Last year I spoke at Les Blogs, a European Web 2.0 conference that’s been renamed Le Web 3. At this year’s conference, la merde a frappe le ventilateur because two French presidential candidates were snuck into the schedule at the last minute. They spoke in French, and apparently didn’t take questions. This irked a lot of attendees–Tom Raftery renamed the conference ‘Le Week’, though I think he means ‘Le Weak’.
I feel that the golden age of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Blog ConferenceÃ¢â‚¬Â is passed. It seems all that needs to be said about blogs has already been said, and said well. Now itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to stop talking about the blogs themselves, and start finding new stuff to do with them. Blogs are great, but real life is more interesting.
It’s an interesting point, and one I’m hyper-sensitive to regarding Northern Voice. Having a blogging conference is a bit like having an email conference–eventually everybody will get it, and the conference will naturally die off. I don’t think that time has come yet, judging by the continued popularity of our noobie sessions, and the fact that most people don’t know what RSS is yet.
Increasingly, we’re thinking of NV as a ‘personal publishing’ conference more than strictly blogging. This will become more apparent when we publish the schedule grid, which ought to be in the next few days. When the grid comes out, though, there will be no politicans on it. They’re welcome to attend, of course, and even give a Moose Camp (Friday’s unconference) session, but we’re an apolitical conference.