1. Saturday, March 12, 2005

    as you know im going to be speaking at SXSW 

    which is quite an honor for me. and i will have a chance to possibly win a Bloggie for best post about blogging. And i get to autograph my book a few hours before Al Franken autographs one of his book.

    and then i get to see tsar on st. patty’s day at the hard rock.

    its going to be quite a spring break.

    maybe i should start packing.

    and i might even get to finally meet Madpony Kristin (!!!) which i might be more excited about than any of the above.

    but what really got me excited/nervous was an article by The Register, a british website that flowed with a pre-write piece knocking, i think, all the big-time bloggers who will invade austin over the next few days.

    of the hoards of “interactive” attendees, check out their short list:

    The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin has always had a technology bent to it. Intermingled with the voluminous quantity of music and movies were speeches from leading IT pundits, open source gurus and the like. Sadly, this tech bent has turned to a blogger hell with the globs set to consume an inordinate amount of airtime – and air – at next week’s show.

    Does Robert Scoble really work at Microsoft? One has to wonder after seeing his name appear on the SXSW speaker list. Scoble seems to scoot around the country – by Segway most likely – annoying all kinds of audiences with his “revelations” about blogging. Shouldn’t someone be required to write something interesting before being asked to talk about writing interesting things?

    Or maybe you prefer, the Wonkette (pictured, left), Sean Bonner, Jason Calacanis, Henry Copeland, Jason Goldman, Jon Lebkowsky, Cameron Marlow or Tony Pierce. Surely one blogger is plenty to describe the idea of an online journal. It’s not hard to imagine the SXSW organizers looking back on this year’s lineup with shame.

    wait, did they just insult me?

    im so confused.

    maybe theyre bummed drudge wasnt invited.

    if youre going to be in town, please visit the panel I will be speaking at on Monday 3/14, Blogging While Black, with George Kelly, Jason Toney, Lynne Johnson, and Tiffany B Brown, which promises to be very interesting. (Room 16a, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm) which will be immediately followed by the Bloggie Awards which happens at the same time that im supposed to be doing my book signing (remind me to fire my manager).

    at 2pm join me in drooling over Wonkette,

    and then it’s off to the bars with sk smith who swears theres enough booze in texas for my insatiable thirst.

    xtx + bicycle mark + amy