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.