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13th Jun, 2006

At the Utah Bloggers conference


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I'm writing this from the Utah Bloggers conference. At the moment, people are still on the way in. We've got a fairly diverse group tonight: I see several former co-workers from my days at Provo Labs, members of the Provo and Salt Lake Linux user groups, and political bloggers Rob Miller and Bob Aagard, as well as candidates Christian Burridge and Pete Ashdown. (Pete will be on the panel tonight.)

Questions for the panel:

  • What platforms do you use? — Three of the five panelists use WordPress. The other two use Moveable Type. Also mentioned were Radio, Blogspot and TypePad.
  • Making money: Dr. Windley — you can make money from your blog, via advertising, or you can make money because of your blog, through things like speaking engagements. Phil Burns — there's also the customer service and customer interaction aspect to making money because of your blog.
  • Rob Miller asks Dr. Windley: What are some of your favorite political blogs? — I don't read political blogs, except as they're aggregated in the "Other Voices" section of UtahPolitics.org. Balanced sites don't get much readership, but they're interesting to read.
  • Tips on starting a blog:
    • Read the guide on Dr. Windley's site about starting a blog.
    • Start with a free site, but pretty soon, you'll want your own domain.
    • Don't host on your company's IT infrastructure, even with permission: you want to be able to take your blog with you.
    • Don't host on your company's domain. Build your personal brand.

Some thoughts on the next event: probably in about 6 months, may be a full day or two day conference. Watch the blog at utahbloggers.com for information.

After conference edit: I've seen posts from Phil Windley and Charley Foster about the conference. I'm sure there are several others too; the event was well attended, and several people had laptops out blogging about it.

Responses

Blogger Conference Report…

Phil Burn's sets up the banner(click to enlarge) The Utah Blogger Conference started out a lot like a blog: informal, slow, and a little disorganized, but once it got going, there was a lot of energy. I noticed a lot……

I wish I had met you there.

Gary:
It was great to finaly meet you. The funny thing is that when you said your name I knew that I had heard it before but when you showed me your blog I knew exactly who you were. I guess thats the world of blogging for you. Thanks for coming to the event.
Ryan

I wanted to be there, but I'm in the St. George area. However, it is nice to hear that things went well.

Thanks for the great review Gary.

Hey Gary! It was great seeing you again! I'm glad you made it out to the conference, thanks for the great reporting.

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