Why I Am Attending Blog World Expo 2011 Plus a 20% Off Discount Code

It’s that time of year again. For those who missed out on Blog World Expo in New York comes the West Coast event – Blog World Expo 2011 in Los Angeles on November 3rd – 5th. Save an additional 20% using discount code KIKOLANI20.

Why I’m Attending Blog World Expo in LA

Last year was my first Blog World, and I have to say it was a blast! Here are just some of my favorite highlights.

1. Meet your favorite bloggers in person.

I’m about as shy as they come in terms of being an extrovert online but an introvert in person. Yet I still got to meet some awesome bloggers in person at Blog World.

Kristi Hines at Blog World Expo 2010 with Cindy King, Naomi Trower, Lewis Howes, Farnoosh Brock

Not only did I meet some great individuals, but I even got to have breakfast with the majority of the Social Media Examiner team!

Needless to say, it’s a great time to strengthen bonds with your readers, mentors, collaborators, and inspirations! This is no doubt the most rewarding and valuable part of the Blog World Expo!

2. Learn from the experts.

If it was anything like last year, by the time they post the conference schedule, you will find many time slots where you will wish there is more than one of you so you can attend multiple sessions simultaneously.

Blog World Expo Sessions 2011

And if there’s a time slot where you don’t find something of interest, even better – you can go out and meet more people!

3. Get books signed by your favorite bloggers / authors.

I’m a huge book nerd. Since there are lots of bloggers who are also published authors, chances are they will have a book signing at Blog World.

Blog World Author Signings

4. Talk to your favorite brands.

Lots of big names take a spot in the exhibitor hall to meet their users and customers in person!

Blog World Expo Exhibitors

Be sure to bring business cards to – many do some major giveaways of free iPads, iPhones, books, and other great items!

5. Take home some great schwag.

Speaking of free stuff, be sure to bring an extra suitcase. You can pick up lots of goodies in the exhibit hall!

Blog World Expo Schwag

And this was just my first time. I’m sure this year I’ll do much better!

Why You Should Register Now

If you like to save money, you’ll want to register before early bird pricing ends on July 21st. Plus, as a bonus for Kikolani readers, you can use the discount code KIKOLANI20 for an additional 20% off early bird to full pricing.

Blog World Expo 2011 Los Angeles

The following is the pricing schedule and deadlines.

Pass Type By July 21st By Sept 21st After Sept 21st
Full Access Pass  $697 $997 $1,297
2-Day Blogger & Podcaster Pass   $347 $397  $447 
1-Day Pass  $277  $327  $377 
Exhibits Only  $27  $37  $47 
Virtual Ticket  $147  $247  $347 

Sure it’s over three months away, and the schedule isn’t up yet (they are still accepting speaker proposals until July 15th). But I can assure you – you’re going to have a a great time just meeting people you’ve only known online in person and new people as well!

As disclosure, yes, I’m a Blog World affiliate (hence my cool custom discount code) but I’m also a huge, huge fan of this event and could not be more excited about it! I am looking forward to meeting more of my readers and inspirations in person this year!

Are You Going to Blog World Expo in LA?

Have you registered? If not, register now and let me know so I can add you to my BWELA Twitter list! :)

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    • says

      Thanks Farnoosh! I decided not to submit anything this year… just not enough time to prepare something of quality like I would like to. I hope you get to go too – it would be great seeing you! :)

    • says

      Good point John. I’m not too familiar with LA, so I went ahead and booked my hotel even before I got my pass. It doesn’t charge ahead of time, so you’re in the clear so long as you remember to cancel if you decide not to go in the end.

  1. says

    Sounds like fun and a good learning and sharing thing. If I lived closer to LA it would be something to think about. A little spendy, but if you get in on it early if you live in the area you could save a few bucks it looks like. Too bad they didn’t do smaller venues in our local areas or cities for a bit cheaper. I would think about attending something like that. I know it is a bit down the road yet, but give us an update after you attend it.
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  2. says

    I feel after reading your post that you got great pleasure visiting the expo and the pics are great and they really inspire to take part in it. I am going to think it over.

  3. says

    I wish there was a Blog World in Canada. Looks like an awesome opportunity to learn from the best and meet great people. I’ll do my best to attend the expo in New York next year. (Since I’m from Canada – east coast)

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    • says

      Hi Anita. The East Coast one is probably a better fit, although the West Coast one has always been the largest – it will be interesting to see if less people attend because of the one earlier this year or if everyone will still flock to it because it has been known as the biggest.

    • says

      Hey Stacey. You might be more interested in the East Coast event. Earlier this year they held one in New York – they might be planning the same for next year. :)

    • says

      I’m a major introvert in person myself Sire. :) I still managed the nerve to talk to some people there last year, and I’m thinking this year will be even easier.

      • says

        I’m shy, too! Were it not for me rooming with Marlee at the NY expo, I wouldn’t have met anyone except for those I sat next to in the sessions. It’s nice to make plans to meet up, but of course, I was too shy to do that so I had to rely on Marlee’s outgoing personality! :)

        I’d like to be added to your list, Kristi because in all likelihood I am going to go.

  4. says

    The best thing about expo like this is that you get to meet experts from the field and learn something from them. This is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss.

  5. says

    Hey Kristi,
    Meeting you was at the Social Media Examiner breakfast was definitely a highlight of my Blog World experience last year. :) I’m so excited that it will be in my backyard this year. I have 1 more day to decide whether to throw my hat in the ring for a proposal in the Real Estate section.

  6. says

    Its good to see how blogger from on state are making their own social offline communities which feels really good because of the change. Their should be separate unions of blogger for all the states of the countries where they can enjoy the fresh air with their fellow bloggers and discuss other aspects of life rather than blogging 😉

  7. says

    The idea of going to meet your favorite bloggers at a convention got me thinking about a strange phenomenon, and I wonder if a term has been coined for it:

    When you read someone’s work for so long and even communicate with them over time, there can be a slightly unnerving disconnect when you actually meet them in person. This is similar to the effect that can happen when you listen to someone’s voice on the radio for years and years and feel that you know them somewhat intimately, only to meet them face to face and watching them speak ends up being significantly different from the mental image of them speaking that you’ve had for ages; you feel a strange disconnect.

    Know what I mean?? I would like to coin a phrase for this if none exists!
    Anyway, good luck at the Blog Expo!
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