ACES Houston confab sked posted

December 30, 2003

It’s here.

And guess who’s in the first set of seminars, Thursday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m.? Yours truly, naturally. And please no groaning at the title of a competing seminar: “Headlines as Poetry.” We have to be nice about this because the presenter is Chris Wienandt of the Dallas Morning News, one of the prime planners of the conference.

So now I’m going to have to start thinking about what I’m going to say at this thing. Here’s my working outline:

History of blogs, in which I take credit for being the blogging pioneer nobody ever heard of.

Blogging terminology, in which I explain such matters as blogrolling, Instalanches and the blogosphere.

Why blogs matter, in which I tell why editors should care about blogs, which are expressly editor-free zones; required mention of the name of Howard Dean and his “He Gets It!” brigades.

Which blogs matter, in which I praise my favorite blogs and trash the rest.

How to start a blog, in which I explain that starting one is as easy as as few keystrokes, but stopping is no more difficult than, say, kicking a 13-year heroin habit.

How to blog and stay employed, in which I outline my code of conduct and urge others to follow, unless they have some peculiar affection for starvation.

How to make sure one’s blog doesn’t suck, in which I say, “grab a topic, any topic, so long as it it’s not you.”

Blogging hype vs. blogging reality, in which I separate the wheat from the … sorry, not going there.

Please feel free to add comments and suggestions. I have 90 minutes to fill so there should be plenty of room for your contributions.

3 Responses to ACES Houston confab sked posted

  1. wayne on December 31, 2003 at 3:13 am

    4 of the people whose sessions i’d most like to attend, competing for my attention at 9:30 a.m.?
    I went to “Headlines as Poetry” another year and it wasn’t bad. Chris W. is an interesting guy.
    possible topic for your blog session: should publications (daily newspapers in particular) have staffers writing blogs for them, and if so, with how much editorial control?
    (This might require another session, though.)

  2. tom on December 31, 2003 at 7:00 am

    There’s definitely stuff to be said about editing/not editing … the blogosphere is actively hostile to editing and if blogs are the future, will editors become a thing of the past?

  3. julia on December 31, 2003 at 8:02 pm

    i’m all for the “which blogs matter” topic.
    assuming, of course, that my blog would be on the “matters” list.
    if my blog would not appear on said list, please disregard this suggestion and consider “blogs as poetry” instead.