Chris Guillebeau of The Art of NonConformity & JD Roth of Get Rich Slowly organized a Chicago meet-up for bloggers/fans of the two sites at the Rockit Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville last night. Chris was coming back from some place exotic [like always] and was coming through Chicago, so JD flew out from Portland to take the Amtrak back west as Chris launches his newest product, The Empire Building Kit.
It was a very cool opportunity. I got a chance to meet & chat with Chris [hands down my favorite blogger] for a bit and find out he’s real person. [I found out he’s a big Donald Miller fan too]. If you’re looking for something to blow your mind and challenge you to live an interesting life, read his free manifestos 279 days & A Brief Guide To World Domination. [Check Out Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years while you’re at it]
[Chris & I – He’s Not Short, He’s Just Sitting Down]
I got to talk with JD [the first real blogger I started reading]. I got to pick his brain about blogging in general, his techniques and his experiences that he’s had from blogging for the last 10 years or so. Wow.
I even mentioned my idea for this blog to him & he gave me the thumbs up for it. I figure if I’m passionate about it & JD liked the idea, I might as well give it a shot, huh? Besides, I mentioned this blog to enough people at the meet-up that I figure I actually have to go through with it. Crap! [Kind of awkward to go to blogger meet-up if you don’t actually have a blog] =)
I also got to sit down & chat with Adam Baker [Just call him Baker] of ManVsDebt. If you’re into blogging and haven’t heard of him yet, stay tuned, you will. Over the last year, he’s sold a ton of crap, moved to New Zealand, then to Thailand and now back to Indy while plotting his next adventure. He even launched his first ebook last month. I happen to be moving to Indy for the next 3 months and fully plan on harassing Baker into having coffee, or some type of equivalent healthy alternative [Wheat grass shots anyone?] so I can pick his brain a bit more.
[JD, Me & Baker]
It’s very cool to meet people in person that you’ve only connected with on twitter or through their blog posts so it was definitely a great opportunity to not only the people behind the blog and realize how down to earth they actually are.