BlogOrlando demonstrates the culture of generosity

I just returned home from attending BlogOrlando.

It was a great experience. I had a chance to learn from presenters like Shel Israel, Tom Biro, Chris Heuer, Geoff Livingston, Laurie Mayers, Jake McKee, Annie Heckenberger, David Parmet, and David Coustan. It also brought me face to face for the first time with people like Connie Reece and Constantin Basturea.

All in all, BlogOrlando was one of the best sessions on social media I’ve attended this year. And remarkably, the registration fee was zero. Nothing. Nil.

Josh HallettThe conference was organized by Josh Hallett and a team of volunteers. The speakers donated their time and covered their own expenses.

Truly, BlogOrlando embodies the culture of generosity that underlies the pure spirit of social media. The urge to share with others. To connect. To contribute to the common good.

So, a big thank you to Josh Hallett and all the organizers of BlogOrlando and other community driven events like Podcamp, CaseCamp and DemoCamp. You keep the gift economy alive in social media.

For more about what happened at BlogOrlando, check out these posts:

Geoff Livingston on Chris Heuer’s wrap up

Jake McKee’s takaways

Alex Rudloff on BlogOrlando’s social activities

Jessica DaSilva reflects on what she heard

Laurie Mayers’ overview

BlogOrlando photos on Flickr

Geoff Livingston on Josh Hallett’s actions