This week is my very first time at the annual BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas. In a word: BIG.
The hotel seems to spread for miles and miles, including six restaurants, a huge casino and a lower level with sweeping spa and beach area (no, I haven't checked that out yet). My hotel room here is very nearly bigger than the one my whole family is living in back home. Errr.
There are thousands of bloggers and social media marketers running amok here! Who knew there were so many gosh-darned food and travel blogs? I ran into a man who claims he's one of the country's top Barbecue bloggers on the way to my room last night. For once, I was at a loss for words...
In contrast, we health & medical bloggers are a tiny subset, and a tight-knit group at that. Thanks to my compatriot Kerri for bringing a real camera for this shot:
I spent all day yesterday hanging out with these guys, along with other fellow patient bloggers and health social media experts taking part in the Social Health track. Fun!
Of course our talks were all about how Social Media is changing the dynamics in health care. Because as e-Patient Dave deBronkart put it in his keynote, "healthcare is currently about everything but the patient. That needs to change."
I'll leave the details on that discussion until later, because... well, last night I discovered that patients like to party too (see post title - argh).
A few more views of the Social Health crowd:
But seriously, there's lots to learn here. Yesterday I learned that the founder of Feedblitz has a British accent, and the company is getting ready to launch a mobile app (he sat across from me at lunch).
I'm off to the rest of the conference. Wish me luck for one more round of wakin' up in Vegas.