Bloggers Indaba: when's the next one?

The bloggers indaba in Grahamstown hit the sweetspot for me.  And judging by the strength of the panellists and the quality of questions asked by the delegates this was a strong conference.

Nice to meet such awesome people and to be in such esteemed company. I liked the mix that was there, from online media, traditional (print) media, activists, NGOs and academics and of course — the bloggers themselves. I thought however the conference was a little weak on the showmethemoney/business/commercial aspect of blogging. 

I also appreciated the fact that the delegates came from afar as the US, Europe and from all over Africa and of course, South Africa, where the event was being held. It looks like we are slowly but surely building a blogging culture in South Africa. I was particularly blown away at how popular and well written the Peas Blog was. I know who you really are now Peas 😉

Interesting to see however that one of the bigger topics of conversation (ie the big bubble on the right) however as per the DCI blog is the Rat & Parrot — which ofcourse is the local drinking hole we all know so well. Newzbubble doesn’t lie… 😉

This was the first ever (major) blog conference and a mighty impressive organisational feat for number one. I hope this is a regular event as this could grow to be one of the country’s major online conferences….


Comments (8)

  1. Carly wrote::

    another DCI – that would require massive therapy and lots of happy pills – Wow that was hectic! Glad you had a good time and looking forward to seeing you at Captivate.

    Friday, September 15, 2006 at 10:46 am #
  2. rafiq wrote::

    Are we invited?

    Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 7:18 am #
  3. Carly wrote::

    If you can drink jagerbombs – then you get a VIP invite 😉
    If I can persuade Colin to do this again next year, then you’ll be the first to know

    Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 11:55 am #
  4. peas on toast wrote::

    Hi Matthew!

    Was great to meet you, even though I was so not on form when we spoke one on one. (I blame the Rat. I see, with amusement, your biggest newzbubble is ‘rat.’ That’s hilarious!)

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 3:07 am #
  5. matt wrote::

    cool 2 c u 2, albeit brief. next time vince must put me on the first day so i can spend the night drinking

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 10:18 am #
  6. matt wrote::

    carly: good to see you too… are you still mad at me for my nasty comments about wikipedia and citizen journalism???

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 10:18 am #
  7. Carly wrote::

    I wasn’t mad — just hyped 😉 you did pop my naieve transparency bubble though. see you on saturday hopefully.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 1:04 pm #
  8. rafiq wrote::

    Sure thing Carly, as long as the Bombs are non-alcoholic & not WMD’s 🙂 I am muslim (not a terrorist) Wouldn’t want the companies pulling george w’s strings accusing me of af creating a blog of mass destruction either. Digg deep enough and you might even find oil underneath the South African blogosphere.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 6:55 am #

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