The Real Reason Why Blog Bloke is Not Speaking at Blog World This Year
We need more “pure” bloggers representing the blogosphere, not just the entrepreneurs.
Not long ago I wrote that I couldn’t get in touch with Blog World president Rick Calvert and I assumed that he had reconsidered his invitation for me to speak at this month’s expo. Well Rick and I have been in contact via email since then and he reiterated that he still wanted me to be there.The problem was I had a few concerns that I wanted to talk to him on the telephone rather than by email. To be fair we both tried our best and he’s a very busy guy (and I’m not that easy to get a hold of either) but we couldn’t connect.
So as it now stands it looks like I won’t be there and I thought I would post my reasons here as to why I will not be attending Blog World this year.
1. First of all the finances are not in good shape right now. To be fair Rick did offer to fly me there but the airline does not come this far and I would have had to book a connector flight out of my own pocket. Also, I had to cough up the hotel costs so it was still a fairly expensive proposition.
2. My health is not that great. I’ve had a recurrence of a kidney problem and it would cause me a fair amount of trouble whilst travelling.
3. Homeland Security and post 911 has made it a requirement to have a passport to travel the U.S. Because there is a backlog of applications and the short notice there wasn’t much time for me to get my passport done.
4. I was somehow demoted from being a speaker to only a panel member. I don’t know how it happened but it seems like I was an afterthought when Rick contacted me again only a couple of months ago. By that time the speakers had already been lined up and I couldn’t find a panel that still had positions open. So the Bloke became a fifth wheel.
5. I have heard that Wendy Piersall and rookie bloggers like her are speaking there. Now don’t get me wrong because I have nothing personal against Wendy.
But what does bother me is she has been blogging for … how long? Oh yeah, maybe a year if that. So my question is how does that make her qualified to speak at a blogging convention? I’ve been doing this gig since the new millennium and I’m still learning every day.
I have to admit that rookie bloggers who have not been blogging for long and achieved a measure of success (whatever that really means) can seem impressive. Indeed, they are very good at networking and marketing themselves but I would argue that does not qualify them as experts in blogging which should be a requirement for speaking at a blogging convention. That only makes sense.
You see, blogging is my passion and admittedly I feel insulted that I was demoted to playing second fiddle to rookie bloggers who are only in it for the money and/or the ego trip. Sorry Rick, but that’s how I feel.
I can already hear the tap, tap, tapping of their keyboard as they eagerly pad their resumes to promote their next gig.
Being a pioneer in this field, it’s ironical that someone like myself who has the passion and has freely given so much to blogging will not be speaking.
We need more (what I call) “pure” bloggers representing the blogosphere, not just the entrepreneurs who want to exploit it.
So as it now stands they will be attending the conference whilst I sit here idly on the sidelines. Oh well, to say that I’m disappointed would be an understatement. Life can be funny sometimes don’t you think.
I’m probably going to be accused of being anal over this but I can still have my pride can’t I. I wanted to tell this to Rick on the telephone but I guess this post will have to suffice.
Nonetheless I’m not bitter and I want to say that from my conversations with Rick my impression is he seems to be a standup guy. I’m sure there’s a logical explanation for the mixup.
His event will no doubt be wonderful and I’m sorry that I won’t be able to participate. I wish him all success and perhaps we will have better luck next year if God willing the Bloke is still around.