Top Panelist Takeaways from BWELA 2011 Part 2

Besides sharing personal finance principles and deciphering Herman Cain’s 999 plan, I am still sifting through the valuable lessons I learned from BlogWorld LA 2011 (BWELA). I hate to admit it, but with all that is happening lately I am losing some of the energy I got right after the amazing event. Hopefully I can get my mojo back and give you some as well.

Justine Ezarik aka iJustine rocketed to fame with her YouTube videos and her rant about her 300 page iPhone bill. She suggested I use a question and answer format when I asked about expanding into video or podcasting. Whether it is 1 person or 10,000, someone out there may have the same question. I would be providing a service and an answer for them.

Rick Fox, who is working on Off Season: The Lex Morrison Story, told me to be a student when asked the same question above. Watch and learn from other video bloggers and podcasters and apply them to my own game. This is great advice, but shouldn’t be a surprise, from a three-time NBA champion.

Tim Street of 1TimStreet, who is known for his French Maid TV videos, told me elicit emotions with my content. If you get one emotional reaction, you are doing a good job. If you get two, you’re doing great. If you get three, you are a genius. Takes one to know one, Tim!

Peter Shankman of and founder of HARO – Help A Reporter Out, wasn’t a panelist, but his keynote was off the charts. People I met throughout BWELA couldn’t stop talking about him. I enthusiastically agreed with their praise. My favorite lesson is “Make a backup plan for when you succeed.” Too often we worry about when things fail. Even more devastating is when something actually works, but you aren’t ready to fully take advantage of the opportunity. We should all tweak our lifelong mindset of backup plans and make them for success and not for failure.

Rick Calvert, co-founder of BlogWorld, displayed his patriotic spirit by continuing to allow people who served our country to attend BWELA for free. Don’t forget to thank those who fight for our freedom. He also gave us a little preview of an inspired by true events film, Act of Valor. It is an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, which stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism.

If you went to BWELA 2011, what’s your favorite takeaways?

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17 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    I havent been to BWELA 2011; my only source of info is your blog! 🙂

  2. krantcents says:

    Good information. Is the new direction for blogs video?

  3. Thanks again for these insights Buck. I appreciate your snap-shot takeaways. Im all over this movie, cant wait. I wonder if Rick Calvert would be open to allowing military spouses attend BWELA free of charge also? Theres lots of us in the blogosphere.

  4. Arlee Bird says:

    I wasn’t registered to attend any seminars so I missed out on those. I only had the Expo floor pass which was the main thing I was interested in for my first go around with BWE.

    My favorite takeaways were some of the contacts I made like yourself which introduced me to some quality bloggers.

    From the floor, what I’ve used most so far that I really like is Zemanta. I’ve loaded it onto my sites and it really helps with finding illustrations that I can use without worry and for giving me links so I don’t have to do a lot of extra research. I’m still exploring some of the other things.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Meeting you was definitely a highlight in and of itself! Interesting, I visited Zemanta, but haven’t tried it yet. I’m looking into Incrwd and will keep everyone posted!

  5. Aloysa says:

    Interesting! I’ve never been to any of the blog conferences, so it is really fascinating for me to read your posts about it. Great job!

  6. CorinneC says:

    It sounded very interesting.. I’ve never been to any conference before except that from my sons school..

  7. Allaina says:

    Thank you for sharing these information… Seems like I have been to Bwela 2011because of what you have shared… Please keep up posting informative blogs. I love it here!

  8. RachelAng34 says:

    It’s really good to read such a valuable blog post, cause I never attended any blog seminars nor conferences. Thank you.

  9. Jewel says:

    it’s really nice to attend such great event, to meet interesting and inspiring people. plus i know there’s a lot we need to learn from them.

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