Good morning gang. I’m live-blogging from the Koury Convention Center where an impressive collection of top-notch bloggers is debating the influence of blogs in politics and popular culture.
I was a bit late… I had to drop Saxby off at a Doggie Daycare center I found here in Greensboro. The first panel debated a wide-ranging series of topics. I was thrilled to be able to meet three of the panelists after the discussion: Lorie Byrd from Wizbang (Dan….she says hi!), Bob Owens — The Confederate Yankee, and Sister Toldjah.
One of the topics from the first panel was the debate between bloggers covering local issues vs. national. The consensus is that there is an unmet need, but the amount of information to help bloggers fact-check and or comment is limited because state and local governments don’t have a lot of information posted online. Hmmm…. will we have a GayPatriotNC in the near future?
Another interesting topic was the demographics of bloggers. There was a lot of agreement that Sitemeter stats help, emails provide a lot of good info, as do comments. Lorie specifically said that if you have a unique perspective you get certain demographic and she said her audience includes a lot of gay conservatives. Then she said, “one of the best gay conservative sites is GayPatriot.” Yeaaaaaaa. And at a John Locke event to boot. And nope, I wasn’t stoned. I was embraced.
The second panel just started with Jeff Taylor (MeckDeck — a Charlotte blog), Josh Manchester of The Adventures With Chester, Scott Elliott of Election Projection, and Mary Katharine Ham from Townhall.com.
More to come…..