Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Richmond bloggers to meet Mar. 10

Those bloggers who want to gather to discuss the potential of a Richmond-area bloggers summit, which has been mentioned recently on this blog and others, should take note of this post and help spread the word. On Saturday, March 10, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (or as long as the spirit is willing), there will be an informal meeting to discuss that topic at the Baja Bean, at 1520 W. Main St, in Richmond’s Fan District.

The Bean has a large room in the back of the restaurant, which lends itself to our purpose. At that meeting it is my hope that opinions will be thrown around the room freely, because I have few preconceived notions about what this proposed summit ought to be.

However, I do think it’s better for us bloggers get together first, to share our thoughts, before anyone starts inking in details such as who ought to be invited as a speaker, or whether there even ought to be any speakers, or where the thing ought to be held, or what sponsorship might be available from large or small players, etc.

So, let’s get a good look at one another, have a few beers (at Happy Hour prices), talk a little, and listen a lot to our fellow bloggers. Moreover, in the long run, I don’t think we’ll really have much trouble lining up backers, or a space to hold the summit, if we first get our own ducks in a row.

Comments are welcome.

Update: The reasons to blog are many. Some blogs are about art, or music, others are about a neighborhood. Some bloggers focus on politics, others on their family pets. Still others cover a variety of topics. What they all have in common is the desire on the part of the blogger to document some aspect of what they care about.

Accordingly, I see no reason for any Richmond blogger to feel unwelcome at this meeting. Please know, this call for a bloggers meeting isn't being made by corporate interests, or any existing group.

13 comments:

Phriendly Jaime said...

Looking forward to it, thanks.

F.T. Rea said...

phriendly jaime,

How many people do you think will show up? I'm thinking it will be at least 10, but it could be 50. Who knows?

john m said...

I'll be there.

John said...

Will we have to wear uniforms?

F.T. Rea said...

john,

Wear 'em if ya gottum.

Newspaper Hack said...

Now I'll have to cover that youth baseball event around noon instead of six, like I wanted to.

It's no good to show up in a professional capacity around youngsters smelling of booze and cigarettes.

Tim said...

I'm certainly up for it.

Jason Kenney said...

I'll be there with bells on.

Phriendly Jaime said...

God, I have NO idea. Honestly, I didn't even know there were any Richmond bloggers except for me, you, JC Wilmore (now relocated), and the Liberal Progressive. This should be interesting and fun.

Connie said...

There are tons of Richmond blogs. Visit http://rvablogs.com/

Jason Kenney said...

I know RVABlogs had a meet up not too long ago, maybe you could estimate a turnout from that. Though I think that this may appeal to a different group given that some see it as a political thing more than a social thing. I think 10's a good estimate, though 50 showing up would be pretty sweet.

F.T. Rea said...

Jason,

Anyone who stays away because they assume this is bound to turn out to be a political only/mostly thing is probably looking for a reason not to go.

Perhaps the word "summit" is not the best choice of what to call the thing we're talking about setting up? So, maybe we'll end up calling it a "convention," or a "confab," or whatever. To me "summit" sounds a little overblown, anyway.

Anyway, I hope we get at least 15-to-20 folks to show, people of various ages and backgrounds who represent a range of blogging angles.

Justin said...

I will say this: summit definitely made me think politics, so I'm really glad you clarified that so that I would know that it's okay to show up. I mean I would have showed up anyway. But now it'll be less awkward. I mean, I write about girls over here. When you political bloggers start getting serious about blogging and journalism, I start thinking about jokes about robots.

I really like the idea of hey, lets just get some beers and feel out the scene.