5 Things That Surprised Me At Evo!FRIDAY 5, MY VIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | July 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm
- Some of the speakers were strangers (to me). After having attended so many conferences you get to see exactly the same people speak. Here there were new blogger and brand faces and I loved that. It certainly lent to the appeal to me actually wanting to meet everyone.
- I could not find the divas! I am sure they were there but there were enough of enough of (non-diva) bloggers just wanting to be supportive, learn and have fun that it must have drowned out any diva drama (if there were any).
- I attended sessions. The topics of many sessions normally fun the gamut from being too basic or too repetitive. When you have sessions where you together build a social media plan for Make -A-Wish it sounds pretty concrete (and after the tearful keynote from them you definitely feel better off making an impact).
- I actually learned a thing or two. I attended the monetizing session with a ho-hum attitude as the topic was covered before – and I only attended as I had followed some buddies in it. I was actually shocked that speaker after speaker news was, well news – to me.
- Kleenex should have been a sponsor. No really! Ok, I get that everyone cried as Heather Spohr (The Spohrs Are Mulitplying), Stephanie Quilao (Noshtopia) and I (Mommy Niri) did the opening keynote, but then bright and early we went to keynote by the Make-A-Wish team (and they brought a kid with them) . I only managed to attend the last 15 minutes of the keynote but I bawled like a baby – yeah there was no place for elegant crying here. But really I get to the photography workshop, you read that right – a photography workshop, and hear stories of bridging families in different countries with photographs and the flood gates open. I mean seriously crying in a photography workshop – hard to believe, right? Oh, I did learn many a lesson even in that workshop.
A special thanks to Tiny Prints who partially helped cover my costs to Evo!