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Carolina FreedomNet — Greensboro

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

More to come…..



  1. Good Times at Carolina FreedomNet 2006…

    I had a really great time at the conference. I got in late last night and had drinks with my parents and some of the panelists.
    I got to meet Bob Owens, who was a ton o’ fun, and Sister Toldjah was great, too. I was delighted to find Gay Patriot in…..

    Trackback by Mary Katharine Ham — October 7, 2006 @ 6:37 pm - October 7, 2006

  2. […] One of the coolest things about this weekend was having so many classy Southern conservative gents and sassy Southern conservative gals in one place I don’t know many conservatives in Charlotte (in fact, I’m not sure there are that many around – LOL) but to my surprise, I found out this weekend that Bruce from the Gay Patriot blog, who was in attendance at the conference, was from Charlotte. Awesome! He liveblogged the two conference panels here and here. It was such a pleasure to meet him – he had some great questions and comments for the panelists. During the first panel’s discussion (the one I was on) we found out that Bruce was in the front row – I had no idea that was him! So when our panel was over, I went over and gave him a big hug and we chatted for a few minutes. He is a class act all the way. […]

    Pingback by Sister Toldjah » Carolina FreedomNet 2006 - what a great experience! — October 9, 2006 @ 8:50 am - October 9, 2006

  3. […] We also had some live blogging of the event by the Gay Patriot and more here. Bruce Carroll says he wants to blog about Charlotte and NC issues more. Hop to it Bruce, we need you! […]

    Pingback by The Meck Deck » Blog Archive » Carolina FreedomNet Postgame — October 9, 2006 @ 12:17 pm - October 9, 2006

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