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Top Nine Things I Learned at BlogWorld

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While I have at least a dozen longer posts I’m working on because of REBlogWorld and BlogWorld Expo, I thought I would do the popular “Top X Things I Learned from BlogWorld” deal as an advance peek.  But I’m finding it hard to be… I don’t know the term… earnest about it.  So if you want a real Top Ten list, I suggest heading over to Morgan Brown’s blog for his Top Ten Things I Learned at Blogworld.  It’s a great post; this one here… not so much.

My post is the Top Nine Things I Learned at BlogWorld, because I’m definitely less than Morgan in this regard, and because the last person in the world I want to emulate right now is David Letterman.

So here they are:

  1. Real estate is way ahead of the curve of every other industry when it comes to social media, because it turns out that social people do better with social media.
  2. Journalists have no idea where journalism is headed, because they don’t really know what the institutional competence of media is.  They’re not particularly interested in finding out.
  3. Social media needs a House of Medici, a patron who will demand nothing in return except creativity and art, because most of these guys produce incredibly cool shit that will make absolutely no money.
  4. BlogWorld is kinda like GenCon in terms of how friendly everyone is, except the attendees have fewer things in common.
  5. Many social media professionals talk as if social media is the future of media, then act exactly the opposite when camera crews show up.
  6. For a group preachin’ authenticity, there sure were a lot of people with all kinds of gimmicks, like dressing up as Vader, or puppets, or hugging strangers, or stage wigs.  Pretty sure that half the people I met weren’t people at all, but IRL avatars.
  7. Niceness is absolutely the coin of the realm in blogworld.  Whuffie is for real, at least until you have to buy a sandwich.  Then it’s not.
  8. Very few people in social media know how to dance.  I gather that nightclubs are not their native habitat. If you saw some dancing at one of the parties, chances are better than even that they were from the real estate world.
  9. It is extremely easy to spend $800 on dinner for six in Las Vegas, and still be hungry as you walk out of the restaurant.

Most of this list will find its way into one or more longer posts in the future.  But there you have it.  Apparently, I learn all the wrong lessons by looking at all the wrong places….

-rsh

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Rob Hahn
Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, and the grand poobah of this here blog. Once called "a revolutionary in a really nice suit", people often wonder what I do for a living because I have the temerity to not talk about my clients and my work for clients. Suffice to say that I do strategy work for some of the largest organizations and companies in real estate, as well as some of the smallest startups and agent teams, but usually only on projects that interest me with big implications for reforming this wonderful, crazy, lovable yet frustrating real estate industry of ours.

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  1. Great list. For the most part you nailed it and gave me a few chuckles in the process. I especially loved your observation on #6 (gimmicks) and #5 (camera crews). I laughed my ass off at WordCamp Seattle last month when all sorts of bloggers started flooding Twitter with messages at the local NBC affiliate, trying to get the news crews to show up at WordCamp.

  2. Great list. For the most part you nailed it and gave me a few chuckles in the process. I especially loved your observation on #6 (gimmicks) and #5 (camera crews). I laughed my ass off at WordCamp Seattle last month when all sorts of bloggers started flooding Twitter with messages at the local NBC affiliate, trying to get the news crews to show up at WordCamp.

  3. ROFLMAO! Rob, you crack me up. If that’s all you learned, then where do you go to ask for a refund? LOL Didn’t you already know that stuff, without making a trip to Vegas?

  4. ROFLMAO! Rob, you crack me up. If that’s all you learned, then where do you go to ask for a refund? LOL Didn’t you already know that stuff, without making a trip to Vegas?

  5. #2 cracks me up, because it is oh so true.

    The one thing that didn’t make it to your list could have been–

    10. Don’t hug someone until you are sure it is who you thought it was (unless it is a strategy to meet that person by creeping them out, then it is okay)

    😉

  6. #2 cracks me up, because it is oh so true.

    The one thing that didn’t make it to your list could have been–

    10. Don’t hug someone until you are sure it is who you thought it was (unless it is a strategy to meet that person by creeping them out, then it is okay)

    😉

  7. Cracked me up, the best top nine I’ve read thus far! Was in attendance and can’t dance but am a REALTOR!! I tried! The event missed a few marks as far as I’m concerned, rubbing shoulders in the hallways is what it should be called, I got my best there! Why can’t I ‘TwitThis’ (check your button out) see didn’t learn a thing?

  8. Cracked me up, the best top nine I’ve read thus far! Was in attendance and can’t dance but am a REALTOR!! I tried! The event missed a few marks as far as I’m concerned, rubbing shoulders in the hallways is what it should be called, I got my best there! Why can’t I ‘TwitThis’ (check your button out) see didn’t learn a thing?

  9. I found #2 to be the most interesting. The representatives from traditional media sources were pretty arrogant, considering at least one of them worked for a very large and very bankrupt newspaper. They had some good ideas, which will only matter if they can get past the idea that people will listen to them just because they have degrees in journalism.

  10. I found #2 to be the most interesting. The representatives from traditional media sources were pretty arrogant, considering at least one of them worked for a very large and very bankrupt newspaper. They had some good ideas, which will only matter if they can get past the idea that people will listen to them just because they have degrees in journalism.

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