5 Reasons NOT To Attend The SOBCon Blogger Conference

SOBCon 07 is fast approaching, with a great number of outstanding bloggers descending on Chicago for the 2-day event: May 11-12th.

You can still sign-up. It’s only $350. Compared to some of the prices I’ve seen for similar events, it’s a good deal.

Lots of great speakers will be presenting. Andy Sernovitz. Liz Strauss. David Armano. And lots more…

Feel free to check out the full schedule.

Everyone’s giving you lots of reasons to attend. All of them valid. But I thought I’d flip the message around, and ask, Why shouldn’t you attend?

  1. You Don’t Like Blogging. It’s true after all: blogging is a fad. Kind of like email. And no good comes out of it either…Bloody waste of time connecting with people, earning a living, having fun. Who wants all of that?
  2. You Don’t Like People. I’m with you on this one. Who wants to meet smart, amazing, engaging people who will openly help and guide you? Meeting people sucks. They’re always breathing too close, or shaking your hand, or listening to your stories, or connecting you with others, or becoming clients, mentors and friends. Who needs all of that?
  3. Your Blog Is Already Perfect. You have enough traffic. You have enough links back. You’ve got hundreds of thousands of RSS feed subscribers. Six book deals. A movie about your life is in the works. You hit the front page of digg every day and other bloggers worship at your feet. If that’s the case, please don’t come, you’ll only embarrass the rest of us!
  4. You Smell. I can’t help you much here. Take a bath and get your butt to Chicago.
  5. You Hate Me. For starters, I’m speaking. So if you hate me, you’ll be stuck listening to me ramble about some nonsense, all the time wishing you could throw stuff at me (please don’t!) And secondly, I really don’t want to see you. I mean, you hate me. That’s not very nice.

    Luckily, there’s only a handful of people that hate me, and a few more that find me mildly distasteful…right?

So there you have it. Five reasons not to attend SOBCon 07. Pretty compelling stuff if I do say so myself. And I do, cause I wrote it.

SOBCon 07 is going to be a lot of fun. And I suspect a mind-blowing learning experience.

I can’t wait to meet so many of the people I’m already interacting with online on a regular basis; people that have quickly grown into friends. And so many of the attendees I don’t know at all, which gives me an even bigger opportunity to connect, network and have fun.

We’ll see you in Chicago…

May 2, 2007 Posted in Humor, Online Community by

  • http://thesurlyblogger.com Ripley Norta

    I’ve got another reason for you :-)

    You live over 7000 miles away from Chicago, don’t have enough annual leave saved up, and not enough spare funds for the plane ticket. Other than that…

    Now off to the shower I go.

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Ripley – Fair enough. That sounds like a legitimate reason to me, unlike mine. *chuckle*

  • http://www.findingyourmarbles.com Scott

    I’ll come if you bring me some bagels from Montreal. And a steamie.

  • http://thesurlyblogger.com Ripley Norta

    I've got another reason for you :-)

    You live over 7000 miles away from Chicago, don't have enough annual leave saved up, and not enough spare funds for the plane ticket. Other than that…

    Now off to the shower I go.

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Ripley – Fair enough. That sounds like a legitimate reason to me, unlike mine. *chuckle*

  • http://www.findingyourmarbles.com Scott

    I'll come if you bring me some bagels from Montreal. And a steamie.

  • http://www.BusinessBlogWire.com Easton Ellsworth

    To borrow from an old Simpsons episode – if you’re not there, you’d better be dead or in jail – and if you’re in jail, BREAK OUT. :)

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Scott – If I could I would, but I don’t see the US border security folks (as nice as they are) allowing me across with that food.

    Easton – Ha ha ha. Should be a blast!

  • http://www.findingyourmarbles.com Scott

    Are bagels considered weapons of mass destruction now? I know the ones here in Toronto are pretty awful, but really…

    In all honesty I’d like to come, but with all the craziness around selling our house and moving I don’t think I could swing it.

  • http://www.BusinessBlogWire.com Easton Ellsworth

    To borrow from an old Simpsons episode – if you're not there, you'd better be dead or in jail – and if you're in jail, BREAK OUT. :)

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Scott – If I could I would, but I don't see the US border security folks (as nice as they are) allowing me across with that food.

    Easton – Ha ha ha. Should be a blast!

  • http://www.findingyourmarbles.com Scott

    Are bagels considered weapons of mass destruction now? I know the ones here in Toronto are pretty awful, but really…

    In all honesty I'd like to come, but with all the craziness around selling our house and moving I don't think I could swing it.

  • http://dmiracle.com/ Dawud Miracle

    Easton, I was never in the military, but I was once told by a friend who was that in boot camp he once heard his drill instructor say, “I don’t care of you died last night, get your a** up and give me 5 miles!”

    Ben, looks like I’ll have to go. I can’t claim any of your five reasons…oops, wait a minute, I haven’t showered today…oh, we’re okay. I’ll see you there.

  • http://dmiracle.com/ Dawud Miracle

    Easton, I was never in the military, but I was once told by a friend who was that in boot camp he once heard his drill instructor say, “I don't care of you died last night, get your a** up and give me 5 miles!”

    Ben, looks like I'll have to go. I can't claim any of your five reasons…oops, wait a minute, I haven't showered today…oh, we're okay. I'll see you there.

  • http://makeitgreat.typepad.com Phil Gerbyshak

    Hilarious Ben, though I’m surprised with all your Instigating the Mounties are letting you out of Chicago :)

    See you soon friend!

  • http://makeitgreat.typepad.com Phil Gerbyshak

    Hilarious Ben, though I'm surprised with all your Instigating the Mounties are letting you out of Chicago :)

    See you soon friend!

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Phil – Remember, I’m not across the border yet! If they stop me though I’ll be very disappointed! *grin*

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Phil – Remember, I'm not across the border yet! If they stop me though I'll be very disappointed! *grin*

  • http://dmiracle.com/ Dawud Miracle

    Ben, are you coming through Michigan? If so, you’ll be coming right by my house.

  • http://dmiracle.com/ Dawud Miracle

    Ben, are you coming through Michigan? If so, you'll be coming right by my house.

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Hey Dawud – I’ll be flying directly to Chicago so I’m not passing through Michigan.

  • http://www.instigatorblog.com Ben Yoskovitz

    Hey Dawud – I'll be flying directly to Chicago so I'm not passing through Michigan.

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