Duncan is talking about and Australian Blogging Conference, something many have talked about and have even attempted but few have done. There has been one or two but they tend to be somewhat specialised either focussing tightly upon education or business.
I’d love to see something aimed a bit more at a wider market that incorporates a few different streams.
For example I could envisage a number of large sessions with keynote type speaking – but a number of streams with workshops (interactive), electives (more talking heads) and panels. Streams could be arranged in a number of ways – either upon a sub niches like:
- Educational Blogging
- Business Blogging
- Entrepreneurial Blogging
- Political Blogging
Or perhaps aimed at levels like:
Another option instead of streams would be one off session electives on the above themes and others including:
- Blog Design
- Blog Promotion
- Blog Writing
- Blog Metrics
Of course the biggest problem with conferences is getting people along. I’m sure a few of us could plan a brilliant event but the question will always be around whether Australia has a big enough blogging population to get everyone along – especially because our population is scattered so widely.
I think the key would be to make it a low cost, low maintenance event that could somehow run with small numbers but which could run with larger numbers if we got that far.
Anyway – my other big problem is time to throw at the planning of such an event. The year ahead is looking quite full already from my perspective. I could pitch in a little time but this thing would really need a champion and probably a major sponsor from the beginning to take it and run with it.