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· 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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