My Speaking Experience at BlogWorld LA, and Why YOU Should Have Attended!

by Chris C. Ducker · 30 comments

I’ve just got back into the Philippines, and figured I’d get cracking this week with this round-up from my recent (and second this year!) trip to the USA. The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, and I’m feeling a little tired, but also very excited about the next few months, at the same time.

The trip kicked-off with a trip to San Francisco, where I met with a couple of clients, had lots of fun hanging out with my man, Corbett Barr and enjoyed plenty of coffee at Starbucks, which was situated right in the lobby of our hotel – to my surprise and delight!

After a few days, myself and Mrs. VBL jetted off to LA and landed to another couple of client meetings, a dinner and then it was all about BlogWorld. This was something that I’d been looking forward to ever since I attended last year and then subsequently missed the first ever New York event earlier on in the year. This time around, however, it was going to be a little different, as I was going to be speaking!

My BlogWorld Speaking Experience

Unlike some of the speakers I met at BlogWorld, this wasn’t my first time speaking in front of an audience, of any size. I’ve spoken at many different conferences, seminars and training events in the past and before I left for my trip to BlogWorld, I was actually confirmed as the Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Visayas Blogging Summit in Cebu City, Philippines which is taking place at the end of November.

All that being said, I always get a little nervous before speaking in front of a crowd (there’s something wrong with you if you don’t!), and BlogWorld was no exception. Especially as the crowd there is very savvy!

I had already got into the mood by shooting my video promo for the event, and had a load of people coming up to me, doing mafia impressions at the show, which was awesome!

All in all I was very happy with the way that my session, which was well attended and on the subject of working with VA’s to help build, grow and monetize your blog, played out. Not only did all the preparation for my session pay off, but I was very happy to see several friendly faces in the audience, as well as some of the biggest names in the blogging world, too!

I did have a little video shot at the session, and as I have had several requests to put something together, I’ll do my best to go ahead and do that in the next week or so, after I recover fully! :-)

Why YOU Should Have Attended BlogWorld!

If you didn’t get the chance to attend BlogWorld in LA then you certainly DID miss out. The event just gets better and better, seriously. Just to make you feel worse than you probably already do, here are my top 5 reasons why YOU should have attended:

  • Networking opportunities up the yin-yang!
  • The chance to learn from the best in the industry.
  • The opportunity to meet and greet your online buddies.
  • Swag, baby – lots of swag on the exhibition floor.
  • You would have been able to attend my fantastic presentation, obviously!!!

For me, the big take-away is being able to hang out with people that I get on well with, admire, respect and general enjoy talking to. Here you’ll see myself, Pat Flynn and Darren Rowse posing for a snapshot at some point in an hour or so of just ‘chit-chatting’ together. Good times.

If you still want to check out the fantastic sessions that made up the entire 3-day conference, then you can! Simply hop over to the BlogWorld website and purchase a Virtual Ticket. You’ll get access to every session, as well as a bit of extra stuff, too!

Thank You to Everyone!

There are way too many people that I met at the conference, came up to thank me after my session, shook my hand on the exhibition floor and in the corridors of the LA Convention Center, as well as in the Speakers Room throughout the course of the event, to thank here.

However, a few people I’d like to point out and say thanks to are Corbett Barr from Think Traffic, ‘Handsome’ pro-blogger David Risley and Srinivas Rao from BlogCastFM for their unwavering support. I’d also like to thank Darren Rowse from ProBlogger for not only showing his support by attending my presentation, but also for sitting down to record a quick, but memorable video Q&A for the blog (coming soon!) and my buddy, Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, with whom I spent plenty of time with, both during the event and after, in his home town of San Diego, where we relaxed together for a few days, along with our families. SeaWorld, baby!

And last, but by no means least, I’d like to thank Rick Calvert, Dave Cynkin, Deb Ng and the rest of the BlogWorld Team for all the fantastic support they showed myself and the other 300-odd speakers, as well as for their hard work in putting together an awesome industry event.

The next BlogWorld event will be in June 2012 sometime and probably in New York. Its a little soon for me to tell if I’ll be able to make it – but, I can assure you, if I can… I’ll be there with bells on!

Did you attend BlogWorld in LA? If so, tell us about your experiences at the show! And if you didn’t, what do you think you would have gotten out of it the most, if you had…?

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Rick Calvert November 14, 2011 at 11:21

Thanks for a great wrap up post Chris. It was great to see you in LA and am very glad to hear we are still able to meet your expectations.

That next event you mentioned is June 5 – 7 In NYC. Tickets go on sale in the next couple of weeks.


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:07

Hi Rick

I guess its only fitting that the main man is the first to comment on this round-up post – thanks, buddy.

And thanks agin for allowing a balding, aging brit grace the BlogWorld stage as a speaker…!!! It was a really great experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed putting together what I hope was a well discussed, enjoyed and helpful session for the attendees.

Until next time, my friend. :-)



Dave Cynkin November 14, 2011 at 12:10

Was it great to meet you? What do you think? Hey, forgetaboutit! :D

Chris, thanks so much for not only sharing knowledge and passion w/your audience at BlogWorld LA, but also for making it entertaining! :)

Looking forward to seeing you again, thanks for making the long trip out here.



Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:05

Hi Dave

Appreciate the opportunity, as I said.

And its not just the mafia impressions that will never get old… The BlogWorld experience is right up there, too.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting, too! Much appreciated.

Chat soon, I hope.



Lara Kulpa November 15, 2011 at 00:38

Hey Chris – Thanks for coming to BWELA and I do hope to see you again in NY in June! And hey, don’t go changing up your whole platform to leading people in the wrong direction, okay? I’ve had some time to think about it and I just don’t think it’ll fit your style. ;)


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:46

Hi Lara

Thanks for the comment – very nice of you to drop by.

I’ll do my best to keep everyone on the ‘straight and narrow’, as we say in London.

It was lovely meeting you again, and I look forward to enjoying more ‘chit-chat’ time with you next time, too! :-)

All the best,


Dave Starr November 14, 2011 at 12:59

Nice rundown, Chris. You know one of the reasons that might be listed as a plus factor as well … depending on each person’s own tax situation .. expert advice needed, of which I ain’t … the whole trip or a significant fraction of it should be tax deductible.

I haven’t yet crossed the break over point where I am paying more tax from my online business efforts than I did when I had a “dirt-based” business back in the US … and unlike many, I LOVE paying my taxes (suitably, legally minimized, of course) … it means I really am in business and not idly wasting my time “on the Internet”, waiting for my ship to come in.


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:04

Hi Dave

Interesting point, you raise.

I’d be curious to see if this was a real ‘issue’ for the people that might have attended, that are reading this blog – what says you lot our there?

Appreciate the comment, and you dropping by.



Rick Calvert November 15, 2011 at 00:08

Hi Dave,

We have actually covered Tax strategies for bloggers at BlogWorld in the past and I sure we are going to cover it again. We just didn’t this time around.


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:22

I think this is a great topic, Rick. I’d love to see someone cover this in NY (especially if I’m there!).

Living here in the Philippines, its not so much of an issue, but based on the fact that the very large majority of my reader / listeners / viewers are from the USA, I’d love to be in a position to offer more advice on this type of stuff…

Thanks for the interjection, Sir.



Kerwin November 14, 2011 at 13:17


It was great to meet you finally at BlogWorld. I totally agree with you that it is worthwhile going to BlogWorld and everyone should try to attend at least once.

I’ll watch your prezo on the virtual link once they get them all loaded as I did not get a chance to see you live as I was busy socializing with the travel vertical folks.

It was cool to meet Pat, Darren, David and Gideon as well…


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:03

Hi Kerwin

Thanks for the comment, buddy – pleasure meeting you, too – especially with free vodka’s in hand! :-)

There was a great bunch of peeps in LA. The conference just gets better and better each year.

Stay in touch, and chat soon.



John Colley November 14, 2011 at 15:44

Hey Chris – sounds like you had a great time!
I am looking forward to all the content you must have created while you were there.
best regards


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:02

Hi John

Yep – I didnt go as ‘all-out’ as I did last year in collecting videos, etc., but man – I got a TON of ideas for my online ‘empire’ this time around. And a couple of great vid clips, too!

Stay tuned, my man.



David Risley November 14, 2011 at 21:54

Great hanging out with you in LA, man. :-) See ya on the next go-round.


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:01

Likewise, bud.

NY is a 50/50 for me right now. But, we’ll see what happens. I’d love to attend if it all makes sense and the timing is right.

Hope you got home safe and sound – that dinner on the last night was great!



Karl Walinskas November 14, 2011 at 22:36

I couldn’t attend but congrats on the cool gig my friend. Will meet up with you face to face in another one.


Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:00

Hi Karl

Thats one meeting that I will certainly look forward, buddy.

Hope all is good – nice to see you on the blog, its been a while.



Ash Ambirge November 15, 2011 at 00:27


I am beyond disappointed that I did not get a shout out here, since I attended every single one of your presentations and gatherings, rooting you on louder than anyone else, and even giving you that shoulder rub. In spirit, anyway! :)

Honestly, when I do get my ass to a BlogWorld from Chile, one of the people I *will* be looking forward to see speak is you, my friend. And not only because I like your accent.

I’m sure you blew everyone away.

Cheers, to killing it (violently!) even more in 2012. ;)



Chris C. Ducker November 15, 2011 at 00:44

Oh, Ash – we are graced with your presence, my darling… Thank you so much! :-)

It would have been great to see you there, for sure – and I think you have to make more of an effort in general, really…!!! LOL

Thanks for the kind words, and when we do meet up, the first cocktail is on me, okay!?



Frank Schwarz November 15, 2011 at 20:45

I love that it was such a hit and enjoyable time for you Chris. Disappointed that I couldn’t get there, but I figured you could fly all your fans to your house and reenact the whole weekend for us.

I’m sure we could call it ,”The Chris D. Blog World Philippines Experience” – Oh, you’ll have to buy the tickets…Business deduction and all…

Great job man.


Chris C. Ducker November 16, 2011 at 07:19

Thanks, Frank.

I will be re-recording the presentation as a free screencast, actually… I cant afford to fly you all to the Philippines – well, not this year, anyway!!!

Stay tuned for the presentation video, it will be up soon…..



Bobby Fischer November 16, 2011 at 02:06

Great Title, not rubbing it in at all. Some of us couldn’t be there but its great for you to recap. Next time you should record it and post a video.


Chris C. Ducker November 16, 2011 at 07:18

Hi Bobby

Sorry – I couldn’t help myself…

Actually there WAS some video shot, and I am having it edited together a little now… I am also planning to re-record the entire presentation, too, and give it away as a free ‘webinar’, so to speak.

Stay tuned, bud.



Lishiel November 16, 2011 at 12:51

Congratulations for a great presentation at #bwela. =)

Where can we get some information about the Visayas Blogging Summit in Cebu?

Thank you and more power! =)


Chris C. Ducker November 16, 2011 at 15:55

Hi Lishiel

Just do a search on ‘Visayas Blogging Summit’ on Facebook… You’ll find the official page there.

Looking forward to meeting you on November 27th!



Jonathan December 3, 2011 at 05:36


Forbes have released the Top 10 Influencers of Social Media. You might enjoy a look!



Chris C. Ducker December 3, 2011 at 13:06

Interesting stuff, Jonathan.

Thanks for posting the link! My man, Chris Brogan right at the top of the list… Was awesome to get him on the podcast!!!



Adam Stanecki December 5, 2011 at 05:35

Well done, Chris.
Glad to hear it all went well for you.

Now, get your ass Down Under sharpish.
There are a few drinking establishments for us to visit.


Chris C. Ducker December 5, 2011 at 14:42

Hi Adam

Thanks, mate.

And, as for a Aussie trip – it’s coming next year, for sure… And with a couple of twists if I can work ‘em out. Stay tuned!

Lookin’ forward to meeting and spending some time with you.



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