BlogTalk: Is There a Future for Blogging?

We'll be following up from our meetup in March and recent discussion on blogging vs microblogging, to discuss the future of blogging.

What is it, how can you shape it, what does it mean for the humble blogger?

The inspiration for this event came from this post "Is there anything new in blogging? No." By our good friend Mark Schaefer after The Blog World and Media Expo in the USA

We then followed podcasts and blogs by our mates Mitch Joel and Jon Buscall from that summer post to the most recent here - check out the content and please come armed with questions to add to the debate!

THE PANEL

Steve Hardman is a serial entrepreneur who over the past 5 years has build several businesses that helped people build niche communities around their passion, cause or special interest.  He was co-founder of SocialGO, a community website building platform, and more recently Airbeem, a mobile app provider with a focus on social connectivity.  Prior to these, he was a professional motor racing driver and founder of MSD, a leading provider of motor racing services to car manufacturers (serious!).

Alex Butler is Founder of recently launched KindredHQ.com, a brand new start-up community of people who work freelance and independently. She runs twice weekly pop-up co-working meet ups for Londoners all over the Capital.

Until 2010 she led the transformation of the UK Government’s approach to and use of digital. Responsible for the original service proposition for Directgov, the UK Government’s citizen website, she also established and ran a new digital delivery division, the forerunner of the UK’s Government Digital Service. Her background is in marketing, from Saatchi and Saatchi and Interbrand, to large-scale brand marketing in large organisations, such as BT and Cable & Wireless.

Jimmy Leach is a digital consultant working for, amongst others, Portland Communications, Gems Education and the book publisher Unbound. He has spent the last ten years flitting between government and newspaper - as head of digital diplomacy at the Foreign Office and head of digital communications at the Prime Minister's Office, as well as editorial director for digital at the Independent and executive editor at Guardian.co.uk

Prad Patel has been blogging for the past decade on a plethora of subjects ranging from future technologies and flashy gadgets to ancient history and archaeology to marathon running and contemporary architecture. He's a Digital Technology Executive at The Times newspaper, working on a range of technology projects, and serves as CTO of AudioFuel, and currently puts his spare time efforts into his Photography. He's also a part time daredevil, a great cook, and his mummy says he's cool.

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  • Minna R.

    One of the best meet ups I've been to so far; really interesting panel discusson and got to meet some interesting people.

    November 30, 2012

  • Ben

    Very insightful, with different opinions on subjects such as "should you charge for your content?" and of course the main question of the night, "what is the future for blogging?". Very interesting, entertaining, and i definitely left with some food for thought. Thanks for the excellent meetup!

    November 29, 2012

  • Andy B.

    Very enjoyable. Thanks to all our intelligent speakers for taking part. Good crowd of people too.

    November 28, 2012

  • Richard

    Good interesting speakers

    November 28, 2012

  • Glen C.

    Excellent as usual. Really good people :)

    November 28, 2012

  • Bernie J M.

    Good questions from the audience :-)

    November 27, 2012

  • Bernie J M.

    Use the hashtag #LBMlive

    1 · November 27, 2012

  • Jos

    Definitely looking forward to it!
    I am a hyperlocal, everything local passionate and keen to meet other bloggers with local as interest.

    Here is my blog ( http://localev.wordpress.com )
    There is a meetup group as well ( www.meetup.com/localev )

    Looking forward to meeting all of you :-).

    Jos

    2 · November 16, 2012

    • Andri G.

      Hi Jos, I hope we can meet at the event tonight. Please check out our project: http://fanmaps.com­

      November 27, 2012

    • Jos

      Hi Andri, thanks for your reply and mainly for sharing a link of your project. It definitely sounds interesting and would love to hear more about it.

      November 27, 2012

  • Andri G.

    Hope the panel will touch travel blogging as well. Im also interested to meet travel bloggers at the event. Anyone? :)

    November 27, 2012

    • Andy B.

      There's usually a bunch of travel writers here. Look out for @DylanLowe who is just such a blogger.

      1 · November 27, 2012

    • Andri G.

      Thanks Andy!

      November 27, 2012

  • Chris B.

    Looking forward to tonight! Im keen to see what the thoughts are on rich media and how everyone sees that will influence future blogging trends

    November 27, 2012

  • Jenita

    Im interested to see how everyone rates personal blogs vs branded / sponsored blogs.

    November 27, 2012

  • Jonathan B.

    If content marketing is the key to building online presence for business, then bloggers are in the right place to make a living. Have a good evening

    2 · November 27, 2012

  • Matt K.

    Hey guys. This will be my first time back to this meetup since I gave a talk there over a year ago. I know the venue has changed so please can someone confirm the correct address for tonight?

    November 27, 2012

    • Bernie J M.

      Hi Matt the address is Bar Soho on the Meet Up. Looking forward to seeing you.

      November 27, 2012

  • Minna R.

    Really looking forward to meeting you all tonight :)

    1 · November 27, 2012

  • Marie F.

    Cant make this one See you in January Happy Christmas and a happy and successful New Year

    1 · November 26, 2012

  • Dylan L.

    It's been a while :)

    November 20, 2012

    • Andy B.

      Welcome back Dylan. Look forward to hearing about your travels next week.

      November 23, 2012

  • Bernie J M.

    Peeps!
    We are just waiting to confirm our final speaker line up and venue. Hang on! ;-)

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    In my understanding blogging IS the future! :-) Looking forward to hearing the other side of the argument and to meet other bloggers

    1 · November 18, 2012

  • Diana K.

    Thanks for the invite!Looking forward to this!

    November 16, 2012

  • Kathryn B.

    Enjoyed the last meetup so hope this one is just as great. See you all there and I look forward to continuing the discussion on the survival of the long form blog and the channels that I think are now influencing blog traffic such as Pinterest, Instagram and others.

    2 · November 14, 2012

  • Jonathan B.

    Looking forward to meeting you all and attending this event. See you all there

    1 · November 9, 2012

  • Alex B.

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · November 1, 2012

  • Lisa P.

    Is there ever! Blogging is going to be a main vehicle for communication and it's getting more important to create really good applications for more mobile blogging. I find that tonights (Oct. 31st) meeting had a good start on the subject.
    I really feel there is a tremendous amount of work to be done on the technology pushing forward for the blogging world. So, I think there is a huge future for blogging but is the tech world prepared to provide the awesome vehicle needed for it?

    2 · October 31, 2012

  • Rax

    Looking forward to it!

    October 25, 2012

    • Andy B.

      Great to see you regsitering Rax. Look forward to catching up with you then

      October 30, 2012

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