When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · February
· · · · 19 (2 entries)

Julie! · Here at the North­ern Voice con­fer­ence, it’s been most­ly pret­ty nice. Then there was the “Making Masks” ses­sion by Julie Le­ung and it was exquisite, be­yond beau­ti­ful; a nearly-hour-long prose po­em about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the blog­ger and the world, with trips through fam­i­ly, death, love, and in­ti­ma­cy. Il­lus­trat­ed by fine pho­tos (no bul­let points) cen­ter­ing around Bain­bridge is­land where she and her fam­i­ly live. On two oc­ca­sions I found tears in my eye­s; Julie’s talk, with a bit of pol­ish and stage­craft, could be a one-woman show in a the­atre. Don’t miss her if she’s com­ing your way.
 
Northern Voice · I think I’ve nev­er pre­vi­ous­ly been to a blog­ging con­fer­ence. The whole idea seems some­how lu­di­crous. Stil­l, I en­joyed the day and learned things and met in­ter­est­ing peo­ple; hearty thanks to the peo­ple who put it on. The crowd is more diverse—as in, gender-balanced—than I’m used to, and the ses­sions more con­ver­sa­tion­al, and there’s a lot of mu­tu­al re­spect in the air. Here’s an epiphany I’ve had be­lat­ed­ly, oth­ers have long been on­to it: the bl­o­go­sphere, Long Tail and al­l, is not about the mil­lions of voic­es, it’s about the mil­lions of ears; it is, more than any oth­er sin­gle thing, an im­prove­ment in our abil­i­ty to lis­ten, to find out what’s go­ing on.
 
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