how this mommy blogger spent 8 hours with john chow

Probably the coolest thing that happened to me this weekend at IzeaFest was meeting John Chow (also known as JohnChowdotCom). When I heard that John and Jeremy Shoemaker (also known as Shoemoney) would be speaking at IzeaFest, I knew I had to be there. I’m definitely far from being an A list blogger, or even a B, C, or D list blogger. I’m not the kind of person who would ever be on the radar of John Chow or Jeremy. I’m just over here blogging about my kids and dirty pants from Old Navy and almost getting arrested for horn honking.

(Translation: small potatoes.)

Unless you’re living under a rock on the internet, you’ve heard of John Chow and Jeremy Shoemaker. You don’t need to be an A lister or move in certain circles to know who they are, because chances are you’ve stumbled onto a picture of Jeremy’s huge AdSense checks, or you’ve heard about John’s fall from Google grace.

So back to the neatest part about this weekend…meeting John Chow. And when I say I “met” John Chow, I don’t mean that I worked my way over to him in the conference room, introduced myself, shoved a business card into his face and called it a day. That’s not my style baby! Instead, I drove John and his wife (who is lovely, and I don’t like to keep referring to as the nameless wife, but I don’t know if she’s mentioned on his blog by name and so I will refrain from doing so for now) to Universal Studios (along with Cass and Marisa) and played tour guide for the day to my new (and old) friends.

How many bloggers would give their right arm to spend 8 hours with John Chow? I could have picked his brain about blogging and what makes him tick, and nagged him incessantly about linking to me, but instead I enjoyed a lovely day with my friends, John, and his wife, and showed them the best Universal Studios had to offer. (Much thanks to Trevor and Andrew from Izea for meeting us there as well!) This whole post makes me sound like I’ve got John up on a pedestal, and a shrine to him in my living room, but I really don’t – I’m just impressed with what he’s accomplished, and it was neat to be able to spend time with someone who has done so much with a blog.

You would think the story ends there, but it doesn’t. In my email tonight, I found this:

Hi, ColleenC.

JohnChowDotCom (JohnChowDotCom) is now following your updates on Twitter. Check out JohnChowDotCom’s profile here:

You may follow JohnChowDotCom as well by clicking on the “follow” button.


How cool is THAT? John Chow has 2,073 followers, but he only follows 75 people…and I’m one of them! (John, you can never stop following me…I’d be crushed.)

I guess the moral of this story is that networking is cool, and you never know WHAT will happen at an event like IzeaFest!

31 Responses to “how this mommy blogger spent 8 hours with john chow”

  1. Jules says:

    Very cool :) He doesn’t follow me. LOL!

  2. Loretta says:

    That is awesome! All the pics you all have been uploading from the event are great. Wish I could have joined you.

  3. John Chow says:

    Hey Colleen,

    Thanks for the post! I had a great time today. I’m sure we’ll be meeting up again soon.


  4. Hey Colleen! You hit the nail on the head – networking is key – and your time spent with John Chow is proof.

    I’m glad you had such a great day – wish Crystal and I could have joined you, but I was too sick to even get out of bed. We’re off to Tarpon Springs and Naples tomorrow, and heading home Wednesday. Since we missed Universal this time, we WILL BE BACK to your lovely state!

  5. Cass says:

    I am not old ;) I had a great day, too, and really enjoyed the whole weekend. Yes, even the shaving cream and chocolate parts. But really, it was the spank that sent me over the edge.

  6. Lisa says:

    That is awesome! You know, he impressed me this weekend too. He was the only big name blogger that stayed and listened to all the panels. He also blogged about the conference too!

  7. Colleen says:

    I agree. A lot of the panelists acted as if (and this may just be *my* impression) they were there to speak only. John came as a blogger first, and a speaker second.


  8. Deb says:

    Glad you had a great time!

  9. Marisa says:

    I completely agree about John. And I just loved his wife. Universal was the perfect ending to a fantastic weekend.

  10. Kim says:

    I live under a rock. But you knew that.

  11. Jo says:

    I wish I could have gone, glad your got to meet John Chow.

  12. Susan says:

    Well that’s pretty cool. Glad it was fun!

  13. Stamps says:

    That’s awesome.

    One day I hope to meet Chow and Shoemoney as well. Just out of curiosity, what did you guys talk about?

    Going to have to hit up Izeafest one of these years…


  14. regina says:

    That is pretty cool!
    I’m going to try and make it to some sort of networking function so I can meet some bloggers!

  15. Paracha says:

    Congrats on being followed by him ! lol =P

  16. Chizmosa says:

    Wow, you are so lucky you meet John Chow and Shoemoney. I am really hoping I will meet them too so I will get motivated more with blogging whenever I see someone and hear their blogging success speeches.

  17. Ling says:

    I read about this big Adsense check sometime back. Didn’t really go into it back then, but if he’s as standup a guy as you say he is, maybe it needs another read.

  18. nutmeg says:

    I was incredibly impressed with his work ethic. And his humility! I’m going to have to figure out that whole Twitter thing one of these days!

  19. Phillip says:

    Colleen, sounds like you had a great time. What do you mean you didn’t get any tips from John? Just kidding =) Great post too, thanks.

  20. TeasasTips says:

    Hello, this is my first time visiting your blog…and I enjoyed what I read, especially your style of writing. Looks like you enjoyed yourself at IZEAFest!

  21. Lucky you! John Chow talks to me on twitter and through his and my blog occasionally, but he’s not following me.

    Congrats on the well deserved twitter follow (is that how you say it?!?) :)

  22. Andy says:

    Wow – great story! Isn’t it amazing how things work out?

    It must have been so hard to NOT want to pick his brains all day.

  23. Gary Cave says:

    John Chow! I wondered what happened to him, he was on my Twitter too but I guess he severed the link :P

  24. Celeste says:

    That is awesome! You know, he impressed me this weekend too. He was the only big name blogger that stayed and listened to all the panels. He also blogged about the conference too!

  25. What a great day, my philosophy it’s not what you know it’s who you know..

    Dorothy from grammology

  26. Jb says:

    I don’t even blog, but I would give my right arm! :D

  27. Seal says:

    That was certainly a great day. I’d to like to spend a few moments with him to chat, but I guess that’s a bit hard to happen. Unless he comes to Europe sometimes :P

  28. I really like this quote:

    “John came as a blogger first, and a speaker second.”

    This is a true testimony to John’s relatability. I’m glad you had the opportunity to connect with Mr. Chow, and that we were able to facilitate such connection.

    See you at IZEAFest ’09!

  29. Liza S. says:

    You are so unbelievably lucky!

  30. Jeremy Day says:

    Hi Colleen,

    I think it is absolutely hilarious that this post has 30 comments and your next highest post has like 8 comments? Guess John Chow really does get you more traffic. ;-)


  31. Nice article. John Chow is something in the blogging world.