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Blogging and the cost of content – A paper by Trevor Cook

Posted By Darren Rowse 3rd of May 2005 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

Trevor Cook has just had his paper for the upcoming Blogtalk Downunder conference published on the conference website. I’ve only just started to read and digest it (I’m generally not too goo at reading long papers at this time of the day (I’m better at siestas to be honest) but what I’ve read so far is well worth the read. It’s titled Up Against Reality: Blogging and the cost of content and it covers themes of bloggers as journalists, corporate blogging and blogging and advertising – all themes that ProBloggers need to get their heads around.

Reading his paper makes me want to go to Blogtalk Downunder even more – I’m just not sure I can afford the accumulation of conference fees, airfares and hotel costs all on top of a brand new mortgage – cash flow isn’t great.

Are any of my fellow Australian bloggers out there going? Help me decide if I should head up to Sydney for it.

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  • Maybe you could offer to speak in exchange for the registration fee’s, from looking at the schedule it would seem that you have something to offer that would differ from the other speakers.

  • It’s certainly developing more appeal as it gets closer, however I’m in the same boat as you. My other problem is that the promotion has been pretty insular in terms of attracting a diversity of people, so I’ve always been a little sceptical in terms of what it offers. However I do wish the organisers well.

  • *cough* create a PDF version

  • C’mon Darren, one of the key attractions was the chance to meet you! We’re flying in from New Zealand. The more variety of people there the more interesting it’ll be. As for the blogtalk web site – well, their software does something our firewall doesn’t like, so I can’t access their blog (although I used to be able to). A warning about being too clever I think.

  • Hi Darren, I’m co-organising so a. thanks for the plug and b. get in touch and we’ll see if we can arrange something that’ll make it more palatable cost-wise, you’d be a great attendee / panellist & we’d love to have you along.

    I know *exactly* what Duncan means about promotion… we’re primarily academics (although we’ve got a lot of great non-acad types coming & presenting) and our channels for promotion are pretty limited… (we also have, um, no budget (no vendors!) which doesn’t help).

    But with good folk like yourselves spreading the word we should get a great cross-section of people (hint hint :O)

    Lynsey – could you email me with what’s up with the site & I’ll try and fix it for you… james [at] incsub [dot] org

    Cheers, James Farmer

  • Good lordy, yer in Melbourne, I’m in Northcote.. fancy a coffee?

  • Coffee? COFFEE? Good grief – how effete – does blogging really do this to a guy? What happened to the great aussie tradition of beer? Hey – wait – the beer blog – YEAH! … hmmm, now, who’s a good provider. VB, of course. No, of blog engines.

    Seriously, Darren, it’d be great to hear from some individual with a finite who has moved away from the usual self-indulgent flip-flop or academic minutiae into a self-funding, if not 9-5 income replacing publishing business. Small scale print publishing is fraught – I’d be keen to hear first hand the spirit required. Cheers.