Sunday, June 24, 2007

How many bloggers have you met?

In my post on getting connected with bloggers, encouraging questions to be asked, Manuel Viloria inquired on how many bloggers have I met.

Thinking about it, I actually met a lot of bloggers when they weren't blogging yet. As Manuel Viloria mentioned, we met during the 1st Philippine Webby Awards. Majority of my interaction as well with readers happened in the discussion group (converted to a mailing list).

My first face-to-face encounter with bloggers was in 2002. Looking back, there was much talk already then on the importance of blogs as an information, opinion, and even truth resource at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in Sta. Clara, USA (where I was a resource person). It was overwhelming to listen and see experts/bloggers in action such as Lisa Rein, Nelson Minar, Cory Doctorow, Meg Hourihan, Steven Johnson, Clay Shirky, Dave Winer, Mike Chambers, and Rael Dornfest. I only wish being an active blogger then and could have done a better job in documenting the event, especially after having the guts to approach and introduce myself to Jeff Bezos, Tim O'Reilly, and Lawrence Lessig.

O’Reilly Emerging Technology Confernce

The first blogger I met, at a personal level, was the one who invited me to open a LiveJournal account in 2001, Eyean. It was by-invitation then. He was based, I think still is, in Geneva, Switzerland. When I went there in 2003 to attend the World Summit on the Information Society, we catched up and exchange notes on what was happening in the local IT sector.

Of course, more interaction with bloggers happened during and after iBlog1 (2005), iBlog mini (2005), iBlog2 (2006), Blog Parteeh, and iBlog3 (2007). Overall, it will be safe to say that I've met around 200 bloggers to date.

How about you? How many bloggers have you met?