Podcamp Toronto 2007!

by Natalie P.

February 28, 2007 | Filed Under Computers, Lifestyles of the Heartlessly Bitchy, Popculture | 1 Comment

PodCamp Toronto!

Well, it was a delightful weekend of uber-geekiness and I learned TONS. My mind is spinning with the possibilities.  I am completely psyched now to do a weekly podcast.  (As if I don’t already have enough on my plate!)  I have buy-in from a couple of editors, and can see having guests periodically as well.  Imagine The Morrigan, Instgatrix (the anal-retentive editrix-from-hell), Auntie Dote, JadeSyren or Fabulana on a podcast discussing current events, social idiocy and topics of the day! If we use TalkShoe we could even have a live phone-in show, like “Ask the Heartless Bitch”, or “Ask Auntie Dote”.

I have to send special thanks out to my friend Micha who told me about Podcamp over drinks just a couple of weeks ago and encouraged me to come. And special kudos to the bf who dutifully dropped me off, picked me up, and even rushed over my business cards on Saturday when I forgot them.  He really IS a sweetheart!

I have to say that this was my first “unconference” and I loved the format and style. I’ve organized a few “Cons” in my day, and the unconference style was refreshing and really stimulated participation.  My hats off to the organizers,  Leesa Barnes, Jay Moonah, Brent Morris, Julien, and Mitch JoelChris Brogan, one of the original Podcamp Boston organizers, was a total hoot, and made everyone feel welcome and included. He is also now the proud owner of a BeanBitch.  He was wearing a T-shirt that said “Free Hugs”, and it made me realize, I need to get another HBI T-Shirt out there that says “Free Virtual Kicks to the Frontal Lobe”.

Brian Hogg of dotBoom also has a BeanBitch and has promised to use it in an upcoming podcast. (I think our BeanBitch is doomed to get eaten).

All the sessions that I attended were good. Standout sessions were Mitch Joel’s on building your personal brand, Chris Brogan’s on building community and Heather Vale’s on monetization techniques. 

On the saturday night we went out to watch a couple of local bands play at “C’est What?”  I thoroughly enjoyed Uncle Seth (band member Jay Moonah was on the organizing committee) and Chris Brogan was kind enough to provide me with a CD!

The entire event was FREE, because of sponsors like Scotiabank (bet they’ll just LOVE this trackback!), babyTEL, Cundari, Marketing Martini, PodChannels Inc., Ronin Marketeer, and many more….

Some memorable quotes from Podcamp (attributed where possible):

“I’ve heard of Heartless Bitches International” – Mitch Joel

“You can see that I always have the Google Holy Triumverate running…” – Chris Brogan

“I HATE Digg”

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly” –  Jim Milles on What to Podcast

“Be you because others are already taken” – Mitch Joel 

“Just Press Record

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  1. Chris Brogan... February 28, 2007 8:17 pm

    I loved loved LOVED your beanbitch, and I love the other products you have on site to support your blog. I’m excited as hell that you came out there, and I was happy to spend time with you. Thanks SO much for coming out Saturday night. (That *truly* made me feel really good, and grateful).

    Anyhow, enough raving about you. We’re supposed to be heartless here, right?

    Yeah, whatever. : )


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