What I Learned from Blogger Social
Ryan tagged me in a "what I learned from Blogger Social" meme that David unintentionally started. It's a large canvas to paint, since I try to learn from every situation (whether I learn the right things or not is arguable). Here goes:
- My wife is amazing. The day I left, our daughter Faith got sick, and she stayed that way for the entire weekend, and into the next week. Janell had to do 10 loads of laundry while nurturing a baby who wanted nothing else but to be close to her mom. Not an easy task. Without her, I'm nothing.
- David Reich has a heart of gold. I have liked and admired David since he started posting comments over at MPDailyFix.com. David opened up his own house to strangers (though some of us were stranger than others) -- or at least friends in a strange situation, so that we could attend the event. Thank you again, David.
- New Yorkers are nicer than I thought they'd be.
Seriously. And it's not just because the New Yorkers in attendance at
Social broke the curve. I didn't even witness a mugging. New York gets
a bad rap, I'm sure, for having a bad attitude. That wasn't the case this weekend.
- Greg Verdino is a freak. And I mean that in the best possible way. You get a sense from the imagery he chose to use on his blog that he has a sort of hidden rocker side, but the stoicism he conveys through his polished presentations and thoughtful writing do no justice to this very joyful, fun-loving person he is.
- Scott Monty is a master presenter. Besides the fact that his voice is made for radio -- or those movie trailer voice overs (Cue: "One man... on the run from the law for a crime he did not commit...") -- he worked the crowd like a true professional. After he presented $30,000 check from ooVoo to the Frozen Pea Fund (to great dramatic effect), he effectively used the playful ribbing the crowd was giving Joseph Jaffe to further the cause of the Frozen Pea Fund.
- Kris Hoet and Luc Debaisieux are sheer geniuses. First of all, they're probably the only two throughout the entire event, including those with allegedly "above average" intelligence, who can spell and pronounce Luc's last name (and Luc patiently told me 3 or 4 times), but besides that, between them the speak like a gazillion languages and are well versed in just about everything.
- CK can herd cats. Or at least, that's the rumor in New York City since she was able to organize all of us bloggers.
- There is hope for the future. With people like my housemates Nathan, Ryan, and Mario representing the future of marketing, perhaps we'll still have a world to bequeath to my grandchildren, after all.
- Bloggers come in all shapes and sizes. Who knew that Sean Howard, Todd Andrlick, Geoff Livingston and Matt Dickman were so freakishly tall? I mean, I know they blog that way, but literally?
- First Life still kicks the pants off of Second Life. 'Nuff said.
- Cam Beck