I had lunch today at the Blog Business Summit with Doug Freeman, of Freeman/McCue, a PR firm representing a guy named Rick Calvert, a tradeshow producer. Rick is also a political blogger. (Can you see where this is going?)
Rick is putting together what may be the largest gathering of bloggers at any one place (in physical space). It´s a conference/tradeshow called BlogWorld. It´s being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 8-9, 2007. By that time, blogging will be well-engrained enough in our culture that the show should deliver"?¦and deliver to the tune of thousands of attendees. At least that´s Rick´s belief.
One of the things that differentiates this gathering from other blog conferences is that this is also going to be a major industry tradeshow. The floorplan has spaces for about 100 vendors. (Are there 100 blogging vendors?)
Of course, the thing that really gets my wheels turning about this is that BlogWorld will likely be the first place bloggers from every area of the blogosphere will be in attendance"?¦in large numbers anyway. Rick is making a concerted effort to make sure all areas of the blogosphere have their own show within the confines of the larger show. He mentioned everything from political blogging, to celebrity bloggers, to godblogs, to business, tech, etc.
BlogWord"?¦Las Vegas"?¦November 2007. One thing is for sure, if bloggers are there, what happens in Vegas won´t stay in Vegas!