vloggercon feedback

Hello from New York City! I'm sitting in my hotel room paying $12.95 to connect with the world. And it's worth it.
Jay just called me and we were talking about vloggercon.

The whole day was really amazing.
From it's humble beginnings as a small get-togther of a few video bloggers, this gathering turned into a full day conference featuring a room full of videoblogging pioneers.

We heard that the video streaming webcast was one of the best that people have ever seen.
Others enjoyed participating in the IRC chat.

Some participants in the room, who had never seen an IRC chat displayed on a big screen at the front of the room during a conference, thought it was a creative way to have a discussion with those not in attendance AND with those sitting in the same room.

We'd like to hear what you thought. What would you like to see in future get-togethers? How do you feel the mix between technical and creative was handled?
What would you like to see more of? Less of? Anything we didn't cover?

Post your comments on the link below, or link to comments you might have posted on your blog.

We'd love to hear them and at least have a record that we can look back on to remember this amazing gathering of pioneers in the future of video blogging.


Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Andreas says:
Video Streaming that doesn't suck

5:15 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Peter says:
Vloggercon 2005 is over. It was brilliant, and historical.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Ryanne says:

5:20 PM  
Blogger jonny goldstein said...

Awesomotronic. Thanks for being so generous in getting this event together. My take on it here.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Harold J. Johnson said...

It was great, and I was there. Virtually, that is (in the IRC chatroom). Still, I consider that I attended this event, since I participated. The stream was great. I had some trouble using my browser, so I downloaded an IRC program and once I arrived, asked everyone in the chatroom what the URL for the stream was, then opened it in Quicktime.

The show was humble yet magnificent and informing. Though I was aware of many of the tools, I hadn't used all of them and feel that I've learned a thing or two. Also met some cool folks in the chatroom. All in all, a great experience, and I'm looking forward to attending the next Vloggercon in person.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a wonderful day of sharing, thanks to everyone’s generosity of spirit!

The Blizzard of ’05 will melt away, but Vloggercon ’05 will gather momentum as the bits and bytes are aggregated and syndicated all around our networked world!


7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I would like to give my congrads to all the Vloggercon organizers.

You made me wished that had I'd ventured out to the event. It looked
very good over the stream even with my 56k modem dial-up. (don't
laugh :) I was inspired by the creativity and passion displayed
by all those brave souls who did attend and contributed to the event.

This videoblogging community is really something. You had folks
who never metone another in person and inspired them to traveled long
distances on planes, trains and automobiles to be a part of this historic event.(suring a blizzard mind you.) Damn that's powerful. If possible I
think the organizers should think about taking this thing on the road or
helping other videoblogging members to coordinate their own Vloggercon
event in their hometown.

It was good to see a good diverse representation from the Con
attendees. I feel that vlogging could really take off if average joes
saw people like themselves doing it besides nerd-types(no offense, I'm
a proud nerd myself - with a cool edge) I don't know if anyone tried but
I think next time that you should reach out to youth groups and invite
them to participate. I think you would get a good response if it was
conveys in a way that's not intimicating or condescending. You'd be
surprised what young people could do with this kind of medium.

In regards to the Vloogercon event itself, I thought the tools panel
and OurMedia presentation were great.

Also, kudos to the people who hooked up the streaming and did the
camera work. He/She/They did a real good job.

Here's some suggestions regarding any posted Con content:

- It would be cool to have seperate video segments
for each session(Tools, OurMedia, Attendees comments, etc.)
as well as a complete editted version.

_ Will Vloggercon 2005 be available on DVD (cost: $10)

_ I would appreciate if you considered making a audio only
mp3 of the event. (I know some friends who love to listen
to some of the segments for inspiration on their iPod.)

- Will there be transcripts available of the chat.

Why did it had to snow today. Last week it was 60 degress for

Overall, I have to say it looked like a well executed event.(at least
that how it appeared from watching the stream) I hope you do another
one. Maybe'in the hot summer months:)

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The project was as professional and informative as any event I have ever attended. And I only got to see some of it online.

The way the event was organized and kept on schedule makes you the envy of every large corporation who has spent big $$$$$ bringing so many people together without a technical glitch.

I can only imagine the amount of work that went into it and I don't envy the amount of sleep I imagine you gave up in the process.

You guys kick ass.
Christian Brower

10:14 PM  
Blogger Jason and Deborah said...

I was really glad that I came down and I learned alot and was very caught up in the enthusiasm of it all. I came to the conference as an outsider, somewhat skeptical of vlogging and generally skeptical of technology and its implications. It took me a few days to gather my thoughts.

Moving media around and making it accessible is as noble a pursuit as storing it forever on a supercomputer. Video Blogging, Digital Bicycle, Prodigem, Ant serve these ends. Continue pushing outward.

These technologies will always fail us, it's just the nature of technology that files get erased, deleted, corrupted. Just remember the amount time and energy and resources that are invested in accessing this content and strike the balance as viewers must be on the right side of that tipping point.

Unless we are making our own cameras and computers and laying cable - video blogging is still as dependent upon telecom coporations as any other media based independent form of expression perhpas even more so than zines.

Look at those huge plasma TV's and HDTV and the blue laser DVD's. These are examples of products being fed to the masses and consequently I think video blogging fits into a larger mosaic of a digital tapestry that constructs our reality rather than a separate entity.

Content and collaboration. Forms of media are deteriorating all around us. With these technologies we can use the tools to bring them to new audiences. Does this create another break in history? First, there is prehistory before written culture...now is the parallel of our times a pre-mediated history, a history before media - one that vanishes? Working together on online collaborative efforts (Vimeo, Mica's piece, opening vid of the day) we are really in a very literal way - contributing to a collective culture. Pieces of a puzzle, squares on a crazy quilt.

Bring the videos to new audiences. The form of video blogging is new and intimate and real and beautiful.

Anyways, these are just ramblings - but some of my initial thoughts and concerns as a result of attending vloggercon.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Videoblogging, Just Over the HorizonBy Micah L. Sifry, 01/22/2005 - 1:00pm

"There's a sense here of being part of the birth of a new medium, one that has all kinds of interesting potential."

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