Attend the Elite Retreat, and you Can’t Afford to Eat
Apparently that’s the mantra of bloggers who attended this year’s so-called “Elite Retreat” that is being held in San Francisco as I speak.
OMG! I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I read how much they are charging:
It costs $5,000 big ones!
Yes dear bloggers you read that correctly. Spend
$5,000 $4,950 dollars (U.S.) and you too could hob-nob with the allegedly rich and infamous for two whole days!
Add on to that air fare, hotel, transportation, booze, entertainment,
food (sorry but there’s nothing left over to eat) and you got yourself a very expensive two days.
But just look at that list of speakers. They even got the Guy himself (Kawasaki), Aaron Wall, Darren Rowse, Neil Patel and more.
Golly gee shucks and gee-whiz! I missed out on all the fun. In fact I wasn’t even asked to speak. Could that be because I’ve dared to criticize some of these characters once or twice in my past life?
Now shame on you Bloke for even thinking that. Surely they wouldn’t be that petty now would they? Or would they, I mean… um…. it’s probably just because I don’t charge enough for my information (dirty commie).
Anyhow, I was just wondering in who’s pocket will all that cash end up? If they get a decent turnout, at $5,000 bucks a head that could add up to some serious coin.
Even if they capped it off at only 30 heads that still works out to $150,000. Not a bad rake for two day’s work.
But pullease don’t try to sell me that it went mostly towards booking the hotel room or costs either. Been there and heard that before.
And don’t tell me that Mr. Capitalism himself (Kawasaki) et al showed up out the goodness of their heart either.
I (also) can’t help but wonder how many of the attendees who paid for these retreats (courses, books, materials, snake oil) have come anywhere close to making six figure incomes from blogging. Just wondering.
And why (if the retreat organizers are making sooooo much money from blogging) do they need to charge sooooo much moola from the attendees?
That was a rhetorical question of course, so don’t tell me it’s to weed out serious bloggers from the riff-raff either. Been there and heard it all before too.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. They’re making money from selling us their retreats, their courses, their books, materials and snake oil… but I digress.
I know, I know – there I go being snarky again. Shame on you Bloke. Naughty, naughty.
So sorry friends, old habits are hard to break. I’ll be good. Promise (with fingers crossed ever so carefully).