Last year was the first year that the Council on Foundations issued press credentials to bloggers. I just read through my posts from that experience. To recap what we learned about philanthropy and blogging:
- Bloggers are not reporters. Or at least I’m not.
- The fact that bloggers come from many different backgrounds means that they bring a multi-disciplinary approach to thinking about philanthropy.
- You do not need to be an “official blogger” with a press pass to blog from the conference.
- Bill Schambra is “electrifying”.
- It can be embarrassing to realize that you are over a year behind your little sister in learning something.
- Even though the moderator of every session will say they want to have a “conversation” with the audience, conferences are not for debate. They are for presentations. Blogs are for debate. So stop by here and join the conversation. If you aren’t part of the 18 person Tactical Philanthropy blog team, but you have something to say, shoot me an email with your thoughts.
- I’m still interested in the same topics.
On a personal note, the Gaylord resort where the conference is being held is having a problem with their reservation system. I was sent to 5 (!) rooms which either had not been made up or which actually had people staying in them before I was given a good room tonight. I’ve already had 3 people come to the door after being told that my room was theirs (yes their room keys opened the door to my room). So let’s just say that if any of my blog posts are a bit irritable, you’ll have to cut me some slack!