Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Make connections

Last night, I attended the second annual Ignite Portland . I got to the Bagdad super early so I had a quick dinner in the adjoining restaurant. Although Hawthorne Blvd. is lined with awesome stores, only The Gold Door was able to whisk me inside for a few minutes. After all, I can shop anytime. Ignite Portland was starting tonight and 600 people had RSVP'd.

I ended up volunteering, got an official "STAFF" badge and everything. I basically met with sponsors and collected their swag: t-shirts, messenger bags, chap stick, etc. I was also in charge of tying up t-shirts (including ones from Jive Software) for the Todd Kenefsky t-shirt "cannon".

600 people had RSVP'd and we had to turn people away after 750 had entered (due to fire code laws). In case you are wondering, Paul Bingham was the first one in the door.

In all this, only one person, out of 750+, had a bit of a hissy fit. Only one! That is Portland for you.

One of the reasons I had gone to Ignite Portland was to network. I wanted to talk to people about Treasurelicious. Frankly, after making swag bags, smiling, answering questions and such I was just too tired to network.

So, here is what I would have said:

ME: You know how we all have stuff that we really love?

YOU: Oh yeah, certainly!

ME: And you know how fun it is to show your friends? Maybe even include it in your blog or on your website?

YOU: Oh yeah. Hey, I have a blog! Tell me more!

ME: Well, Treasurelicious lets you list your treasures, include a photo and a description. You can take the widget code and post your list on your website or blog.

YOU: Hey, that sounds like fun! It sounds simple but brilliant! I'm gonna go sign up now! And then I am gonna blog about it! Thanks so much!

For an example, see my Treasurelicious list in the sidebar. ============================>


sybil law said...

I looked! It worked! Also, I want to hear about the one person who had a hissy fit! :)

holly said...

yes, the hissy fit sounds promising for fun value.

although, i've been accused of being a follower, so now i *don't* want to hear about it. ..

but i notice no one minded my following when i filled up my treasurelicious widget...

which is awesome. best.widget.ever.

Anonymous said...

I got there around 5:50pm and sat in the upper balcony. those seats are super-plush!

you folded the tshirts? lol. i was telling my friend about the blazer games and the tshirt cannon that can launch shirts to the top of the rose garden.

CrankMama said...

I'm all for following if it means I'll hear more about the hissy fit... details!

And that is a HUGE networking event. They usually don't pass 50 peeps here in B'ham.

Groovy Mom said...

I've been checking out your treasures. I might have to get me some treasurlicious too.

Ignite Portland sounds like a good time! Good for you for getting out there and networking.

missburrows said...

sybil: Thanks! Hmmm....we will see if I tell that story.

holly: Thanks! Want some chocolate?

don: Yes, I saw you. You were in the crowd that came in when we needed to give up on registering. I was in the ticket booth, folding those shirts.

crankmama: Fine. Fine. Hissy fit story later.

groovy: Cool. Holly has one too. Check it out!

GeekyGirl Dawn Foster said...

Thank you so much for letting me volunteer you to help!

The dangers of showing up at a community event too early - we put you to work!! :-)

mielikki said...

Ignite Portland? It sounds like you all were going to set it on fire...
tomorrow, I am going to go play with Treasurelicious, though, really.

Lilacspecs said...

I'll head over and check it out, although, since I moved I don't really have much stuff.

missburrows said...

geeky: I had a great time. Thanks for letting me crash the volunteer party.

mielikki: Even if we did, nothing would probably happen. It was raining pretty heavily. Let me know what you think of Treasurelicious!

lilac: Ok, cool. You really can use it any way you want. If you want to put in things that you wish for (rather than already have) you can do that. Anything that you can take a picture of, you can add. Your bike...your's really just supposed to be a fun little widget that lets you express a bit more about yourself. Please let me know what you think of it.

meleah rebeccah said...

ah yes... "Hawthorne Blvd. is lined with awesome stores"

As it should be...thats MY last name!


missburrows said...

meleah: Oh, they must have named it after you!

Groovy Mom said...

I tried and tried to sign up using my OpenId, but I couldn't do it. Ack! I just kept getting sent back to the log in page, and no matter what couldn't get it to do anything with my OpenId.

missburrows said...

groovy: I think there is something wrong with your OpenId. Please, please, try again! It would be very groovy of you!