Bloggers rip it up at The Bank at The Bellaggio. Priceless.
“What happens in Vegas stays on Twitter.”–catchphrase of BlogWorld ’09
Thanks to my day job in PR and marketing, I recently had the privilege to jet to Las Vegas for BlogWorld Expo ’09, a three-day conference on social media. Essentially, it was a wall-to-wall, nerdy lovefest (apparently there are elite bloggers with cult followings–who knew?), but there was a good amount of motivational energy regarding this brave new world of non-traditional media and user-generated content. It was hard to be stuck inside the Las Vegas Convention Center during 80-degree weather (I managed a couple of poolside breaks), but I did make some new connections and Twitter friends (yes, I said Twitter). Oh, and watching bloggers dance at the afterparties was pretty hilarious.
While I’ll save the nuggets of social media wisdom for my boss (and the future of this here blog), I will let my Vegas photos illustrate the highlights (’cause who really reads blogs anymore, anyway?!):
Celebrity bloggers Anthony Edwards, Robin Antin (Pussycat Dolls), Matt Goss (who?) and Jermaine Dupri
Bloggers bustin’ moves at The Bank at The Bellaggio.
Skimlinks played Rockband, and thus had the best booth at the expo
The Burger Bar at The Mandalay lived up to the hype
“The Hendrick’s” at BOA at Caesar’s Palace (Hendrick’s, tangerine, cucumber, lime juice)
The fountain show at The Bellaggio, a must-see
Mario Batali’s Enoteca San Marco at The Venetian
“No, miss, you are not getting into Kim Kardashian’s bday at Tao”
Zwack, a Hungarian amaro-like digestif, the perfect follow-up to pasta
Me & Blog mogul Ben Huh of “I Can Has Cheezburger” at The Bank
Amanda Gager mixes up “The Gingeroni” (Plymouth, Lillet Blanc, Domaine de Canton) at Strip Steak at The Mandalay
Appetizers from the “menu” at the infamous brothel Chicken Ranch, as shown by a cab driver