BlogTalk 2.0

I’m back from Georgia, so much too write about, hopefully soon. Here is my overdue wrapup on Blogtalk…

Blogtalk 2.0 has finished, I’m in the air above Austria, and there’s some time to write on these intense two days of the conference (though this won’t be posted until next week after my returning from Republic of Georgia). The core point is to meet people — the online collaborators, the writers I subscribe to, the tool makers, and new people — build connections and friendships that may lead on to other things. I find it challenging to meet so many people, it such a short time, and make good connections, and I added to that the challenge of my largest public speaking engagement yet. All went pretty decently I think.

Finally met Matt and Paolo, both generous collaborators from the myRadio days, and it looks like we have an opportunity to work more in the future. Johannes Gruber, my partner in producing Mapping Blogtalk. Ming the Mechanic. Lee Bryant, who gave me some holiday tips for Bosnia. Met Phil Wolff again, he managed to transmit some Kerry campaign excitement. Roland Tanglao and his two Canadian friends, both with interesting location-related projects. Bru, who produced the MT-Location plugin. JJ Merello, who presented on his “Cajones” maps and, along with me, also managed to avoid getting a fine on Vienna’s smooth running transit system. Jane Perrone from the Guardian, from whom I fielded my first journalist cross-examination ;).

There were many more people I chatted with, many with great feedback on Mapping Blogtalk, and the concepts of Location and Weblogs from my talk. Seemed to generate need ideas in a lot of people, that’s fantastic. Not that I can remember much while I was standing in front of the room. I learned loads from that experience, and look forward to sharpening my presentation skills.

Among the presentations, I was most engaged by the several case studies. Lee Bryant gave a great presentation on building and incorporating a weblogging into the communication system for UK mental health professionals. Barbara Ganley, a teacher of Irish literature, gave another great report on how she introduced weblogs into her classroom. Stephanie Hendrick and Therese Örnberg presented on their work with the Same in Lappland during the 399th winter market. Jane Corrone’s talk on Guardian weblogs was also insightful. From the conceptual side, ‘Weblogs as Jam Sessions’ provided such a great metaphor.

Still, I think I’ve had plenty of talk about weblogs for the moment. Luckily, I had a small chance to get to know Vienna. What a beautiful city, civilized and accomodating. From the air, it’s so much more coherent than other European capitals, without the metropolitan sprawl. Beautiful buildings on every corner, and free wi-fi from the center of the Museum Quartier. CityBike program, that unfortunately didn’t take foreign credit cards. Italian ice cream and beer.