I’m losing my voice. My fault for being too voluble last night. For those who listened thank you. Like Stef I too was pleased to see the room swell with growing numbers at the 2nd gathering of the Birmingham Bloggers Group and also to see the conversations splinter.
I was absolutely engrossed in talking to Joana Geary, not least about the future of the business model for newspapers. Brum bloggers Andrew Dubber and Paul Bradshaw really understand how the music industry is a precursor for the disruption that is leaving conventional publishing bemused.
Still on the publishing side of thing I was excited, nay moved, to be able to say hello to Alex Hughes. It was the first time I’d met him, but when I used to produce Midlands at Westminster I did commission cartoons from him.
I had a happy time talking to image makers, including Steve Gerrard, who remains keen to find new ways to allow young photographers access to bigger gigs.
Stef has already written to encourage us to be more welcoming of new Birmingham blogs after we received Emily’s crisp new photo blog with a mutter and a lurk. He also crafted a wonderful badge to express our local largesse. I think we should be more thoughtful in supporting each other, however blogging remains a personal thing and each blogger will choose what interests them and where and how they want to comment.
Heeding his words, these faces and blogs are new to me: Jonathan Melhiush, Ben Neal, Paul Burns, Danny Trinkett. I’m also pleased to find Matt at Zenbullets and his Midlands’ New Media aggregator. (Hat tip Pete – is there a blog post written in Brum that doesn’t link to Pete?)
I missed saying a proper hello to d’log, who proposes different styles of meeting to work in different ways and appeal to others – with the same idea from Antonio. These suggestions are one of the reasons why very soon after the first meeting I made a whole bunch of people admins for the group – so people can do what they feel is right. I’m thinking we’re still at a stage where informal is good – there are loads of people who haven’t met who should. Of course names on a sticky label makes some sense.
I am though also keen on Lloyd’s (brought up in Moseley) work in developing a social media cafe in London. This is a more structured way to offer individual social media specialists a space where they can collaborate, meet, learn, share, work. Lloyd first talked to me about it at last years podcampuk. Dave Briggs made the connection after the first Birmingham bloggers meeting. If I’ve missed your post on the evening please shout and I’ll update this one.
So..what about a venue/ideal time for the next one? Suggestions?