So far, just what you’d expect — awesome stuff.
Just squared away the last loose ends in my travel arrangements. I’m thrilled to be going to Chicago at the end of the month for the BlogHer Conference. In true mommyblogging fashion, I’m taking along my kid, who will be availing himself of the reasonably-priced childcare opportunities (bless the organizers for arranging this!). One of my objectives will be to meet up with any of our FM authors that will be in attendance, but I’m also just keeping the eyes and ears open to what’s going on in the blogosphere as a whole.
Anyway, all this to say that if you’ll be there, too, drop me a line!
I got to visit my old conference-attending life today (without the responsibility of writing stories, thankfully), and am hanging out at the Web 2.0 Summit this afternoon. A few highlights…
* Google’s Marissa Mayer talking about the importance of speed, and nearly-instantaneous feedback.
* Digg’s Kevin Rose showing off an example of how the company is letting developers create innovative interfaces to the amazing amount of data that the site’s users are creating every minute.
* The teen/parent panel, masterfully moderated by Safa Rashtchy, in which ordinary people shared their personal experiences of the Internet. Surprises included how many of these folks are using Firefox. One was even using Opera. But, in other cases, I was surprised at the lack of sophistication. Only 2 had heard of, or used, Skype, for example. The kids spend an outrageous amount of time on MySpace (my teenage niece and nephew’s addiction is Bebo), but that’s not a huge surprise. But spending hours regularly updating your page, so the kids at school the next day will compliment you? Wow. (Like I should talk…. sitting here blogging.)
So, I’m hanging around this afternoon at the party FM is sponsoring. Hope to see folks I know there, including FM Authors. In contrast to other conferences I’ve been to, the attendance here still seems to be very strong, though it’s 5:20 p.m. on the last day of the show. Impressive.
Should be interesting to see if Amanda can command an audience in this venture. And it’s also noteable that, despite Hollywood ambitions, she’s not going all mainstream media. Is this by choice? Or by default?
UPDATE: Thomas of Pop Urls writes in and says (of an earlier version): “it’s not completely correct – her editorial selection of links on popurls is not ultimately connected with her video project and pophub.com is in fact the blog for popurls.com ;).” Ok, corrected.
Heading back to my car after grabbing my cup of coffee this morning, something on the sidewalk caught my eye. A child had drawn a picture of a scene featuring an animal of a sort. The caption? “Neopets.”
Talk about media affinity and brand love. Writ large. In chalk.