I have been home from Chicago for a week and I still have SOBCon: Biz School for Bloggers on the brain. For me, the experience was more about the people than what I learned from the content.
Interacting with people via blog comments or 140 characters at a time on Twitter and recognizing them by their tiny avatar is one thing, but being together in three-dimensions and being able to talk, laugh or cry together is something much more powerful; something that is often missing when we become more and more connected online.
The one thing that really awed me while I was looking around and taking in all of who was in the room: most of us were there because of one person. We either knew her directly, we knew someone who knew her or we admired what she does. Liz Strauss has built such a strong and connected community online, one relationship at a time, that 125 of us did whatever was necessary to come together at the same time, at one location, in the same room. Now, that is trust! And inspiring.
As for my presentation â€œHow POUR is Your Blog", well, I kinda rocked SOBCon! But, donâ€™t take my word for it. Hereâ€™s what others were saying:
- Tweets during and shortly after my presentation
- making me cry by Jon Swanson
- What I learned at SOBcon (Day 1) â€“ video by Jen Chicago (Unfortunately its not yet captioned.)
- Whrrl: SOBCon Blog Conference, Glenda Watson Hyatt by WhiteTrashMom
- Glenda Watson Hyatt: Is Your Blog Disabled? by Lorelle VanFossen
- You can be on Oprah and Larry King by Giovanna Garcia
- Accessibility isnâ€™t hard once youâ€™re aware by Richard Reeve
- Inspired by Glenda Watson Hyatt at SOBCon09 by Lorelle VanFossen
- Glenda can change your life!! Just give her a chance by Beth Rosen
Finally, my trip photos are now available on Flickr. As soon as I figure out how to collect the photos others took of me, I will post that link too.
Now, to implement what I actually did learnâ€¦If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.