The rush report on the event is over at Universal Hub. Adam over there and I blame each other for this event. I think it was his idea and he claims I made it happen.
Cross-posted at Harrumpher.
As threatened, we met at Doyle's and from the comments, enjoyed it enough to have more such blobs of bloggers. I suggest that you try that for your neighborhoods or town.
It was without agenda, other than putting faces with blogs/bloggers and talk about our widely diverse blogs. I think we had 17 attendants.
We depended on the curiosity of strangers (and friends) as online invitations. While UH lists seven West Roxbury blogs, none from his list showed. We don't know whether wading all the way into JP would be too much of a culture shock, but we'll try to entice or shame them into coming next time. Maybe we can hold it closer to their safety zone, a Centre Street pub or the Pleasant in Roslindale.
However, we ended up with quite a few from Roslindale and JP. We got our share of what passes for celebrities in our little bloggy world. That certainly includes videoblogger Steve Garfield and media critic/professor Dan Kennedy. Plus we got Globe correspondent and ubiquitous free-lance Justin Rice.
Unquestionably though, the best parts were meeting bloggers whose stuff we read and talking with those whose interests and posts are nothing like ours. To those of us who do political or personal blogging, or in my case both, there were fascinating excursions.
Boston Handmade, for one, is for a crafts collective; Jessica Burko showed her geek chops and brought a laptop to access her site
Drew Gilpin Faust Fan Club has real and surreal posts related to the Harvard prez; I have it on good authority that she doesn't yet know it exists
Learning Strategies has reportage and musings on like its title reads; as proof we did not discriminate by ZIP, this is from Larry Davidson in Dot
Joseph Porcelli, the cops and coffee mugs guy, attended
My Dedham (Brian Keaney) represented the south-of-Boston contingent; actually he was that contingent and lives in the land of always bubbling politics
9Neighbors had Rick Burnes describing his concept of displaying the most active blogs
Involuntary Slacker Alyssa belied the blog's name and already posted on the literal symposium
The Boomer Chronicles (a favorite) had Rhea standing up for it
Andy's Blog blogger Andy (Miller) even appeared; he's been in his cave to pass the Mass bar exam, which he recently did and surely will become a regular poster again
Roslindale Monogatari with Michael Kerpan on film; he and I share an interest in the Tollgate Cemetery and had corresponded
Disclaimer: I am favorably disposed to the Faust blog, which is the idea and output of my uxorial unit, Cindy Thames.
And so it went. We met, we drank, we ate, and mostly we talked. I'll put a few pix below. Click thumbnails for a larger view of what real bloggers look like.
|Andy and Justin||Our famous videoblogger|
|Dan Kennedy and Michael Kerpan||Rick, Cindy and Jessica|
|Jessica, Alyssa and Adam|
As an aside, reporter Justin asked me about blogger gatherings and whether this would grow into a BlogLeft type of activist group. I'm sure not. This was pure social and pure pleasure.
BlogLeft is a flapping loose set of political bloggers, pinko variety. We had a big gathering two years ago when Tim Murray was still mayor of Worcester and about to run for lieutenant governor. He was a guest there. We had breakout sessions and got real serious.
Likewise, we co-sponsored the lieutenant governor debate in Lowell and recently had a long, highly political gathering, also in Lowell. This is a serious and action-oriented group...not so with the south by southwest Boston bloggers.
The next time you see us plug an open, in-town blogger gathering, know it not serious, just seriously social.