Friday, September 24, 2010

Blogger Road Trip: New York City

I was very excited to take a trip up to NYC this week for the much anticipated, long awaited conclusion of the #NateDay revolution from earlier this summer. And with all things in life that are much anticipated and long was flatter than cheap champagne on New Year's (you know- where your dress is too tight and your feet hurt..mmm,hmm).

Don't get me wrong, It was still a great experience to meet dozens of other bloggers from all around the country and the excitement in the greenroom was buzzing so loudly the building must have shook. But we were all under the impression the show was going to be somehow about design bloggers, or about design blogs....or at least mention the words Design and Blog in the same sentence when filming. No such luck. Shoulda, woulda, coulda on that one.

Nate, my friend, your adorable good looks don't get you everything.

(Waiting outside before the show. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day in NYC)

I thought the most interesting part of the show was the Q&A session after the taping finished where Nate took some time to chat with his army of free PR darlings. We asked what his favorite blogs are and where he gets design inspiration, but I expected any answer like that to be scripted right off the bat. His show may be new, but this is not his first time round-the-interview-block.

I thought the most fascinating questions were from bloggers who asked about living in a design based career and being successful. How did your firm start? How do I get my product line noticed? What do you do when you loose inspiration? Nate's answer's were on point and extremely encouraging. Blundering #NateDay or not, there is a reason we all clamored to be there with him.

There were many people that traveling many, many miles across the country with considerable expense to participate. Had I been one of those people, I may have felt very differently about my experience. But overall it was a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon, doing something out of the ordinary and taking in a little bit of the city afterward. Nate, a yummy dinner with friends and a Broadway show left me a little more inspired at the end of the day. And that's what it's really all about anyway, right?


  1. I guess I'm a little confused. Was Nate Day talked up as a bloggers-meet-Nate episode and then it wasn't that at all? So far I'm mostly enjoying his show, although it's a little "talky" than I would like, and his audience applauds WAY too often. He could also stand to tone it down when he appears on stage, grinning from ear to ear and flourishing his hands like an Olympic gymnast. Other than that, I'm liking it.

  2. What a let down - I've heard from so many bloggers that it was really uncool of him to invite everyone with the expectation that it would be about and for bloggers. Bummer. Glad you didn't spend a mint on airfare though.

  3. Yikes! That's not good. But I totally know how you feel. I sometimes feel like shows like this, or other events, tend to invite bloggers just so they can check that box off their to-do list. It sounds like there was a great group of writers there and I know I would have loved to see how their expertise and ideas could have been weaved into the show!

  4. I totally saw you on the show! Cool necklace!