Winer on Choosing Speakers and Elitism

by Darren Barefoot ()

Dave Winer, BloggerCon paterfamilias writes about what he looks for in a discussion leader:

I look for people who seem to have a sense of blogging, they were born knowing how to do it, they have something to say, it came naturally to them. I don't look for big names, I look for people who will make good discussion leaders. People who have a passion for the subject, and (more important) have a passion for the story. It's the kind of humility that makes a successful moderator. I tell them "you're a reporter" and the sources are in the room. They are not an audience, they are your panel.

That sounds like a very wise approach--I suspect that those are the kind of people we ought to look for for our discussion panels. Winer goes on to criticize other conferences for being elitist and invite-only: "Other conferences charge thousands of dollars for a chance to rub elbows with the rich and super-rich."

I'm not sure which ones he's referring to here, but it's not us. Hey, Dave, we're only CAN $20, which is, what, a buck-seventy-five south of the border. Our whole mantra is to keep things humble. Everyone's welcome--we don't care who you are. In fact, we'll be kind of intimidated if you've got more than 5 or 6 incoming links on Technorati. That's why the description on the front page says "non-profit community blogging conference".

List of Possible Post-Conference Party Venues

by Darren Barefoot ()

While they're fresh in my mind, I wanted to start a list of possible post-conference party venues. We outlined a bunch of criteria for the venue a while back.

We'll check these out in the coming weeks and pick one that fits our needs.

A Blogging Conference Down Under?

by Darren Barefoot ()

Mick (is that an Australian name or what?) writes from lovely Syndey, Australia. He's kicking around the idea of running a blogging conference Down Under. We think it's a great idea. As another former colony with vast tracts of empty land, he'll face the same geographical challenges that we do. Is SouthernVoice.au available? Or maybe you want something more whimsical? I wanted to go with MooseTickler for our conference, but the other organizers wouldn't go for it.

Northern Voice on BlogosphereRadio

by Darren Barefoot ()

I recently did an interview with BlogosphereRadio about Northern Voice. We talk about the background of the conference, the format and our intended audience. You can check out the 15-minute piece here.

Working Conference Schedule

by Darren Barefoot ()

This is our first shot at what the day of the conference will look like. It's definitely a draft schedule, and will definitely change, but this will give speakers and attendees a preview of the day.

We intend to divide the day between presentations and discussion sessions. The presentations will be traditional seminars, with one or more speakers speaking on a particular aspect of weblogs and personal publishing. The discussion sessions will be open-mike ‘teach-ins’, where facilitators will lead a group conversation on a blogging-related topic. Or at least that's the current plan. At the moment, it's presentations in the morning and panel discussions in the afternoon.

We're planning three sessions per time slot, making for 12 presentations and 9 panel discussions (possibly more if we sub-divide some of the dicussions). Each morning session with include two related presentations.

Click through the read more to see the working schedule.

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