May 13, 2003 5:02 AM   Subscribe

The first blog conference? BlogTalk May 23-24, Vienna.
posted by yoga (13 comments total)
"Blogging is a format constant (archives, links, time stamps, chronological listing of thoughts and links), personalized, community-linked, social, interactive, democratic, new model innovation built on the unique attributes of the Internet."

wow. we haven't heard that kind of marketing buzzword babble since the last dot com burned through its last 10 million...
posted by quonsar at 5:18 AM on May 13, 2003

...and Dave nowhere to be seen? Amazing.
posted by cbrody at 5:21 AM on May 13, 2003

Step 1: Set up Blogs, Step 3: profit.
posted by monkeyman at 5:42 AM on May 13, 2003

Since I live in Vienna, I would have been happy to attend and report back here on the conference, but I'll be camping somewhere in the Amazon near Manaus on the relevant dates.
posted by syzygy at 5:46 AM on May 13, 2003

Not the first.
posted by O9scar at 7:43 AM on May 13, 2003

Self-indulgence at its finest.
posted by xmutex at 8:07 AM on May 13, 2003

Sorry, O9scar, I think the event has to last more than an hour and a half to count as a conference.
posted by jjg at 8:13 AM on May 13, 2003

used to have internet independent publishing conferences. But that was before 'blog' was common useage.
posted by th3ph17 at 8:51 AM on May 13, 2003

Well, it was more party than convention, but there was BlogCon.

And before that there was JournalCon (self-link, sort of), heading into its fourth year in October. But that started before 'blogs were big, and is probably applicable only if you think "weblog" equals "personal writing online" more than "links with commentary" (or "the new new media").
posted by pzarquon at 10:09 AM on May 13, 2003

It now occurs to me that perhaps I was mistaken in my belief that "blogging" would be subject to Warhol's Law, as it is in fact an abstract idea rather than a person. Ah well; I still hold out hope that the next Next Big Thing will be along soon so we can go back to doing the things we were doing anyway, unencumbered by the increasingly unwarranted hoopla.
posted by Mars Saxman at 10:55 AM on May 13, 2003

If blogging is such a cutting-edge medium of communication, why do a bunch of people have to travel to a designated city and sit together in a large room in order to talk about it? Do they not see the irony?

The trendiness of blogging is definitely on the downswing, now that it's in the mainstream; hopefully the rhetoric will follow.
posted by oissubke at 12:25 PM on May 13, 2003

WHAT? i thought all you web proper mefi's would be running some cliche line about how you are taking the next plane to vienna.
the first part of xmutex's comment holds true for all of blogging.
posted by the aloha at 12:48 PM on May 13, 2003

Pchaa ... sooOo last year. How about The First International Moblogging Conference.
posted by MintSauce at 6:07 AM on May 14, 2003

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