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Back by popular demand: Pittsburgh BlogFest 20!

Nowadays, the Pittsburgh region is blessed with so many local meetups and tweetups and benefits and social media conferences that I’ve wondered whether there was still a need for Pittsburgh BlogFests.

But people continue to ask when the next BlogFest will be, just as people continue to list their new blogs on Pittsburgh Bloggers. And in truth, I’ve missed them.

So we’re going to have another one.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 20: The Return of the BlogFest

Come meet your fellow bloggers and social media types in a friendly, unstructured setting. BlogFest is an informal and friendly quarterly (or so, ahem) gathering of local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and anyone who enjoys life on the Internet. It’s more happy hour than meeting: No talks will be given, no credentials required.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 20
WHEN: Friday, August 27, 2010, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, podcasters, and social media folk of all stripes (and their friends… feel free to bring some even if they don’t blog!)

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to blogfest AT pghbloggers.org or RSVP on our Facebook event listing.

And speaking of the Pittsburgh Bloggers website: If you’ve wondered what’s happening with the site and why new blogs don’t seem to be listed with any regularity — or at all — please read this post about our plans to revamp the site.

The goal is to have the new site launched in time for BlogFest. Wish me luck!

Pittsburgh BlogFest 19: PghBloggers.org turns 5!

finlay is five, originally uploaded by papalamour.

Five years ago, right around this time, a half-dozen or so bloggers in the Pittsburgh area were reading each others’ blogs, commenting, and generally marveling at the discovery that each of us was not alone — that there were not a few folks in the region who had started writing online.

We were a motley collection, writing about politics or sports or writing or random cultural flotsam. While there was no unity of theme, we shared a passion for sharing.

Several bloggers made extensive effort to compile blogrolls of Pittsburgh blogs. Everyone linked to everyone, but it was hard to tell which blogs were about what.

As I recall it, then two things happened. First, Mike Woycheck started on his own to create a site both to list and to aggregate the posts of all the Pittsburgh blogs (an ambitious undertaking indeed). Second, independently, some of the bloggers (Vanessa & Christina, Anne, and I) decided we should all get together and have lunch or a drink or something, in real life rather than just online.

Somehow the two efforts became combined, and we found ourselves with a website — www.PghBloggers.org — and a social event — the first Pittsburgh BlogFest.

Both efforts got off to strong starts. About 20 bloggers attended the first BlogFest. The shocking thing was not the size of the crowd but how well we enjoyed each others company. We immediately made plans to make a habit of convening.

Notably, Mike Woycheck was unable to attend the first fest, but he proceeded to make up for his absence by constructing and launching the website on which we depend to this day.

I don’t know the exact date of the launch. (Please comment if you do.) What I do know is that it’s time to celebrate.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 19: Happy birthday to us!

Come meet your fellow bloggers and social media types in a friendly, unstructured setting. BlogFest is an informal and friendly quarterly gathering of local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and anyone who enjoys life on the Internet. It’s more happy hour than meeting: No talks will be given, no credentials required.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 19
WHEN: FRIDAY, November 20, 2009, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, podcasters, and social media folk of all stripes (and their friends… feel free to bring some even if they don’t blog!)

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free.

If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to blogfest AT pghbloggers.org

Or to RSVP, leave a comment below. I hope to see you there.

Announcing Pittsburgh BlogFest 18 — Saturday, 8/15

Beer and Laptop

Pittsburgh bloggers: Come meet your fellow bloggers and social media types in a friendly, unstructured setting.

Pittsburgh BlogFest is an informal and friendly quarterly gathering of local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and anyone who enjoys life on the Internet. It’s more happy hour than meeting: No talks will be given, no credentials required.

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 18
WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, podcasters, and social media folk of all stripes (and their friends… feel free to bring some even if they don’t blog!)

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to blogfest AT pghbloggers.org

(Photo credit: Beer and Laptop, originally uploaded by jdn.)

Don’t forget: BlogFest 15 this Friday

Pittsburgh BlogFest 15 is marching up to us — or we’re marching up to it, depending on your views of the passage of time. You’ll join us this Friday (5:30pm at Finnegan’s Wake), won’t you? Details are here as well as here.

Mysterious local poet Carlos the Mackerel sent me a new poem in honor of the event:

Bloggers’ Fest, or a Vision in a Happy Hour. A Fragment. (with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Three days hence, we’ll meet and drink
Near Pirate’s cove, at Joyce’s pub.
We writers all, though none in ink
Blogging what we bloggers think,
      We’ll talk – aye, there’s the rub.
Some blogs, some beers and cocktails fine
We’ll talk bout yours, we’ll talk bout mine.
We’ll discourse on the signs in Mary Worth
And chat about the Politics of Hope.
We’ll snark on the casino’s near still-birth
And wonder why the mayor is such a dope.

No doubt he’ll bring the rest on Friday. (No pressure, Carlos!)

See you there!

Pittsburgh BlogFest 15

"15"

"15", originally uploaded by Lincolnian.

Come one, come all!

WHAT: Pittsburgh Blogfest 15
WHEN: Friday, August 22, 2008, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM and beyond
WHERE: Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601), in the Pub Room
WHO: All local bloggers, vloggers, podcasters (and their friends!) and Pittsburgh Bloggers
COST: Free to attend
WI-FI ACCESS: Free

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Finnegan’s Wake, as always. Arrive when you like, leave when you must.

SMOKING NOTE: As always, the room in which we’ll be blogfesting will be smoke-free. The rest of the bar allows smoking, so one can hop out for a smoke break. There’s a glass wall between, so the smokers and nonsmokers can stare at each other and see how the other half lives.

As always, if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to "blogfest at-sign closkey dot com". I hope to see you there!

Pittsburgh BlogFest 14 wrap-up

Pittsburgh BlogFest 14 sign-in sheet

Pittsburgh BlogFest 14 sign-in sheet, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.

It’s surely a record for me to post the sign-in sheet from a BlogFest on the very next day.

Granted, I haven’t listed and linked up all the signatures to their respective websites. Will do that later today. (If you want to help speed things along, map some of the signatures in on the Flickr page.)

My oh my, it was a grand event. Certainly one of our hottest, not only because the room was sweltering but also because the mix of people was fan-freaking-tastic.

There was conversation, and blogging, and Twittering all over the place. There were drinks and food, including more sandwich wraps than I have ever seen ordered by a single group. There was a birthday chop for a birthday boy who wasn’t actually present (but whom a goodly portion of the crowd caught up with for a post-BlogFest get-together afterwards).

There was also an unidentified movie playing in the corner, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, and a Baldwin. In the movie, the electronic systems of a large boat seemed bent on consuming all the passengers and crew. We speculated on what the movie might be, and which Baldwin it was. I’m pleased now to be able to answer these questions: The movie was Virus (1990), the boat was "a top secret Russian research vessel and finds it infected by an alien life form which regards humans as a virus which must be destroyed at any cost," and the Baldwin was William. (I don’t think any of us guessed William.)

Many photos were taken by Dawn and others. (Did you take photos? Post links to yours in the comments, please.)

Thanks, everyone, for coming and making the event memorable.

Email poetry

Nonsense And Happiness

Nonsense And Happiness, originally uploaded by tauben.

Today I had this email exchange with a blogger who shall remain nameless (but whom you may call Carlos The Mack’rel):

Carlos: Hey Closkey!! When’s the next blogfest??

MBM: Hi! I don’t know. I think some of the others were discussing that. I’ll see and let you know.

Carlos: you mean you DON’T KNOW??? But you’re the queen of the blogfests! la reine du blogfest!

MBM: Some things are too mysterious for even the queen to know.

Carlos:
Her hair once was red, then not, then again red
Oh, Cindy the queen of the blogfests!
Her drinks are exotic
But not too quixotic
And never aquatic.
WIth signs semiotic
She sips with a flip of her head
Oh Cindy the queen of the blogfests.

MBM: I never knew you were a descendent of Edward Lear.

Carlos:
There once was a red-headed clotskey
Who once read a book by old Trotsky
She flipped through the tome
Then headed for home
Impressed by the communist, NOT-ski

The amazing thing is that the thing about the Trotsky book is completely true.

Snow? What snow? Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 wrap-up

Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 sign-in sheet

Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 sign-in sheet, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.

It was the luckiest 13 I’ve ever seen.

Last Friday’s Pittsburgh BlogFest was perhaps the best one we’ve had yet. Despite the snow and slippy conditions, lots and lots of fabulous, fascinating people showed up. The sign-in sheet, which you see above, gives you a sense of it, but I can think of at least a dozen others who didn’t sign in.

The point is that there were bunches of us, and we mingled and talked and laughed and were completely amazing. I think the last of us left around 11:30, and I for one would have been happy to hang around longer.

Ordinarily I make an image map of the sign-in sheet with links to everyone’s sites. This time I’m trying something new: I posted the sheet to Flickr, added notes for the signatures, and put the list of links there. Click the photo to see this wonder of technology in action, and to add your own notes and comments. If you missed signing in at the event, please add a comment to the Flickr photo or to this post, with a link and a promise to be more attentive next time.

Oh! And if you took photos or shot video, or if you wrote a wrap-up post, tag it with "pghbloggers" so we can find it.

Thanks to everyone who showed up! I’m already looking forward to our next BlogFest; it will probably be in May, that merry merry month.

Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 tonight!

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IMGP1168, originally uploaded by ToriaURU.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays Pittsburgh Bloggers from their joyful gathering on this appointed eve.

BlogFest 13 starts tonight at 5:30 and continues until 9:30 or so. We’ll be at Finnegan’s Wake (near PNC Park, 20 General Robinson St., North Shore, 412-325-2601, map link here), in the Pub Room — that’s the glassed-off room next to the main bar. More details can be found in my earlier post.

Yeah, we know there are forecasts of wintry mix through today. We say that all this moisture coming up out of the Gulf will push off to the east and hit Altoona.

See you there!

I get by with a little help from my friends

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IMG_2255.JPG, originally uploaded by mbfulk.
Justin Kownacki and Norm Huelsman kick off Day 1 of PodCamp Pittsburgh 2,  August 2007.

Norm Huelsman was kind enough to post about my blog today — he’s writing about a different site each week in his BlogShare feature.

That’s a nice example of how Pittsburgh’s social media community — bloggers and podcasters — put energy into connecting with and promoting each other.

Another example: Rachel of That Night was nominated for the "Best Kept Secret" category for the 2008 Bloggies blog awards, and within a couple of days Norm, TheJim, Doug, and even the elusive PittGirl of The Burgh Blog are posting about it and encouraging everyone to vote.

We started planning for PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 on Wednesday. The kickoff meeting was lively, as always, and I felt so happy to see everyone and hear what we’d all learned from previous events and what we want to accomplish this year. Exciting stuff.

PCPGH3 will most likely take place September 27 and 28, with a meet-and-greet party on the 26th. We’re confirming that locations and other important things are all available then, but for now save the date.

We’ll be working harder this year to keep everyone informed of plans along the way, and to invite participation. I haven’t updated the PCPGH site recently, but keep an eye on it for changes and news.

This is a good time to mention two events that are coming up much sooner. Tomorrow from noon until midnight is DevHouse Pittsburgh 2, for programmers and designery-types to gather and make great things. And Friday, February 22 will be Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 — our luckiest blogfest yet. I hope you’ll join us!