Bloggies

Have you voted yet? I have check out the Bloggies nominations this year. I looked at all of the Best Kept Secrets section and there were one or two that made me laugh and laugh. I don’t know who the Moose is but Confessions reminded me of all those private diaries women kept secretly full of wry observations – well now they are out there.

But I seriously think the Bloggies have missed a trick! They really need a new category. Most Blogged Conference, including Best Blogged Conference and most Blogosphere Hoohah from a Conference, Best Conference Blogger, best Conference Blogette.

No, seriously – don’t you think the whole confeence scene has been changed? It can take days to read the blog posts from a conference (over 27,000 posts on Davos, albeit only 652 tagged) and I couldn’t agree more with Reuters Chief Executive, Tom Glocer, blogging here on the Huffington Post

The technique finally seems to have caught on in Davos. Everyone is blogging about what is going on in Davos to the point that no one has time to talk face-to-face anymore because they need to rush off and record the last great thought.

Inviting bloggers to Davos is a good thing as it means those not attending in person can participate in the discussion and it makes the whole thing a bit more informal. But by the time I arrived on Wednesday, there were already one million blog hits for “Davos 2007.” At this rate, we’ll all be able to stay home, prevent climate change and just send our avatars to Switzerland.

Hmmm. Still would have preferred to be there myself. Back to my point. People are blogging so much do they have time to talk to anyone, or each other? I noticed this first at TED last March. Is there a polite way to interrupt a blogger to say hello, or even try and talk? Guess you have to send a comment! At Netsquared last May Ethan Zuckerman spoke on a panel and blogged brilliantly at the same time – so he did have time for a chat in the corridor. I think I am onto something.

Anyone know anyone at the Bloggies?

But we also need best photos linked to from a blog (but not to Flickr!) category. What I really loved were Ben Hammersley’s photos of scenes from Davos. (actually his post was pretty good too!) Sometimes when I worry that things never change photos come to my rescue Number 8 does not help in this respect (plus ca change!) WISH I could show you the photo here, but Number 24 was good for me. Trevor Manuel was in and out of jail and detention when I was making films about South Africa during some very dark days of Apartheid. Now he is their Minister of Finance. Took a while, but it did happen peacefully.

Perhaps this could be a new category too. Best blog roundup of most blogged conference?. Who’s going to help me with this new category then?

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4 responses to “Bloggies

  1. annemarie

    happy new year hugs Lucy 🙂

    without Blogettes how could I ever attend the World Economic Forum and Sundance/Slamdance in the same week?

    my blog wish is a central conference Blogroll cloud.

    thanks for Best Kept Secrets contagious laughter….

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  2. This is funny. Maybe people are so keyed into thinking through their fingers – that actually looking someone in the eye and talking to them feels strangely retro …

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  3. Hello Lucy. I’m one of those who liveblog conferences, possibly with some level of obsession – see here for the 138 posts of the last year about TED, DLD, LIFT, Aula, Picnic, EFC, Reboot and a few others: http://www.lunchoverip.com/conferences/
    And I also do things à la Ethan Zuckerman, sometimees blogging my own sessions. I have the impression that people reading my conference posts find them valuable, but that’s not the main driver of my liveblogging: for some, like myself, “blogging” a conference equals “taking notes” at a conference. Just doing so publicly. My blog is my notebook, a work tool, an archive (a searchable one – which a paper notepad is not – complete with links and pictures). Davos was a bit extreme, definitely: the WEF opened the gates and let bloggers in and suddenly everybody was trying to be faster and more original than the others. I’m not sure the result is the best possible (but then, have you tried to make sense of the 27’000 press articles about Davos?). Besides: Glocer has a point, but if bloggers decide to spend their time at conferences with their fingers on the keyboard rather than sharing coffee or saying hello in the corridor, well, that’s their problem/loss, no?
    As for blog roundups of conferences, here is my attempt at it:
    http://www.lunchoverip.com/2006/11/conferences_wri.html
    Great blog name, btw. B-

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  4. Don’t get me wrong! I love the fact of live bloggers at conferences. I really mean there should be an award. Seriously. It has changed a great deal about how I feel about not being at a conference. I’m only marginally concerned about conference blogetiquette – I mean do I queue to speak to a speaker, or to a blogger? More on why I expriemented on Davos as a distant reader/participant later.

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