To say that I’m excited about BlogWorld and New Media Expo this coming weekend would be an understatement of the grandest proportions. It has nothing to do with the fact that I’m speaking, or that I’m getting to go, along with my wife Amie, to Vegas (which is actually more of a treat for her than me as she used to live there a number of years ago).
Instead, it has everything to do with the fact that I’ll finally get to meet so many of you, my virtual family and friends. People I’ve grown to know, admire and deeply respect.
For some, it will be a time of reconnecting. For others, including many I’ve known via online channels for years, this will be a first opportunity to meet face-to-face. I intend to get very little sleep and wear myself out shaking hands, hugging necks and otherwise meeting and greeting.
There are two very special cadres of people I want to meet and/or see again. One is my Realtor friends, most especially those that purchased Realty Blogging. The other are members of the IBNMA, the blogging and new media organization I have the privilege of serving as president. We’re going to have a big ole time together!
Of course, there is always the fear of not making a good impression. Sometimes relationships are best kept virtual. Still, I’m hopeful that I can overcome my social ineptitude, remember when to keep my mouth shut, and make at least a semblance of a good impression.
Regardless, I plan to make the most of the time as I know the weekend will whirl by. And if you’re interested in hooking up, just look for the short, bald guy with the silly grin and hint of a southern accent. That’ll most likely be me.