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A week in Vegas with many of my favorite people on the planet always makes for a fantastic time. Great friends, great food, amazing new information, and the most creative thinking you’ll probably ever bear witness to. I’m now in recovery mode – trying to keep the cold at bay with lots of vitamin C packets and rest.
- Got to hang out with tedster, a maniac from canadia, Neil, Jeff, Trose, ThomasB, Rae, Champagne Jimmy, Brad, Dan, Greg, Brian, Greg, Michael (whose wife I actually called “Mrs. Graywolf” unintentionally), Rand, Aaron, Giavanna, William, Chris “rebuy” Boggs, Jeremy, Dave, Troy, Lee, Abhilash, Lex, Elisabeth, Vanessa, Michael, John, Rob, Cody, Joe, Dan R., Jill, Bob, Will, Cshel, Roger, Dixon, Marc, Neil, Cameron, T-bo, Andy, Jimbo, JasonD, Donna, Garrett, Chris, Clark, Dustin, Tony, Andrew (who I never did catch up with for a decent conversation – my bad dude). and a ton of other great people that I know I should be calling out as well, but will likely catch hell when I don’t. I know there are lots of others that I had some interesting and fun conversations with – but it would have taken me ALL day to make sure everyone was checked off the list. Thanks to everyone who is listed – and to those who aren’t who know we had a nice chat.
- The creativity displayed by Chris Hooley – bringing airline bottles to win the “pubcon drinking game”, and the foresight to register “drinkbait.com” – I was baited mid-day – impressive. He also runs a record company
- Met Ben Wills – a very sharp guy who won Andy’s SEO scholarship contest with a submission about the 5 pillars of social media marketing
- Meeting Marshall, Brant, Eric, and several other folks who have been doing this for years, but are much less shameless than I – this is always a highlight for me – there are LOTS of very sharp people in this industry who don’t spend time on forums and posting to blogs.
- Doing some video interviews where I look like a giant tool – as well as a Video on social media on Webpronews courtesy of Mike McDonald (great job on the production!). Thanks to Rand and Lee for helping make me look good.
- Cracking a joke/ story during my presentation that actually got laughs (that I forgot to credit Seth Godin for)
- Hearing Nate say he was really glad I helped to convince him come to pubcon – it’s great to see newer people excited about the industry that we all love.
- Watching “O” and having one of the best dinners of my life with a great group of people who generally prefer to stay off the radar and just make money – Thanks Jay.
- Having a brief chat about O and other shows with Adam Lasnik near the end of pubcon – who seems to be a very well cultured and interesting chap.
- Meeting some of the newest SEOmozzer’s – Jane and Jeff – Seattle must be a magnet for cool people like SF and NYC. Is SEOMoz really a company or just a social club?
- Hearing Guy Kawasaki do a public speaking link request – You got it buddy – very entertaining keynote – and it’s good to see a keynote speaker admit “it’s all about the links”.
- Having a ton of people thank me for writing this site, and letting me know it was useful – it makes the time spent definitely worth while.
Met a few mods that I hadn’t met including Todd aka coopster (who had the foresight to stock some wine since the Ren bar closed at 1:00), Dean aka trillianjedi, and Caine aka caine. I also got to hang out with a lot of those that I knew, and always have a good time with.
- My phone crashed and formatted itself on day two – grrr…no contacts or phone numbers
- A friend having a legit site de-indexed during the show (there *is* a reason for tinfoil hats sometimes even as a very light shade of gray hat)
- Forgetting to give Adam credit for my Steven Colbert slide (damn – there’s your link man)
- Missing a chance to catch Graywolf debate with Matt (and talking to Matt for more than 30 seconds in general for that matter) – Hope I get a chance to catch up with you without an entourage for a few minutes in Chicago man.
- Not getting as much time to spend with a lot of people that I would have liked to.
- Not meeting YOU if you’re reading this (especially if you were there – introduce yourself next time!) – If you weren’t there – you definitely won’t regret attending.
There were certainly some good sessions – and I’m always bummed to miss them (thank God for the CD that is out) – but to me it’s all about meeting the great people that I see online constantly. Thanks to everyone who made the show a fantastic time – especially Brett Tabke – for creating such an amazing community of people in a single place. There’s some great coverage of the sessions by Graywolf, SERoundtable, Webpronews, Lee, and several others if you search around.