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Back at home, after Blogtalk, it is time to evaluate, what this conference meant for me and what lessons to learn. And also it is time to say thanks.
Maria has written about that, and I agree in part with her. My conclusion is that live blogging is ok, but I have to learn to restrain myself in it: no surfing for links to include or anything like that, just use it to post the notes I would otherwise have written in a text-editor or on paper (you know, the white foldeable stuff you can smear ink on). Reflection is something to do afterwards.
But the pleasure of being with all these enthousiasts in one room, and trying to beat the other to the punch of course was something we had to experience at least once. Now we have done that, and can become sensible about live blogging again.
Meeting other Bloggers
Then I would like to thank, in no particular order, David Weinberger, Martin Roell(great to finally meet you), Lilia Efimova(let's meet at home some time as well), Maria Milonas(for pointing to the problems of live blogging), Ulrich von Stipriaan(hat spass gemacht nebeneinander zu bloggen), Rebecca Blood (for her warnings of groupthink), Gilbert Cattoire(for his moving account of Sarajevo Online), Scott Hanson (I think 'plumbing' is underestimated as a profession), Joerg Kantel (for holding his keynote in English unprepared), Heiko Hebig (for taking pictures), Haiko Hebig (Danke fuer die tolle nachtliche Fahrt durch Wien), Nico Lumma (ebenfalls, who needs a map), Sebastien Paquet (peutetre la prochaine fois en Montreal?), Andrius Kulikauskas, Oliver Wrede (for the discussion in the pub), Sebastian Fiedler (hat mich sehr gefreut dich zu begegnen!), Dan Gillmor (for his insights in blogging and journalism), Jeremy Cherfas (for making us cry with laughter and letting us learn at the same time), Gabriela Avram, Jose Orihuela (for telling us there is a beer for out of a job monks to brew), Steve Cayzer , and Phil Wolff (for presenting his 'bullshit' and being a wonderful guy), for being there in Vienna to engage into conversation with. You made my stay a great event.
And then there are the pictures (coming tomorrow)