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BlogWorld Says So Long Sin City, Hello Los Angeles

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For the first time in its (albeit brief) history, BlogWorld & New Media Expo is leaving Las Vegas, and setting up in Los Angeles. The event, which brings together blogging and tech pros from all over the internet, and the globe, will take place November 3-5 at the LA Convention Center, and, in another first, will split into two regional events, with a New York event taking place in May.

Event organizers explain why they chose Los Angeles, and admit they were also considering San Diego:

LA on the other hand is the center of the Music, TV, and Film industries in North America, has a population of more than 10 million people and the largest population of bloggers, podcasters and other new media content creators in the country. It was the obvious logical choice from a business perspective. We have always attracted new media savvy individuals from traditional music, film and tv but by being in Los Angeles (and New York) we are going to see that participation increase significantly. That means more opportunities for content creators.

The show had been taking place at Mandalay Bay in Vegas, which, as a panelist in 2010, I can attest was a decent venue, but definitely not big enough then, and, as organizers say the 2011 event will be bigger, would definitely not be big enough now.

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What BlogWorld's planners thought would be a negative, turned out to be a positive: DTLA:

Downtown Los Angeles is being revitalized. The multi-billion dollar L.A. Live entertainment complex is directly adjacent to the convention center. Several of the downtown hotels have just undergone multi million dollar renovations in order to compete with the new J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels (they are beautiful btw). There are tons of new restaurants, shopping, parks and just cool city stuff that you (at least I) had never imagined of when I thought of Los Angeles. Oh and don’t forget the food trucks.

We promise not to forget the food trucks. Welcome to LAist territory, BlogWorld! See you in DTLA in November.