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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wanna put together a GA program about blogging?

UUA General Assembly 2007I know that a bunch of Unitarian Universalist bloggers talked about putting together a program on blogging for the 2007 General Assembly of the UUA when we were meeting informally at this past summer's GA in St Louis. Now it's time to act if people want some funding and sponsorship. I received an email announcement from the GA Planning Committee's Beth McGregor this weekend; the deadline for program proposals sponsored by the Planning Committee is August 31:

The Planning Committee will sponsor up to four Featured Presentations at the GA; each program will be eligible for funding up to $3000. The Planning Committee will also sponsor up to fifteen programs; ten programs selected will be eligible for funding up to $500 and five programs will also be selected without funding. The Planning Committee will award sponsorship to proposals submitted by UU Organizations, UU Congregations, individual UUs and/or UUA Staff.

The GA Planning Committee is looking for significant, innovative programs that will appeal to many UUs attending GA. All applications must be received by August 31, 2006.

It had never occurred to me before reading this announcement that the Planning Committee made program slots available for programs sponsored by UUA staff — the staff groups compete with each other separately for the limited number of staff program slots — but frankly I have quite a bit on my plate this week and would prefer not to have to put together a blogging-related program proposal if I knew that a group of you were jumping on it. Who wants to jump?

What do you say? What would make a great blog-related GA workshop next year in Portland, Oregon?

Update 8.28.06: Peter Bowden of UU Planet has volunteered to put a basic proposal together with me on Wednesday and Thursday. (The deadline is 5 pm EDT Thursday.) Check out the program guidelines [pdf] — and if you have suggestions or input, please email Peter directly. We'll report back here later in the week.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 27 August 2006 at 7:23 PM

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Christine Robinson:

August 27, 2006 08:56 PM | Permalink for this comment

How to capture blogging at a UUA workshop? How about a program divided in half. The first half would go through the technical matters of setting up a blog, learning the lingo, etc. That could be done using a computer and projector. If a wireless conncection were available, a blog could be started on the spot.

The second half could be a dramatic reading of some blogging encounters, discussions, and community, using readers reading from real blogs of Spring, preferably teir own. It could highlight some of the interesting ideas, comments, discussion, humor, and community which happen on line, thus motivating folks to go home and blog. A handout walking them through part 1 could be included.

The only cost for such a workshop would be wireless connection fees, if any, and a projector.
The script for the dramatic piece would be pretty easy to craft, I think, especially if a couple of people were on the watch for good possibilities through the Spring. and readers could be solicited from among bloggers who were going to GA.

I'm willing to work on this, but can't do anything else this particular week. (a wedding, memorial service, baby dedication, sermon, and office staff run ragged by a week of carpet replacemeng) Christine



August 27, 2006 09:36 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm willing to work on it, too, but would prefer to focus on my law school applications this week.

But with help, I could probably squeeze it in.

Unless someone else wants to do it, which would be good.


Peter Bowden:

August 28, 2006 05:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

Philo' if you'll be the staff point person I think we should make this happen. I'm going to be busy on a shoot tomorrow, but have some time on Tuesday/Wednesday to work on this.

Let's take this off the comment form.
Why don't those of you with interest in this topic read the guidlines at the following URL and then email me your thoughts. I'll compile and feedback to the group and together we'll get this into a form our friendly neighborhood blogging UUA staffer can check over and submit via PDF.

How does that sound???

Email me your thoughts on workshop format, content, and identify yourself as a UU blogger attending GA.

Email me at



August 28, 2006 05:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

I'm very happy working with Peter to put a proposal together. Please do email him with suggestions.


August 29, 2006 02:11 PM | Permalink for this comment

I've been involved in a few GA workshops.

I was the moderator of this panel discussion (though it doesn't happen to mention my name, but it does link to my site) and I filed the form and all to host it for a related organization:

I would not recommend trying to use a live internet connection, even though I was at a workshop this year that did that well (#4042 Web Templates for Congregational Growth - no review available). It's risky to do this as you never know when the service will be working. Though they did appear to have a live-connection, the workshop was primarily a slide show and the piece with the live demonstration was not without technical difficulty.

I like the panel approach, and others may also. If the description in the guide says that it'll be a panel of top UU bloggers, you might get a better turn-out than one that describes a how-to. How-to's can be boring, IMO. It was useful for the Template workshop, but that was for a different purpose. I think a hand-out on how to get started blogging would be enough for people looking for a how-to. I'd like to see a panel talk about why they do it, what they get out of it, and their most exciting moments as a blogger. Of course, you have to have a question-answer segment also.

Just my 2 cents.

UU PLANET Ministry & Media:

August 31, 2006 06:27 PM | Permalink for this comment

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Can George W. say that??? Our application for a workshop was submitted at oh, 4:47ish. Right on time... Thanks for those who submitted ideas.

The rest of you, start saving your change so you can make GA 2007 and attend the workshop.

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