A few weeks ago, I ran an ad-hoc survey about the possibility of having a blogging conference here in BC. We received 96 responses, which I thought was pretty good. You can view the results here. I’m hosting them locally because they expire after a month on (the otherwise excellent) CreateSurvey.com and I wanted to excise the email addresses to protect people’s privacy.
I’m not going to offer a detailed analysis of the results. They were encouraging enough to go forward, and so I’ve met with a few people (including Boris and Roland and Jodie) to discuss what form the conference should take, who should keynote, when and where it should occur, what (if anything) it should cost, and so on. We haven’t arrived at any concrete decisions yet, except to say that whatever shape the event takes, it won’t occur before September at the earliest, and may be much later than that.
Our plan is to create a draft outline, and then run it by a few people who have extensive experience running conferences. That should be a reality check, and should give us a good basis to move forward. The next step will probably be to email everyone who supplied their email addresses via the survey with the plan, and open things up for a more public discussion. If you’d like to be part of this dicussion, but didn’t include your email address on the list, you can just make a comment below or send me an email. Do likewise if you’d like to be notified with further developments about the conference.
After that, if all goes well, we’ll have an official public launch with marketing and a Web site and the like. I know that’s not much information, but it’s early days.