I have signed up to attend the 2008 Blog Indiana Conference next month (August 19-20.) Attendees who have already registered (and who are, one assumes, all bloggers) are supposed to post on their blogs this morning the fact that there are only 30 days left in which to register.
Part of me does not want to help advertise, because I hate it when conferences are too crowded. But this one is limited to 200 people, so okay, I’ll play. And it will, after all, be a richer experience if there are a lot of different kinds of bloggers there.
The fee is only $49 and the meetings are right here in Indy, on the IUPUI campus. The conference will include a variety of sessions – some for beginning bloggers such as myself, who just want to “level up” in quality a tad, and others for more experienced bloggers who are (for example) looking for ways to go from making bitty bucks to big bucks with their blogs. I think there will also be a session for blogger wannabes who have not even started yet.
The presenter name that grabbed my attention as I was first looking over the conference website was Ruth Holladay’s. Years ago, when I was living in Japan and she was still working for the Indianapolis Star, I wrote to her and asked if she would be interested in a column about my experiences. I said I would call the column “Hoosier in Tokyo.”
She wrote back and was very encouraging. She asked me to send her samples.
I regret to report that I never did. I am ashamed to say that I never even wrote back to thank her for her time.
“Hoosier in Tokyo” ended up being a single, 45-minute spoken storytelling piece that I developed fully only years after I came back from Japan, but I have always appreciated the fact that Holladay encouraged me. I learned only recently that she has since retired from the Star and now writes her own blog. In it, she criticizes irresponsible media. Her blog is often funny, often biting, but always thought-provoking.
So…maybe I will get a chance to apologize for my own irresponsibility years ago, but in any case, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear her speak in person.
I am looking forward to the rest of the conference, too.
(And now back to talking about live theatre in the Indianapolis area!)
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com