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2003-08-14 22:42:37.946569+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Andrew Orlowski nails BloggerCon. For those of you following along at home, BloggerCon is a weblogging conference, most of the official presenters are newcomers (>= 2000) to the weblogging scene, and rumour has it it costs $500 for the weekend. Before lodging. That's great, but as Dori points out, that's not going to get many webloggers there. The justification for the cost is that it's "almost exclusively so that we can pay for the coach-fare travel of speakers and their accommodation". Uhhh... Isn't this what weblogging isn't about? Exalting a bunch of journalists and PR types over the average publisher?

Wake me when someone wants to run one along the lines of an SF con.

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#Comment Re: .NET hell made: 2003-08-14 23:17:40.787018+00 by: Dan Lyke

Whoops, I take it back, Doc Searls appears to have started November 11th, 1999. But I'm kinda doubtful I'd pay $500 to see any of the Cluetrain folks.

#Comment Re: BloggerCon made: 2003-08-18 01:11:02.552214+00 by: Jette

Shameless plug here: Web Writers Weekend (aka JournalCon Austin) is only $65 for a weekend of excitement and adventure and mildly wild things with bloggers and online journallers. And we have panelists/presenters with a pre-2000 presence. I don't know how much it is or isn't like an SF con, though.

#Comment Re: BloggerCon made: 2003-08-18 02:07:25.251327+00 by: Dan Lyke

Jette, that looks much more like what I was thinking of. And, hey, Charlene and I have been talking about possible places to live and Austin is one of the few, perhaps this'll be a chance to go check it out. Hmmm...

#Comment Re: BloggerCon made: 2003-08-18 03:46:58.950997+00 by: Diane Reese


Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. My taller half will be happy to explain to you the many ways he's happier being *from* Texas, if you need some discouragement... It is one of the few places you could not pay me enough to move to, and I mean that literally. Austin or no Austin, it's still surrounded by Texas.

Oops. I ranted. My bad.

#Comment Re: BloggerCon made: 2003-08-18 15:59:19.513747+00 by: Dan Lyke

Okay, here are the real economics of BloggerCon:

Of the 150 seats we have available, about 50 will be used by speakers, staff and sponsors, leaving us with approximately 100 seats to sell. We've decided to reserve 25 of those seats to give to members of the weblog community, at absolutely no cost.

So assuming that the facilities are coming free from the university affiliation, that's $750 per for the elite 50. Reasonable. Nobody on that list I'm particularly interested in hearing speak, but...

Diane, I hear ya about Texas, but remember that we both live in the state that's about to elect Ahnuld for governor. The same state as L.A., Orange County, San Diego, and Fresno.