The 1st 4RealzEd event was yesterday and…

4ealzEdI think I’ve recovered enough now to actually post about it! 🙂

Despite our best efforts to be prepared, the day started off a bit rough with a nearby mudslide taking out power in our building in the morning (meaning no hot coffee and no projector) and a 9-car pileup on a nearby freeway slowed me down tremendously. AHHH

So, to say it started rough would be an understatement… But once it started, things seem to get on a roll quickly.

I started with an overview of consumers expectations in a web2.0 world to set expectations for the day… Jim followed up with presentation on optimal features and design for a real estate website. Then it turned back to me for a presentation on social networking… lunch… then another presentation by me on creating value through blogging about communities. And we returned for the day’s finally with Jim giving a engaging presentation on measuring and tracking marketing results to ensure a positive ROI.

All around, it was a wonderful day! And, maybe they were just being nice, but the attendees who talked with me said only good things about the education.

Because I promised attendees I would give them a list of all the sites I mentioned in my presentations (so that they wouldn’t have to ask me to spell out each URL), here is the list for everyone’s benefit.

Consumer Expectations in a Web2.0 World:

Engaging in Social Networking to Earn Clients

Using Blogs to Build Communities

I wasn’t tracking the sites that Jim mentioned, but there were not nearly as many of them in his presentations…

And thanks again to all the bloggers who have helped spread the word about the event, the sponsors who helped us keep the price low and all the attendees who made the day possible!

I received some incredible feedback from all three groups, which is going to lead me to make some changes to the upcoming events (I’ll announce those early next week!). Great stuff all around. Thanks again to everyone!

Best Blogging Coffee Shops in The Valley

Now that I’m on my own, I find that I really enjoy working out of coffeeshops. And considering I’ve been driving my daughter to school some mornings in “the valley” of LA, I’ve been searching far and wide for places with free wifi and caffeine that I can plant myself for a few hours to get some work done.

However, I’m realizing that I was completely spoiled in Seattle where just about every small retail district in North Seattle had an independent coffeeshop (almost always with free wifi!). Here in The Valley, good blogging (independent) coffee shops are are nearly non-existent. (It’s worth noting that both of those links to go maps that are at the same scale!)

With all that said, here are the coffee shops I’ve found (although I’m definitely still on the lookout for more!):

Perks (yelp)
9028 Balboa Blvd
Northridge, CA 91325

Daily Grind (yelp)
18131 Chatsworth St
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Village Coffee Roasters (yelp)
23351 Mulholland Dr
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Panera Bread (yelp)
19662 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91328

Coffee Junction (yelp) Currently closed while undergoing renovations
19221 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

View Larger Map

I’ll happily update this post to add more coffee shops in the valley with free wifi, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there are others!