The danger in hanging out with fun, creative, people who you don’t necessarily have anything in common with is that you come away with more ideas, and less time to “do” them in. Such is life, and such is what happens to me when I go to a Birmingham Bloggers meeting (I don’t hold with the social-media name thing, podcasting is audio-blogging, flickr-ing, photo-blogging, twittering, micro-blogging, Facebook-usage, life-blogging – blogging is good enough for me) – like last night.

Yesterdays was the second meeting, still defiantly agenda-less, but now with added-too-many-people-to-hold-one-conversation-with-ness. I met Danny Smith , Antonio Roberts, Dominic Fisher, Steve Gerrard, for the first time, OrangeJon, Kevin, Si Hammond, again,  first time meets in the flesh with Mark Steadman (who I’ve been recording bits of podcast for), Joanna Geary, Donarto Esposito, second time in the same day (we’d been at a launch event) for Nick and Pete,  I never seem to be able to get away from Stef these days and there were others I didn’t get a chance to chat to (the man behind D’log at the very least).

I spent a good twenty minutes trying to persuade Alex Hughes to podcast his cartooning – not with commentary, or visuals, just the sound of the pen scratching, the rubber rubbing, and him swearing when he made a mistake. I think it would be good.

I also decided exactly what needs to happen with my “what did that pub used to be called” web-app (which I doubt will ever get done – if you want to do it, it’s a wiki, with a geo-locatory/map interface and Apple ‘tim emachine’-style flow-back, and beer) and the name –

Despite having had almost no sleep over the past week, I really enjoyed myself and Jules  (who was initially a bit scared of it) did too. I found it more fun than the first meeting, but maybe less “useful” – do these things have to be useful? Should we have _horror_ and agenda? Or should we have a ‘turn’, or a ‘show and tell’ spot? Or even a quick (online obviously) discussion beforehand so we could all be thinking about the same topic?

It re-enforced my belief that Birmingham has a huge variety of writing/blogging/photo/drawing/nonsense-spouting talent– anyone fancy a little side project? The world is crying out for a Brum-centred (but not centric) BoingBoing – the UK knows what’s coolest and Brum knows that it aint all in London…

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  1. Ooh! Now there’s an idea… I was having interested potentially related conversations with Andrew Dubber.

    Glad it’s not the case that you’re just stalking me – was beginning to get paranoid 😉

    So what are you thinking? Collaborative wordpress site?

  2. >Collaborative wordpress site?

    Yeah, just a few people posting what they think is cool – low effort for us, but potentially a great site for people to read – reckon there’s enough variety of interest round here to produce something quite special.

  3. Hiya.

    I should say thanks to you Jon for our slightly inebriated discussions about web apps whilst stood at the bar on Monday, with the focus on “just doing it”, ala

    To that end I’m pleased to say that I took the bull by the horns last night and am nearly ready to go live with an idea to boost the podcast’s profile that has commanded respect around the office and I think could become a hit in its own right 🙂


  4. Too right Jon, showing the uk that we’re the heart of the country rather than just the ‘second’ city. There is some serious talent amongst us and it would be great to put it to some collaborative use.

    @Stef – WordPress site sounds like a cracking start, I would be interested in putting together some ideas for design/layout/theme of a bespoke nature.

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