Yes, the US edition of TBEX 2012 (the Travel Blog Exchange) is kicking off…well, technically the pre-events have already begun. But Friday’s evening soiree (yes, tomorrow) will be the real kick-off to the all-weekend event. I just bought my ticket less than two weeks ago…and just yesterday finally logged into the TBEX site and discovered the profiles, likes, messages, and meeting options.. WOW. Can anyone say unprepared?
It was only thanks to the inspiration of Lindsay Carreiro (@TravelingLinds) that I even noticed ticket sales were still up for sale. Originally I was not even planning on being in the States this spring/summer (long story, not now). Only the last 24 hours has it become evident just how many bloggers have been preparing for TBEX 2012 several weeks in advance, if not months! Compared to that, my level of preparation just went from laughable to utterly pathetic LOL.
It seems that besides the obvious networking aspect, many bloggers attending TBEX are primarily in search of advertisers or sponsors. Lots have been doing research on fellow attendees, preparing material, revamping pitches, bringing extra business cards, or any one of many things. What have I been doing? Absolutely nothing — but that will either be my downfall or my success.. 😉
Hey now, in all fairness, to be honest I just don’t see myself as a “travel blogger” per se…more of a travel addict who is trying to carve out his own niche. For example, take the core HoliDaze site. Funding and/or sponsorship is not high on my list, at least not for now. I’ve already paid the bills for years to come, so thankfully even if I die on my next wild adventure, well the HoliDaze will continue…or hopefully, as long as others have embraced the travel community idea.
When it comes down to it, I am more looking forward to meeting new friends and fellow travel enthusiasts than finding a new sponsor. But then again, I’ve never been to any sort of official travel expo / conference before…so who knows, maybe all thoughts are all wrong. I guess time will tell…