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Boston Sports Blogapalooza II

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

What an event Boston Sports Blogapalooza is turning into. This past Saturday (11/6/10) the Baseball Tavern in Boston, MA hosted the second Boston Sports Blogapalooza. Joe Gill of Boston Sports Then and Now put on another great event, sponsored by Comcast Sports Net New England (CSNNE).

Some notables in attendance were CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Damon Amendolara (of the D.A. show on 98.5 The Sports Hub), Carolyn Manno of CSSNE, Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (of TownieNews), and countless others. There were a total of 113 people in attendance, an increase of 33 since the last event in May.

There is already talk of another Palooza and if you want to stay up to date, you can follow the Facebook page of Boston Sports Blogapalooza.

I have to say I really benefitted from attending. I met some great connections including one who works in the same organization as I do, the Boston Blazers. I worked the registration table for much of the event, but I was able to make some connections nonetheless.

This Palooza did something new in that there was a panel discussion related to several different topics. There were five experts brought in from various sports sites, radio stations and television stations in the area (i.e. 98.5, WEEI and CSN). Topics discussed included Baseball, Hockey, Football, Basketball and Social Media. Comcast Sports Net covered the panel discussion and you can find the footage here:

Blogapalooza II CSNNE Coverage

There was a raffle with tons of great prizes including a Cam Neely Bruins Jersey, multiple great books (one of which I won – Inbound Marketing), tons of T-shirts donated from sponsors, Patriots/Jets tickets, Boston Blazers tickets, giant posters, flags, and way too many other things to name.

This has to be one of the best free networking events I have been a part of. The people are all extremely friendly and the the environment is great, and the price is right (FREE!). Next Palooza already has the Providence Bruins expressing interest amongst others. Looking forward to the next one. Anyone who is in the Boston area I would recommend looking into this event.

Also, just a note: My favorite prize I took home from the event was a Milan Lucic Bruins print from The Boston Sports Company (probably about 7 feet by 5 feet). Here it is:

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Boston Sports Blogapalooza

May 2, 2010 1 comment

Today I went to my first real networking event. It was called Boston Sports Blogapalooza and it basically a meeting of the minds of all types of sports bloggers from the Boston area. It was a great experience and everyone was very friendly. I was able to meet tons of people in a great environment (The Baseball Tavern on Boylston Street) and get some tips for improving my practices.

One of the things that I decided to do after attending is to branch off of Dan Sullivan Sport Management with a new blog called Dan Sullivan Sports. I decided to focus more on sports in the new blog, as it is important to find a niche. I was feeling pressured to keep posting something, regardless of the topic, to the sport management blog. This is a poor practice and it is important to find a niche and write towards it, as opposed to just writing to fill space and update.

I met some great people. I met Kisha Tapangan there, who writes a blog called Necessary Roughness with Kisha. Other connections I made are Cornelius, who writes about hockey at Hockey Blog Adventure , Sarah Connors, who writes at Tea Party Throwdown, and Adam Vaccaro, a New England Revolution¬†writer who can be found at Six States, One Blog. ¬†I also was able to meet a few other people, including one of the most interesting people I met all night. His name was George Kippenhan (Kippah) and he writes on a site called TownieNews. The funny thing about George is he is constantly carrying around a life sized cardboard cutout of Tom Brady (aka Brades- George’s BFF). Definitely a character. Hilarious guy.

Myself, Brades and Kippah

I got some great tips and met some awesome people. Things that I gained from this networking event and tips for the future:

-Don’t be shy. Everyone is there for the same reason: to meet people and make connections. Step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself.

-Bring business cards, so people don’t have to be writing down your information. I luckily had some printed recently and it went a long way, as I handed out a good amount of them.

-Learn from the mistakes others have made. Don’t just think your blog will be different or you are a better writer. Take the advice of other people and apply it to your own work.

-Be open minded towards others’ styles and work. Not everyone is writing about the same things and it is good to look into topics that you don’t always focus on. I found it interesting to hear about the New England Revolution from Adam Vaccaro, which was a nice change of pace from the usual Boston Sports people are writing about.

-Bring a pen.

Overall this was a great experience. I met awesome people and gained tons of constructive tips that will help me in my blogging career. I can’t wait to do it again. Thank you to Joe Gill, who was our host, and The Baseball Tavern.