Here are some of the thoughts I’ve had about Les Blogs in the last few days, in no particular order:
1. Nice to meet Tara Hunt in person finally. Ditto with Shel Israel. P.S. Have you bought Shel’s new book yet?
2. I was very impressed with David Sifry. Passion and lucidity; an unbeatable combo. [QUOTE:] “The web is a conversation stream. Hyperlinks are not a link between documents, but a form of social gesture.”
3. Rebecca and Ethan. You guys rock.
4. Two nights ago I ended up in a Cuban Bar with a trio of Irish bloggers. Paris plus Celts plus rum equals Big Fun. Nice metting Tom, Ed and Piaras.
5. One thing you notice in Paris is how, unlike London, the street people don’t seem to be junkies. And they’re generally a lot older. And there are A LOT of them.
6. People often complain about how few bloggers are women. A perfectly valid point, however nothing is stopping the chicks from blogging. Hell, if a fashion model can do it…
7. Frequent topic of conversation from French entrepreneurs: (A) How utterly fucked France is economically and (B) How they can’t wait to emigrate.
8. Frequent conversation topic: Les Blogs has far too many suits, Reboot has far too many people with dumb shoes. Classic suits vs. geeks scenario. Both need the other, but can never get used to the fact etc.
9. Sunday night a whole group of bloggers went out and basically took over a restaurant for about 4 hours. Food and drink galore. Microsoft picked up the tab.
10. I like Maryam Scoble a whole lot. She’s got what I would call an infectious personality. Looking forward to seeing her and Robert in London this weekend, at the Geek dinner.
11. Marc Canter caught napping. Iconic.
12. The accusation that bloggers are nothing more than a bunch of saddo pyjama-clad losers is getting old. (A) A lot of bloggers I know do interesting things, often for millions of dollars. (B) The people who like to call them “losers”- what the hell are they doing that is so frickin’ interesting? Besides holding down a hack-ass cube job at Hearst, Time Warner or WPP, I mean.
13. Loic Le Meur, the organiser of Les Blogs, seemed a lot less stressed out than at Les Blogs 1.0 back in April.
14. One of the nice things about these blog meetups is getting to see Heiko again. Besides that, he took a lot of great photos over the 2 days.
15. That differences between blogging and podcasting are artificial.
16. Hooked up with Sigurd. Am off to visit him in France soon after Christmas. We have two new projects we’re working on.
17. Though I have disagreed quite stongly with Ben Metcalfe and Dennis Howlett in the past, I must say I found their company over the weekend delightful.
18. Ben Hammersley, a long-time Savile Row customer, mentioned to me that he might shortly become an English Cut customer. No worries if it never happens, but it’s nice to be considered in these matters.
19. Sadly, I missed this one, but everybody was talking about it when I arrived late for Day Two: Years from now, people will be saying to Mena Trott, “Oh, you’re the gal who called Ben Metcalfe an asshole.” The fact that she said this during her “Why can’t we be nicer to people” speech wasn’t lost on her mostly European audience. Personally, I thought this was probably no big deal. Just a normal case of a West Coast Yank and a Brit not getting each other. Happens a lot.
20. Kudos to Suw for having me on her panel.
21. People told me more than once how I’m not posting enough new cartoons anymore. I agree. That being said, I’ve drawn over 5,000 of the buggers in the last few years, and I’m enjoying taking a wee break from it. I’ll get back on it once I can be bothered buying a new scanner etc.
22. An event where everyone is smarter than you is far more fun than an event where everyone is dumber than you [You have so gotta read this gem from 2003].
23. Funny comparing the state of the blogosphere between now and Les Blogs 1.0. in early 2005. Back then the buzz was, “It looks like we were right after all”. This time it was more, “OK, so now what?”
24. One line I said during my panel discussion that I kept hearing repeated after by others was: “Real People don’t scale.” So far I’ve come up with about 20 ways of explaining what I meant by that.
25. Great to run into Alex again.
26. One tiresome theme that keeps popping up: “What is the future of blogs?” Dumb question. Nobody knows. And anyway, if we knew where it was going, we’d already be there by now. The reality is, there’s twenty million of us (or whatever stat you prefer). People will continue to try things. Some things will work, some things won’t, and we’ll adjust our radar accordingly. Snowballs. Lots of snowballs. Exactly.