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Blogs are Conferences, Forums are Barcamps

Conference Lighting – Vodafone 005 Originally uploaded by On Stage Lighting NOTE: This is a semi-blatant plug of Tangler who I work for. But it’s still true. Blogging is great. I love it. I’m doing it right now. It’s me having a thought or theory and putting it down on paper for the world to see. You take your time, collect your thoughts (sometimes) and you PUBLISH it. It’s done. It’s finished. Then there is blog commenting, where the world gets to tell you what they thought of your thoughts. “Nice.” “LOL”. “You suck”. But it’s a conference. It has it’s place, but it’s dated. At conferences, one guy gets up since he knows it all and tells the 1,000 people who paid to see him what he wants to say (usually not much). He prepares it, puts it up on the screen and tells his story. When he’s done he opens it up for questions. Audience members get to stand near the mic and ask occasionally insightful questions.* Barcamps, or open-event conferences like it, are different. There is no one speaker, no schedule and really, no audience. We are all in this together. Anyone can choose the topic, anyone can respond at any time and if you don’t like […]