Presenting… Presentations!

Much the same as every year, when the call for SXSW presentations was made I thought of a few ideas and then didn’t do anything about them. Before I knew it the deadline hit and I realized I hadn’t submitted anything. I started sketching ideas out on my wiki like crazy. Jason and I had talked about a “lessons learned” kind of thing for Metblogs so I whipped that idea and submitted it. I also figured, what the hell, and made up another one on the spot about changing the world. Truth is I didn’t think either one would get accepted, but the panel picker went live today and both ideas are in there.

Chaos Theory: Global Blog Network Politics & Scaling
In the five years we’ve been running Metblogs we’ve made more than our fair share of mistakes and walked headfirst into crazy problems. We’ll share some of those including managing a massive publishing platform with no staff, international politics, raising money, and more. What we’ve learned, and what we’d do differently.

Change the World in 5 Easy Steps
Revolution begins at home, this will focus on 5 easy things you can do personally that will actually have an effect on a global level. Go vegan, ride a bike, stop buying crap, visit a different country, do something you love rather than something that pays the bills. Wake up and live.

You can click the links above and vote if you want. The Metblogs one will be cool and fun if it goes through, and I think it’ll provide some insight. The other one, wow… I really didn’t think that would make it at all, and now that it did I’m kinda nervous. What the hell did I get myself into? Or maybe it’s a good thing. Who knows, anyway, um.. yeah.

City blogging and comments, thoughts from barcampseattle

Why city blogging sucks and other wonderful things. That was the title of Dylan‘s talk at this weekend’s BarCampSeattle. Dylan of course writes for Seattle Metblogs and I’ve gotten to know him a little bit over the last month while I’ve been back and forth to the city. Josh and Beth were also in the audience and chimed in from time to time. As you might suspect this was one of my favorite sessions of the weekend if only because the topic is something I think about on a regular basis. Daily, hourly even. Here’s a few pics I took if you want to check them out for some reference.

The talk started off with a few topics that city bloggers are well aware of, and people who don’t write city blogs might not be – how local is too local, or what isn’t local enough (city, neighborhood, block, bedroom), and what are people really coming to the sites to read? In Seattle the number one most read post, by a long shot, is one about horsesex. No, really. I wish I was joking but it’s the truth. People on the internet are weird. And while this initially started off talking about the bloggers, it wasn’t too long before the topic shifted to readers, and specifically commenters. This is where things got really interesting I think, and yes even more interesting than horsesex.

Meetups in Vancouver and Portland this week

metblogs.png As you know I’m running around the Pacific Northwest visiting Metblogs authors and using that as an excuse to see new cities and visit friends. We’re doing a few public meetup things and if you are around and want to come out, we’d love to have you. Tonight in Vancouver we’re meeting up at the Library Square Pub. This officially starts at 7:30 but it seems like folks from the Third Tuesday meetup will be coming over after they are done as well so we’ll probably be around for a few hours.

Then tomorrow night I’ll be in Portland for a meetup there at Rontoms which will begin around 5pm and run until who knows when. Both meets should be fun and I’m looking forward to meeting folks I’ve only talked to online or brand new people all together. We’re also looking for a few authors in both these cities so if you are interested in that at all, come out and say Hi and see if you want to give it a shot. See you then!

Well, there you have it


I can’t even begin to explain what the last few days have been like, but the first major step in over a year worth of redesign is done. It’s not without it’s problems and we already know parts (some of the feeds, archive links and images) that are broken and need to be fixed tomorrow this week, really we’ve got a ton more to do but at least massive chunks are live. This is not a proper announcement as I’m exhausted and barely able to type. Real news tomorrow ASAP.