After Thomas' session, I went to sit in the Bloggers' Lounge. It's really just two tables and a power strip in the exhibit hall. There is a screen that scrolls live and past tweets about the conference. This Bloggers area was a good idea. We had a place to sit and focus on writing blog posts about the conference. At the same time, we were strategically placed in an area that conference attendees could come up and ask questions about blogs--and many did just that. Thomas took the brunt of the questions because he's a celebrity and the best teacher. I really did like this Blogger Lounge and the interaction it provided me. Other conferences should consider a similar set up.
In the afternoon, I hit the exhibits. I picked up a copy of Personal Historian from Roots Magic. I bought The Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Census: 1790-1920 from Leiland Meitzler. I sat some more in the Bloggers' area. It may sound lazy, but people stop and talk (even vendors). It's a great way to hear the latest news in the genealogy business world.
After the grand prize drawing (which I didn't win. They must have lost my ticket.), I thanked Holly Hansen for a wonderful Expo. Then I went to dinner with some of the great friends I have made through my genealogy blog and conference attendance. We had a good time.
Next up...a summary of my experience with my first Family History Expo, and a comparison of this event with other conferences I've attended.