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what happens in vegas… always ends up in a blog

A couple weeks ago I went to Blog World & New Media Expo in Las Vegas. If you’re a blogger, or want to blog about anything, you should go to Blog World. I’ve gone to it every year since it’s inception and I always attend the sports blogging track. This year it was bigger and better as it was hosted by the guys from Blogs With Balls. They brought in heavy hitters from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin.com and Yahoo! Sports. There were more sports bloggers in the audience than ever before, but that didn’t mean there were more NASCAR or motorsports bloggers. Nope, there was just me.

I have been a sports fan since I was a kid. As I always I say I’m one of the best spectators ever. My mom was responsible for instilling a love of football, baseball and basketball in me. My mom played college basketball for Boston College and my sister got a scholarship to Cal to do track, she was a heptathlete and a basketball player. So I’ve been around sports my entire life. I have a deep respect and admiration for athletes.

But there’s something that bugs me, and it would be the elitism amongst sports fans in general. People look down on NASCAR as if it’s not a real sport. It’s really irritating. It’s a feeling I get from people who don’t watch NASCAR on a regular basis like I do.

i’m off to vegas, but first…

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s a great day for me because tomorrow I’m flying to Las Vegas for the Blog World & New Media Expo. I had a great time last year and I’m looking forward to sitting in on the sports blogging sessions. The big news this year, at least for me, is that Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park will be a keynote speaker along with Tim Ferriss, writer of the book “The 4-Hour Work Week.” I know I’m going to get a lot out of this weekend. Vegas baby, Vegas! :)

In other news…

– This morning I got to interview Kyle Petty! He was made available to me because he has been busy promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness Week and the STAY ON TRACK for Better Prostate Health prostate cancer awareness program sponsored by the Prostate Cancer Education Council and sanofi-aventis. I plan on posting the first part our discussion today. Check back later on today or subscribe to my RSS feed to read it as soon as it goes online.

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– There’s still time to enter to win one of five Kevin Harvick autographed “Americans for a Gunk-Free Nation” hats! The contest ends on September 30th, 2008. Enter today!

– I love Martha Stewart and I have for pretty much all of my life. She’s the reason I had the confidence to make my sister’s three-tier wedding cake ten years ago. Anywho, yesterday she devoted a show to bloggers and blogging, and now she’s running a little contest where she’ll pick some blogs to feature on her site, The Martha Blog. Of course I put myself in the running. Go check it out!

– Ok, so get this, remember when I told you that fate finally threw me a bone and got me close to Dale Earnhardt Jr. well there’s a photo to go with it. I came across it when I was checking out the NASCAR blog over at AOL’s FanHouse. So take a look below and you’ll see that I’m right there on the left-hand side looking pissed off almost straight at the camera. I really wasn’t, but it was insanely hot and that’s my “it’s seriously freaking hot and I’m serious about that” face.

Pepsi 500 Practice

where have i been? blog world expo – part two

After barely sleeping through the night with a slight hangover, I made it to the next day of sessions on Friday. The first session of the day focused on gaining access to the players, coaches & league of your choice. All of the guys on the panel were pro baseball bloggers and the people in the audience were either football or basketball. So in addition to being the only lady in the room I was also the only NASCAR blogger too. I asked a question towards the end of the session and sort of talked about my own experiences with getting access to NASCAR.

This kind of opened things up and from that I met Tyler Bleszinski co-founder of the SB Nation, who also writes the Athletics Nation blog (Go A’s!), and Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com. I went to lunch with them and had a great time explaining how I got into NASCAR and getting advice on how I could improve my site.

Mark Cuban gave the final keynote speech of the convention and his opinion on ads really kinda made me think. He thinks that you should do without them, or at least not be so heavy handed with them. He pointed out that his blog has no advertising on it whatsoever, but then again he doesn’t really need to have advertisers because he has more money than like Jesus. But still his talk was interesting and I appreciated his straightforward honest approach.

I cannot say enough about how wonderful everyone was — I knew that this convention was something that I had to do and I think all of this will get me even closer to my goal for next year.

On this trip I realized a few small things…

  • Nothing is cheap in Las Vegas
  • Room service is always the way to go — even if it does cost an arm and a leg — especially for breakfast
  • People are stupid when lining up to get on Southwest Airlines flights — how hard is it to line up next your number?? Elementary school kids do this on a daily basis.
  • Airport retail vendors need to catch up with the rest of the world and not make you sign for your check card purchases. Airports shoulda been the first ones on that whole if it’s under $20 you don’t need to sign the receipt thing. I’m just sayin’… I’ve got like fifty things I’m carrying and you want me to sign for a $4 latte??

where have i been? blog world expo – part one

I flew back from Las Vegas this afternoon and I’m finally at the point where I feel like I can write about my Blog World & New Media Expo experience with some sort of clarity.

First off, I have to say that the registration fee of $175 was well worth the money. The thing that pushed me to actually sign up for the expo was the fact that there was a sports blogging track (sponsored by SB Nation). After I saw that I was like I have to go to this thing or else I’ll totally regret it. And the fact that it was in Vegas was ya know very helpful. Vegas is so much fun.

For those that didn’t attend Blog World this year I feel sorry for ya. I met some great people and made invaluable connections — people that I probably couldn’t have met any other way. If you’re a blogger of any kind you should definitely go next year, I’m sure it’ll be even bigger and better next September.

I’m giving you the full rundown because basically this is my blog and I want to. So I arrived on Wednesday evening-ish and I found that my hotel, Renaissance Las Vegas, was just steps away from the convention center. This was perfect, it saved on cab fare and it was nice to be able to just go back to the hotel whenever.

Thursday was the first day and I didn’t spend much time in the exhibition hall which I kinda regret only because I missed out on a bunch of swag. I saw people with t-shirts, stickers, notepads, keychains, etc. There are tons of photos on Flickr.

Like I said before my main reason for going to this thing at all was the sports blogging sessions. I packed my “Who The Hell is Mel Kiper?” t-shirt in hopes of breaking the ice. It’s an NFL reference and if you have no idea what it’s about check out the Mel Kiper page on Wikipedia. Anyway, since I was the only girl in all of the sports blogging sessions I felt it necessary to prove that I knew what I was talking about. Thanks to Mel, well actually Bill Tobin, I met Jamie Mottram. Jamie works for Yahoo! Sports. He was incredibly nice and asked to take a photo of me and my Kiper shirt for his personal sports blog Mr. Irrelevant. Very cool.

Thursday night featured the Opening Night “Pajama” Party at the Hard Rock Hotel in The Joint. Seriously all you had to say to me was “free drinks” and I’m there. But the party organizers went the extra mile and added free food too. It was fun and a great opportunity to meet new people and do a little bit of networking.

>> to be continued <<

the real estate racer is hot

Due to the Writers Guild strike in Hollywood Rusty Wallace will not be able to continue his NASCAR race coverage duties… Hold on, someone is handing me a note.

You mean he actually writes that stuff himself? Huh? Oh, he just says whatever comes to mind? Damn. Oh well, I must correct myself, it looks like Rusty will still be on air this weekend. Grr… I won’t get to watch new episodes of “House” but I have to watch Rusty Wallace repeat things that other people just said?? What kind of world are we living in? I mean really.

In other news…

– I’m on my way to Las Vegas for the Blog World & New Media Expo. There’s heavy fog in the San Francisco Bay Area so my flight is late, that still can’t dampen my spirit. I’m sooo excited to be spending three nights in Vegas, and hopefully meeting other cool bloggers.

– I was sent an email alerting me to a video about a guy that races cars in his spare time. It was sent to me by the nice folks at IntoTheBox.tv — they cover the wacky real estate market in New York — check it out below or click this link. My first and lasting thought about this video was “Wow, he’s hot… hmm, is he single? I don’t see a ring!” hehe.