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Interesting Conversations from Blogger Social’08-6 April 24, 2008

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Conversations, Digital, Social Media.
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Anna Farmery and Heather Gorange, originally uploaded by marilynpratt.

Till Blogger Social, Ryan Karpeles was a blogger I really looked up to. And after BS, he’s a friend I look up to. I’m an avid follower of his work, since this particular post, where he thanked his social media teachers and friends. Needless to say, I’m really in awe with a person who is so simple yet powerful with his thinking and expression. And is so unassuming at that.

I said hello to Jennifer Laycock as we were all winding up BS. I did tell her that I love the “other blog”. She told me that it was a sentiment echoed by a lot of other people.

Where is Neil Vineberg? Where is Neil Vineberg? I think I pestered CK enough till Neil made a grand entry at the dinner. It was great fun to finally meet him and say hello.

I had a super-swell time with Anna Farmery & Heather Gorringe. OK, I’ll let you in on a lil’ Blogger Social secret – I’d been dying to meet up with Heather ever since I worked on her profile. So Blogger Social comes and Heather is there on all days, including the unofficial pre-event mixer at the Bookmarks Lounge, so I keep bumping into Heather everywhere and I think* it’s someone else and so I go about my way. So on dinner night, I sit at a table where Anna and Heather are seated and I tell Anna: Blogger Social is almost over and I haven’t yet got to meet Heather. And Heather just gives me a look that says, “Who the hell do you think this is?” and Anna just frowns and she is like – This is Heather Gorringe. And I go… Noooo! No wayyyy!!! (A big boo-boo moment!!!) And next thing that happens is Heather diving into her bag and fishing out a name tag with a victorious glee and I’m like: Holy Cowwww. And I was like so shocked, lost for words. And then we had like a great chat. (Even got to show the ladies a dance move – which I kind of think now as goofy. Lol.)

*I know – that’s so very ‘smart’ of me.

I really missed Marianne Richmond. She helped us out with creating that huge Blogger Social profiles packet and I was so looking forward to meeting her, especially after CK let me in on the fact that she has an amazing sense of humor. Hope to meet you soon, Marianne, Insha’allah (Arabic expression for God Willing!)

Conversation Conductor Mike Sansone was another person I missed at the event. Hope to meet you soon Mike!

Here are a couple of people I wished I could spend more time with at Blogger Social’08. I distinctly recollect saying hello to at least some of them, and connecting with them with at a deeper level is something I’m aiming for at the next Blogger Social. The least I can do now is say an online Hola right away to:

Doug Meacham Paul McEnany Gene DeWitt Kris Hoet Seni Thomas Paul Dunay Chris Kieff Tara Anderson Roberta Rosenberg Saul Colt Mike Arauz Matthew Bailey John Rosen Cathleen Rittereiser Tamar Weinberg Rita Perea Matthew McDonald Kaitlyn Wilkins Jennifer Berk Jane Quigley John Wall Kevin Horne Virginia Miracle David Polinchock Terry Starbucker

Conversations from Blogger Social’08 will continue… got 3 more people to talk about! Watch this space…



1. Seni Thomas - April 25, 2008

Arun, it was awesome getting to chat with you!

2. Ryan Karpeles - April 25, 2008


This series is awesome. Thanks so much for your kind words. You’re one of the kindest, most humble people I have ever met. I hope the rest of your trip went well, and I’m really glad we got a chance to actually hang out in person (even if it only briefly). Hopefully we will meet again very soon 😉

3. marianne richmond - April 25, 2008


Missing the Social was a major disappointment.

I had you at the top of my list of people I wanted to connect with….the profile packet you created was so awesome and really made the event come alive even before the curtain went up.

Will look forward to crossing paths with you in the near future!


4. Anna Farmery - April 25, 2008

It was great to meet you too…even if my role was a blind date arranger 🙂 Maybe I could be the blogger social 09 date fixer! Thanks for the conversation, and helping to make the event so memorable

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