I have just returned home from Blogworld & New Media Expo 2011 in New York City. At some time in what I hope will be the very near future, the impact of that visit will be obvious on this website.
While in New York City, my husband and I stayed at the Metro Apartments, 440 West 41st Street, New York, NY. This was not the Ritz, but it was clean, the owners were remodeling the building to improve it, and the staff was very nice and very helpful. The location was also great–it was right on the edge of the theatre district. The hotel is located in the area of the city known as Hell’s Kitchen. It was also close to the bus station, which was fantastic because we took the bus from Rhode Island and only had to walk across the street. The room had a lot of street noise, but I think that is fairly common in New York City. One of the desk clerks explained to us the Hell’s Kitchen used to be a less than wonderful neighborhood, but had changed dramatically in recent years because of “the mouse.” He was referring to the impact that opening the Disney Store and the Disney Theatre has had on Times Square. Mickey Mouse has had a very positive impact on Times Square and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Because I was curious, I checked out the age demographics of bloggers. According to Social Media Today, as of June 7, 2010, 20.2 percent of bloggers are less than 20 years old; 53.3 percent of bloggers are 21 through 35 years old; 19.4 percent are 36 through 50 years old; and 7.1 percent of bloggers are age 51 or older. The people at Blogworld generally reflected those numbers. As an older blogger who is technically challenged (to say the least), I appreciated the patience and willingness of the people at the various exhibits to take the time to explain things to me. The people running the exhibits at the show were very helpful and very informative. Due to scheduling conflicts and cost restraints, I didn’t get to hear any of the speakers this year. I hope to be back next year for exhibits and speakers.
Stay tuned for changes coming to this site!