I'd like to add that booth costs also play into the whole "show for everyone" aspect of this discussion. Transworld obviously is not the show FOR everyone because booth costs are just too damned high. Myself for example, run a FREE website. Everything on our site is FREE. The money we make is minimal and literally only pays for the upkeep of the FREE website. So, even though we'd LOVE to have a booth at Transworld and we have Transworld attendees emailing us about being there...we just can't do it. We can attend the show as attendees but having a booth is way to costly for a FREE website.
...even MHC is pushing it when it comes to the finances of our site. So, what are we to do? There's a HUGE void in the industry for websites like ours to "get seen". I don't feel as if ANY show even looks at this need or considers our type of websites (online resources, podcasts, how-to sites, etc.etc.). Sad.
I wonder if anybody that runs the shows even looks at this?