Blog World Expo – Day 1

I should have planned this trip better. But the workaholic I am, I decided to fly into Vegas late Friday night. Of course, on Friday morning I found out about the free tickets from Blog4Tix, and I was a bit ticked off.. Between that and the TechSet party that night, I felt like I was missing out. 🙁

My business partner had flown in on Thursday, and he had a great time at Blue Man Group (4th row seats!) and at the party. Saturday morning came way too early (I didn’t get into my hotel until 2am EST), and I missed the keynote speech. But 10am rolled around, and it was time to start hiting the exhibit hall before the sessions started!

There was an interesting mix of exhibitors there, and I was surprised to see so many of them giving out free t-shirts. I’m used to free pens, stress balls, and other junk.. Had I known this, I would have brought a bigger suitcase!

The problem this quickly caused was that the little plastic bag they gave us wouldn’t hold many shirts at all. In prior conferences, the main sponsor would usually give out a decent sized tote, and that would do the trick. (A few hours latern I stumbled across the BlogCritics booth, and they had the perfect tote for all my swag!)

Anyway, at 11am I headed to my first session. It seems like a few of the speakers had partied a little too hard the night before (strip clubs at 3am, etc), but they managed to pull it off nonetheless. By about 1:30pm, I was getting pretty hungry, and was surprised to find that there wasn’t any lunch provided (old literature had indicated that lunch was included).. $9 later, I’m chowing down on a mediocre pizza and some HEAVENLY Jones Soda. Jones Soda was a big sponsor of the show, and I totally fell in love with their Cola (made with pure sugar cane instead of HFCS)!

A few hours later, we went back to the hotel, got some dinner, and later headed over to the “welcome reception”, where we found a mountain of food. DOH! We weren’t the only people that had eaten prior. It would have been nice if someone would have mentioned that beforehand. 🙁

In any event, we had a decent time there, and then headed over to the Zappos.com party at Prive in Planet Hollywood. That was total chaos, and you couldn’t even move in there. After 15 minutes, we bounced and hit a few casinos, before calling it an early night.


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