I had the opportunity last Saturday to attend the third incarnation of Boston Sports Blogapalooza at West End Johnnie’s in Boston. Organized by Joe Gill of the site Boston Sports Then & Now, the event has grown by leaps and bounds from each previous edition.
With more than 150 bloggers in attendance on Saturday, there’s no doubt that bloggers in the New England area want to network, exchange ideas, work together and form alliances that could lead to bigger and better things down the road.
I had the opportunity to cross paths with Boston Celtics beat reporter Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet New England, former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard now of Hurricane Radio.net, former WFXT (Fox 25) sports anchor Butch Sterns who is part of The Pulse Network’s Sports Buzz, Kevin Paul of The Wife Hates Sports, Kat Hasenauer of Sports Girl Kat, Kisha Tapangan of WPRO.com and Necessary Roughness with Kisha, Kathy McConnell of Boston Sports Woman, Russ Goldman of Patsfans, and Mike Riley of WEEI.
There were panel discussions, but to be honest, I did not pay attention to them. I was at the event to network, to meet bloggers who had similar interests as me and to find future opportunities for Fang’s Bites. I cannot stress enough for bloggers in other cities to organize similar events. It does not have to be on the same scale as Blogapalooza, just a mere Tweet Up of 10 to 20 bloggers will provide the impetus for future events and to provide writers with the chance to network.
I’ve found events like Blogapalooza and Blogs With Balls to be very helpful in growing my blog. I’m always happy to meet new people and find what my fellow bloggers are writing about. It makes for an excellent exchange and for a great opportunity to catch up as in the instance of Pete Sheppard with whom I used to work with.
Let’s take a look at what other people are saying about last Saturday’s event.
Kisha Tapangan of Necessary Roughness gives her impressions on Blogapalooza.
Carl Desberg from Boston Sports Then & Now talks about his experience on Saturday.
The Pulse Network’s Sports Buzz has a complete wrap up of the event complete with interviews conducted by Butch Sterns with Jessica Camerato, Pete Sheppard (if you look closely in the background, you can see me talking with Jessica), Kat Hasenauer and Joe Gill.
And the whole thing was done very well complete with a silent auction and a raffle.
I look forward to the next event and I hope that there will be more Blogapaloozas down the road.