How it started? AnonyMoses will tell you the Legend of the Piedmont Bloggers if you have a few minutes and an abiding appreciation for complicated sentence structure:
How it ended? It hasn't yet... the analysis and awe are just now boiling over.
N&R reporter Mark Binker has broken bloggers into categories that could only be created by a guy who sits on both sides of the fence at the same time. Mark gives us his take on how he perceives that traditional media types "are viewed by writers and lurkers in the blogsphere" It took six categories to finally pigeon-hole everyone.
Author and former N&R columnist Jerry Bledsoe was in attendance asking "what is a blogroll" in preparation for what I am confident will result in him starting to actually post on a weblog that he says he has owned for a couple of years. It was interesting to have him in a room heavily occupied by so many N&R folks given the recent history of the two entities.
Cori Dauber of at RantingProfs was glad she came. She says the conference was worth the drive and was most happy to "hear how folks are trying to harness the medium of blogging in all sorts of creative ways."
In the "creative ways" vein, I really want to talk to the woman who is planning to start an old house fixing blog - did anyone get her name, url of email? - or would she, herself please contact me - I am most interested in helping with such a project.
Non-blogger but pot-stirrer-none-the-less Brad Krantz was a pleasant addition. Playing the devil's advocate he posed a question to the room that finally started people talking out of turn during the second session, and I paraphrase... very loosely: "If blogging is on the same plane as journalism, bloggers would get paid like journalists". From what I hear of a journalist's salary... I, as a blogger, am not real far off the pay scale, Brad.
Sally Greene, City Councilwoman from Chapel Hill was typing away during the whole affair and offers this account of the sessions. Great insights Sally, both during the conference and in your almost-like-being-there subsequent posting.
Jay Ovittore echoes a sentiment held by many others, including me: "I didn't know what was going to happen when I arrived this morning. I know this conference was an overall success."
Cone provides a wrap-up, as is his way.
I'm sure others will have something to say about what occured this morning after they have taken their naps and begun to practice what bloggers in attendence explicitly preached against,... "Don't drink and blog"... but for now...
The morning was gratifying. The talent in the room could not have been more impressive. Thanks to everyone for coming and we will do it again. My blog roll will swell over the next couple of days.
Tony (Plutonium) Patterson over at Half-Life and Times has regrets about the conference, but they are the good kind.