September Cleveland Weblogger Meetup

Attending this meetup at Metro Joe’s:

Jim Eastman
Martha Lattie
Craig Lyndall who had free CDs for his band, The Company Line.
Bob Rhubart
Rick Bohan
Gerardo Orlando
Tim Russo
Bill Callahan
Will Kessel
Bill Barrow
Ken Duncan
Lori Kozey
Daniella Lindquist
Jerry Ritcey
George Nemeth
Jeff Hess
Adam Harvey
Tim Ferris and Gloria Ferris
MaryBeth Matthews
Pho’s Norka Pages
Jaclyn Stacy
Matt Martinez
Scott Gearity
Jack Ricchiuto waltzed in after an hour and a half. Hmph.

9 attending considered themselves political bloggers.

We discussed people who get irate about comments left on blogs and then threaten litigation. We determined that there is already legal precedent protecting bloggers from third party commenting and libel. We discussed the difficulties of navigating the FEMA website in helping NOLA refugees, how to drive traffic to your website, mainly through commenting on other people’s blogs. The intricacies of Trackbacks, RSS, and WordPress plugins, including one which will help defend against AdSense pirates. Tim thinks Google Alerts is better than RSS. There was also the ubiquitous copyright discussion. Jaclyn, who is still working on fighting Wal-Mart in Cleveland, brought to our attention their Higher Expectations Week. Will brought up Mint as a source of site traffic logging and Jeff mentioned AWstats.

Scott Gearity had the quote of the night:

The blogosphere is dominated by this sort of libertarian conservative cabal.

Around 9 the group adjourned to Fulton Bar and Grille for tasty beverages. I rode my bike home.

8 thoughts on “September Cleveland Weblogger Meetup

  1. Thanks to all the veterans who were so congenial in sharing ideas and info with us newbies. I’m still trying to figure out this trackback thing though…

  2. My wife needed me (no, I don’t mean it that way) so I had to miss it. Thanks for the notes, Adam… next best thing to being there. I hope to make the next meetup. I missed everyone and I owe George a brew.

    All the Best,
    Steve FitzGerald

  3. You should join us sometime RAB, new faces and voices are always welcome. I know you like to maintain anonymity though so maybe you already have been to one… 😉

  4. Good of you to chronicle the event. I did benefit from being there and will be back. It’s a very interesting, independent group, and they share, and I can learn.

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