Hit a few of other sessions yesterday, one on Presidential Blogging led by Dan Gilmor, one on Blogging in Academia with Michael Watkins, and Blogging in Business with Jeff Jarvis. The latter was SRO and without a doubt the most energetic…a bunch of bloggers trying to figure out how to make money on what they’re doing…no wonder! It was pretty interesting, actually, and as Jeff put it, the real motivation is trying to find a way for “us” to do this thing that we love as a full-time, paying exercise. The fruits of our labor are posted on a wiki Jeff put up, and it’s worth a look I think if for no other reason that some of those ideas will certainly drive a lot of blogging down the road.
The academia session was also interesting, but much more serious. It was good to see Barabara Ganley from Middlebury College who I had met a couple of summers ago on a visit. She’s still doing some great work, but she spoke of the relative lack of interest in the the use of blogs at her school despite the great things that she and the Center for Educational Technology are doing. And there was some interesting discussion of the reluctance of educators to blog on the record about their institutions. I think everyone in the room acknowledged the power in the use of the blog as a tool, but blogging as a verb is a much more difficult translation.
All in all it was a great one-day event. For reference, here is a listing of most if not all of the blog coverage of the conference.