ALI Conference on Blogging and Podcasting

For the next three days I am in San Francisco for the Advanced Learning Institute’s conference on Blogging, Podcasting and other social media. It’s been great already, just in the first of two pre-conference seminars led by Shel Holtz. Every time I attend one of Shel’s presentations I get something new that could be applied in my work.

Some of it is Shel (he does a nice job in presenting), but the other factor is that the field is changing so quickly that there really is something new to learn every time.

One of the highlights of the presentation was when Shel showed the Smirnoff “Tea Partay” New England Gangsta Rap video. As he said, there’s no way this could get on broadcast TV, but as of this post it has had 1,582,822 views. One reason is because it is just this easy to incorporate into a blog:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTU2He2BIc0]

The conference hotel is the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a nice facility, and the front desk help was even nicer. When I arrived here last night I learned that the whole hotel was sold out, and my reservation was only for one night. Gulp! I don’t know how they did it, but the front desk person got me extended for two additional nights.

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf

I will be blogging some highlights from the conference over the next few days, primarily as a way for me to save links for sites and resources that people suggest, so I can go home and have a “to-do” list of options to explore in my work.

Maybe it will be helpful to others, too. If you have other related sites to suggest, put them in the comments.

I’m looking forward to this conference. Just getting on the plane last night gave me some downtime for brainstorming about how to apply what I learned in my last session with Shel.

I’m presenting a case study at the conference on Friday.

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Author: Lee Aase

Married father of six and grandfather of nine, and the Chancellor of SMUG - Social Media University, Global. By day I'm the Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Whatever I say here is my personal opinion, and doesn't reflect the positions of my employer.

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