It's a fact. In fact, I've got metrics to prove it.
I've met David Berkowitz, David Reich, Noah Brier, Max Kalehoff, Mario Sundar, Lewis Green, Katie Chatfield, talked to Mack Collier at least a dozen times, David Armano, Jackie Huba, Ben McConnell, Joseph Jaffe, spoken at great length with Ann Handley, Marianne Richmond, Toby Bloomberg, Paul McEnany, talked to Stephen Denny at least five times, talked to Gavin Heaton once (but for an hour), Drew McLellan, Rebecca Edmonston, Greg Verdino, Paul Gillin, Neil Vineberg, Josh Hallett, Andy Sernovitz....
...and, as of Friday night's party, I've now also met Lori Magno, Mark Goren, Matt Dickman, Valeria Maltoni, Elana Centor, C.B.Whittemore, Fard Johnmar, Megan Garnhum, Alex Geana, Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman.
OK, so 37 not 50. The number doesn't matter because I already knew it. But, in marketing, we all slave over metrics so now I have undeniable, irrefutable proof that...for certain, without question and without second thought bloggers are cool, smart, genuine and generous. And you kids can party.
But here's the key takeaway: bloggers are exactly like they are on their blogs. There's no feigning here; no facade in this 'sphere (or at least not in our corner of it).
I am honored that you great people make time for me through your day-to-day blogging and more so that you make time for me when you come into town. It is a pleasure to be your host of books and blogger meetups.
And more so, to be your friend.
So there you go...and go to Matt Dickman's blog to see ALL the cool pics from last Friday's Manhattan Meetup. There are probably 20 shots to enjoy.
A few words for you good people from Friday night: Valeria, you are a goddess (and I now promote you as such) and braved the rain to come from Philly; Toby you are such a warm person and set the bar for all Divas; David you are my dear (!) friend offline and are contributing so much online; Mark I'm so glad the first time you saw me I was jumping up and down in joy that you had made it from Quebec (I was literally jumping for joy); Matt I so regret that we only went until 2am but I know I'm going to hang with you again soon--how perfect for your conference to be this week; Marianne I just adore you and yes, your teenagers can now see proof that you were livin' the nightlife; Fard I can't believe you live in NYC, we need to hang; David B. thanks for coming by and for always being such a great buddy; Lori I can't believe you bejeweled all the bloggers and I think you need to start a series of 3-minute weekly videos on "fashionable living" as you've got the looks, style and personality for it (do it, you'll thank me!); Alex so glad the Diva brought you, C.B. I'm so excited you live in N.J. let's please do lunch or something this Spring and gab more; Red you rockin' redhead, thanks for hanging with we marketing bloggers!
P.S.: Anyone notice how in pics with you bloggers I'm always hugging you guys and standing really close to you? I'm gonna get myself a blogger-groupie rep.