March 18, 2006

Off keynote.

Today is the WisPolitics blog summit. I'll be going first, giving the keynote address, but I've got a feeling that the chance of my striking the keynote are slim.

UPDATE: James Widgerson describes the event. And he's really right about that reporter's photograph.

10 comments:

elliot said...

Are you saying we're all too opinionated to be lead?

The phrase "like herding cats" comes to mind.

Patrick said...

Thanks for coming, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Larry in Gibbsville said...

A pleasure to meet you at the summit! I thought you did a great job kicking off the afternoon!

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Larry. (Though I don't think I struck the note people wanted struck.)

Jib said...

Ann, the bloggers in attendance are all familiar with you and your blog. I don't think very many of us expected you to get into the minutia of Wisconsin political blogging. We expected what we know from your blog and your podcasts, and I think that's what you gave us. Thanks for coming out to Waukesha and participating.

Larry in Gibbsville said...

"Though I don't think I struck the note people wanted struck."

No, maybe not, but what you did set the groundwork for the afternoon. I liked the way each presentation tended to build on what was discussed previously. You talked about blogging, why you blog, what you get out of it. Owen and Pat built on that, and then the more formal panel discussions did so even more.

Starting the afternoon with a more informal, friendly presentation was the best way to make everyone feel relaxed and welcome. And you did just that!

James Wigderson said...

Ann, since this was the first conference, most people attending didn't even know what note needed to be struck. As it was, you talked about the theme of why you blog, and it turned out that was a common question throughout the afternoon. So it went well.

tee bee said...

We came in late, so I missed all but the last five or so minutes of your presentation.

It was very hard to hear you, which may have been one reason for a seemingly lackluster response by the audience.

You could have tried saying something like, "Nice to be here with a bunch of wannabe reporter geeks." That seemed to go over well when someone else did it.

I would have liked to hear you on one of the panels, such as the "historical perspective on blogs" one.

Ann Althouse said...

"It was very hard to hear you"...

You have to rely on the person running the sound system when you're using a microphone. There's no way the speaker can know, unless people say something.

tee bee said...

That's true, but since we came in late, during the last five minutes of the talk, it seemed a little silly to say anything. Apparently no one else had.

I hope you'll agree to be on a panel next year.