On Saturday I’ll be attending PodCamp Pittsburgh 5.  Even though this is the 5th annual PodCamp held in Pittsburgh, it’s the first one I’ve attended so I’m curious to see how it compares to PodCamp Cleveland, WordCamp Columbus and PodCamp Ohio. Although it’s a two day event, I’ll only plan to be there for the first day.

Lots of great sessions planned, but these are the ones I’ve tentatively selected:

 10 Ways to Create Social Media That Matters (Justin Kownacki) Even though I’ve been doing social media for years, and even speaking about it to groups, I want to find out ways to make it faster, easier and more meaningful. Just blasting announcements is as annoying as advertising, but tons of “conversations” takes way too much time and isn’t the goal either. Still looking for some good tips. Also, Justin Kownacki is one of the founders of PodCamp Pittsburgh, so that alone is reason to attend this session!

Tweeting to 13.1 Miles: How Social Media Has Impacted Health and Fitness (Deanna Ferrari) Since I’ve been dabbling in the health and fitness blogging arena, (Some of you know that I’ve attended FitBloggin’10 and have signed up for FitBloggin’11… along with starting a healthy blog), I want to see what’s new in this marketing niche. Also I might get some good blog flodder for my healthy blog content.

Steps to Build Your Brand in Social Media (Stephen Heywood of The Tech Buzz) OBVIOUSLY with my blog called Branding & Marketing, how could I pass up a workshop called Steps to Build Your Brand in Social Media!?! Expect to see a review of this session in next weeks posts here!

Podcasting 201: So It’s More Than Just Picking Up a Mic (Mike Sorg)  Even with all these podcamps under my belt, I still am not a Whiz at producing podcasts… better yes, but a whiz, no! Each time I learn something new!

Have you attended any PodCamps or been to an UnConference? What did you learn from attending? What did you wish that they had presented, but didn’t?

PodCamp Pittsburgh – Free Branding, Marketing, Social Media and PodCasting Workshops