So far there have been lots of parties, tons of free stuff (really, I'm not trying to rub it in to those of you not here), and a gorgeous city that I sadly won't be exploring, since the conference and after-party schedule is so packed. I have my el-crapo camera, not my Canon, since I was too afraid I'd break it in the luggage, so the photos are bad.
I did have to post a few photos of all the swag that companies dole out on bloggers. It's insane! And since it seems that social media is the advertising of the future, corporations are targeting bloggers, as we all know already from the number of giveaways on blogs. Here's a shot of just some of the stuff.
Notice the Kodak HD video camera in the top right. So insane.
Crocs sandals, reusable bags galore, free coupons...I'm quite overwhelmed by all this stuff. You could say that overwhelmed is the word of the day for me. But in a good way.
Even iVillage had flowers placed in each hotel room. Isn't that insane?
Oh, and a winery was giving out bottles of Chardonnay, but I'm sure that won't make it onto the plane. Naomi and I went to a lovely dinner last night hosted by Frito Lay, and had some awesome Cuban fusion food, and lots of mojitos, which explains the poor quality of sleep I got last night. I think I've made up for all the alcohol I didn't consume this past year all in one night. The funniest part about our dinner was leaving this fancy-schmantzy restaurant (Carnivale) carrying bags of Frito Lay chips. Classy.
I've been enjoying the Geek Lab sessions, naturally--trying to gather some good tips for my Tech Tuesdays. And of course my favorite part by-far is meeting some of my blog friends in real life, like Naomi and CanCan. I'll let you know if someone actually recognizes me or my blog (highly doubt it). I hope to meet at least one reader! Oh, and for all of you East Coasters like me, they announced this morning that next year's conference will be in New York City! I'm sure you'll be happy Nicole, that you can just take the subway to the event.
Off to another session, so bye for now.
Love to you SoJo and Mr. Geek! I miss you boys...