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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Let's talk about blogging at General Assembly.

I can imagine at least two things Unitarian Universalist bloggers (and would-be bloggers) may want to do as a group at next month's General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: We'll want to meet each other, of course, and we may also want to offer something slightly more formal you know, "Everything You Always Wanted To Know about UU Blogging, But Were Afraid To Ask," that kind of thing.

So: Who's planning to be in Fort Worth? I know John and Jess will be there; Phil Lund, Joseph Santos Lyons, and I will be there in our day-job roles; Peter Bowden ("Adventures in Small Group Ministry" guy, en route to is likely to be there; Greg will be there to talk about his life as a Marine in Iraq. Who else?

What sort of gathering would you find most worthwhile? If you're simply interested in UU blogs, your feedback would be useful here, too. A picnic might be hard to pull together, but I'm sure we're creative enough to come up with a good Interdependent Web event at G.A.

Update: We're now trying to identify a good time to meet.

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Scott Wells:

May 17, 2005 07:55 PM | Permalink for this comment

I know some of us not going to GA would love for attending bloggers to blog from GA. At least, sensing a possible conflict of interest and time constraints, those not on UUA staff.

Preston Glidden:

May 17, 2005 08:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hello, you don't know me, but I might be going to GA and am looking into the possibility of setting up a blog site for the Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community. I'd be interested in meeting with some UU bloggers and learn from all of you.

Dan Harper:

May 17, 2005 11:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'll be at General Assembly. I'd be willing to participate in something like "Everything You Want To Know about Blogging." GA being what it is, the more advance notice, the better....

And Scott, I'll be blogging from GA. Which reminds me, time to find free wifi spots in the area....

Michelle Murrain:

May 18, 2005 09:12 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'll be at GA as well, and have already decided I'd do some blogging there, and I'd love to meet other UU bloggers.

It will be my first GA, so a lot of my perspective (if I do blog) will be around that.


May 18, 2005 10:27 AM | Permalink for this comment

It'd be nice to stop and wave at everyone, but do we really need a workshop? Anyone interested in starting a blog usually starts by Googling and reading other blogs, not sitting in a room analyzing what might be interesting to write about.


Besides, it's our first GA, too, so we'll be wandering around dazed, I'm sure. ;-)


May 18, 2005 10:43 AM | Permalink for this comment

Jess, I'm not sure that we need a workshop, but at the Boston-area picnic it was clear that some people like a chance to talk shop a bit -- and I've heard from people who aren't yet bloggers that they'd like a chance to ask some questions.

So there's a group of people interested in just getting together -- the circle interested in just putting names to faces -- but there's also another overlapping circle of people who might like an appointed time to talk about the practice of blogging, and there's probably a third overlapping circle of bloggers who'd be willing to talk about blogging to people who know very little about it. Some of us clearly fall into only one of these categories, and I'm trying to figure out how much interest there is in each.

Peter Bowden:

May 18, 2005 12:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

I will be at GA as well.

Much of the time I will be running a booth for the UU SMALL GROUP MINISTRY NETWORK in the exhibit hall. I would be great to get together. In fact, collectively UU bloggers are doing so much to promote our faith that the UUA should buy us dinner! Okay, not a chance on that one. I'm just happy they let Mr. Walton blog at will.

Steve Caldwell:

May 18, 2005 08:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

I will also be at GA and so will my family (which will be a first for all of us). This because the trip to GA is a 3 1/2 hour car trip for us this year.

I think I'll be too busy to blog while I'm there, but I'll try to keep some notes for post-GA blogging at home.

See you all there.


May 18, 2005 10:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

It might be interesting to sit in a circle and swap stories/advice. This is assuming, of course, that I haven't breached the sensory input threshold by the end of Professional Days.

John "Conventions Make Me Twitchy" Cullinan


May 19, 2005 08:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

Can this UU turned RC turn Episcopal (Chris, we'll talk later) crash this discussion? I'm doing a fair amount of paid consulting on blogging and one of the constant topics is "best practices." This is a hot topic right now.

Donald Wilson:

June 8, 2005 12:34 AM | Permalink for this comment


I'll be at GA (seeing as I'm up for election to the GA Planning Committee), and would LOVE to meet with other bloggers informally, and even help in a "Blogging" discussion somewhere.

On Friday, 11am, there's a workshop: Growing UU via the Web #2064, w/ Gini Courter and Denny Davidoff (current and past UUA Moderators respectivly, and Denny is President of the Church of the Larger Fellowship), that might find a group of bloggers in attendance interesting. I'm planning on being there.

Jone Lewis:

June 10, 2005 09:00 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'm unlikely to have the time to blog personally during GA -- working on the web staff is a lot like official blogging, though! -- but would definitely be interested in meeting other bloggers who are UU.

On a related matter, are there other women UU bloggers planning to attend the BlogHer conference in California in July? I'm thinking of going, but don't have solid plans.


June 10, 2005 11:16 AM | Permalink for this comment

I'm up for a meeting, talking shop, whatever. It will be interesting to put faces and (real) names to other UU bloggers. Seems like the Friday program on Growing UU Via the Web is a logical place for us to congregate.

Joseph Santos Lyons:

June 20, 2005 03:32 PM | Permalink for this comment

I plan to blog at GA each day, figure if I can blog from Mexico and Guatemala rural areas, I can do it from the confines of my techno hotel. Scott, you of course raise good points about the boundaries as UUA staff on blogging. Im curious to hear more from folks. Thus far I think only Chris, Phil and I blog at all and also serve the UUA of congregations in some capacity. If there is a meeting at GA, text or cel me. 503'490'5639

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