At BloggerCon III

This is a post with my notes from BloggerCon III being held today.

National Anthem — a full hall, lots of great folks sharing why they’re here, and a wonderful song: “This Land is Your Land”!

I attended four of the sessions — Podcasting, Journalism, Election 2004, and Making Money — but not the Fat Man Sings session at the end. I was able to listen to about half of that session from home. All of the moderators did a superb job at this unconference.

Of particular interest to me was the discussion in the Podcasting and Making Money sessions. I’m still trying to figure out if Podcasting is the 21st century version of CB radio — a huge fad which dies away — or if it really has legs that will impact people’s lives. I came into the session thinking it was CB radio. I left thinking maybe not.

Doc Searls sees podcasting as making radio personal again. Tony Kahn‘s comments about this perhaps being the next public broadcasting were also very interesting. Perhaps there’s a sponsorship model in there somewhere? A few decades ago, Congress decided to spend some significant money on a public broadcasting system. Could something similar make sense for podcasting? There are still lots of things required to get podcasting across the chasm — but it feels like there’s an awful lot of energy queued up behind it. We’ll see.

Doc Searls did a great job teeing up the Making Money session. I especially enjoyed the discussion about nickels and dimes vs. “big money” resulting from blogs. Doc asked a particularly interesting question when he asked how many of the folks in the room were in a new business somehow related to blogs — my guess of the hands was about 40 percent of the audience in the room. Wow.

During the Fat Man Sings session there were a number of suggestions about what might work better. The delay in getting microphones to speakers was the worst issue — slowing down the session bandwidth overall. The venue, while not perfect, was certainly hugely comfortable — thanks to Stanford Law School for opening their doors and much more.

If you can ever attend one of these in your neighborhood, I’d urge you to do so. Thanks again to Dave Winer for making it happen and to Doug Kaye for recording it.