If you click the link above; you’ll hear a very nice lady from the Czech Republic ask you, “Where Are You From?”
On March 18th through March 20th, I look forward to replying, “Jsem z USA” (pronounced poorly by me as something like “Semz USA”–or “I Am From The USA”
Four years ago, I began blogging at “On The Road With Dave” with the hopes of gaining a small readership of people interested in Quixtar, Multi-level Marketing, and my attempts at getting back into comedy.
For about 3 years, my blog content was directed more at my personal life, network marketing, blogs, and at interests that fulfilled my self-described status as a Renaissance man. In the past year, more things comic-related fill my entries.
Consistency in writing has proven to be the biggest benefit of blogging. I think I have grown as a writer on a wide variety of topics. This consistency has been noticed by a wide range of people.
Case in point: On March 17th, I’ll be winging my way overseas to appear on a panel of bloggers for Alticor Corporation in Prague, Czech Republic. Their communications and PR staff will be picking my brain and other bloggers for ideas on increasing their “personal” factor on the “Internets” via blogging. (At least, that’s my focus)
Alticor tells me, “With your experience and strong opinions about what works and what doesn’t in messaging to and with bloggers, the discussion…should be lively and informative.”
“Lively” may be an understatement, as I have learned the cast of panelists involved.
Consultant Dino Baskovic will introduce the discussion with short presentation on the topic of blogging. Dino is a consultant for Alticor. His firm, 36Hours is the designer for the Alticor Media Blog.
Dino also teaches at Lawrence Technological University and owns Vincena.
Though not directly comedy-related; I’d like to think that my “uniqueness” as a comedian had something to do with my selection by the corporation to appear among the other bloggers.
I’ll be appearing with a cast of bloggers known to some “OTRD” readers and their intensity of focus may need a little levity.
First on the list is the author of The Truth About Amway and Quixtar. Known for years, by the pseudonym “Insider” Or “IBOFightBack”
“Insider” was a long-time commenter at Quixtar Blog and Quixtar Blog Forum and at other Amway and Quixtar-related Blogs. Recently he was “outed” by Quixtar-critic, Scott Larsen. “Insider” now confirms his identity as David Steadson. I must say, I’m glad.
Second on the list is known to me only as a Pseudonym, BIG APPLE. BA is a commenter on the Alticor Media Blog. I don’t know much about BA, except his comments seem intelligent and helpful. I have no other links for him/her, but hope to have more after the conference.
The third panelist is known by all Quixtar and Amway related bloggers as simply, TEX. Thanks to me, Tex even has his “own” blog, “Tex’s Quixtar Blog”. Tex is passionate and prolific in the comments section of all the Alticor corporate blogs as well as Quixtar-critic blogs. His position is decidely “pro” for Alticor and passionately negative towards Lines of Sponsorship leaders known as “kingpins”
Finally; little ole “Dave Blogwriter”, rounds out the panel. I’ll be doing the same thing I’ve been doing the past 4 years here at “On The Road With Dave–offering my opinion, finding common ground, suggesting solutions, and listening to feedback. I think that’s the ultimate importance in blogging.
My goal is to blog from Prague(that rhymes) after the conference. If that’s not possible, I’ll be taking notes and offering several days of review of the conference after I return home. One interesting thing comes to mind already. After this conference…more identities will be revealed. This has to mean that the panelists see this conference as so important that it negates their desire to remain anonymous. I think that says a lot about their passion.
I’m only fretting over the long plane ride without the comfort of my Marlboros and I’m a little anxious about getting ripped off by currency exchangers and cabbies; but these fears are subsided when I look at my accommodations at the Marriott Prague and the fact that the corporation as already requested my “services rendered” invoice and W-9 so they can send me my check.
And who knows, I may tell a few jokes while I’m there.