Saturday, August 23, 2008


Final JBlogging Conference Thoughts

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

By now, with over 200 bloggers attending in person, and over 1,000 attending virtually, there's got to be hundreds of articles on the conference. Having read a few, here are my final thoughts on the event and the coverage, both by bloggers and by the main stream media...

- Most bloggers I met were surprisingly friendly and nice to talk to. As the attendees cut across a wide swath of cultural and factional ranges, this was particularly enjoyable. I was actually rather surprised at a couple of bloggers who definitely avoided me - the black hat, black coat, bearded ultra-religious guy image they have of charedim just being more than my friendly smile and big hello could overcome.

- It's unfortunate that some people are so grumpy about the convention.

-> Some wanted more social time (here's a conference hint for those people, ignore the speakers and go to the food area to socialize, I often get more out of socializing and making contacts at conferences than I do from the sessions).

-> Some were upset that Bibi didn't stay very tight on a blogging topic and was political. Hey, he's a politician, what do you expect? The fact a JBloggers conference warranted a high profile politician stopping by spoke volumes more than his words.

-> Some were upset the "high profile" bloggers making up the panels didn't have more to offer (from the technical magic ways to make your blog big time). Guess what fellow JBloggers, it's still a young new space - there are no professionals yet to give away the industry secrets.

-> And some were upset about a host of little details - the invitation list, the speakers, that Nefesh b'Nefesh hosted it, that it was in Israel, etc. This space is still young enough and open enough that anyone can literally (try to) organize anything they want. No one will be bucking the Jewish Bloggers Professional Association (JBPA)(tm) by creating their own carnival, awards, conference, or blogging technology.

Last year, I ran the JIB Awards, the Jewish & Israel Blog Awards. I found that like in any shul, there's a back row of grumpy old men (so to speak) at any event who can criticize every point and always talk about how they could do it better. But of course, they never actually do anything.

To Nefesh b'Nefesh and WebAds, congratulations on running a fine event.

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Rafi G said...

hear! hear!

Gil Student said...

Thank you for your positive thoughts!

And it was great to meet you.

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