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!
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.