New York City Update: TBEX Begins!
The alarm sounded too early this morning and think the same will happen tomorrow, but it was a good day in TBEX ’10 world, especially once all attendees settled in their seats.
I learned quite a few things over the course of the day while other tips of advice were reinforcement. My struggle with blogging and taking the next level is investing the time and revisiting my marketing plan and purpose. I envy those married bloggers who can rely on another income to pursue their passion. I just need to find a way to press on.
I started my day with about a 2-mile walk to the TBEX conference site and stopped by Union Square Greenmarket Farmers Market. Farmers markets ALWAYS suck me in and knowing I needed to be somewhere, didn’t spend the time I would have liked. Looking back, I had plenty of time to browse and take in all the fresh goodness I can’t get in Florida.
I grabbed a cup of ginger cayenne iced tea – whoa! What a zip! Nice kick of heat complemented by sweet and slightly spicy ginger. Onward to TBEX where I found a long line wrapped around the building to enter. Luckily I’m accustom to waiting in line in the sun (i.e.: Harry Potter last weekend).
Kim Mance, founder of Travel Blog Exchange, opened the conference and away it went with leaders in the field downloading the knowledge stored in their brains and sharing with the audience.
Evening brought parties and honestly, I’m not a fan of crowds so cut out a little early. No reflection on the hosts or venues (party locations were cool with character). One annoyance is that I picked up one of the TripAdvisor notebooks (pictured above), stuck it in my schwag bag and left it alone. When I returned to pick up my bag, the notebook was gone! Suppose someone needed it more than I did but geesh!
As a nice surprise was winning a box of goodies from JetSetBabies. Colleen Lanin of Travel Mamas was carrying around a sweet purple box during one of tonight’s events and she mentioned JetSetBabies. Curious, I asked what they do and apparently, that was the magic question. As you can see from the photo above, it was full of all sorts of goodies and while I don’t have a little one, I have a friend with one on the way and she’ll appreciate it. And, I was needing content for my client Resort Rentals International so posted about the company tonight. Perfect timing!
Hope you enjoy the above photo as much as I do. It was the best way I could think of to incorporate the artful pole and stereotypical New York street scene.