There’s nothing quite as exciting to me than connecting with people. The Internet offers multitudes of ways to do it. You can meet cool folks who share interests, be challenged by those who sometimes disagree with you and all avenues in between.

But I’m a social person at heart. I like shaking people’s hands, laughing at their jokes and slapping them on the shoulder. I like sharing a meal (or a cocktail or three) with a real human being, not digital banter with a two-dimensional avatar. I’ve written
before about how networking socially (my term for off-line social networking) is imperative to growing your blog, your influence and yes, your business, whether on-line or off.

And that’s the primary reason I’m attending Blogger Social April 4-6 in New York City.

Granted, my wife and I are expecting our second child in mid-May. Travelling during the final trimester doesn’t sit well with her or her mother. But it’s six weeks out and the opportunity to meet and socialize with the growing roster of marketing blogger Who’s Who is just too tempting to pass. (Here’s praying for a non-eventful weekend for my wife.)

Blogger Social has its own website, its own YouTube video and even its own Google Maps mashup. (I’m the green flag in Kentucky.) It’s the brain child of C.K. (Christina Kerley) and Drew McLellan who dreamt it up over lunch one day and introduced us to the concept on their
blogs. The notion of socializing with some of the world’s top bloggers spread and now there’s an impressive list of attendees (yours truly included as an attendee, not so much as impressive) including:

Susan Bird Tim Brunelle Katie Chatfield Terry Dagrosa Matt Dickman Luc Debaisieux Gianandrea Facchini Mark Goren Gavin Heaton Sean Howard CK Valeria Maltoni Drew McLellan Doug Meacham Marilyn Pratt Steve Roesler Greg Verdino CB Whittemore Steve Woodruff Paul McEnany Ann Handley David Reich Tangerine Toad Kristin Gorski Mack Collier David Armano Ryan Barrett Lori Magno Tim McHale Gene DeWitt Mario Vellandi Arun Rajagopal Joseph Jaffe Rohit Bhargava Anna Farmery Marianne Richmond Thomas Clifford Lewis Green Geoff Livingston Kris Hoet Connie Reece CeCe Lee Jonathan Trenn Toby Bloomberg Seni Thomas Darryl Ohrt Joe Kutchera Paul Dunay Marshall Sponder Chris Kieff Tara Anderson Jason Falls Paul Soldera Roberta Rosenberg Saul Colt Todd Andrlik Nathan Snell

So why post about it? Because the deadline to register and attend is next Friday, Feb. 15 and I don’t want you to miss the chance to be part of the first one. Click here to register. Personally, I’d love to see Todd Defren, Lee Odden, Maggie Fox, Ike Pigott, Kami Hyuse and Eric Eggertson there. And why isn’t Chris Brogan on this list? Come on, Brogie.

And, particularly since it’s New York City, I’ll be bummed if I don’t get to reconnect with Tamar Weinberg. I’m super pumped to get a chance to meet Valeria Maltoni, one of my favorite writers, along with my recent collaborator, Geoff Livingston, among all the others.

The event will be a blast. It will put you in front of some of the top marketing bloggers on the planet. And give you the opportunity to hang out with a really fun, swell guy. And who knows? I might even be sitting next to Lewis Green when you do.

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Jason Falls

Jason Falls is the founder and chief instigator for Social Media Explorer's blog and signature Explore events. He is a leading thinker, speaker and strategist in the world of digital marketing and is co-author of two books, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing and The Rebel's Guide To Email Marketing. By day, he leads digital strategy for CafePress, one of the world's largest online retailers. His opinions are his, not necessarily theirs. Follow him on Twitter (@JasonFalls).

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  • http://flooringtheconsumer.blogspot.com C.B. Whittemore

    Jason, kudos to you and your wife for making the trip to NYC and exposing the newest addition to your family so early on to the maging of networking socially! I look forward to meeting you.

  • http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Oh, the fam won’t be making the trip. Guess I should have been more specific … she’s uptight about ME traveling during her third trimester. But they’ll be there in spirit (or is it I’ll be there enjoying spirits … I forget).

  • http://www.1GoodReason.com/blog ckieff

    Jason,
    Looking forward to meeting you in NYC.

    I wrote a blog about Esurance’s lost opportunity with Social Media I’d love your opinion.

    Thanks,
    Chris Kieff http://www.1goodreaon.com/blog

  • http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Chris … Thanks! I’ve commented and have a nugget to use for tomorrow’s post! Yah. Looking forward to meeting you as well.

  • http://www.servantofchaos.com Gavin Heaton

    Looking forward to meeting you, Jason.

  • http://www.theengagingbrand.com Anna Farmery

    This should be such a special event, I cannot wait to come and meet so many people that I feel I know well on line – I am one of those old fashioned gals who still likes the face to face camaraderie!
    See you there all the way from the UK

  • http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Gavin and Anna — I’m excited to meet you as well. This should be fabulous fun. Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://toddand.com Todd And

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to meeting you in person. Traveling in the third trimester is probably easier the second time around because you have a better idea of what’s ahead. If she gives birth in NYC, will you be naming child No. 2 after one of the bloggers in attendance? Perhaps a raffle?

  • http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com Jason Falls

    Todd,

    If the birth happens while I’m in NYC (Nancy’s staying home but still doesn’t like me being gone), we’ll name my daughter ToddAndrea just for you. Heh. Thanks for stopping by.