Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently put to the Goon Central board:
Rob, can you do me a favor and post a Youtube video of your Ignite presentation to the Financial Bloggers Conference (FinCon13)?
I believe that the talk will go up on YouTube. All of last year’s are there. I don’t have any knowledge of the process by which that is done or of the timing.I also don’t know if they post the slideshows on YouTube as well. I looked at the talks as preparation. I don’t recall if they had the slideshows as well or not.I am fine with sharing the slideshow. I don’t know what is involved in getting it posted here. If one of you Goons wants to explain that, I am willing to give it a shot. I am not sure that the slideshow will make much sense without the presentation to go with it. The slideshow is 20 slides. Each has a quote of something that was said during the 11 years of discussions and an image. Most of the images are intended to be funny. So, for example, I have one where one of you Goons says “Haven’t you noticed that NO ONE ever goes to your site?” and I have an image of a little boy holding a teddy bear for comfort. They are all that sort of thing.The talk was well-received. There were about 200 people there. I got a big laugh when the title of the presentation (“How to Become the Most Hated Blogger on the Internet”) went up. I got applause at the end, but that doesn’t mean much, everyone gets applause. I had three people come up to me as soon as the other talks were over and ask for more information. The four of us continued talking about investing and lots of other stuff until about midnight. I presume that other people had questions too. But people could see that I was involved in this group and so no one else actually came up.
I don’t believe that I have 200 converts. I think that what this did was put a thought in people’s heads that they will ponder in the back of their minds. That’s all you can do in five minutes. I say that that is the likely outcome because that is the outcome I saw with lots of people that I spoke to outside of the Ignite presentation. In each of the three years, I have seen an increased openness to the ideas. But rarely do I see people give 100 percent endorsements of the ideas. Usually, there is a tentative willingness to think them over and to hear more. It’s too big a change for people to go all the way as the result of a single exposure.
I did have two complete converts. One was a guy I had breakfast with. Another was a guy I met at a speed networking event. Those two offered John Walter Russell level support. I haven’t seen that before. So that obviously made me happy.
I ran into several people that I expect to work with a bit on different projects. Podcasting and that sort of thing. I have a few other things on my list before I turn to those projects. But it’s not too early to start making tentative plans for 2014.
I would say that in each of the three FinCons I have seen a bit more acceptance than in the one before. I had a long talk with my buddy J.D. Roth. He said that my problem is that my arguments are too “overpowering.” I noted that it is common for baseball teams that have a fellow who hits too many home-runs to let him go because it is not fair to the other teams for one team to always have the most overpowering player. Then we shook hands and I went on my way.
I saw Mike Piper in the hallway and we exchanged cordial greetings and went on.
I talked with Todd Tresidder several times. One time I was explaining to someone else how there is a 65 percent crash coming and Todd said: “Now you know why Rob is so popular!”
I attended a Kareoke (I don’t know how to spell it but you know what I mean) event. I didn’t have the guts to get up and sing “You Are the SunShine of My Life” 100 percent off key. Perhaps if my wife had been there, I would have forced myself. I did that once on a trip we made to San Francisco. But no, on this particular occasion it was not in me to be the brave one.
I was nervous before doing the Ignite presentation. There was a lot of beer around and there was a temptation to use that to ease the nerves. I knew better because I have heard stories of one unfortunate fellow who went too far with that strategy last year. Once I was up front and saying words, the nervousness went away. I think the fear is that you won’t actually be able to talk when the time comes to do so. Once you see that your mouth works even when you are on a stage, the rest just follows.
Lots of financial bloggers have been hit hard by Google. That was the elephant in the living room. The number of attendees was way up (over 500 this year). I don’t see how that can continue if Google keeps hitting people. But I didn’t expect attendance to be up nearly as much as it was this year either. So there may be things going on that I do not fully understand.
Anyway, that’s the basic story. The conference was certainly worth the time and money I put into it. I will certainly do it again next year.
I hope that helps a bit.
Rob the Devil