For the second year in a row, I knew getting funded to go to the Blackboard World conference would be tough. In fact, once the cat was out of the bag on how touch the financial situation was at work, there was no doubt I wasn't getting funded.
Instead of getting discouraged, I got persistent and just started making waves with vendors, Blackboard, and anyone who would listen. Last year, I got Blackboard to cover half of the expenses as part of a program they had, my job was to actively tweet from the event - of course, I took it very seriously and did as asked.
This year, I was lucky enough to participate in a vendor event, which had a drawing and I won my passage - air, hotel, conference registration...NICE!!!