I’m back and bleary-eyed from BloggerCon, and despite how tired I am, my brain is still buzzing with new ideas. My thanks to the participants for making it such a worthwhile conference.
One of the questions I was asked – a lot – was how I felt about BloggerCon’s rule against vendor’s pitching their products, and the fact that at times the conference had an almost anti-vendor tone. Although I joked with a few of the vendors afterwards about it, I have to say, I’m completely in favor of this rule. So many conferences I’ve been to have been nothing more than extended infomercials, so it was nice to have the vendors (including myself) shut up for a change and just listen to what people (our customers!) have to say. As is the case with politics, copyright law and far too many other areas these days, the people who supposedly benefit from technology haven’t been given a large enough role in defining it, so having the tables turned was actually a welcome change. Rather than complain about it, I simply kept quiet and took reams of notes from the discussion (as did Feedster’s Scott Johnson, whose pockets are so full of little scraps of paper that he resembles a recycling bin).
I was also asked whether I believed my $1000 donation to BloggerCon was money well spent, and I can only say hell yes. If I don’t earn an extra $1000 from ideas gained at the conference, then I deserve to be fined.