Duncan Riley> Whilst I wont be flying half way around the world this year to attend BloggerCon (maybe I’ll win lotto next year!) a new anonymous insider makes me think that all Bloggers are not created equally at the shinning light of Blogging thought: BloggerCon2 (aka Dave-fest).
If you are attending BloggerCon 2, make sure you ask Halley Suitt of Worthwhile Magazine why you weren’t worthwhile enough to be invited to pre-dinner drinks tonight (Friday) Boston time at 5:00pm @ the Millenium Bostonian Hotel (Atrium Lounge) with the likes Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen, Adam Curry and a number of others. Perhaps she may have already answered the question of invitations in an email to Dave and others: “Dave = The Drinks @ the Millennium event is NOT open to all. This is a purely snobby elitist bad-ass-A-list-bloggers exclusive event BEFORE the dinner which is open to all.”
So the next question is who makes a “snobby elitist bad-ass-A-list-blogger” according to Halley: lets take a look at the invite list
> > —– Original Message —–
> > From: “Halley Suitt”
> > To: “Jeff Jarvis”
> > Jarvis”
> > “Adam Curry”
> > Weinberger”
> > Gilmor”
> > Gnomegirl”
> > Blodgett”
> > “John Palfrey”
> > “Jim Moore”
> > “‘Dan Bricklin'”
> > Cc:
> > Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 7:37 AM
> > Subject: Drinks pre-dinner Friday Night: Millennium
> > Bostonian Hotel
> > > Folks = Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis and I are meeting
> > for
> > > drinks at 5:00pm @ the Millenium Bostonian Hotel
> > > (Atrium Lounge) then walking over to the Durgin
> > Park
> > > dinner venue afterwards.
> > >
> > > Let us know if you’d like to join us. And no
> > talking
> > > about POLITICS, okay? (Just kidding.)
> > >
> > > Best – Halley
> > >
> > > SOMEONE, PLS FORWARD TO CAM BARRETT + MATT GROSS +
> > > JOEY DEVILLA — DON’T HAVE THEIR EMAIL.
> > >
> > > WHERE: Atrium Lounge
> > > Millenium Bostonian Hotel @ Faneuil Hall
> > >
> > > WHEN: 5:00PM — Friday
We can’t forget CAM BARRETT + MATT GROSS + JOEY DEVILLA, even though they aren’t in Halley’s address book.
Dave, ever the innocent yet scarry looking Blog guru responds:
> — Dave Winer
> > If the drinks are open to all, could you announce it
> > here.
> > Other announcements are welcome of course. ;->
> > Dave
And this is the fun part:
—– Original Message —–
From: “Halley Suitt”
To: “Dave Winer”
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: Drinks pre-dinner Friday Night: Millennium Bostonian Hotel
> Dave = The Drinks @ the Millennium event is NOT open
> to all. This is a purely snobby elitist bad-ass-A-list-bloggers
> exclusive event BEFORE the dinner which is open to all.
> I do have another open-to-all event that I’ll post at
> that link though, thanks for mentioning it.
Dave turns out to be a good bloke after all!
> — Dave Winer
Rather than argue about this, I’d ask everyone to please carefully review the guidelines for the conference.
It’s worth doing this right. Having even one elitist meetup spoils the whole thing, imho. It makes people who aren’t invited feel bad. I know because I feel that way about it (even though I was invited). Part of me feels like I should announce a competing event so that everyone who is included can feel good about this meeting. I encourage you to change this Halley, I doubt if you’ll get substantially more people if you open it up, and so what if you do? You can still talk with the people you like.
We’ll talk about this, for sure, at the National Anthem session, where everyone is invited, and we’re making arrangements for an overflow room because we think more people are going to show up than we initially planned for.
Now a short word of wisdom: 1: I am not going to reveal who sent this to me: what I would ask is that those on the list show maturity in not going hunting for a source. After all, why spoil a perfectly snobbish soiree by pointing fingers…..
Attending BloggerCon: let me know Halleys response: we are also looking for any independent feedback on the event, email:firstname.lastname@example.org