Montreal bloggers meetup

It was a great evening last night at the blogger dinner in honour of Shel Israel‘s visit to Montreal. Although my conversation with Shel was basically “Hi, nice to meet you..” I did end up meeting some great people who I’d only read online.

I guess it’s because I don’t actually live IN Montreal (I’m about 45kms north), and because I travel a lot for work, but I haven’t yet been able to make it to a YULBiz or YULBlog meetup. Also, as someone who came to blogging from the podcast side, as opposed to the other way around, I think I felt I lacked some credibilty with the “Pure-laine” bloggeurs.

Last night changed that for me, the conversations were interesting, engaged and very thought-provoking. I mostly hung around with
Michel Leblanc (who’s passion for Second Life makes CC Chapman sound like he hates it) , Marc Snyder (who’s skepticism for Second Life outweighs even mine) Craig Silverman, Ben Yoskovitz, Julien Smith (One day, I’ll be on his blogroll), Mitch Joel, and
Joseph Thornley who’s great idea for taking captioned pictures of everyone is a great help to memory-challenged people like myself.

There were many more interesting people I didn’t really get a chance to talk to, but hopefully as I start attending more functions I’ll be able to get to know them too.

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  1. shel israel says:

    Bob,
    I’m sorry we did not get a chance to exchanged Hello’s at the dinner, but this post proves what blog dinners are all about. I was just the excuse for a bunch of people with shared interests and passions to get together, eat, drink, argue joke and otherwise get to know each other better. Blogging will never replace to wonderfulness of face-to-face meetings. I had an absolute ball and I just regret that I could not get to speak more with everyone who attended.

  2. julien says:

    ok! point taken! đŸ™‚

  3. Sorry I missed you when I was at the big bloggers meet-up in Montreal earlier this month.
    Glad to hear you made it.

    How’s the foot?

  4. Sorry I missed you when I was at the big bloggers meet-up in Montreal earlier this month.
    Glad to hear you made it.

    How’s the CALF MUSCLE?

  5. […] I saw this phenomenon of giving generously to the community again on Wednesday evening, when Shel Israel decided that rather than go back to his hotel and put up his feet after an all day conference (and a cross-continent flight the night before), he would instead offer himself up as the rallying point for a bloggers dinner that drew together the Montreal social media community. At the end of the evening, one of the participants told me that Shel’s presence had attracted people from at least three separate social media communities. Bob Goyetche says something similar in his post about the dinner. […]

  6. Très heureux de t’avoir rencontrĂ© Bob. What a passionate guy you are Bob. Look forward to our next chat…

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  1. […] I saw this phenomenon of giving generously to the community again on Wednesday evening, when Shel Israel decided that rather than go back to his hotel and put up his feet after an all day conference (and a cross-continent flight the night before), he would instead offer himself up as the rallying point for a bloggers dinner that drew together the Montreal social media community. At the end of the evening, one of the participants told me that Shel’s presence had attracted people from at least three separate social media communities. Bob Goyetche says something similar in his post about the dinner. […]

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