I made it to the Wispolitics blog summit Saturday afternoon, here are a few observations:
It was very cool to see some of the faces behind some of my favorite liberal blogs (although there were no sightings of the elusive Xoff since he was out of town).
It was disheartening to see how many conservative bloggers came out as compared to those from the reality based community. I suspect that this may only be natural due to conservatives' herd-like mentality.
Owen (Boots and sabers) and Jay (Folkbum's Rambles and Rants) did an excellent job in their "citizen blogger" segment. They should make more appearances together since they trade barbs and play off of eachother well.
Jessica McBride was talking about the evils of the traditional media, ignoring that she now works for the largest media corporation in the state (Journal Communication). A gentleman in the back of the room (sporting a pretty cool hat) successfully made this point to her.
John McAdams instructed us that the "Main Stream Media" is a state of mind". So I'm assuming that a little blogger meditation is in order.
Ed Garvey, Mark Pocan, Charlie Sykes, and Brian Fraley were on a panel near the end of the summit. For me, the highlight of that panel was clearly Ed Garvey's shots directed in Sykes general direction.
The blogger of the year award for 2005 went to anonymous blogger Dennis York. My personal favs would have been Xoff or Jay, but I'm biased. When all is said and done, I think that York was a good choice. They were even able to keep his identity a secret with a unique acceptance speech.
Hope to see less of the right wing zombie brigade and more of you crazy libs next year!