No no; not me silly, Dino Dogan. You know, the next Zuck, the next big thing.
His gig is Triberr and his official title is Chief Gardener in Charge.
Adam Toporek (a fellow central Floridian) from Customers that Stick and I had the opportunity to once again crash a social party in Orlando, and this happened to be the iSummit conference. Adam is starting to see how I work…as in the working homeless… as in I will work for free food and drink. He’s catching on quickly; I’m proud of my protege.
As we network among these crowds, people inevitably ask why we are attending. My response is typically, ‘I’m here for the food and drink, how about you?’ I’m pretty humble however, I rarely bring up how immensely popular I am in social; I figure they will find out soon enough.
What’s the attraction?
I suppose I just like to meet people, and especially people I have become acquainted with through social. As you know there is a definite line between those who are in social and those who don’t give two flips. Adam and I had the conversation about those who aren’t in social, don’t get why you would want to attend something like this just to meet someone. To me, it’s almost like ‘why not?’
Dino is someone I met early on and believe it was through Brankica Underwood. Dino had this thing called Triberr he was launching for bloggers and encouraged me to get on board. His only requirement was don’t suck.
Well, I had been blogging about 2 weeks, had a free site, and was so unsure of myself I called myself the Invisible Blogger…as in, under the radar. There was no way I had the chutzpah to start a tribe and ask others to join; and was afraid if I accepted an invite to join a tribe I would have been exposed immediately.
Therefore, I missed the first wave essentially. However, I ultimately did get on board and just recently joined some even bigger tribes, so we will see how that works out. Being in a tribe has allowed me to meet some new people and provide an easy to use platform to share blogs of others. Sounds like a win to me…
It might not be for everyone, but if you are serious about blogging it’s worth trying it out.
Dino and others
Through face to face meetings, I have been able to spend some quality time with Dino, Gini and Shonali. All 3 of these people understand social but also know how to incorporate it into something much bigger. For them, the sky is the limit and I admire the way they think and view things in a big picture kind of way.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t have to be the smartest guy in the room, just smart enough. Hanging around w/ the likes of a Dino, Gini or Shonali, makes me appear much smarter than I really am. Their forward thinking, pro-active nature is contagious and rest assured, they get things done.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been the best student but if I hang around long enough I’m sure the BFO (blinding flash of the obvious) will eventually knock me upside the head…right?
One thing I do know
As I crash these events to meet my friends, they are all just people; just like me and you. Most are very approachable and willing to help. I really haven’t had any surprises as most are pretty much what I expected.
I highly recommend making a face to face happen if you have the opportunity. Going to these events might not allow lengthy face to face conversations, but fortunately with Dino, Gini and Shonali, Adam and I were able to make that happen. It was certainly worth the effort.
I will close on this; if you meet me, hopefully I will be pretty much what you see online. However, when I finally met Dino, and remember I’ve known him for some time, he thought I would be much
fatter heavier because of my big-headed Avatar. Sheeeesh……although, he will now tell you how much cooler I really am in person………..:). Ok, maybe I’ll tell you that…….
If you can meet your friends, don’t pass on the opportunity; make it happen.
Now, when I ask them to loan me $50 we’ll see how good a friend they really are, huh?