BlogFest @ AirVenture: The Ideas Flowed

By Robert Mark on July 29th, 2008

From AirVenture 2008 – Five minutes before the blog session began at AirVenture yesterday, I was wondering if the whole thing had been such a good idea. There were five people in the room. Maybe it was too soon to talk social media.JetWhine_EAA_AirVenture_Blog_Forum3

Then, as the clock struck four, people began arriving. Soon the crowd had grown to a few dozen, some from the traditional print media, other bloggers, academics and even a few from the aircraft manufacturing sector all curious about the value of social media for sure.

Then there was the eternal question about the meaning of the acronym BLOG, which one of my cohorts yesterday, Rod Rakic from, said stands for “Better Listings On Google. I can live with that.

But this was also a chance for some bloggers to meet in person for the first time.

Mike Collins from AOPA was busy with a pencil and pad from the start and also took the microphone when I offered it to give us his perspective about where blogging fits into the grand communications scheme of the world’s largest aviation membership organization and their publication. In fact, take a look at Mike’s report on the session from the AOPA editor’s blog.

If you’d been there you’d have also met Todd MacClamroch from MyFlight blog or Jon Ostrower from FlightBlogger or even Paul from Ask A CFI.

JetWhine_EAA_AirVenture_Blog_Forum2 Most importantly, we talked about the value of a blog and other social media such as Twitter and the conversations we all begin about products, services and organizations.

This is the beginning of the new world as far as I can tell. A year from now at AirVenture 2009, my guess is that we’re going to have a considerably more in-depth look at social media.

And oh yes … for those folks who couldn’t make it … you know who you are Mary Kirby and Norman Rhodes. You got off easy this year. People were looking for you though so I think you might want to show up next year! Finally, thanks to my co-editor Scott Spangler for shooting the photos.


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4 Responses to “BlogFest @ AirVenture: The Ideas Flowed”

  1. Runway Girl Says:

    Gutted that I missed this!

  2. eric Says:

    I have yet to make it to Oshkosh, and I know I’m missing out. Maybe I’ll get the chance to meet some of you at the Reno Air Races this year?

  3. Dan Says:

    It was packed enough that I couldn’t say “Thanks, see ya!.”


  4. Paul Says:

    Glad I could make it! It was nice to finally meet you and thanks again for the invite. I’ll be there next year!

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