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Be a Better Blogger – ProBlogger/b5media 1 Day Conference in NYC – June 2007

Posted By Darren Rowse 27th of April 2007 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

Problogger Meetup-1Do you want to improve your blogging? Do you live near New York City (or are you able to get there? If so, this is a post you’ll want to read.

I’m really excited to announce that in just over a month ProBlogger and b5media will be holding a 1 day event for bloggers who want to take their blogs up a level and meet other bloggers who are working on the same thing.

We’re still working on the exact details but plans for this one day event are firming up enough to announce them so that people can begin to make plans to attend.

These details are not confirmed yet so don’t go booking any flights if you’re planning on flying in – but here’s what we’re aiming for.

Date – Saturday 9 June 2007 (the day after FOOA – so if you’re planning on attending that, stay an extra day).

Time – 10am – 4pm for the training part of the day and then from 7pm for a Party

What – I can’t announce the speakers at this point but will say that I’ll be leading a session and that there will be an array of other speakers and panelists over the course of the day. We’re still confirming who’ll be presenting and what their topics are but we’re aiming this event at beginner to intermediate bloggers who want to learn from professional bloggers. We’re aiming for a mix of topics from some of the technical aspects of blogging through to a session on finding readers through to a session on monetizing blogs. Details to follow.

The sessions will largely be a presenter talking on their topic for 30 minutes and then 25 minutes of questions and answers.

The evening will be similar to the last ProBlogger meetup in NYC. Networking, drinks, food and fun. This will be open to both those who attended during the day and others.

Cost – We will be charging for the event but it won’t be big dollars as we want to keep it as affordable as possible and are just hoping to cover costs. We’re confirming the location in the next week so once we’ve done that and have costed it out we’ll be able to announce this also. My hope is that it’ll be somewhere in the $60 – $70 range and that that will include lunch.

Where – Somewhere central in NYC.

Who – 100 Bloggers. This is an estimate and the final number of tickets available will depend upon the venue – but we will probably be capping the numbers at 100 bloggers. The ProBlogger meetup that we held in NYC a month back attracted around 70 attendees so we’re pretty sure we can hit the 100 mark. When we announce that tickets are going on sale there will be a first come first served system.

My hope with this event is that it will be:

  • informative – I’m not interested in any ‘fluffy’ sessions – I want ‘how to’ and practical stuff
  • fun – yes bloggers can let their hair down
  • a chance for lots of networking and collaboration
  • attendee driven – lots of Q and A
  • informal – I’m a pretty casual guy and hope that while there’ll be a structured schedule that it’ll be relaxed

Interested in attending?

We’re not taking bookings yet – but if you’re interested in coming along please express that interest my leaving a comment below with your name. Also make sure that you leave a valid email address in the email field of the comment form so we can email you when we announce how you can book.

I’d also love to hear any suggestions that you might have for what sessions/topics you’d like to see covered on the event. While we’ve already planned a lot of what we want to do – if there’s a groundswell of requests for something we’ve not included we’ll do our best to adapt the program.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • I plan on traveling all the way from New Jersey to attend. :)

  • Hi Darren,

    Just adding to this, there is even a blog camp at atlanta on june 9 and juje 10. Big bloggers have been invited too to share their opinions.

  • Natasha –

    Seeing as I missed you in Toronto, it would be a great opportunity to meet up with bloggers. Would love to hear more when the date is firmed up.

  • I would definitely be up for something like this!

  • Ken

    Darren, definitely interested in attending. Thank you for not making this super expensive either. It shows you understand your audience which ironically is what you always exort us to do.

    I don’t have a lot off the top of my head, but maybe how to get back on the proverbial blogging horse after getting off it for a while?

    One suggestion would be to look at your most popular blogs posts and structure it around those.


  • pity about that clash barbi but I’m only in NY for a few days so we had limited scope in choosing a date. Those speaking at this event won’t be your typical A-lister though so I doubt there’ll be a clash. I’m working with down to earth real bloggers with expertise and a good attitude.

  • I am definitely interested.

  • Hi Darren – as I mentioned before, I’d be more than willing to help in any way I can. If you need someone to speak on the topic of SEO and marketing, I’m your girl! If you just need someone to help line things up further, I can do that too.

    Just let me know!

    (PS – Dad’s loving the SFB CD! Thanks so much!)

  • I hope to make this one, unless I have travel at the last minute.

  • You’ve got to be kidding me. You pick the one weekend when I have a business trip in Mexico. DANG IT! If my plans change, I’ll definitely be there.

  • Count me in!

  • Count me in I live right on long island !

  • I’m interested. I’d like to hear more about revenue alternatives to Adsense.

  • Happy Birthday Darren !!

  • I’m up in Massachusetts and would love to take the train down to NYC for a blogging conference. Count me in!

  • Mannnn ill be in hawaii at that time :( Can you mention my new site ? plz???? for like SEO stuff plz??


  • I’m interested in attending, and possibly speaking.

    – Mike

  • Sounds interesting. I’m in Philly, but could make the trip up.

  • WShealy

    I’m interested

  • I would consider flying from the midwest. I really enjoy your posts. Interested in diving more into my blogging hobby.

  • Ron

    I am very interested and would be coming from Texas.

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  • Please count me in.

    And thank you for organizing this.

  • I am really intereted. NYC isn’t that far just about 1 1/2 hours drive!

  • Zac

    I would also like to attend! In NJ, so count me in.

  • Will be there! And my offer to help organize still stands. Let me know how I can help.

  • Darren, count me in… and thanks again for the much needed training. I’m pretty sure we’re all gonna learn much.

  • This is great and hope you can finalize the date soon as I will need to book way ahead. (from Manila, Philippines)

  • I’d love to join this; couldn’t be better timed.

    Thanks for doing this.

  • I’m interested in attending. But as much advance notice of the finalized date and schedule would be very helpful. Thanks!

  • Ken D

    I’m definitely interested. I live an hour north of the city so it would be a nice short ride for me.

  • Adam Berger

    I would love to attend

  • YES YES YES I’m from New Jersey and would definitely like to attend, please keep me informed when and where I can sign up.

  • I am interested! Live in midtown…

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  • Hey Darren,

    I’m definitely interested in attending this especially since I missed the meetup in March.

    Keep me posted please.

    Oh and happy birthday one day late, you’re 35 and I’m 25 as of yesterday.

  • Steve

    definitley interested-


  • Hope to finally attend your conference!

  • Keep me updated – I’m a likely attendee. Many thanks.

  • I’d be interested in attending this!

  • Darren, I might be interested in giving a presentation, should we be able to narrow down on a topic. Let me know if you’re interested.

  • I’m in Jersey, so I’m definitely interested. Let us know when you have more details available.

  • I’m interested. I need more info though. It may be worth making the trip from Michigan over.

  • cnehlen

    I’d like to attend

  • Sounds very interesting, thanks for the heads-up. I still don’t know what my schedule would be like at the proposed time, but I will definitely keep an eye out for more of your updates.

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  • Count me in.

    Suggestion for a topic: tips for productivity, automation of tasks that people will actually use.

  • Since I’m making plans now to attend FOOA, I’ll be in the area, so please count me in.

  • I’d definitely like to attend. Count me in!