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2001-10-01 20:22:45+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

There's a Silicon Valley Weblogger User Group on third Tuesdays. Down in Mountain View, probably a bit too far to attend regularly, but it'll be fun to hit the first one to meet a few local 'bloggers I haven't run into elsewhere yet.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:54+00 by: John Anderson

On the off chance that anybody cares, Dan's link here was part of the inspiration behind a recent mini-rant of mine.

#Comment made: 2001-10-03 15:55:16+00 by: TC [edit history]

Cute "Rantlet"(might borrow that term)but I dissagree with "If you're going to start a weblog, the only essential tools to have are a brain and an opinion. " from most of the Blogs I have read it seems it only requires a brain stem or certainly not fully developed frontal lobes.... ergo not a complete brain.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:54+00 by: Dan Lyke

Actually, I was kinda hoping that I could sneak in as though it really was a weblogger users group. It'd be cool to meet more readers.

But, yeah, Scoble does seem like something of a marketroid type. It'll be interesting to meet him.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:55+00 by: John Anderson

Todd: feel free to borrow. I'm pretty sure I swiped it from the Monastary myself. AFA the brain requirement, there was an implied "good" in front of "weblog", which I probably should have made explicit.

Dan: Yeah, meeting some readers (who aren't also other webloggers) would be entertaining. The best way to make that happen (a la "Break Bread with Brad") seems to be to go on vacation and announce it in your blog.

Finally, one other minor addition to the rant: I noticed the following on the "user group" site. WTF?

Fee to attend this meeting?
None, but there might be one in the future depending on what's decided at the first meeting.

I know times are getting tough out in the Silly Valley, but are people that desperate for revenue?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:55+00 by: Dan Lyke

It's been a while since I made it to a BALUG meeting, but they've always charged something (a pittance) to pay for the space. I think I've paid quite a bit more than whatever it was they charged to eat at the recent "Break Bread with Brad". Scotch Night ends up costing me, sometimes pretty handsomely.

I don't think that 'blogging has the ability to revolutionize business in a way that'll be monstrously profitable and support $65 pasta dinners, ala the Churchill Club, and a shindig has to be pretty damned good to make me feel good about funding the organizers, but I've no objection to covering meeting room costs.

On the other hand, if it's 10 people, then whatever the coffee shop ends up selling should more than pay for itself.

And, yes, people are that desperate for revenue. Residential rents and housing prices haven't fallen yet, commercial space has plummeted and businesses are crashing. (Why they're crashing is another rant...). In a year we've gone from rounding to the nearest $20 to tipping 15.0%. It ain't pretty.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:32:55+00 by: John Anderson

I guess I'm just used to LUG meetings being in schools or other public buildings, not in fee-access spaces. All of our DCmetro area things have been at bars, coffee houses, or people's homes, so it hasn't been a huge deal -- but we've only ever had maybe 10 or 15 people, if that.

WRT the revenue thing: ouch. Ensconced in the bosom of the gov't, as I currently am, I had no clue it was getting that[Wiki] ugly that fast.