Thursday, August 02, 2007

KOMO TV's Northwest Blogger Meet-Up

After what was probably the most enjoyable and comfortable interview I've been on in a long time (but I won't say more yet because I don't want to jinx it), I headed across Lake Washington to the KOMO TV studios at Fisher Plaza, where northwest bloggers had been invited to chow down and chat it up. Unfortunately, Susan, my blogging neighbor wasn't able to make it at the last minute, but it turns out that Elisabeth was, so she met me in Seattle and she and I made the rounds and met quite a few people.

Unfortunately, nametags weren't considered until well into the event, so unless I went to each person (and there were at least 150 of them -- likely more) asking their blogging names, there was no way to know who was who and no way to look for favorite local bloggers. Damn, because I really wanted to meet a few, like Nerd's Eye View and Seattle Daily Photo! (Were either of you there?!)

Still, we managed to talk to quite a few people, among them a few Seattle Times reporters, some corporate bloggers (most attendees seemed to be business bloggers; I think I was one of the few individual, personal bloggers) and... yessiree, Elisabeth and I met our local celebrity newscasters, Kathy Goertzen and Eric Johnson, who had just finished the evening news broadcast.

After we decided not to embarrass ourselves by announcing who, specifically, we were looking for, we decided to go ahead and embarrass ourselves by sneaking off and take a look around the studios. That's when the fun began, as you can see! (And actually, not much sneaking was required, as bloggers were invited to explore the studio; we just happened to explore it while the rest of the bloggers were posing for a group photo, unbeknownst to us...)

Elisabeth even gave a weather forecast against the green screen. (Peter looked at the photo and said, "Algae count is up!")

I think it's cool that the local media (KOMO, Seattle Times, etc) is recognizing the powerful influence of blogging and the impact that a group of diverse voices can have on our cultural (and business) landscape. I don't think my own blog has any real impact on anything other than the handful of faithful individual readers who visit here (thanks guys!), but I'm cool with that.

My goal isn't to promote a business, reap lots of financial gain by placing ads (not gonna do it!) or win awards. (Though I'm the first to admit that winning awards feels very nice!) I blog because I can't not write and have always kept a journal; this is just a very public, very electronic journal.

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Anonymous said...

I was hoping you would post about it tonight. I got home at seven and was *very* tempted to just head out there. I didn't realize I had double booked until KT said something. I'm really glad you had Elizabeth there to hang with.

Kim said...

Thanks for the shout out, and sorry that I hadn't even heard about this event. It looks like you two had an excellent time!

Pam said...

I didn't make it, dammit. I'd planned to but I was taken down by a belly ache in the afternoon. I was REALLY miffed, I sat on my couch scowling instead. Next time?

I'd have found sitting at the anchor desk irresitable. Glad to see you seized the opportunity!

Unknown said...

It was nice to meet you and Elizabeth last night, along with the rest of what was a great group of people. Next time, we'll have the name tags up front, LOL.

Don't forget to check out everybody's photos on Flickr.

Anonymous said...

It was nice meeting you and Elisabeth last night, Carol. You've got a fun blog, and one of your photos captured journalists applying their honed investigative skills to the buffet ...

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry I missed it! Sounds like you had a good time. *Green with envy*

Anonymous said...

"I think I was one of the few individual, personal"

Heh, everyone I met there (except for chris) was a personal blogger. I think I must have been on the "other" side of the room. ;)

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