Great Blogger Meeting!!!

Bloggers are supposed to be a pajama wearing, goofy looking bunch.

Let me tell you, Lebanese bloggers are a good looking group of normal looking people. That said, we're not all political bloggers. But our political bloggers are still a bunch of good people! He, he. :)

I had a great time, as did numerous bloggers from multiple types of blogs.

Michael Totten joined our gathering, and thoroughly enjoyed himself. He said he felt a little out of place amongst a group of Lebanese bloggers, but still thought the group was very interesting, informed, and - most importantly - fun!

I'm still feeling the effects of the blogger gathering on Monnot, so I thought this was the best time to express my initial impressions. Following impressions to follow...

I hope to see everyone again soon...


At Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:17:00 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Wish I could have been there.

Since a bunch of varied Leb bloggers are bound to read this, question:

Seems to me Leb blogs have 10 to 20% only of readership from Lebanon. My numbers are in that range.

Any ideas why he numbers are not higher? I am talking blogs that focus on Lebanese issues.

My guess was that if only a few at all Leb universities would read our blogs that Lebanese ratio would be higher.

Any thoughts? Will DSL change things??

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 2:19:00 AM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Re meeting: Of course we await the pics.

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:27:00 AM, Blogger Eve said...

hmm, political bloggers are not serious and isolated after all ;)

josey, the number is not higher because you'd be lucky if you met someone who has heard of blogs before. it's still not a familiar concept in Lebanon.
btw, pics coming tonight :)

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:28:00 AM, Blogger Delirious said...

Political bloggers are supposed to be a conceited serious looking bunch.

Let me tell you, Lebanese political bloggers are a good looking group of normal looking people... not small guys with thick glasses sitting behind their computer and typing political posts all day long! ;)

LP, it was really great meeting you and the rest of the guys yesterday.

All Lebanese bloggers are hip, cool, and fun... In short, we rock! :D

Hope we do this more often!

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:00:00 AM, Blogger Assaad said...

I am glad you enjoyed your meeting.
I wish i was with you, hope to do it next time :).

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:18:00 AM, Blogger zwixo said...

same here buddy :)

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:57:00 PM, Blogger nobilis tobilis said...

Hey Charles. Hope to c u on campus

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:00:00 PM, Blogger carine said...

sorry i missed it!! though at least i got to meet some of you informally in december :)

josey-- i have (er, had... back when i was still posting semi-regularly) similar stats on my blog. the main explanation i can suggest is an extrapolation from my own experience: i use the blogosphere as a source of information and a space to discuss lebanese issues. both of those needs are automatically satisfied when i'm in lebanon. i'm no longer disconnected, so i don't need to check the blogs or participate nearly as much. the political blogs in particular seem to be dominated by people who are abroad-- it would be very interesting to see how dynamics/content shifted if more people in-country were involved. i hope dsl WILL help. maybe more should be done to promote the blogosphere on university campuses?

At Thursday, January 12, 2006 7:45:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Thks Eve and Carine.

We should think of ways to promote the blogs more.

Carine, re news, I get your point of being connected while in Leb.

However, I think the political blogs present a fresh and different perspective: perhaps we are not connecting, or people truly prefer their papers' and tvs' views (big disappointment to me, if that's the case).

Also, some chat rooms (like FPM) are very busy with people in Leb, where are these people?


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