As a former Community Programming Manager for AOL (including AOL’s People Connection), I’ve seen my share of chat rooms and chat technology. So when I heard that "The Mike was in Chicago," I locomoted (?) over to to see what a "blogroom" would hold in store.
Who was there? I was only present for a short time, but I chatted with:
- ME ‘Liz’ Strauss (the hostess of the dance): Liz is a fantastic community builder. A great example is the S.O.B. buttons she awards to Successful Online Bloggers.
- Chris Cree from Savannah: We had a good conversation about Savannah’s Creative Coast Initiative (more on this tomorrow)
- Joe Hauckes from Pennsylvania: If you work from a home-based office, Joe’s site is a great read.
Some of the conversation was about blogging goals. The Sci-Fi channel came up a lot. Several links were shared.
What makes this work is that Liz has built a great community. The "badge of honor" (S.O.B.) has become a trusted symbol. With as many feeds as I subscribe to, I’m hesitant with many – but if I see an S.O.B. button, I subscribe without hesitation.
Who knows, maybe there will be a roadshow soon.