Yesterday I attended a bloggers’ event organized by the Evangelical Alliance at their headquarters in London. There were about 25 of us there, many more men than women. Methodist blogging was represented by my good self, the estimable Mr John Cooper and the always delightful Olive Morgan. Everyone’s favourite cartoonist, Dave Walker was also there. I’ve only met him on two or three occasions but it’s always a pleasure. As well as being a creative genius with a pen, he’s also a thoroughly splendid fellow. I’ll take any opportunity I get to chew the fat with him.
And, as always with this sort of occasion, it’s the meeting people that is the best bit. The sessions were very good and raised some interesting stuff, but I don’t know that I came away feeling like I’d learned anything. Maybe I’m being arrogant, but I have been blogging for close to 7 years so I do know a little about it. However, it is always good to get some fresh perspectives and get to know some new people. (The first speaker was Mark Meynell and he’s been kind enough to post a summary of his talk, Hitchikers’Guide to the Christian Blogosphere. Maybe the other speakers will do the same.
One weakness of the event, caused entirely by the lack of time, was that there weren’t really many opportunities to hear from the other attendees about their blogging experiences. I’d ‘ve enjoyed that, I think. However, EA have promised to circulate an attendence list, so in time I’ll be able to point you at the blogs of those who were there.
There was a bit of an agenda to the gathering. The EA is keen to come up with a code of conduct for ‘Godly Blogging’, which I’m in favour of in principle, but which is quite difficult to do in practice. A draft was circulated which we discussed briefly and the promise was that it would be re-drafted to take our various comments on board. When something comes out, I’ll be sure to let you know. Methodist bloggers have talked along similar lines, though we’ve not quite got round to drafting any sort of statement. Maybe the Evangelical Alliance will save us the bother.