsetters and path breakers in the blogging and web technology industry. You never know when you will need their expertise, and you never know when they will need yours. This is a change to get known and be known.

Be there.

And yes, I know two of the names are repeated, but YOU and a blogging friend being there will make up the minimum 24 reasons why you need to sign up for these blog events now.

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  1. Cannasbis
    Posted March 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    unless you’re giving the same presentation twice, isn’t that 25 reasons ? 10 + 11 + 4 = 25.

  2. theotheragentm
    Posted March 17, 2008 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I would love to attend. This is on my list of things to do if I didn’t have a job.

  3. Posted March 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    @ Cannasbis:

    I’m not, but it’s nice to know that you read to the end of the article. 😀 I think there are hundreds of reasons to attend these conferences, and the speakers are often the least of it. It’s who you meet there that you “take” with you when you leave that makes attending these conferences so worthwhile.

    theotheragentm: This is why many of these are on weekends – so you can play blogging instead of spending time with hobbies and family. 😀

  4. Posted March 17, 2008 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    So will you be crashing on my couch? 🙂

  5. Posted March 17, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    @ Wendy Piersall:

    If the invitation is still open, my friend!

  6. Posted March 18, 2008 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for getting me even more pumped up for next weeks conference, really looking forward to meeting everybody and shaking hands. I’m also wondering how that Rudy’s BBQ will taste.

  7. Posted March 18, 2008 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    I would if I could. Honest.

  8. Posted March 18, 2008 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    I’m stuck enjoying the good advice and interesting new media arguments of mostly American/Canadian bloggers and it is very hard for me in the hobbying context (of a very naive webcomic/creative writing effort) to be able to make it to any of these events at this stage.

    I haven’t really caught word of any UK events and I get feeling that it is a missed opportunity considering the gradual breakdown of the BBC (and other bodies)as it struggles to meet technological/cultural changes.

    There are more and more young creative types heading into web-publishing platforms like WordPress as a launchpad for video/audio content and even very naive attempts at cracking the web comic format with versatile themes like comicpress.

    The majority of young individuals turning up to film/media festivals like FFRESH (Wales) I suspect don’t trade blog details or even connect through micro-blogging services like twitter, simply because the UK mindset in film/media education seems to be slow on the uptake in this regard. They don’t see the need for a staging area to consistently engage with potential employers, friends and perhaps even eventual customers/financial backers until they have been hit hard by the high demand for media positions in the UK job market.

    I’d just really like to see something in the UK in the near future. Save us, please. *sobs into his desperate isolation in South Wales*

  9. Posted March 18, 2008 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Any of these ever get up here to the Pacific Northwest?

  10. Posted March 18, 2008 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    @ Rick:

    These are region specific events. If you want to put together a WordCamp in Portland or Seattle, I’m there. I’ll help however you want as these are my stomping grounds.

    WordCamps are put together by volunteers, WordPress enthusiasts. Anyone can start the process. Want to start?

  11. Posted March 19, 2008 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    *sigh* I’d love to go to Dallas….hmmm

  12. Posted March 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    I really would if i could, but i live in a shit hole. Wish i was there!!

  13. Posted March 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I am ready to sponsor and put together a WordCamp Conference in Seattle, anyone else ready to go?

  14. Posted March 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to attend, however, I’m stuck in Japan for the next few years. Considering the popularity of blogging and (more importantly) microblogging in this country, I wonder if there will be any conferences in the near future.

  15. Posted March 24, 2008 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Looks like I’m one of the few to make it to the Dallas WordCamp. Looking forward to meet you there 🙂 . I’m sure it will be a fun event.


  16. Posted March 24, 2008 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    @ ジェイソン (Jason):

    I believe a group is putting together a WordCamp in the Philippines and there was one a year ago in China. Why not put together your own?

  17. uohaa
    Posted June 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Cool site! I will check back to see updates on any other upcoming conferences!

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