A new blogging trade show called BlogWorld and New Media Expo will debut in 2007. The trade show will be held at Los Vegas Convention Center on November 8th and 9th. The show's founder Rick Calvert explains (thx Fred Barnako) how he came up with the concept for BlogWorld.
About 5 months ago I was blogging away and something struck me "there is no tradeshow for blogging!" At least not a tradeshow for all bloggers that I could find. (I produce very big tradeshows for a living). Sure there were lots of great events but they each addressed a particular niche BlogHer, the Blog Business Summit (a very cool event btw), or Yearly Kos for example. I wanted to go to something that had everything any blogger could ever want. From publishing platforms, to broad band providers, to lap tops to badges, widgets and plug ins, to a dozen other things I could think of off the top of my head. It seems everyday I across some new product or service that Bloggers use /want/need.
Of course I would also want all of my blogging questions answered like how do I get a certain plug in to work right, How do I work this newsreader thingy?, What exactly is RSS and why does everybody tell me I need it? How do I get more people to read my blog? And thats just the basic stuff. Analytics, Search Engine Optimization, Affiliate Programs, Ad networks, it goes on and on.
I think you see where this is going. I told a very good friend, former boss and one of the best tradeshow people I know about my idea and her response was "I want in and we have to launch this show right now!"
The press release says BlogWorld will encompass 40 thousand square feet of space at the Las Vegas venue and it will also host the Weblog Awards. Exhibitor details can be found here. You can also see the listing for BlogWorld on Confabb here.