20 reasons to go to SobCon08

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SobCon08, a biz school for bloggers, is taking place in Chicago at the start of May. I know I want to be there - and there are at least 20 reasons why.

It’s because I’d get to:

  1. meet Liz Strauss in person
  2. visit the US for the first time - I never wanted to until I started blogging, but I now feel so much more curious
  3. see Chicago
  4. try a much-talked-about Klondike bar
  5. make good use of the guide book to Chicago my son gave me for Christmas (how did he know?)
  6. spot some landmarks that I’d recognise from ER (one of my all time favourite TV shows)
  7. have an excuse to order some Moo cards
  8. see Robert Hruzek eating haggis (well he did promise)
  9. take part in Open Mic night without having to stay up till 2am
  10. meet some great blogging friends
  11. meet some of my fellow authors at Joyful Jubilant Learning
  12. meet some readers of Confident Writing
  13. listen to the man who teaches us how to craft killer headlines
  14. find out if Chris Brogan’s input will be in person, by blog, tweet, video or…?
  15. learn how to take my blog to the next level
  16. share what I learn with you here
  17. pass on tips and ideas to Business Blog Angel readers
  18. apply business techniques to my blogging
  19. see how it all connects: blogging lets us write with greater confidence after all…
  20. meet Liz Strauss in person (did I say that already?)

Let’s see if we can’t add some more goodies to this list: if I do make it will I get to see you there?

SobCon08, a biz school for bloggers is taking place in Chicago in May (2nd - 4th). If you went to SobCon last year, if you’re hoping to go this year, if you just want to spread the word to other bloggers - pass it on.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

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11 Responses to “20 reasons to go to SobCon08”

  1. On January 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm Terry Starbucker responded with... #

    Joanna, thanks so much for your post! I’d be happy to arrange that meeting with Liz in Chicago. :-)

    And can I join in on the viewing of Mr. Hruzek eating haggis?

    I too am hopeful we can also have a JJL meetup at SOBCon - talk about doubling our pleasure!!

    I’m looking forward to meeting you - see you in Chicago! Thanks again, and all the best.

  2. On January 13, 2008 at 11:34 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Hi Terry, thanks for calling by. If I manage to get Robert eating the haggis it’ll deserve a video blog!

    It would be great to meet some other JJLers if that was possible, but I know that SobCon will be a fantastic experience in itself - I’m looking forward to seeing you there :-)


  3. On January 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm Liz Strauss responded with... #

    Hi Joanna!
    You betcha we’re going to meet in Chicago! I wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re an important part of my life! I want to meet you in Edinburgh next time I’m there too. Meeting you is a regular goal in my life. :)

  4. On January 13, 2008 at 9:58 pm Michele L. Tune - Writing the Cyber Highway responded with... #

    Well, I can’t say that I’ll make it but I can’t wait to read what you share here!

    And… thanks for your very sweet comment you left me today. I appreciate it!


  5. On January 14, 2008 at 9:42 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Liz, meeting you in Edinburgh would just be the cat’s pyjamas!


  6. On January 14, 2008 at 9:45 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Michele, rest assured that I’ll be sharing my learning here. We can have a virtual biz blog school all to ourselves.

    No worries about the comment - I only say what I mean you know :-)


  7. On January 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm CatherineL responded with... #

    Hi Joanne - thanks for your kind words on Problogger.

    Those are great reasons for wanting to visit Chicago. And I see you live in Edinburgh which is one of my favourite places in the whole world.

    Have you checked flyglobespan and zoom for cheap flights. I’m not certain on what cities they fly into - but they both have cheap flights to the USA. And if you go to - they log you into the Canadian version of zoom which works out cheaper still.

    Hope you get to go.

  8. On January 15, 2008 at 9:58 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Catherine, thanks for the suggestions on flights - I’ll look into that as soon as I know I’ll be able to the conference - don’t want to jinx it just now…

    I’m so touched that you followed me here from the blog tips competition - what a great idea. And congrats on winning the competition - it was a fun one to enter, but I was glad it was one by someone with such a ‘sound’ blogging tip.

    Best wishes


  9. On January 19, 2008 at 7:37 pm Phil Gerbyshak responded with... #

    Hey Joanna - I’ll be there too! Looking forward to firming up our JJL connection! Whoo-hoo!

  10. On January 20, 2008 at 2:01 pm Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Hi Phil, well I’m not counting my chickens until the registration opens…but I really hope I’ll be there. The chance to meet up with bloggers in person would be fantastic - esp if we can arrange a JJL hook up of some sort. So fingers crossed I’ll see you there!




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