Blogworld Series: The Splendor of Community

Darren Rowse, Kaizen Vision, Prolific Living

I did not imagine Blogworld Expo would have this profound effect on me. I was entirely too unprepared for it!

This gathering made this powerful yet virtual community come alive in ways that surpassed the best of my expectations. I am simply dumbfounded from it all! I put faces to names (and Twitter IDs!), voices and gestures to still photos of my friends and peers and fellow bloggers, and in the span of just under 4 days, I watched us form new bonds and reaffirm existing relationships and develop a stronger, tighter and truer sense of belonging to our beautiful community.

It is easy to root for your community of choice, I know – I have watched people do it all my life, yet I have never understood it. I have never been a part of a community which knows no bounds in helping others succeed and no shame in admitting that it does not know all the answers and no limit in its desire to learn, to grow, and to indefinitely pursue the best version of itself yet.

Bloggers understand that success is not a zero-sum game and there is more than enough to go around for all of us. Bloggers know that even if they could do it all alone, it is much more fun to engage and partake in the journey with others. Bloggers do what they do not from obligation but from a real desire; they share their stories and knowledge and they each offer something of their own which they believe will change the world for the better.

That, my friends, is why the blogging community rocks, a community so close-knit that while it spans the globe, it is as small and intimate as a living room gathering. When we collaborate, communicate, or engage with one another, distances dissolve across the inter webs and timezones merge into one. The essence of camaraderie, the beauty of fellowship, the compassion and yet the candor, it is unmistakable and it makes for a lasting foundation.

You are reading Part 2: The Community of a 3-Part Blogworld 2010 series.

Fortune and luck were smiling down on me when I crossed paths with so many special individuals. I returned home with a fuller heart, a deeper longing to learn and to grow and I feel incredibly privileged to have met……

A Few Incredible Blogging Souls

Darren Rowse, Problogger, The Most Beloved Blogger:
My very first impression of Darren from his blog was his genuine desire to help others, his extreme sincerity, his leadership in the blogging sphere, and his prolific ideas to keep pushing the ante on what Problogger can deliver – check out the Problogger Academy! Those qualities are indeed the foundation of his personality and he is indispensable to the blogging community. How can he be so massively successful and yet remain so humble, so sincere, so willing to help and inspire others, so interested in contributing to the community? I can find no words to thank him.

Aileen, Kaizen Vision, The Most Optimistic Blogger
I am convinced Aileen (in photo above with Darren & me) and I have spent a year – or a decade – of friendship somewhere in another life because very rarely do I find anyone who matches my energy, laughs as heartily with me at the absurdities of life, and truly understands me. So rarely do we find that deep connection of friendship so quickly with someone. There is however Aileen’s amazingly optimistic outlook which far more than outshines mine. I really must look at situations in a more positive light (instead of always asking “What is the worst possible scenario…?”). Read Kaizen Vision for more of her brightness.

Katie Tallo, Momentum Gathering, The Most Dedicated Blogger
More than anything, I could see dedication in Katie. She just celebrated 6 months of blogging and already, she has attracted 1000 subscribers and is about to publish an ebook aligned to the momentum gathering vision. I am impressed by her discipline which is only matched with dedication to her readers. Katie is a gifted writer, is embracing this thing called “technology” like nobody’s business, and makes for wonderful fun company. (But for the life of me, I couldn’t snap a photo of us which had her full approval so I do hope this one below passes the test, Katie!)
Katie Tallo Momentum Gathering and Me

Leo Babauta, Zen Habits, The Most Inspirational Blogger
If only I could bottle up the true zen which Leo embodies, I shall be on that inner peace quest in no time. It was delightful to meet the creator of Zen Habits and to listen to his story of building Zen Habits from nothing. Enough inspiration to push anyone to the next level of blogging, thank you Leo!

Leo Babauta Zen Habits and me

Annabel Candy, Get in the Hot Spot, The Most Strategic Blogger
It was most delightful that Annabel made Blogworld – in fact, it was most fortunate for me since I had vowed I wouldn’t go if she didn’t, paid registration and all! But she did and she was the most strategic blogger while fighting serious jet lag coming from down under! She had already interviewed Leo Babauta before we wrapped the first day of the conference. In person, Annabel is delightful, funny, very real and compassionate. I stalked her as much as I could and you should too!

Annabel Candy Get in the Hot Spot and Me

Karol Gajda, Ridiculously Extraordinary, The Most Devoted Vegan Blogger
Karol is tall, very tall; that should explain his crafty pose in all the photos to make us little people feel closer to him. It was almost a celebrity moment when I met him and Benny (below)! Karol is a road warrior; he travels the world and shares his message, at the core of which you find: freedom, health, travel and life – a person after my own heart. More than anything, I was beyond impressed by his devotion to his vegan diet. He even stuck to it during his long stay in Poland! Bravo, Karol. You show me it can be done!

Benny Lewis, Fluent in 3 Months, The Most Multi-Lingual Blogger
I believe that I was unconsciously acting as the Marketing Director for Benny. “Have you heard of Benny the Irish Polyglot?” – I would ask everyone, who would then promptly ask me to explain a polyglot! My own love of languages has never been satiated so I share the depth of Benny’s passion except he is living it out. He is currently in Colombia (where they normally speak Spanish as you know!) to practice his Hungarian! Benny, you are one in ten million and we all loved you!

Benny Lewis, Karol Gajda and Me

Sid Savara,, The Most Well-Connected Blogger
I have been reading Sid’s blog for months now and have finally put a face to the writer behind it all. He organized lunches and gatherings, brought people together and made introductions. From his list of contacts from Blogworld alone you can see how well-connected he is and how willing to connect others. Malcolm Gladwell was talking about Sid – not me! – when he described connectors in the Tipping Point. On top of his blog, Sid is co-founder of BlogcastFM along with Srini (below). You rock, Sid!

Sid Savara and Me

Srinivas Rao, Skool of Life, The Best Skilled Interviewer Blogger
Srinivas (Srini) has a special energy, I so enjoyed his company. His sincerity comes through instantly. He has done a brilliant job along with Sid (above) on BlogcastFM. He is hands down the best interviewer and their generosity on giving away so many amazing detailed and resourceful interviews from the masters in the blogosphere is stunning. On the side, he runs his great blog at Skool of Life. You simply must check him out!

Srinivas Rao Skool of Life and Me

Jen Gresham, Everyday Bright, The Most Genuine Blogger
Jen is sweet, comfortable, and hard to resist. She is incidentally a scientist and has a great story to tell about her career transition. I loved her company; her genuine spirit comes through in a first meeting. But beyond that, Jen is brave, seriously devoted to her blog and extremely resourceful. Most of all, though, she is genuine, a gem of a quality.

Jen Gresham Every Day Bright

Jeanie Witcraft, Imperfect Hearing, The Most Enthusiastic New Blogger
I met Jeanie, thanks to Mr. Connector up there – and was shocked to hear that she had set up her blog the day before and was here in Blogworld already making a name for herself. I had told myself I would help inspire at least one new blogger and Jeanie was a delight to mentor – although I don’t think it will be long before she is teaching me a thing or two. Jeanie, I am proud of you and welcome to the world of blogging!

Jeanie Witcraft Imperfect Hearing and Me

Nathalie Lussier, The Raw Foods Witch, The Most Nutrition Aware Blogger
I admit I really like witches, not the evil ones, but the cute cartoon-like ones so Nathalie’s clever approach to teaching us about raw foods decked out as a (very pretty) witch is all but too irresistible. She put together a stunning session not on raw foods but on how to create mouth-watering content. There was not a seat left in the room. She imparted excellent wisdom on approaching blogging like a menu! I am getting hungry writing this….Thanks Nathalie!

Nathalie Lussier Raw Foods Witch and Me

Kristi Hines, Kikolani, The Most Savvy Social Media Blogger
If you don’t get Kristi’s brilliant Fetching Friday posts, sign up now! On the way to Vegas, I read her last several posts in one sitting and not once did the information confuse me even on subjects beyond my general knowledge. That is called great content every single time! Kristi is smart – very smart – and generous and lovely in person. I tracked her down hard and met her just before she jumped on her plane home. Next year, I am planning a lunch with you, Kristi!

Kristi Hines Kikolani and Me

A few others who made an impression on me but escaped my lens:

  • Barrie Davenport (Live Bold & Bloom) amazed me with her kindness and along with dedicated Geri Langlois, they make up the primary working heart and hand behind The Daily Brainstorm.
  • Lori Moreno is the ultimate Twitter Mama (sitting pretty on 118,000+ Tweets at the time of this writing – and most are inspiring!) and very funny!
  • Nomadic Matt who is a digital nomad, a simple funny and kind world traveler with a brave heart to set out and see the world!
  • Daniel Scocco (Daily Blog Tips) who gives top-notch daily blog tips also makes for fantastic company. He is down-to-earth and a real listener. Daniel, you need a profile photo that does you justice and you ran off before I took it for you!

Pumpkin at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas

Share your Thoughts

Good heavens, what a long post! An exercise in brevity for the next post, I do give you my word. If you got this far, thank you for reading! I’d love to know your thoughts on community and forming bonds with those who share your passions. Do you belong to a great community like the Blogging sphere? If so, consider yourself lucky and your community a jewel of rare blessing! And please tell us about it and start a conversation below because I want to believe even more resolutely in the goodness of the world and the human heart!

  • Aileen

    Farnoosh, I LOVE this post and I love this BlogWorld Series you have!

    Yes, we have been connected in another life, I am 100% sure – it’s a sister like energy that can’t be “new” – it’s too deep to be “new.” :)

    You know you actually introduced to me to all of these wonderful bloggers and many of them I wouldn’t have known. I do believe you are a natural connector; and with your love for the amazing blogging community, you continue strengthen the community even more!

    Sometimes we stumble into amazing communities. I’m ever grateful to have stumbled into this one!

    This post and this series, are a beautiful celebration of the blogging community and you truly capture its essence!!!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Aileen, how nice to see you here first and foremost. I am so so happy we met – now I imagine the whole person behind that cute photo when I see you. You know, I took such pleasure introducing you to some of these fantastic people – and thank you for the encouragement. Small as we may be, we have impact on the community. Lovely to see you here and let’s make sure we meet at that mid-year conference *before* next year. It’s up to Jen to organize. She had better not forget! ;)!

      • Aileen

        I do love the idea of a mid-year conference :) I’m going to bug Jen about it right now so we keep the momentum! I wonder if you’re preparing for your keynote :)

        • Farnoosh

          I never said I’d do keynote, silly girl – I said I would do a session, preferably a small tiny session :) but if we have a mid-year conference, I’d do anything to help make it happen. Bug Jen on my behalf too please, dear Aileen and keep me posted! We CAN do this. Denver sounded lovely!

  • Jeanie

    *dances with joy*

    I am so happy to have met you! I really think that if I hadn’t…then I would’ve succumbed to the Self-Doubt Monster, tm before my interview.
    You have a gift of revving people up when they’re down and calming them when they’re too high. :)
    I really think in another life you were the Princess of Persia-it suits you in so many ways. :)

    To keep the “high” of the community of Blogworld going, I’m wanting to start a new site- fairydustproject! I think…Raam Dev offered to help me and so did Ali Dark. We’ll see-gotta get the money coming in first!

    *back to work on the site that is nowhere near done-not even a post!* :)

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Jeanie, my new enthusiastic blogger friend, how are you doing?
      Well, I am so glad you didn’t have time to think too much before we met up and got to know each other – and how do you know that is my most favorite title, Princess of Persia….!
      Raam is full of compassion and you will have a great time setting up that project. I am here to support you. Keep it up and thanks for your comment!

  • Fran Aslam@kw writer

    Hi Farnoosh!

    This is my first time at your site. I hope you like new comment writer as new additions. I had seen you at so many places, and was thinking to write a comment at your site, and finally The Blog World Expo made me do it.

    Tonight I saw your comment at Preeti’s blog and when I came here read and watched your excitement. I liked your writing style and choice of words to express is unique and outstanding. I liked how you have expressed the essence of blogging community. Wonderful, it makes me feel proud of our community that have such warm people to give all they got and make it better everyday for all of us and yourself.
    Thanks for such a beautiful post that makes all bloggers feel welcome.

    Make it a great weekend for yourself.
    let’s talk again

    Fran Aslam

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Fran, of course I like new comments – we are talking about bloggers ;)! We *love* new readers, old readers, and everyone in between so thank you for leaving a comment. Thank you for the encouragement on the writing (even though I come from a very technical and engineering background!) So happy you are enjoying the writing and I hope you continue to enjoy the community as I have – and come back anytime. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • Sandra Lee


    How fun to see some of my favorite bloggers through your eyes and your lens. Thanks for sharing the joy and wonder.

    • Farnoosh

      Sandra, you were ever so missed – and I am happy you enjoyed some of these shared friends we have through new photos and my first-hand perspective from them….thanks for your comment!

  • Pace Smith

    I love this post, Farnoosh! So many wonderful pictures of wonderful people, and your lovely smile in each and every one. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Farnoosh

      Pace, it was very nice to meet you – thank you so much for dropping by – I just finished a tour of your site and About page. Glad you enjoyed the photos, my new camera did not let me know (for the most part!!) Let’s keep in touch!

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

    Hi Farnoosh, what a busy lady you were at BlogWorld! Great to catchup with you there:) I deny the strategy thing though – I didn’t have a strategy before leaving and when I arrived I cancelled the few appointments I had because I was so tired. I definitely wasn’t going to cancel an interview with Leo though:)

    There are many many people I failed to catch up with but many faces I did meet here so lovely to relive that:) Thank you.

    • Farnoosh

      Annabel, stop beating yourself up – you are starting to sound like me and Andy needs to give you the same lectures I see ;)! You did SO much – you were everywhere, you went to so the parties, you played poker with the blogging poker champs, you went to the sessions, to breakfast with me, and a million other things! Next time, we can catch up with all those whom we missed. For now, I am thrilled to have met you!

      • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

        Ah, it was great, I did squeeze a lot in. Just starting to feel human again:)

        • Farnoosh

          Much better outlook, Annabel – and just you wait til next year (or next get-together, whichever comes sooner)!

  • Karol Gajda

    My dear Farnoosh, you are the best! Thank you for always smiling and being your incredible self. :)

    • Farnoosh

      Karol, thank you – I miss you guys already – do be safe in your travels and I’ll check with you on my next travels to see if I may not cross your path again.

  • Emiel

    Dear Farnoosh, what an excellent list / summary / photography collection of these awesome bloggers! I will make sure to read and study all the blogs you mentioned. Great post!!

    • Farnoosh

      Emiel, thank you !! Yes do check out some of these guys, they are beyond impressive….and I am glad to see you are keeping up the travel blogging so well. Nice to see you here as always!

  • J.D. Meier

    I think it’s great the way you got to hang with your tribe.

    > a community so close-knit that while it spans the globe, it is as small and intimate as a living room gathering.
    That’s perfect imagery for how the world grows bigger and smaller at the same time … and how easy it is to connect at the values.

    • Farnoosh

      My tribe! There’s another word I could’ve used, thanks J.D! I love it. Yes our world grows bigger but thank heavens for the internet that we can now be in touch with so many others. And thank you for leaving such a nice message here!

  • Tess The Bold Life

    Thanks for sharing your high energy fun! Those are the words I would use to describe this post and photos. There are a few people I don’t recognize and I’m going to check them out. I know what you mean about Leo and inner peace. His entire philosophy came to life for me not only in San Francisco when I met him but yesterday listening to him speak in the A-list blogger community. He is simply amazing. I’m not sure I know another blogger that walks his talk like Leo. Thanks again for the introductions and fun photos. You look fantastic in all of them.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dear Tess, high energy fun – I love it and it was indeed all of that. We did miss you and you were in conversation many times. And it’s really nice to hear you are part of the fab A-list blogger community – I heard so many good things through Aileen and Katie and Barrie about it. Thank you for being a part of this community – and for your sweet comment!

  • Steve@Lifestyle Design

    Awesome post. Sounds like it was one heck of a good time. I am thinking that I have to make sure that I make it next year. It seems like I really missed out.

    Awesome list of the community of people you met and interacted with. So many names of people whose blogs I really respect and love.

    I am definitely looking forward to hearing the next part of blogworld review!

    • Farnoosh

      Steve, there’s always next year and for one thing, I will be there – I plan to even speak but we’ll see how that turns out. It’s always nice to hear that we run in the same circles. So until next year then, let’s stay in touch in the interwebs! Cheers!

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  • Samuel

    Awesome!!!!!! Lol just can’t stop blushing. i love this! nice job. thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    • Farnoosh

      Thanks Samuel – we had a great time. I am glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Katie

    Well, Farnoosh I’m not the most photogenic human being on the planet and it’s been a lifetime of crappy photos, but I guess that’s okay. When I do take a good photo, I milk it for all it’s worth (like my avatar photo which I do quite like). Regardless, I’m just happy to be pictured with your, sharing a special dinner at our favourite spot. Yes, the photo meets my approval because we’re in it together. So glad we had the chance to meet, connect and laugh. And of course, discuss our blogging journeys. It’s really Andy’s fault anyway because he took the picture. Great meeting you and all the others. Terrific post.

    • Farnoosh

      Katie, darling, you look gorgeous to me – you are just stubborn and won’t see it! I *love* your avatar photo too. I am so glad you discovered the Four Seasons, I’d always known it’s there but until this year – and until staying at 2 separate Four Seasons – I had never thought much of them. Now I think the WORLD of the hotel chain. It was a special night and an even more special weekend. We will remember it for a long time! Andy sends his apologies wrapped in a big hug! Thanks for your wonderful comment and for being you!

  • Jen Gresham

    What awesome taste you have, my dear! Completely agree on your list and love the pictures.

    It was joyous spending so much time with you. I love the energy you CREATE in others. As I put in the photo for my BlogWorld post, “It’s all about the community.” And so it is!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Jen, glad you enjoyed the post – it was so much joy, so much fun, and so much learning. I hope you are busy pulling together our next conference.. …I’ll bring a ton more energy to it if only that means we get to meet again before waiting a whole other year! Our community rocks….Thanks for being here!

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    Oh sweet Farnoosh! What a super duper awesome full of life post this is…phew…I was excited just reading it..and believe me I’m excited seeing you with some of my favorite blogging gurus right up there (leo & darren)…oh my there is a rush of gigantic much so I’m already wondering how i can be there next year.hmm… it aint easy to plan a trip around the world with a little one na-her school etc. I’m now tied down to holiday only when she gets her summer or winter breaks. But you never know, a miracle can happen if I want it hard enough :) If not I” just come over to visit you…with all your stories..I think I will feel like i visited blogworld too :)
    So many new faces in this list..and so many I already know. I will have to check each an every one of these awesome souls out…after all YOU have recommended them :)
    Stay your awesome energetic self always girl…I feel the energy right here half way across the world!!!
    Lots of love and positivity,

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Zeenat, You must be there next year – even if we have to sponsor you to get out here so be thinking about it now. I won’t accept excuses! I know you have a little one who will be bigger by next year too, don’t forget. Maybe papa or grandparents can keep her for just a few days?
      As always, the energy and joy comes from you dear Zeenat, and I am so happy you enjoyed this post. Much love to you wrapped with a lot of energy and hope for next year!

  • Angela Artemis

    Great post Farnoosh! You met most of my favorite people. Some new faces I’ll have to check out. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing your great photos!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Angela, Aileen and I talked about you and I must say it was me who gave her the good news about your house sale since her phone was acting up. Now you have no excuses to miss blogworld next year. I can’t wait to take your photo myself! Thanks for being here!

  • Steven

    Wow, you met almost all of my favorites. That is way too cool. I hope I can attend Blogworld next year!

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Steven, glad to hear it – and here’s hoping to see you at Blogworld next year too! Thank you for dropping by and welcome to prolific living!

  • Nathalie Lussier

    Farnoosh you are a whirlwind of amazingness! All of your words and photos speak of how incredible you are at fostering a community and I love love love that!

    I’m so happy we got to meet, and I loved looking at this post and the photo we took together too! :)

    Yay to blogging buddies, internet friends, and meeting face to face!

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Nathalie, I am so happy to have met you – thank you so much, I had no idea I’d be such a fan of community but it’s the blogging one we are talking about so it’s easy to be in love with it. Thank you for taking time to teach a session at blogworld and for your comment here. See you in the interwebs. I will be coming back for more of your raw foods suggestions very often!

  • Sibyl – alternaview

    Farnoosh: I have been waiting for this post so I could live vicariously through you at Blogworld :) It was everything that I thought it would be. Thank you so much for the great story and taking us on your journey. I knew you would have an amazing time in Vegas and you met so many amazing people. I can just feel your high energy in this post :) You can sometime forget how magical the blogosphere is and how strong the community is, but this post brought it all back into the light. Thanks for the great experience.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Sibyl, we missed you so! I think this first Blogworld was to just test the waters and now we can plan seriously for next year and make sure everyone shows up! I am so happy this series was able to reignite some of the excitement and fun we had and let’s make sure we aim for meeting in person at least once. You were missed, and you are welcome, thank you for leaving a lovely comment!

  • John Sherry

    I wish I’d been there Farnoosh to chat, share and connect in person with all the bluddies (blog buddies) because it’s a true community of fabulous people. I’m proud to know so many fabulous people who put their hearts on the line and on the page every day. Long live blogship!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi John, next year for sure. It is a fabulous community as you say and I love the term “blogship”! Thank you for dropping by and leaving your thoughts!

  • angie

    Hi Farnoosh,
    Blogworld sounded great! Thanks for sharing. I just stumble upon your super positive blog which is so awesome! I’ll be back later to read more. BEST! *a

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Angie, sweet find – welcome here and I hope to see more of you. I am very happy you enjoyed the post and come back anytime! Thanks for your comment!

  • Abubakar Jamil

    Thank you so much for this series which passes on something wonderful that you absorbed during your time spent among the great community. Community of people who are changing the world forever—in a better way!

    • Farnoosh

      Abubakar, you are very welcome. I was determined to bring back what I could of Blogworld to share with everyone! We (you and me and everyone) do belong to a fantastic community and it is growing and maturing and evolving in a direction that I am very happy about….!
      Thanks for your comment and see you at Blogworld 2011, no excuses!

  • Whispering Gums

    Great post as usual. As one who loves being parts of communities I totally get how this experience affected you. There is something truly soul nourishing about being part of a community of generous, friendly people who are enthusiastic about/committed to some idea or activity. I loved reading about the “characters” you met. Well done!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Sue, I am so happy to see you here again. “Soul nourishing” – now there is a word I should’ve thought of :)! Indeed, we are part of such a community even if virtual and I even feel it during our interactions as I have mentioned to you before….Here’s to our thriving community despite the miles and across the time zones. Thanks for your lovely comment!

      • Whispering Gums

        How can I not pop in with such welcomes as you give! Cheers, till next time…

  • Felicia

    Thank you for sharing your experience in meeting established personalities in the world of blogging. Just looking at your photos with the other bloggers makes me feel very happy for you.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Felicia, it is so nice to see you here – thank you for sharing in the happiness with the friends and community at Blogworld. I am so glad you enjoyed it and so wish to meet you at the next Blogworld 2011!

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