Now that it has been a week since PodCamp Boston 2, I need to get my shout-outs in order. Here is a list of people I saw, and a thought or two about them. Some I already knew and had already met, others I knew online and were meeting for the first time, still others were brand new to me.
While I sludge through my cards to get personal notes out, one theme rules: It was great to have met/seen/spoken with you all!
Another thing: I know I’m going to leave someone out. I hope not though.
One last thing: these people are listed in oprder of the cards I pulled out of my bag, with non-card bearers sprinked in.
Oh, and a few of these are people from the subsequent VON conference. It feels right to put everyone together.
Ed Roberts: Ed Radio finally in the flesh! He came all the way from Kansas City to join us at PodCamp Boston. It’s amazing how far people traveled, especially as there are other PodCamps in closer cities. Such is the draw of the Birthplace of PodCamp…
Grace Buford: A genuinely nice person, and one of the featured musical acts at the Saturday evening party. A pleasure to meet her.
Todd Cochrane: The voice behind Geek News Central, as well as the RawVoice/Blubrry guy. Spekaing of travelling, Todd came all the way from Hawaii. I was flattered that he attended the session Bryan Person and I led on Social Media Relations, and he also attended John Wall’s session on podcasting 101 and helped make many of the podcasting “newbies” in the room feel at home.
Mitch Joel: Here’s a guy who knows how to make an entrance. Did Friday’s party really start before his arrival? It did, but somehow we all sensed when he got there (well, I did). I had been a commenter on his “Six Pixels” podcast for some time, and was looking forward to meeting Mitch, as I missed him last year. I do kick myself for missing his personal branding session, but I’ll catch up.
Amanda Gravel and Amanda Mooney: There was a gaggle of PR students there, which was great to see. I even heard that there is a new media class at Boston University. That’s encouraging. You’d think the younger generation would be automatically clued in to new media relations, but they’re not. The Amandas (like my newly-graduated colleague Sandy Kalik) are among the people who are getting it right off the bat.
Julia Roy:It’s a shame that Boston lost her to the City that Never Shuts Up (New York, for the dense). She’s always fun to be around, and the Mimobot Twitter trivia contest was a real winner. Good luck with the new URL!
Courtney Stone, Marketwire: One of the generous PodCamp Boston sponsors, and glad to see Melanie Stachowiak get some much needed help in the Boston office!
Nik Butler: While we are on to Scots, another traveler. And in case anyone wondered why he goes by “Loudmouth Man,” that voice could cut through steel…
Cliff Ravenscraft: traveling from Kentucky/Cincinnati, Cliff brings an enthusiastic voice to podcasting. He just threw in his chips full-time social media guy, so best of luck!
Bill Rowland, PhillyFoodGuys.com: Met him while he was, well, eating.
Bruce Chamoff, PodcasterWhosWho.com. Up from New York, he introduced himself to me Friday evening.
Isabel Hilborn. I have met and talked with Isabel several times at Boston Social Media events. I heard great things about her sessions, and her “Crappy Web 2.0 Marketing” is another one I am kicking myself for missing.
Mark Blevis. One of those names and voices I have heard so often, and was glad to put a face to them finally.
Norman Huelsman, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. what makes Pittsburgh such a great social media town?
Jay Neely, The Social Strategist: His blog is so smart it makes my head hurt.
Bendrix! Spotted for just a moment, but always good to see him. He cam up from NYC.
Kathryn Jones: From Synchronis.tv and the live Web video show “35,” Kathryn is always a joy to be around– I got to spend some good time with her at Video on the Net as well.
Christina Greene, “Carlie Flossberg of Second Life News Network– hangin’ with the Diva, gettin’ all the virtual scoops, no doubt.
Sim Margolis, Utterz: I can’t say enough about how Sim worked hard the Friday of PodCamp to get Utterz working with my blog. I love the tool, and I think I will make it work pretty well to turn this blog into more of a multimedia site.
David Beaudoin: I finally met Mr. Boh! Ine of the larger-than-you-might-have-thought Baltimore contingent.
Evan Blaustein, the Mimobots guy. Thanks for my Mimobot— it is awesome! We’ll be keeping an eye on your very innovative company.
Matthew Ebel: I just like it when musicians are nice people. I also loved the incongruity of seeing him with Michelle Wolverton wandering among the slide rule and pocket protector crowd at VON on Tuesday.
Michelle Wolverton: Ebel’s right hand, but more importantly another one of the PodCamp Superstars, and invaluable help with the music press release we put together.
Laura “Pistachio” Fitton: a person who is the most at ease with herself as anyone i know. a perfect person to be advising us on giving presentations.
Clarence! Whose iPhone was the first I got to fondle back in the summer. A constant source of good humor.
Jack Daniel (yes, his real name). Long-time Cape Cod resident, another one of the unnamed superheroes of PodCamp Boston. I hope your recorder is found– or at least replaced– I can only speak for myself on this blog, but I know the organizing committee is good for it.
Justin Kownacki: another of the Pittsburgh contingent, one of the coolest characters out there.
Jay Berkowitz, whose “Ten Golden Rules” session I missed, but then again not, thanks to Len Edgerly’s Tweets. 11/7 UPDATE: Also, he provided some valuale assistance donating time and talent to the PodCamp press release effort.
Len Edgerly, simply one of the smartest guys I have seen on Twitter, and i’m damn glad to have met him.
Beth Kanter, who gave a nice presentation on metrics, then surprised me at when I had the stage with Bryan Person, and I used her blog as an example of blogger relations– her post here.
Aaron Brazell, the “Technosailor,” who brought a great edge to the proceedings all weekend. Great to have met you, and sorry I couldn’t give you that ride from Logan!
Jeff Pulver, thanks for the venue and the party, and great to have you “poking” us in person!
John C. Havens of Blogtalkradio, the dean of PodCamp NYC. Best of luck in the new venture!
Paull Young, Christi Eubanks and Constantin Basturea of Converseon. Three foreigners preaching about “digital natives” (oh, Alabama is in the US? Sorry… :) )
Arrgh! category: Can’t believe I didn’t see Mrs. B!
11/7 UPDATE: another Arrgh! George Faulkner of IBM, an Emerson classmate I haven’t seen in 20 years, was there and I didn’t even know it. at least I chased him down via LinkedIn and email, thanks to a heads-up from Paul Gillin’s post.
The one VON note: It was great to meet Bubbe of “Feed Me Bubbe” and her grandson Avrom. They proved to be great riding companions as I gave them a lft to the North end Tweetup.
Other people whom I had better at least mention: C.C. Chapman, Steve Garfield, my presentation buddy Bryan Person, Topaz colleague Todd Van Hoosear, Mark McClennan, Paul Gillin, David Meerman Scott, Joe Cascio, Sarah Wurrey, John Wall and of course The PodCamp originators, Christopher Penn and Chris Brogan!
Again, I am certain I forgot, missed or shortchanged folks. Have at me in comments! I’ll add/edit if needed.
11/3 UPDATE: It has already begun: Sorry, Scott Monty, the Voice!