Blogger Social ’08

The Blogger SocialitesIt was billed as a weekend to remember and it clearly lived up to expectations. Over eighty marketing bloggers from all over the world jumped at the opportunity to go beyond the confines of their social media tools for one weekend and have face-to-face conversations with their peers. After months of planning, CK & Drew threw the most incredible party this past weekend in New York City.

Social Media is all about building relationships. Those who don’t participate in Social Media sometimes have trouble understanding the real, meaningful relationships that can develop through Social Media interaction. Social Media removes the barrier of distance making it easy to connect and engage with like-minded people who share common ideals, interests and passions. From that interaction, virtual communities evolve to share ideas, offer support and encouragement, and to do good things.

Meeting your digital friends in person is an unusual and somewhat surreal experience. You recognize them from the pictures they share on-line and you know some things about them from their writing. When they walk into the room, you get that “Hey, great to see you again” feeling, only you’ve never really seen them, spoken face to face, exchanged a handshake. Nevertheless, the conversations start up easily as if you are old friends. Prior to this weekend, I had experienced this only once before when I met three Valeria, Geoff & CC for dinner last fall. That meeting was wonderful, but with 80+ digital friends in attendance, Blogger Social was an emotionally overwhelming experience.

Digital friendships can be can be very strong, but lack a sensory component. I can read a post, watch a video or listen to a podcast, but that just can’t compare with hugs, dinner conversation, silliness, jagerbombs, shared laughter, cigars, hearing a voice for the first time, karaoke at 4:00am……. Blogger Social was all that and so much more that it’s virtually impossible to adequately describe. Many others have tried this week and do it much better justice than I do so check out their posts.

If you are a more visually-oriented person, check out the Blogger Social Flickr group. With 1300+ and still growing, that’s worth about 1.3 Million words, which is still not enough to really describe that Magic that was Blogger Social.

9 comments so far

  1. Mack Collier on

    Great recap and great to meet you Doug!

  2. Connie Reece on

    It was magic, indeed. Great meeting you in person, Doug. But glad I skipped the 4 a.m. karaoke session.🙂

  3. Mario Vellandi on

    Hi Doug, wish I coulda been there for the karaoke as I love to sing….so little time😦
    But great times nonetheless!

  4. CK on

    What a tremendous post! It was such an extraordinary and remarkable experience. I am so thankful that you were there.

    And no, the outside world won’t understand–hey, how could they? But one day they will😉

  5. Geoff Livingston on

    It was great hanging out again, Doug. What a blast!

  6. Valeria Maltoni on

    I have no idea what happened to me in the photo. I know I was there😉 Good seeing you again, Doug.

  7. RyanB on

    I think this post definitely does the weekend justice🙂 Awesome to giggle with you at dinner – ugh, I SOOO wish I had pulled myself together and gone karaoke-ing with everyone!

    Next year, for sure.

  8. Lori Magno on

    Dude! Nice take on BS08. Ready to start planning BS09?

  9. Doug Meacham on

    Lori, I was thinking about creating a countdown clock for 2009. Just a little teaser.


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