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ProBlogger Meetup NYC – Recap

Last night was the first ever ProBlogger Readers Meet Up here in New York City.

V and I arrived just after 6.30pm and walked into a room which at first impression didn’t seem to be the right one – there were just way too many people there. I am not sure what I was expecting but the turn out was great. I’ve heard estimates of the attendance from anything from 60 to 100 people (perhaps Patrick from TLA would have a better idea after looking at the bar tab).

The night was pretty relaxed and consisted of networking, eating and drinking. I’m not quite sure if I got around to meeting everyone but did meet some great new friends and was quite amazed by the variety of topics that they are blogging about.

Pictures – in the links below from attendee’s recaps you’ll find some great pictures of the night – I’ve also just uploaded a few that V took on our compact camera. Next time (and hopefully there will be one – see below) I’ll get someone to use my DSLR to get some higher quality ones than what our little camera managed).

Problogger-Meet-Up

Prizes – unfortunately due to the noise in the room (and with there being other functions sharing the room) I didn’t get to thank everyone personally or do the prize draw – however I’ve got 50 or so business cards from attendees so will do the prize draw shortly and will mail the prizes out before leaving NYC.

For more coverage of the event from bloggers in attendance you might like to read some of the following posts (if you have one that I’ve not yet found please leave a comment with the link):

Lara Kulpa (she has some great pics)
Silence and Voice Jeffrey Keefer
1938 – Loren Feldman
deVCeed – Minic Rivera
Marios Alexandrou
Elaine Vigneault
shedwa
Marshall Sponder
Web Analytics Book
Philip Liu
Sellsius
Alex Shalman
Aaron Brazell
Ian
David

I’m sure there are more – if you’ve posted about the meet up or have some pictures of it – I’d love to see them!

Thanks again to Text Link Ads for their generous sponsorship of the evening! Patrick and Bill were the best hosts you could hope for and from what I can tell everyone had a great night.

Next Time? – as I mentioned to a few people at the meet up last night – I’m back in NYC for FOOA in June. I’m thinking that it might be good to have another meetup in a similar fashion – but also to spend a few hours in the afternoon running some workshops on blogging. While last night was productive on a networking level it’d be great to have some opportunity for some learning on a different level.

I’ve only got 2 months to pull that type of event together – but if people are interested and a few were to offer to help organize it (hint hint) I’m sure we could have a successful time together. Anyone interested?

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.

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Comments

  1. Lara says:

    I’m highly interested, Darren!! Let’s get together on this – I love teaching, and I think I could help out with the whole “market yourself” end of things. Outside of that, any way I can help get things organized, scheduled, etc. and take part sounds great to me. :)

    As I’ve said, last night was a blast – and thanks for the link to my recap. Dad’s feeling great about going forth with his blogging and has you and V to thank for it. So on his behalf – Thank you, again and again!

  2. Viviane says:

    It was an excellent event and I’m glad you were able to come to NYC and meet all your fans.

    And you’d get a large turnout for any session you ran on blogging. I’ll be there. But it might be easier to get room space if you did it on a weekend. Perhaps there’s a company that has an auditorium they can donate, say, McGraw- Hill?

  3. I definitely interested in another meetup!

  4. Looks like it was a blast – I heard all about it from Alex Shalman. I’m jealous he got b5 schwag AND got to meet the glowing V! :)

    Glad everyone had a great time, and fingers crossed I’ll be around for the next one!

  5. Ken says:

    Let it be my luck that I get sick the night you come into town. heh…

    I hope you have another event in June, would be great to finally meet you. You’ve been a great help to my own blogging even though I’ve taken a break due to work and other things happening.

    Keep up the good work Darren!

  6. Philip Liu says:

    Nice to meet you too! Excellent event, I had a great time. Please let me know when you are in town again.

  7. David Cheong says:

    Wow, its sure crowded and fun on the event. Hope i will be able to join in next upcoming(if theres any). Its a pity that i live in Malaysia.

    Nice one, Darren. Thanks for sharing out the photo event. Loved to see those photo.

    PS: pssst.. Darren, got take any snapshot on model girl there? If there any?

  8. Darren — Thank you for getting the event organized. So much potential there — it’s mind boggling. I’d be willing to help with the organization for June. Am not sure what or how, but I’m willing. A more organized sharing/learning format would be ideal for bloggers like myself. Lara and I will be staying in contact, so perhaps we can collaborate on the assistance needed.

    Thanks again.

  9. Darren, I am at another conference for a few days that week, but if you have another meetup before or after the FOOA conference, when I am back, I am happy to help!

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