Yesterday I got the opportunity at Blog Potomac to not only meet two people I've admired from afar, but I even got a few minutes of their time to interview them.
The first was Debbie Weil, author of the fabulous book, The Corporate Blogging Book and the blog Blog Write for CEOs. I first read Debbie's book 2 years ago, and I still believe it holds solid, foundational information for any CEO or senior corporate executive thinking about entering the blogosphere. I wrote a review of The Corporate Blogging Book right after I read it, silly me though, I left my copy of the book at home (I wanted her to autograph it for me). Meeting Debbie was a great experience, her photo does not do her justice. She's pretty and so nice, and very very passionate about blogging. She wasn't the least afraid of my "fangirl" presence either.
The second person I got to not only meet, but interview was Lionel Menchaca. For those unfamiliar with the social media world (beyond just searching for links), Lionel is probably "The Rock Star" of this industry. Lionel started Dell's Direct2Dell blog and basically kick started Dell's whole foray into the social media space. Lionel was very accommodating and we sat and talked for an hour or so about what Dell's done and where Dell's going. Lionel not only understands the pure meaning and use of social media, he lives, breathes and works with it every day at Dell.
Now you may be wondering about these interviews I mentioned. Well, my video guy, Shannon Hall (better know to a lot of you as "my friend Beau") and I headed down to Blog Potomac to get some video interviews with the speakers at Blog Potomac. We also took small interviews from the attendees asking them "Why Do You Love Blogging?" which we're putting into a few montages (and no Simon, take down notices aren't allowed!). We have interviews with Debbie and Lionel. We also got some other interviews I'm really excited about too, ones with Kami Watson-Huyse, Rohit Bhargava and the other co-chair of the event Geoff Livingston.
Beau's working the editing of course, so it'll be midweek when we bring those interviews to you. All of these people have such wonderful advice and great things to say. Each interview was great, and I'll be transcribing them as well for members of the audience that have let us know they really like the transcription of our videos.
Of course you didn't think I went to this event without my camera, now did you? Well, I've got over 70 photos from the event (Beau saved me, I forgot my battery, luckily we have the same camera). So check out the Blog Potomac Photos in my Flickr set.
Kudos to Geoff & Debbie, as well as Josh Hallett for putting on a great event!