Blogger Meetup

I went to the Cleveland Blogger Meetup last night. It wasn’t quite what I ex­pect­ed it to be be­cause it ex­ceed­ed my ex­pec­ta­tions. I was, of course, the youngest buck there, but the dis­cus­sion that took place has in­spired me to mild­ly but sig­nif­i­cant­ly change my present style of blog­ging in­to some­thing a bit more use­ful to the clam­or­ing mass­es that are fruit­less­ly search­ing the in­ter­net for the spe­cif­ic type of in­for­ma­tion I am go­ing to pro­vide. [yeah, right]

Although on­ly sev­en at­tend­ed, the in­i­mate at­mos­phere, thourough­ly-thunk think­ings and ex­ten­sive knowl­edge were quite the eye-open­ers for me. In at­ten­dance:

Lori Kozey from Virtual Lori
Nate Paige, who main­tains Pop Life on cleve​land​.com and is the com­mu­ni­ty pro­duc­er for that site.
Jeff Hess is the cus­to­di­an of Have Coffee, Will Write
Norm Roulet, a self-de­scribed “civic en­tre­pre­neur” is re­spon­si­ble for the quite in­ter­est­ing REALNEO project.
Will Kessel keeps the gears run­ning at Collision Bend.
George Nemeth of the ever-pop­u­lar Brewed Fresh Daily. You can see a shot of us over on his blog.

So those are the shoutouts. A quick run­down of what I gained from the event: Blogging has the po­ten­tial to be much more ef­fec­tive at cre­at­ing a well-in­formed vir­tu­al com­mu­ni­ty that can mir­ror the events and zeit­geist of a cer­tain re­gion. This was Norm Roulet’s area of ex­per­tise. By hav­ing a well-con­nect­ed and savvy net­work of peo­ple blog­ging on ul­tra­spe­cif­ic top­ics of lo­cal in­ter­est [say, fo­cus­ing sole­ly on Tremont] peo­ple who wan­der their way in­to the net­work from one end will be quick­ly di­rect­ed to ex­act­ly the in­for­ma­tion they need. This is hard to build sole­ly on­line, so I feel that mee­tups such as last night’s are valu­able brain­storm­ing and knowl­edge shar­ing get to­geth­ers. They might not ex­act­ly pro­vide a spe­cif­ic di­rec­tion for a NEO blog­ging com­mu­ni­ty to take, but by know­ing what oth­er folks are up to or in­ter­est­ed in see­ing; an ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ty can hope­ful­ly con­geal.

We al­so talked a bit about the tricky ar­eas of Freedom of the Press ver­sus Freedom of the press and how blog­gers fit in­to this sce­nario by virtue of leas­ing our band­width and serv­er space from com­pa­nies in­stead of pub­lish­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing things our­selves.

The first thing I just talked about is what seems to be spurring me to ac­tion, I’ve sort of been in a blog­ging funk late­ly, but I think what I’m go­ing to try to do is turn this blog a bit more Cleveland-cen­tric and Tremont spe­cif­ic. So I’m go­ing to try to build some con­nec­tions in Tremont art gal­leries, restau­rants, stores, bars, the guy who wants the war dog memo­ri­als, that old awe­some aban­doned build­ing, the church­es, the his­to­ry and any oth­er lit­tle bits of char­ac­ter that float to the sur­face, lo­cal events, whatever; and make a crazynuts com­pendi­um of every­thing Tremont. It is go­ing to be ul­ti­mate­ly quite fly-by-night since I don’t have very ef­fec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing the whole in­ter­view thing, so I’m sure that it will seem am­a­teur­ish, but That is Fine With Me. I’m not try­ing to be awe­some, just some­what use­ful and mild­ly hu­mor­ous. And I’ll still blog about my own life and my wacky the­o­ret­i­cal con­structs in­volv­ing gen­der, moral­i­ty and the fin­er points of mak­ing kick-ass fudge. I’m go­ing to try to be a bit classier and a bit more link-luvver­ly.

4 thoughts on “Blogger Meetup

  1. Nah it fits fine, I’m just slouch­ing and in the dark­ness you can’t see the shirt. The sleeves are ac­tu­al­ly just the tini­est bit too short.

  2. Here’s your first as­sign­ment:

    I just heard from a co-work­er that Lola is mov­ing from Tremont to E. 4th street. Find out if this is true or not and com­ment.

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