Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

Motivational Speaker

Viva Las Vegas!

Filed under: Blogging, I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by Glenda at 7:56 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2007


City lights, bright lights of Las Vegas – the City of Excess

Wow, what an amazing trip! Las Vegas is indescribable. Everything is humongus, bright, with bells ringing and lights flashing all of the time, and people everywhere. Yet, I felt relatively safe. But, man, the food is salty (and expensive – or, at least, every place we ate was)! I need to detox on Dr. Oz’s green drink for a week!

Even though the flight from Vancouver to Las Vegas was not quite three hours, we were twelve hours getting from home to our hotel. Traveling to a new place, when I don’t know exactly where to go or what to expect around the next corner is somewhat disconcerting and very exhausting. I confess our first night in the city that never sleeps was not a late night!


BlogWorld 07 in Las Vegas

We were up early, again, on Wednesday to take the monorail from our hotel, the Imperial Palace, to the Las Vegas Convention Center, which dwarfs our Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre! I really liked the monorail; I felt much safer than I do on our Skytrain transit system.


The Left Thumb Blogger at work. Serious stuff!

On Wednesday, b5 media put on a bonus day before BlogWorld officially started on Thursday. The sessions were informative and I was glad I had taken my laptop with my brand new full-size roll up keyboard. Many people were blogging while listening to the sessions. I was lucky to keep up with taking notes and manage the occasional tweet. That is why there hasn’t been a new post until today. I figured I went to BlogWorld to learn and to meet real people, not to spend hours at my keyboard!

Thursday at noon, I held my first ever book signing. I had the honour of sharing the table with thee Andy Wibbels, author of Go Blog Wild! His book story is amazing and was one of the things that kept me going while writing I’ll Do It Myself: A publisher happened across his blog, liked what she read and offered Andy a book deal on the spot! Go Blog Wild is now in its third printing and was just released in Poland. That is a writer’s wildest fantasy!


Being serenaded by the King!

I couldn’t go Vegas without one Elvis sighting at the Hilton! Because I was still being weaned off of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers at the time of his death, I hadn’t experienced the Elvis craze while he was alive, although I have enjoyed his music and movies. Being at the Hilton where he had performed 800+ shows over eight years, I felt a connection to rock n roll history.

Since I missed the Elvis era by a few decades, to me, the ultimate Vegas experience would be to see Barry Manilow in concert. I’m not sure I can explain why; it just is. Perhaps its because I feel his passion for what he does coming through his music: “I am music and I write the songs/I write the songs that make the whole world sing/I write the songs of love and special things….” What an awesome life’s purpose! And to be able to live it – that is why I admire him.

Well, since the Hilton was next door to the Convention Centre and since Barry happened to be performing last week (information I happened across before leaving home!), we decided to see if wheelchair seating was still available and how much. Considering one of my life’s goals to live without regrets, Darrell purchased two tickets.

Sitting there in row 19 in a relatively intimate venue in Vegas (I’m not sure if it’s the same venue Elvis performed in), waiting for Barry Manilow to appear, knowing that this was an once in a lifetime opportunity, I found it difficult not to get a little teary. This year has been amazing for me! I’m so thankful I’m here, able to have all of these experiences.

In the photo, the guy in the yellow jacket is Barry Manilow! Honest. (I will soon have the credit card bill to prove it!) He gave a passion-filled performance. I was a little sad when it was over.


Big hugs from Wendy Piersall

In addition to seeing Barry Manilow so close up and personal, the other awesome highlight of the trip was meeting some of my imaginary friends in person, some of which had hosted appearances on my first virtual book tour; to hug and hear the people behind the two-dimensional photos and written words. Wendy Piersall came running when she spotted me.

Hanging out with fellow SOB Liz Strauss! What else do I need to say?

This photo with Chris Brogan is my favourite from the trip. He has a signature pose where he scowls at the other person. Apparently no one has ever scowled back, until this red-head came along! Rather than scowling at one another, we ended up laughing together. Thanks for the laugh, Chris.

Meeting Des Welsh all the way from Australia, after communicating since my Ryze days, was another special moment.

Attending BlogWorld validated for me that blogging is, indeed, real, is an industry, is a profession, and is where I belong. I did not feel alone in the least like I have at other conferences. I now know for sure that I can make a living doing what I love: writing and connecting with people from around the world.

A big thank you to Rick Calvert for his vision for BlogWorld. See you in Vegas next September 18-19th for the second annual BlogWorld!

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Readers Caf̩ Temporarily Closed РOwner is in Vegas

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sorry, we're closed

Thanks for stopping by the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. However, I’m not currently here. I am in Las Vegas! (Life is rough at times!)

Darrell and I spent the day at b5 media’s extra sessions and are looking forward to experiencing Vegas nightlife. BlogWorld Expo begins tomorrow!

If you will here in Vegas tomorrow and Friday, I will be signing copies of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself:

Thursday, November 8th
Outside of the Exhibitors Hall
12-1pm

and

Friday, November 9th
Blogger & Podcaster Magazine booth #315 in the Exhibitors Hall
12-1pm

Come on by and say hi! I am really looking forward to meeting many of my imaginary friends and colleagues!

The Readers’ Café will re-open Wednesday, November 21st at 4pm precisely (pacific time). See you then!

Meanwhile, please continue casting your vote daily so that I may be paid to blog for a year. See the live results – 8000+ by the time we get home Saturday night would be awesome!

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Left Thumb Blogger Signs Books in Vegas

Filed under: Blogging, I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by Glenda at 1:52 pm on Friday, November 2, 2007

Join Me at Blog World Expo

While at the BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas next week, I’ll be signing copies of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself in which I intimately share living with cerebral palsy to show others that cp is not a death sentence, but rather a life sentence:

Thursday, November 8th
Outside of the Exhibitors Hall
12-1pm

and

Friday, November 9th
Blogger & Podcaster Magazine booth #315 in the Exhibitors Hall
12-1pm

Come on by! I am really looking forward to meeting many of my imaginary friends and colleagues!

If, perchance, we do not meet up, copies of I’ll Do It Myself will also be available at the Expo bookstore.


Thank you for your continued support for the Blog for a Year contest.. We broke the 7000 vote mark today! Please keep the votes coming in. One brilliant idea is to make the voting page your homepage to remind yourself to vote daily.

Have a great weekend!

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Invisible Blogosphere Tangibly Impacts People

Filed under: Blogging — by Glenda at 9:11 pm on Thursday, November 1, 2007

Every so often I am reminded that the blogosphere is real relationships with not imaginary but real people. I received such a reminder in the real mail yesterday.

A few weeks ago, bestselling author and an internationally recognized marketing and publicity expert Kathleen Gage kindly interviewed me about my experience with virtual book tours for her Street Smarts Marketing blog. Busy with other things, the posted interview slipped my mind…until yesterday when I received a beautiful and thoughtful thank you in the mail, confirming that what I am doing by blogging is real and touches other people. Thank you, Kathleen, for the gift and for making the intangible tangible.

Thank you everyone. I value each of the relationships and friendships I have made in the blogosphere. A wise friend once told me, “First you become famous, then you become rich.” Well, I must already be famous because I feel so rich.

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