After the success of Ed, Sue, and Ben's ConvergeSouth, I -- like TheShu -- have been having a few thoughts about what I would really like to see in future unconferences, if we're lucky enough to get them. (See Lenslinger's nice roundup of this year's event.)
At this year's unconference, Jim Rosenberg's insistence that session participants have a "take-away" set the bar high for future sessions. But it's a good high.
Based on that premise, and TheShus's questions, here's a fantasy program of some sessions I would like to attend.
Maybe these sessions will seem too basic for some, but I think part of the future of blogging lies in more people learning how to do the basics well.
Choosing Blog Software
Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, Moveable Type: which to choose? Bloggers experienced with these programs will demonstrate their pros and cons in terms of functionality, ease of use, service, and cost. Bring a laptop with a wireless card so you can experiment with sample templates.
An overview of what's new in videoblogging, with discussion of cameras, Windows & Mac hardware and software video editing, using YouTube and other free video posting sites, and video hosting. Tips on making the most effective videos with low-tech equipment. Session participants will produce a 2-minute video all the way from camera to blog.
What makes an effective blog post? Recognized bloggers will analyze their favorite posts as well as egregiously bad ones, and offer tips on good writing. The session cover a variety of posting styles, from the one-line linker to the mini-essay. Participants will come away with useful tips for better blog writing.
Simple and basic photography techniques and digital photoprocessing for effective blog presentation. Learn how to choose a subject, shoot, and edit the photographs that will make your blog more appealing and more fun for you. Participants will shoot, upload, edit, and post photographs during the session.
The urge to blog arises from the fundamental urges to communicate and to express ourselves, and I am always interested in learning how to do those things better.