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).
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
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?