Jim Geraghty visits BlogCon
And describes it thusly:
What is BlogCon? It’s a gathering of about 250 conservative bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, YouTube artistic geniuses, policy wonks, and other folks for presentations on how to be more effective at what we do, some policy briefings from experts, and a lot of after-hours socializing, getting to know the people you’ve been reading for a long time as flesh-and-blood people.
Tabitha Hale of the Franklin Center put it together, aiming for a more intimate, personal event to bring conservative bloggers together. CPAC is wonderful, but it brings in thousands upon thousands of people, and you inevitably never have the time to connect and meet all the people you would like to meet. The political world has plenty of conventions, but BlogCon stands out for putting faces behind the names and tiny, little square portraits you encounter on Twitter and around the blogosphere. I hope they do these forever.
Alex Lundry and PoliticalMath put together a fantastic presentation on data visualization, and PM has posted his slides here. His video, putting the spending rates of recent presidents in perspective as a cross-country road trip, can be found here.
The person at the convention who had been blogging the longest? Sean Hackbarth. Apparently he started with cave etchings [2004-ed].
Upon hearing the news that Senator Orrin Hatch would face a primary challenge, Kristina Ribali, director of new media at FreedomWorks, let out a howl so loud that one momentarily feared that a crate of live scorpions had been released at the convention site.
The crew at Breitbart.com were presented this beautiful piece of artwork, depicting their founder in his own words.
The conversations offered an eclectic range of topics, from the upcoming Texas Senate primary with the Red Redhead, the apparent meltdown of the Minnesota Republicans with EyeOnPolitics and GOPrincess, how the term “RINO” gets tossed around all too easily with Keder, Exurban Jon and OHCONSERVATISM, comparing parenting stories with Cheryl Prater, and discussing the fascinatingly broad demographic appeal of Paul Ryan with Kat McKinley.
For those of you who have ever wondered about suing a foe on the Internet for calling you racist, sexist, or some other egregious and obviously false insult, let civil litigator, Breitbart.com contributor, and weapons-grade-sarcasm master Kurt Schlichter explain a major complication.
“Here’s why you don’t want to sue some liberal troll for libel,” Kurt explained patiently. “They have no money. I don’t want to sue a guy who lives in a van down by the river. If he has riverfront property, let’s talk.”
Just thought you’d all want to know how the conservative messaging apparatus is working these days.
Not first hand, of course. I don’t have the proper body of work or pedigree to rank a second invite — though I do recognize many of the participants as people who at one time were commenters on pw in the early days. They no longer go by names like “RightWing Sparkle”, etc., of course. This is serious business.
But hey. Time passes you by, right? And “ask not what the ‘conservative’ movement can do for you, ask what you” blah blah blah?
Just happy to be part of the team!