Blogger Night At The Iguana


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

Divacard_3_2 What do bloggers do when they meet up for a Totally CK Happy Happy Hour? Talk and laugh and drink and take tons of photos .. and then talk and laugh and drink and take more photos!
Last night I stepped into the Iguana bar in Midtown and was greeted by Steve Woodruff's wonderful smile. What a lovely surprise to see the "father of George."  Then I saw the amazing CB Whittemore and the awesome Ann Handley and knew no matter who else showed up it would be a blogger blast. Back from her European tour (I've always wanted to say that .. back from her European tour!) Carolyn Townes - the Wild W Wiki Woman - walked through the door. Then dear David Reich came in. Dana VanDen Huevel and Bill Flitter, coherts in the AMA Hot Topic workshop stopped by too.

Could it get any better? It could and it did with David Berkowitz and Kofi Annan! Kofi even brought along George. Will that monkey ever leave Manahattan?

I got to meet ultra cool divo bloggers Gary Cohn (Gary - send me your new blog link and I'll add it), Greg Verdino and the anon blogger Tangerine Toad - who doesn't look like a frog at all nor is he orange. Well .. I must say .. all those Divos were quite dashing. Nyc_907_diva_bloggers And the Divas? Divine .. but of course! Special pink boa tosses to dahling CK for pulling another wonderful party together. Missed you Lewis and Alex and Valeria .. next time.

Lessons Learned:  Virtual meeting places may seem odd but the relationships made online through social networks and blogs are as real and important as any you might make in any world. As Greg said to me, "See you on Facebook."


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"Virtual meeting places may seem odd but the relationships made online through social networks and blogs are as real and important as any you might make in any world."

Love that money quote, Toby. It was such a pleasure to meet you -- and an honor to meet a true "diva." Here's to the next time.. call me when you are in Boston!!

Posted by: Ann Handley on Sep 21, 2007 9:23:20 PM

It was great meeting you Toby! And though I may 'see you on Facebook' I hope we get to see each other again in the real world (oh, wow, that sounded so 1997.) :-)

Posted by: Greg Verdino on Sep 21, 2007 10:28:12 PM

Ahhh, Toby, most gracious Diva. You belong in Manhattan. Permanently! Thanks for visiting; it was wonderful getting a Toby-fix. I can't wait for the next one.

Posted by: C.B. Whittemore on Sep 21, 2007 11:37:36 PM


Does it count that I thought of you? I think I was leaving work just about when you were ordering your first drink ;-)

Posted by: Valeria Maltoni on Sep 21, 2007 11:57:20 PM


It sounds like a wonderful evening. I am so happy for you and all those who joined the party. As for me, my whirlwind Toronto trip found me getting six hours sleep in 35 hours and getting into be by 8 p.m. that evening. One beer and my face would have been floating in my soup.

Posted by: Lewis Green on Sep 22, 2007 10:20:06 AM

Glad you came to New York, Toby. It was your visit that sparked the party.

Till next time...

Posted by: David Reich on Sep 22, 2007 12:52:18 PM

Perhaps this should serve notice to all other marketing bloggers in the non-metro NY area - show up in the city, and you just might spark a major party! Toby, it was great to meet you...thanks for making the visit!

Posted by: Steve Woodruff on Sep 22, 2007 4:56:32 PM

Toby, dearest, it was so amazingly awesome to meet the "Oprah of the Blogosphere!" You are a dream. Thanks for the lovely memories and for bringing the virtual and real worlds together.

The Wiki Woman just got wilder!

Posted by: Carolyn on Sep 22, 2007 9:07:02 PM

Business travel is so much more enjoyable when there are friends to meet-up with along the way!

Posted by: Toby on Sep 23, 2007 12:22:19 PM

Toby, et. al: Thanks so much for having me-- this was my first blogger meet-up.

Was so great to finally meet all of you.

Definitely looking forward to next time.

Posted by: Tangerine Toad on Sep 24, 2007 11:47:05 AM

Soooooooooooooo jealous! I toast in your general direction!

Posted by: Lori Magno on Sep 24, 2007 2:02:56 PM

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