Category Archives: Blog World

A siesta for the Fiesta

I have way to many blogs. For the last ten months, Blog Fiesta has been my own little social networking experiment to help my meet more blogging real estate and mortgage professionals. I’m taking what I’ve learned, along with what my own three years of blogging experience has taught me, to create RE BlogWorld.

This three day blogging event will take place September 19th-21st in Las Vegas and is part of the largest new media conference and trade show in the world. Needless to say, in the future months leading up to the show, my time is going to be dominated by making this event the best it can be.

I simply will not have time for more interviews until after the event is over. In the mean time, I’ll still be blogging about blogging on RE Blog world’s new blog. Here’s a list of recent posts.

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My Resolutions for 2007

I find that I’m more successful in keeping my resolutions if I keep them secret for the year. Here’s the list I made last year. Honest.

Get named on some fancy schmancy list of big shots

Start an anonymous blog

Take Friday’s off

Join 42,674 social networks. (I fell short on this one, but I gave it my best effort)

Get a massive infection in my leg.

Go to Vegas without gambling a dime

Get interviewed

Talk like a pirate

Create a widget.

Introduce you to my messed up family

Make Teresa Boardman laugh, then make her cry

Meet iJustine

Learn to be a better listener

Improve my skills at being a smart ass.

Become popular by throwing a party with free tacos

Travel 900 miles to sign a poster.

Drink beer on Zillow’s dime, then drink beer on Trulia’s dime.

Meet Odis Jack Gillard

Use the term, “disintermediation” in a blog post

That’s it. Wait until you see what I’ve thought up for 2008!

Blog World Expo Pictures

Here’s just a few pics from the Blog World Expo.


The crowd gathers for the opening Keynote on Thursday morning. Well over 1500 people attended the event. The interesting part is that the crowd is not nearly as nerdy as you might expect. Blogging is as much about creativity as it is about technology.

Ed Sussman of Fast Company sits down with Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress. Matt admitted that many facets of WP still “suck”. Area of focus for improvement include easier upgrade procedures, and a nice spell checker. Ed also took this opportunity to announce that Fast Company’s social networking site is about to be re-released.

Out on the trade show floor, the crowd started to filter in. I tried to get a panoramic shot, but those darn Pajamas Media girls kept getting in the way.

This is a pic from just one of the seminar rooms. There were ten tracks to choose from, and you could mix and match them throughout both Thursday & Friday. This was great since a beginner’s track is useless to me, but the podcasting and business tracks that I attended might have been overkill for someone just getting started.

As I posted on lenderama, Gina Elise was another great story at Blog World. She raises money for veterans through a retro style pin up calender that she poses in. Most of the awareness for her efforts have come through publicity from bloggers. Like right now.

The best class I attended was Gary Rosenweig’s Secrets of Great Video Production. He produces an excellent videocast about Apple Computer products called MacMost. Oddly enough, Gary lives here in Denver and owns a book store that I drive by at least once a week.

On Friday morning, I attended The Cult of Blogging, hosted Leo Laporte. Anyone who ever watched TechTV at the turn of the century will surely know him. A couple of the other hosts couldn’t make it, so at the last minute, Leo brought along Justine Ezarik. I had no idea who she was, though I remembered the AT&T iPhone Bill video she made once Leo mentioned it. To my surprise, she’s like totally famous. People watch her lifecast at all hours of the day. I thought about doing my own life cast… for about two seconds. It would probably be more like this guy’s video. This ended up being an amazingly useful class. Especially in the best ways to manage my growing readership. Later on the trade show floor, Justine smiled and waived to me. She’s obviously in love with me, so don’t be surprised if future video shots from her lifecast include her going through my garbage can. 🙂

I learned more about blogging in the last two days than in the in all of last year combined.

This is going to sound conceded. It probably is conceded. When it comes to RE.net, I’m an Alpha Blogger.

Alright. There are plenty of people who I hold in very high regard, every bit as high as myself. I learn from these peers nearly every time I open my RSS reader. I’m certainly not trying to say that I’m the last word, or the the only voice worth listening to. Quite the opposite. Nobody knows it all. The entire premise of this blog is to learn from other bloggers.

However, at this point, most of the advice, knowledge, and perspective I come across from other real estate bloggers is not new to me. This Summer, I attended Inman’s Bloggers Connect. For new bloggers, it was an incredibly powerful seminar. For me, it was an awesome networking event, but the education value to the seminar was more like a refresher course. I put pen to paper only one time during the entire seminar. Even then, it was just to write down a funny quote from Glenn Kelman.

I told you all of that to give you a perspective of how the last two days have transpired during my trip to Las Vegas for Blog World. Compared to the one sentence I wrote down at Inman, I have eighteen pages of notes from this two day seminar. Compared to feeling like an Alpha Blogger, I felt like the most recent guy to publish a “hello world” introductory post on his brand spankin’ new Active Rain blog. This conference was unbelievable.

After a full day of classes Thursday night, my mind was so open with new ideas and possibilities that I couldn’t sleep. Tonight, I’m back in Denver, after another full day of training, then a flight home, and sit here in even more wonderment.

It’s going to take me a few days to process how I will share this new knowledge with you. I now know how I can make Brainious work the way I want it to. I know how I will be changing my social networking strategy. I know how to take REMBEX in a whole new direction. Most importantly, I know where I will be next September. At Blog World II.