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Jan21
Thoughts On Conference Blogging
I enjoyed blogging at the University Private Equity Summit yesterday with Tim Stay.  I had a few thoughts on conference blogging as I sat there and typed like mad, occasionally getting up to shoot photos.

1. It helps to have at least two people to cover things with text, audio, and video.  The more, the merrier.  Liveblogging is difficult unless you're a world-class typist.  One person can type the main points of the proceedings, another can take photos and insert them into the posts, and another can take audio.  (And another can do live interviews, etc.)  At any rate, it's good to divide up the responsibilities.  Tim created many of the entries and entered some basic information that I was able to then build upon as I typed up notes according to what was said.

2. Wouldn't it be nice to make a conference wiki and enlist the help of conference attendees in preserving an excellent record of the event?  If you have any experience doing that, let me know.

3. I think we'll start seeing more and more conferences - no matter what they are about - done completely (or at least in large measure) online.  Why force everyone to leg it all the way to a unified physical location if the costs of travel could be applied to publicizing, executing and reviewing the conference itself instead?

I think that instant publishing of a conference in an inexpensive, easily searchable and even editable manner is a fascinating thing.  Let me know what thoughts or tips you have on how to cover a conference using blogging and other quick publishing methods.

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I was curious to see what you'd say about the experience, Easton. I did one of these last year. It was the Missouri Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Here it is.

It was pretty tough to keep up with everything -- and made worse by the fact that I had to go across the street (or at least into the parking lot) to access the wireless connection. Still, it's a pretty good summary of what went on, at least with the keynotes, I think. I agree with you; we'll see a lot of these in the future.

I just returned from Africa Source II - an African open source workshop held in Uganda.

There were very many sessions to choose at any time, and we set a local wiki (we didn't want to 'waste' the little Internet bandwidth we had) for people to post their notes from the various sessions.

It helped everyone to 'cathup' on sessions they missed.

Thanks for the highly relevant link, David.

And thanks for the very interesting and relevant experience, George! Great idea.

Easton,

Great review of what we learned. It certainly was easier to cover things when you were there on the second day. I was also able to network more, which is one value of attending the conference in person.

I must recognize that several of the posts that showed up under my name were actually posts written by Easton. I had started the post and Easton completed them, but they showed up under my name.

One thing that made covering the conference a lot easier was having a detailed agenda, with all the panel participants and their bios available before the conference started. I was able to do a lot of prep work before the conference so we only had to focus on the session contents and not on who was speaking and what their background was.

I hope this is the first of many conferences we can cover at Know More Media.

Thanks for your great help Easton!

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