Duncan Riley> I’ve spoken to a few people in the past (indeed over the past 2 years) about this, and even some who are planning an Australian business blogging conference, but I’m getting old waiting for a full blown Australian blogging conference so here is my pitch:
Its time we all got together and organised an Australian blogging conference.
Ideally it should be based roughly on Dave Winer’s Bloggercon, but reality means that it could never be this ideal. As much as I’d personally like to see it held in Perth (or Bunbury even), I’d say Melbourne would be the ideal venue, particularly given the strong Melbourne blogging crowd. We’d be looking at a 4-6 month set up time, and a venue like the University of Melbourne or similar, low cost, big space with cheap accommodation options. Perhaps during a semester break. It would go for maybe 2 days. Dinner on the Friday night, official launch Saturday morning with a hardcore series of speakers through the day, big dinner Saturday night, then more speakers Sunday, with the conference finishing Sunday lunchtime. If we can’t get it to go that long, then maybe just one or two speakers Friday, and then a full program Saturday, with a pub crawl Saturday night.
I’m open to suggestions, but I know I’m getting old waiting for someone else to arrange this so I’m putting the idea out there. If you’re an Australian blogger, or are outside Australia but would like to be involved drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , if people aren’t interested than so be it. But I reckon we could get a good crowd.