January 08, 2003
Blog Bash Report

Last night's San Francisco Bay Area Blog Bash was a raging success and a hell of a fun time.

Of all the interesting comments that I heard last night, the most interesting came from Joanne Jacobs. Joanne worked as a journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for a number of years, and she still has high regard for "Big Media". But she also finds that the great majority of newspaper reporters seem to share similar educational backgrounds, similar attitudes and similar personality types. One example she gave was that there don't seem to be many religious people who write for newspapers. On the other hand, she said, the blogosphere includes a lot of "very smart people" with a wide variety of backgrounds and knowledge. As a result, she finds that blogs can be more interesting to read than newspapers.

Indeed, our little ad hoc group included a few software developers, a bookseller, a cabinet maker, an attorney, an Army officer, a professional journalist, a science fiction writer and former restaurant manager, a math PhD student, and a musician. I imagine this is far more diversity of knowledge, experience and perspective than what you can expect to find in a group of 13 randomly selected newspaper reporters.

A page of pictures with names! and running commentary is here

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at January 08, 2003 02:36 PM

I had a really great time last night. Thank you for getting this together.

Posted by: Mike Silverman on January 8, 2003 11:52 AM

It sure looks like you had a great time. Sorry I had to miss it.

Schedule the next one for a weekend!

Posted by: Kieran Lyons on January 8, 2003 02:49 PM

I wish I could have been there. Oh, if only I still lived in the Bay Area.

Posted by: Solly Ezekiel on January 8, 2003 02:58 PM

No fair no fair no fair. Last time Quick was at my place he stayed sober as the Pope while everyone else was falling down around him.

I don't suppose anyone got any audio?

Oh, nevermind.

Posted by: Wayne Lutz on January 8, 2003 05:52 PM

Who's the math Ph.d. student, Stefan?

Posted by: Haggai on January 8, 2003 06:52 PM

That would be Peter, Haggai.

Posted by: Richard Bennett on January 9, 2003 11:49 AM

Are any of these ever held on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday nights? Would love to attend.

Posted by: Russell Whitaker on January 9, 2003 07:32 PM

Stefan with a beard? but no pipe or patches on the elbows of his tweed coat?

Posted by: Ipsofacto on January 9, 2003 07:38 PM

it was nice meeting you. let's do it again soon.

Posted by: Wesley Dabney on January 10, 2003 05:36 PM
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