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All Alone in the Comment Box: 12 Hours of One-to-One With Experts

SOBCon09In an ongoing attempt to break the rules on how a blog works, turned yesterday into an open comment day on her blog with some of the world’s top bloggers and social media experts.

Each hour from 11AM Central Time until the end of the day, a blog post and open comment forum was posted. They included:

Liz closed the day with “Liz Strauss: When the Tribe Has Spoken, How to Find Your Voice and Own It,” a brilliant piece that talks about how reality is distorted when you give yourself and your identity away to a company and the company slaps you back, turning you out of the tribe, so to speak.

As Liz shows the world, the power of having your own voice is showcased by the tremendous line up of guest bloggers and participants on her blog, as well as in the upcoming Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) in Chicago, May 1-3, called the Biz School for Bloggers.

Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon2009)

Every year, SOBCon leaves me speechless with it’s powerful lessons and fantastic participants. I learn so much and meet the very best people striving to become the best they can be. I’ve so enjoyed watching people grow from the lessons learned at SOBCon. Some of the top bloggers today found their way at the first and second annual Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference, and are now returning to share what they learned with others.

The list of speakers for this year’s event include:

The topics are just as electric as their presenters. ROI of relationships in social media business techniques such as negotiating relations with new clients, products, and intellectual property; communication networks and competition in the SocialSphere; transparency and visibility; working with corporate sponsors and partners; multimedia production; accessibility and publishing for the disabled audience and SEO; branding and marketing strategies; social networking tools; publishing techniques; and more.

SOBCon usually sells out fast and there is limited space as this is an intimate hands-on training camp, not your normal conference. Participants are put into MasterMind groups to work on the lessons learned by each workshop and presentation, so you take away an actionable task list and plan for your blog and business. Register now to be a part of this exciting event.

And check out the Q&A from many of the speakers and key blogging industry leaders on .

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  1. Posted February 12, 2009 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Is it just me or is anyone else completely turned off by the name of this event? An SOB? That’s what my old man called people he didn’t like. A con? Short for convict or shorthand for swindle. With bloggers always talking about how blogs should look good as well as have good content, why can’t they come up with a better name for what looks on paper like such a desirable event to attend?

    • Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:41 am | Permalink

      Actually, SOB means “Successful and Outstanding Blogger” and is an honor to receive an SOB award. I have several of them and consider them some of the most prestigious awards handed out. They are sincere, definitely eye catching and conversation starting, and come from the heart not some attention-getting useless award. They really mean something and to be recognized by Liz Strauss for your blogging expertise, excellence, uniqueness, and contribution to the world is definitely a high honor. Once people learn what the SOB Award means, they are usually thrilled.

      Honestly, Ian, it’s the people who understand the honor of being an SOB that attend SOBCon, the best kind of people you really want to know. 😀

  2. Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Son Of a……..$795 USD…….that’s $990.86 Canada dinero then there is my bus or train ticket which I refuse to search.
    Oh yeah there is the economy issues and thus preventing me from going to many of the conferences that I want to go.
    SOBCON should get sponsors, LOWER the price.

    I expect a summary of this Son Of a……..$795 USD conference.

    @Ian: con = conference/convention, the sob part…hehehe I couldn’t resit on making a comment on it.

    Why do images of my private elementary schooling teacher hitting my hand with the ruler come to mind as I type this comment?

  3. Posted February 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, of course I know what the letters SOB in the context of the CONvention stand for, and I know they’re not just some chain-letter-type award passed out among bloggers. I’m just pointing out what anybody in that other world that exists outside blogging would first think of when seeing that string of letters for the first time. Why not call them the Connies? At least it has a ring to it like Oscars, Emmies, Junos etc. SOBCon just sounds clunky and off-key.

    • Posted February 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      So did Google, Yahoo, and many other names when they first came out. Yugma is one that I’m still questioning. Liz Strauss’ SOB Awards and conference is a very successful brand name with more than 5 years of history and respect behind it. More than Yugma or Twitter. 😀

  4. Posted February 14, 2009 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Can’t argue with success. 🙂

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