Hanging with the Popular Bloggers: Orlando Tweet-up Recap

by Melanie Edwards on December 8, 2008 · 9 comments

in Blogging, social media

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I went to my first tweet-up on Friday night. I was hesitant to go since it was at 10:30 pm and though I’d like to think I’m still a partying, clubbing kinda girl, truth is, that being a mami makes 10:30 my bed-time. Plus you know, there’s the whole I have a daughter thing.

But, there were some big names attending. I saw a tweet late Thursday night (can’t remember from who) that there was a tweet-up scheduled and that Chris Brogan, Wendy Piersall, Brian Clark, Ted Murphy, and Jeremy Shoemaker were all going to be in Orlando. That would be @chrisbrogan, @emom, @copyblogger, @tedmurphy, and @shoemoney in twitter-speak.

Why where they all in Orlando on the same night?

After asking around a bit on Twitter, I found out they were here for an IZEA Blogger Advisory Board Meeting.

So I start thinking…

I want to meet eMom!

I’ve never really seen a tweet-up in Orlando been done.

How often would all these folks be together at the same time and ummm around the corner from me?

I put all my hesitation aside and decided to go.

The result?

Wendy, Susan, and me
Photo via Wendy

I ended up meeting Susan Payton, who was super nice and offered for us to ride together. She already knew Wendy from writing on her Sparkplugging network. Wendy greeted me with a hug, not a handshake. Great, isn’t it?

I also got a chance to talk with Chris Brogan who made me laugh when he said that Orlando is “a cultural vacuum cleaner.” I told him I am Puerto Rican, so I guess I proved his point. He later asked me on twitter if that was rude. 😉

All in all, it was a great time and I’m glad I went. I know I could have done better in talking about ModernMami.com, but I guess I was a little nervous. But, hopefully my face/name will be remembered a bit.

Do you have any tweet-up experiences to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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Ell December 8, 2008 at 1:30 am

I caught a little bit of your initial commentary on Twitter about everyone being here (I am a bit North of Orlando). I wish I had paid more attention. That would have been all to awesome really to meet everyone and to have the chance to meet someone else local to me 🙂

I am happy you enjoyed yourself and got to hang out with some of the cool kids 🙂


kompostela December 8, 2008 at 7:57 am

You look so happy:)) Sure that you had good time:)


Modern Mami December 8, 2008 at 8:09 am

@Ell: I’m sure there will be another chance. There’s a few bloggers/twitter folks in Orlando area. We’ll have to set something up.

@Kompostela: We did. 🙂


shaz December 8, 2008 at 9:14 am

very cool, i am glad you went too! 🙂


Susan Payton, The Marketing Eggspert December 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

Great pic! It was fun, and we’ll definitely have to do it again. See, you’re already continuing conversations you started that night. Yay!


MommyNamedApril December 8, 2008 at 10:34 am

interesting – wish i had known about this… although, i don’t think i’d have been able to drag myself out that late :-/

glad you had fun!


Modern Mami December 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm

@Susan: Yes, we’ll have to set something else up. 🙂

@April: I’m glad I forced myself; it was worth it.


Carri December 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Hi ModernMami!

It was great to meet you on Friday and I’m so glad that you decided to come hang out. Two things I have learned to be sure of in the past few years working for IZEA. First, Ted always throws a great party and second, you always get to meet great people! I hope we’ll see you out again.
All the Best,
Carri Bright
IZEA Customer Love


Modern Mami December 10, 2008 at 7:59 am

Thanks, Carri. It was good to meet many of the Izea folks. 🙂


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