Live from Newport News, Virginia, I bring you coverage of the 2007 Blogs United Conference. I’m pretty sure I am scooping the entire literary community on this, because, well, um, I’m the only one here to represent it.
Yes, 49 bloggers from throughout the great state of Virginia have registered for the conference, and the numbers shake out something like this:
Conservative political bloggers: 37
Liberal political bloggers: 11
Children’s writing bloggers: 1
Actually, the only reason I’m here (heck, the only reason I even heard of the event) is because my husband runs one of the aforementioned conservative political blogs and he wanted to come. I of course keep up with his blog, as well some of those he links to, so it has been very cool to put names with faces here this weekend.
And while there has been disappointingly little discussion on the impact of blogging on the children’s writing community, the program has touched on some important issues, including: legal issues involving the Internet in Virginia, presented by State Attorney General Bob McDonnell; the impact of blogging on traditional media, led by Virginian-Pilot Editorial Writer Don Luzzato and Daily Press Political Reporter Hugh Lessig; how blogs affect political campaigns, with Repub…. OK, so maybe there’s a reason this conference didn’t draw more children’s writers.
Anyway, the amazing thing has been seeing how well everyone is getting along … Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Federalists, Green Party members, Independents and a Children’s Writer … all able to put aside their differences and work toward the betterment of the blogosphere.
(BTW, my husband and I are capping off the weekend with a Clarks concert tonight over in Virginia Beach! A terrific band ... I urge you to follow that link and check out their music!)
Update: I'm famous! Check out my picture in The Virginian-Pilot's report on the conference. (I'm the blonde off to Josh's right.)