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SOBCon 2008: FuelMyBlog Pre-Conference Meetup Friends

SOCON 2008Tonight was the first event of the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) in Chicago at the pre-conference meetup hosted by FuelMyBlog.

It was a great opportunity to socialize with many of the return participants to SOBCon, but also to meet new people. It is clear that SOBCon is going to be the event of the year for myself and many of the participants in Chicago this weekend. And you still have a chance to join the fun. There is still time to register for this powerful blogging event, The Biz School for Bloggers, which begins Friday night with a boat cruise and open mic night, and then Saturday and Sunday turns the tables on everything you thought about the business side of blogging, social networking, marketing, promotions, advertising, monetization, and more with the masters of the blogging world.

From the hugs everyone was handing out, it was clear that Wendy Piersall summed it up perfectly:

SOBCon is like entering a room filled with your best friends whom you’ve never met.

The energy was powerful and the expectations for the weekend’s conference were amazing. Bloggers are here from all over the country and the world to take their blogs to the next level, investing in their blog but also in their social capital. They will learn about how to maximize the return on their investment in social media, networking, blog community building, and increasing their brand identity and visibility within their niche – and beyond. They are eager to learn, but also eager to share the lessons they’ve learned as bloggers, whether they have been blogging for a few weeks, months, or years. It’s clear that everyone is here to learn from each other as well as to share.

Here are some of the pictures of the meetup – where no one was a stranger.

Photographs copyright Lorelle VanFossen

Photographs copyright Lorelle VanFossen

I’m so looking forward to this weekend’s conference. If you are in the Chicago area and want to jump start your blog business, get down here! If you are not, then check out the amazing discounts on Southwest Airlines for flights to Chicago, or my favorite flight search, Kayak for cheap last minute flights. Trust me, it will be worth every nickle it takes to come here.

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  1. Posted May 2, 2008 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    It was great to meet you Lorelle – thanks for writing the post and putting up the pictures so fast! Never thought I’d see a picture of me holding a pool cue in Chicago on the internet… just goes to show where blogging can take you


  2. Posted May 2, 2008 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Great pictures! I recognize Stephen Hopson with that hearing aid perched in the ear. 🙂 Looking forward to meeting everyone!

  3. Posted May 2, 2008 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    SparkingPlug? Wow, you’re good at being dyslexic! 😉

    (PS – Little Miss L was asking about you this morning!)

  4. Posted May 2, 2008 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    @ Wendy Piersall:

    Say hi to Miss L and thanks for the correction. Two in the morning is not the best time to be winging it. 😀 What fun. Really fun. I can’t wait for the rest of the conference.

    One of the greatest joys of SOBCon has been watching you, Wendy. I’m so excited you are speaking again. You are living proof of the greatness within all of us and how a focused approach to your blog’s business and purpose is a good recipe for success. Thanks for setting the standard, my friend.

  5. Posted May 2, 2008 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Ahhh uuhhh. Wow. I’m honored to have you as my friend. I’m kinda speechless! 🙂

  6. Posted May 5, 2008 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I am a sexy BEAST!

    It was great meeting you Thursday night. You rock.

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