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Friday, June 16, 2006

Blogging the UUA General Assembly.

Announcements and miscellaneous notes: There are three events especially for UU bloggers at next week's General Assembly in St. Louis, plus a whole lot of other things I'm sure bloggers (and their readers) will find interesting.

Events for bloggers
UUA reception for bloggers: Wednesday night, June 21, after the Opening Celebration (9:45 to 11:15 pm) in the in the Benton Room at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. Sponsored by the UUA Office of Electronic Communication, with beverages and snacks. (RSVPs were due to Deb Weiner earlier in the week, but I've heard that there's enough food for more than the bunch of us who've already said we'll be there. Come on by!) I'll be there in my editorial role representing UU World.
Everything you always wanted to know about UU blogging, but were afraid to ask! Brown-bag lunch and informal conversation with me (wearing my Philocrites hat) and other UU bloggers, Thursday, June 22, almost certainly in the lobby area of the Renaissance Grand Hotel, 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Pick up a sandwich and come by to meet other bloggers or ask for input on your own wacky project. I'll post more information about this event — including any updates about the location — on the message board in the Convention Center (under "Philocrites") by Wednesday night. I'll also update this entry if the location changes.
Tapas with the stars! PeaceBang invites us out to Mirasol for some yummy Spanish delicacies Friday, June 23, at 6:00 pm, but space is really limited and you must RSVP (to her) mundo pronto. And what a cast: PeaceBang, Chalicechick, Chutney, Arbitrary Marks, Hafidha Sofia, John & Jess Cullinan, the Errant Frog himself, Dame Olympia, RevThom, and others. I can't wait. (Update 6.17.06: Reservations are now closed.)

A few other things: I'll be blogging daily for uuworld.org's brand-spankin' new General Assembly Blog. Newsy stuff. (Tips welcome.) If I get an itch to write about theology or other less official stuff, it might end up over here instead.

uuworld.org: liberal religion and lifeI'm also on the General Assembly program. Come find out all about uuworld.org and the new UUA.org from me and UUA webmaster Julie Albanese on Saturday evening from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. It's session 4106, "The UUA's New Face on the Web," in America's Center 264. The sneak preview of UUA.org is something you'll definitely want to see. If you can't make the workshop, the superbrief version will be part of executive vice president Kay Montgomery's plenary report on Saturday morning.

(Many other bloggers are on the program, too, but I haven't had time to list them all, so please feel free to promote your program in the comments below.)

I'm working nonstop at GA for the magazine — mild-mannered reporter, UUA employee, etc. — but I've recognized that whatever bifurcation of roles I maintain in my head doesn't exactly play out neatly in person. To most people at GA, I'm executive editor of UU World, and that's the role that takes me to St. Louis. But to some, I'm both "Christopher L. Walton: magazine editor" and "Philocrites omigod it's him!" (Just kidding. But last year it really was odd to have people pull me aside and whisper, I read your blog, as if we were both in on some amazing secret.) It's even possible that there are GA-goers who read Philocrites but don't even bother with my real work. So, when we meet at GA, you can call me Chris — or Philo — but I really am a magazine editor who has a blog, not a blogger who happens to work for the UUA. In case this is helpful to keep in mind.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 16 June 2006 at 8:09 PM

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