The webcast has always been the hardest part of BloggerCon, it's an expensive proposition to do right, we thought we had it covered this time, but I found out late this afternoon that we don't.
We need some organization to provide the webcast transmission for us (we will provide the production and engineering), or find $8000 to pay a vendor to do it for us. We're only doing audio, not video.
If you want to make a contribution, you can use the PayPal account, or contact me directly. For donations of over $1000, we will find an appropriate way to thank you during the conference.
Basically, if we don't raise the money, there won't be a webcast.
1. Ladies and gentlemen, after much deliberation, discussion, negotiation, arm-twisting and cajoling, the preliminary schedule for our fourth BloggerCon...
2. A note to the discussion leaders -- if you have yet to write your description, now is the time to do it. Please post it on your site, hopefully as a blog post, with a place for people to comment. You may change the post as you see fit. Send me the link and I'll point to it from the schedule.
3. Please remember, this is a non-commercial, user's conference. No product pitches, don't talk over users's heads. DLs: Make things understandable, always advocate for the people in the room. Don't be afraid to cut people off who are repeating themselves. Keep things moving fast, keep the conversation in the room. I will find a way to say these things many times. It's what makes this conference different.
4. We're trying to organize a party for Thursday night, but we may not be able to use the space at CNET. If you have a space nearby please let me know.
5. Steve Gillmor and I are going to do a series of podcasts on Wednesday and Thursday of next week to warm up the blogging community for the conference. If you'd like to participate, send an email or post a comment here (we'll provide the location at CNET and times as we get closer to the date). It'll be relaxed and informal, and will help get people thinking about the topics we'll be discussing at the conference.
6. If you're not already on the mail list, please sign up now. Post questions to the group there.
It's moderated, so you won't be inundated with irrelevant stuff. It's mainly for announcements related to the conference.
7. The closest hotel is the Courtyard Marriott, which is adjacent to the CNET building. As of June 14, there are still rooms available for Friday and Saturday night. They have free Internet. Obviously it's a very convenient location.
8. If you're anywhere but San Francisco, it must be hard to imagine how chilly it can be here this time of year, but it pays to pack a sweater and a warm jacket. The daytime highs are likely to be in the mid-60s to mid-70s, but at night, when the fog rolls in, the temperature can get down into the 50s, and with the wind it can feel much colder.
The next BloggerCon is in San Francisco, June 23-24, 2006.