It’s that time again. BlogWorld & New Media Expo early registration rates are about to cut out on July 1st.

BlogWorld & New Media Expo, held in Las Vegas, has been a highlight of each of the past two years for me. It is such a great gathering of people who are actively involved, or otherwise interested in learning about, blogging, podcasting and video blogging. There is an amazing lineup of speakers and topics and a wonderfully diverse group of people attending – by no means just a gathering of geeks (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2008

BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2008

The organizers boast, justifiably, that BlogWorld & New Media Expo is “the only industry-wide trade show for the blogging and new media world”.

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, now that BlogWorld Expo and a former, partly parallel event, New Media Expo, have merged into one event. Dates of the Expo and main conference are October 16-17, with with an exclusive Social Media Summit as an all-day event on the previous day, October 15. The Expo and all the conference sessions are held in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Although my focus in the past couple of years has been on the conference sessions – especially last year when I was helping with the management of the conference sessions as well as presenting – the Expo part of the event is significant in its own right. Frankly, when I first heard about the idea of a blogging and new media expo I wondered what would be on display: my wondering stopped the first time I visited the Expo.

The event website lists some of what you will find in the Expo:

…publishing platforms, design companies, web/blog/podcast hosting companies, aggregators, add-on services, plug-ins, widgets, computer hardware & software, wireless services, podcasting products, wireless & high speed ISPs, VOIP companies, on-line advertising networks, news readers, RSS/syndication services, search engines, consulting companies, affiliate program partners, new media products and services…

In fact, there is so much to see in the Expo and there are so many interesting people to speak to at the various stands, that it can be a challenge fitting all that in and participating fully in the conference program. A nice challenge to have.

And then there is the networking, around the Expo area, in the coffee lounge, between conference sessions and at any of the plethora of parties and other social events over the few days. Sleep is optional.

Disclosure: As well as being a huge fan of the event, I’m an affiliate of BlogWorld & New Media Expo, so if you click through from here there is a potential benefit for me. If that’s a problem, just use the basic web address – http://www.blogworldexpo.com . Either way, do check it out and if you do attend, please make sure to track me down and say hi!

There are excellent discounts on tickets right now but they close in a few days time, on July 1st. Click on the banner below for more information.

Join the top bloggers and new media experts in the world at BlogWorld Expo 2009

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Des Walsh is an executive coach. He helps business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide deal effectively with the feeling of being left behind or overwhelmed, or both, about social media – especially LinkedIn - and how to engage safely and effectively with social media to help grow their business. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).