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Blogger Conferences 2010

20 09 2010

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about conferences and conventions for bloggers.  After all, the International Food Blogger Conference took place a few weeks ago in Seattle, BlogHer 2010 was a couple weeks before that at the beginning of August and  SOBCon Colorado was just this past weekend.  Whether you cringe at the thought of going to a conference or you love to get out from behind the computer and meet other bloggers in the industry, it’s important to recognize when these meetings are happening.  Whenever influential individuals in a community meet to discuss and connect, you can expect things to shift, people to try out new ideas, positions to be challenged and considered.  It’s always interesting to see which ideas planted during conference discussions can bloom out throughout the community at large, leading to some great and innovative blog entries.  However, it can be painstaking to try and keep track of which conferences are drawing near, especially as we begin to look forward to the holiday season (yep, I said it!).  We’ve taken the work out of knowing conference dates by composing this neat little list of those that are happening between now and the end of the year.  While we tried to stick to conferences that are happening domestically, one or two international conferences were snuck in there as well.

September:

24-26 Type-A Mom Conference

25  Camp Blogaway – Baldwin Park

30 Social Media Club: “Social Media & Family”

October

8-9 BlogHer Food Conference

8-10 Blogalicious Weekend

14-16  BlogWorld Expo

21-24 Revelvant Conference

22-24 European Wine Bloggers Conference

23 Bloggy Boot Camp-Austin

23 Show Me The Blog

25 Camp Blogaway

November

5-7 Global Getaway

5-7 Beer Bloggers Conference

5-7 I_Blog Conference

10-12  Social Media University

12-14 International Natural Food and Health Conference

13 Bloggy Boot Camp-St. George

December

4 WordCamp

10-12 Lavish!

These are all the conferences happening in the next few months, as far as I was able to find.  It is likely that those signed up for the first conference mentioned above will be especially appreciative of the list format and those who are organizing the final one will not be best pleased to be referred to as a conference, as they are branding their experience as an “unconference.”  Still, these are meetings to be aware of and to join into, if you’re so inclined.  While many of the conferences slotted to happen within the next several weeks are already sold out, a number of those also have waiting lists or ticket exchange forums. The conferences further down on the list are also still accepting new participants.

So if you’re a frequent conference go-er, share some of your experiences with us!  What kind of advice would you give to a newcomer?  Which conferences have been your favorite?  What moves a conference up in your esteem?  Are there any other conferences that should have made it onto our list? Finally, does anyone know of a conference using Plancast.com? If you do, let us know!

Thanks to rickbucich and alexdecarvalho for the blogger conference pictures!

~Laura

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When will we get serious about virtual/web based/online conferencing?

8 07 2008

So for a couple of hours today I have been looking at conferences on Health 2.0 or Medicine 2.0 to attend this year as I want to go and see what’s out there, what kind of work people are doing, have great conversations etc…Aside from the cost of travel, the registration prices for these conferences are staggering to me, a recovering academic. Maybe in the corporate world, people feel $1500 for conference registration is a good deal for a bit of knowledge and conversation but for where I have spent the last 10 years, it is nothing short of excessive. Of course, as one of the academic realm, I am eligible for a “discount” of a “not to sniffed at” sum of $500, taking my registration fee to $950, but taking into account time away from work and the ever increasing air fare game we are in, I am looking for other ways to have that great conversation….

Earlier this year, I co-hosted an international virtual conference on “global visions of organizing and communicative practices” on a shoestring. We had courageous participants from Nigeria, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Australia and China. Part of our drive to hold our 3 day conference on the web was to provide a venue that all could “access” without the economic, immigration, political or institutional burdens we usually have to bear. We looked everywhere for software which could support us. There were some such as Icohere and Elluminate which manage your conference for you from start to finish, but we were paying for it out of our own pockets. Some people use blogs like this, which also work well. There are also those companies such as Eventvue and Crowdvine which will support an online community for your conference (but not the conference). In the end, we went with Ning and built a community there where people could have pages, post their presentations, have group discussions, forums, post videos, blog etc. Schweeeeeeet!

It was simple, it was interactive and it was one of the most intense learning experiences of my life. For a communication scholar like me, it doesn’t get much better than that. This experience has made me think twice about going to a carbon conference for $3000 where there are 5000 other people present, the presentations are 10 minutes long, there is no time to network and you are perpetually running to your next presentation. There is no doubt we will do things differently for our next conference, mainly because we constantly seek that conversation, but in terms of financial, familial, institutional, political and environmental pain, it just goes to show that if 3 academics in 2 different countries can build a conference online without institutional or technical support, there’s got to be a start up out there who can bring this game to the next level……:) Kudos to Mike Wesch for the following commentary on the information revolution…

Kirsti