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Third Annual Brooklyn Blogfest Draws Big Crowd

May 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

[Image courtesy of Flatbush Gardener]

The Third Annual Brooklyn Blogfest, or BBIII, took place at the Lyceum on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope last night. A very large crowd of nearly 200 bloggers and non-bloggers attended to hears a lineup of speakers and presentations. In our own remarks, we noted that the blogging world had changed dramatically in the 24 months since the first event was held and that the universe of blogs had grown so large that the very term “blogging” has been rendered almost meaningless. Like the label “indie music,” it has come to mean so much that it means almost nothing. There are distinctions to be made between online journalism, place blogs, personal blogs, niche blogs, advocacy blogs and other sub-genres we probably haven’t even thought of. Several speakers made the case that there needs to be more diversity in the ranks of bloggers, which do not remotely approach the great diversity of Brooklyn. We also made one of our favorite points: that there also needs to be more diversity of places that are blogged. While some neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope are written about at length, others, such as Sunset Park and Sheepshead Bay–where there are compelling community issues–are seriously “under blogged.”

As the only big annual gathering of Brooklyn bloggers, the meeting is an essential forum for meeting people and for sharing ideas. A big thank you goes to Louise Crawford of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn for organizing it and to everyone else that worked hard to pull it off.

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· Brooklyn Blogfest [Reclaimed Home]
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· Brooklyn Blogfest 2008 [Sustainable Flatbush]
· Blogfest 2008 Coverage [Flatbush Gardener]
· Blogfest 08 Photoset [Flatbush Gardener/flickr]
· Brooklyn Blogfest is a Hit [Brooklyn Optimist]

All photos courtesy of Flatbush Gardener

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RadioHead // May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    The diversity of places def needs to change. And I agree that certain neighborhoods are underblogged.

  • 2 Best View in Brooklyn // May 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I am in Sunset Park, but I can’t/don’t devote nearly enough time to serious goings-on. I intend to, really, and then life gets in the way. The other Sunset blogs of which I know are rarely updated, but they tend to be much more hard-core where the issues of development and such are concerned. I’ll try to get tough, I promise.

  • 3 dw // May 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    The old “Spy” magazine used to call it log-rolling.
    Should we [oh, the royal "we" again!] call it blog-rolling? Self-congratulatory circle-jerk if you ask me.
    Reason why there aren’t many bloggers from other parts of Brooklyn is that they aren’t a bunch of so-called entitled folks living off trust funds or living off their spouses. They’re working, not wandering around vacant lots looking for … ahem, openings … in walls.