Scripting News: Celebrating ten years since BloggerCon. (Oct 4-5)

October 4-5, 2003 — the first BloggerCon.

The first blogging conference in the United States, and one of the first in the world.

Lots of amazing people were there, connections made, friendships established, ideas explored, and I think the world changed in some interesting and significant ways.

So with the 10th anniversary approaching, how should we co-remember it?

  • Co-remember being another way of saying co-memorate. 😉

What would be an appropriate way to celebrate?

One thing I want to do for sure is get the BloggerCon site back on the air.

  • I still have the content and the domain, but for some reason it’s no longer accessible.

I’d love to link to blog posts people wrote about the first BloggerCon.

And encourage people to write their own remembrances, ten years after.

  • Stories.
  • Ideas.
  • Dreams.
  • Idealism.
  • Reality.

What surprised you about the way the blogosphere developed?

What did you anticipate that actually happened?

Are you still cynical, or do you still feel idealistic about open media?

It’s time to start thinking about it.

I probably have a list somewhere of all the people who were there.

Who was the most surprising person there?

Did you make any lifelong friends at BloggerCon?

I’ll try to reach out to you all but if you were there and have ideas, in the spirit of BloggerCon, please blog about it! 🙂

Comments and suggestions are very much welcome.

I will write some of my own thoughts, of course. 😉

And I’m going to gather links to various pages here.

  • Here’s the grid for Day 2.
  • Heath Row blogged each of the sessions. Prolifically.
  • Pito Salas was there and blogged it.
  • Jay Rosen wrote a post.

PS: One of the things that’s changed since 2003 is that you can write blog posts from airplanes. I’m writing this on a flight from NY to Chicago! It’s still kind of amazing to me, even though the wifi doesn’t work that well — it’s one of those things that’s surprising that you can do it at all.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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