Laurie, Neil, and Elan kept having conversations about the state of blogging both with each other and other people, and it became apparent that more people wanted to have this kind of discussion. Also, these three bloggers just couldn't stop digging into the meta of what they do. Some would call it curiosity, some would call it passion for the medium, and others might, in less complimentary terms, say these three clearly need to relax. They eventually decided to open it up into a public conversation once a month to see what was really going on in the world of blogging and what was on the minds of bloggers.
The chat initially began on Twitter under the hashtag #Blog2012. After the chats became more popular — the trio was even invited to host a live #Blog2012 chat in a Room Of Your Own at BlogHer '12 — they knew that they would definitely continue with the public conversations beyond 2012, and so they decided to give the chats a better home and longevity at #BlogNow.
Laurie has collected stories, and made her own, since she learned to read and write. The internet has made this even more fun and exciting. Her interests include great writing, compelling photographs, and online community-building. A longtime contributing editor at BlogHer.com, she is a frequent conference speaker, online community manager, and photographer. Find her at LaurieMedia and @lauriewrites.
Neil is a writer who has been blogging since 2005 on his personal site, Citizen of the Month. He is also a strong believer in the importance of community online. Each December, he is the impresario of the annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert. He flies back and forth between New York and Los Angeles. You can find him ranting on Twitter and posting photographs on Instagram.
#BlogNow chats are usually on Twitter on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00pm EST.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: An annual retrospective on blogging and social media
What's new, what's old news, how things are changing, and what we've accomplished.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: Photo, video & blogging
What tools do you use, what are good, what has most benefited you.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: The power of creative communities
The ones we belong to, why we belong to them, and how we reconcile the personal with the professional.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: Adapting to the mobile world
Is your blog mobile friendly? Should you get rid of captchas? Are Facebook comments okay? Should our content be more image and less text based?
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: "5 Reasons Why Blogging Is Not Dead or Dying"
We are going to riff off this post and talk about social media platforms. What social media tools do you use and like, and how do they enhance your blog? How might they distract from your blog? Do you think blogs and blog platforms have what it takes to adapt and stay current?
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: Does gender play a role in the blogging world?
Are women and men perceived and treated differently? How does that affect how and why we blog?
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: What are your blogging goals in 2013?
What are your successes from 2012? Be prepared to share specific goals that you could use some help with!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: NaNoWhatMo? Writing Rituals for November and Beyond.
Do you have a regular blogging practice? What is your practice, how do you stick to it, and how do you benefit from it?
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: What blogs do you read?
Who do those bloggers learn from, and who is in their community? Have your reading habits and community changed over time?
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 9pm EST
Discussion topic: Do you write for the love of writing itself, or is it a means to an end for you?
Does the quality of blogging suffer if the love of writing isn't there?