I have been aware for some time that although we librarians are active in the digital space, and people do blog about conference, we have never really had a cohesive and co-ordinated blogging of the conference experience. With this in mind, I was talking with Datacom a few weeks back and they volunteered to set up a WordPress server that could be used as a platform for setting up a blog community associated with conference.
This has just been set up and so I would like to invite anyone interested to go to http://lianzablog2009.datacom.co.nz/, register a blog and have a go at blogging their conference. We have called this site the LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community but I would like to stress this is in no way associated with the official conference blog and I am not part of the organising committee and this is not an official LIANZA Conference 2009 resource. [Blog ed – it might not sound like it but he likes us really ;-)]
You will notice that on the site homepage there is an Updated Blogs section, so you will be able to check back here to see which blogs have been updated and follow the links through to read them. Also, I will be updating the main LIANZA Conference 2009 Blog Community blog with a list of all blogs created, so people can easily view all the blogs associated with conference that have been created on this site. The intention is to close off all blogs at the end of conference so this can be a defined record of participant’s conference experience.
I myself will be blogging, tweeting and vlogging from conference, so I hope you tune in and leave a comment or four.
Why not give this a go? Even if you only post one entry for each day, it will contribute to the record of the event.
I look forward to seeing you all at the conference.
So there you have it folks. This might be particularly appealing to those of you who don’t have your own blog already but are keen to test the waters. As Corin mentioned, we’ll be posting a list of URLs to the blogs, Twitters etc. that we know about that will be covering conference and we’ll add links to blogs hosted on the Datacom WordPress server AND if you tag til you just can’t tag no more (lianza09 or #lianza09 for you tweeters) then your contributions will also be captured in the Friendfeed.
Let’s share and document and describe and opine as only information professionals can.