Monday, September 29, 2008

Kidlitosphere Blogging Conference - Portland, OR - Part 8

The Kidlit Blogging Conference began with Bridging Books and Blogs. It was a panel discussion filled with some heavy hitters: Mark Blevis, Alice Pope, Dia Calhoun, Lori Ann Grover and Betsy Bird of Fuse #8.

Here is a photo of the panel.

Together they explained how kidlitosphere blogging is an open community for everyone and anyone out there. And, they said, that even though “Sphere” may seem like an exclusive term, it isn’t.

What does “osphere” mean?

They explained some people don’t know. But the word is meant to feel open and inclusive.

Tips from the panel for new bloggers:

1) Find your niche and write in that niche.
2) Learn things about technology: Photobucket, and Youtube because photos and videos can make your blog a richer reading experience.
3) Blogging requires a long term investment, so be prepared.
4) Blog consistently.

Mark Blevis of Just One More Book said, “A house starts with one brick. . . Get in the conversation.”

He also said, blogging and audiocasting can:

1) Help you get and feel connected.
2) Help you form lasting friendships.
3) Help you gain personal strengths such as better writing and speaking skills.

One of the comments I really enjoyed was from Readergirlz. Their purpose is to help girls reach out. Through Readergirlz, young women gain love, faithfulness and truthfulness.

How much better could it get?


Lorie Ann Grover said...

Hey Kim!

Thanks for the kind words. I had a great time at the conference, too!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words about readergirlz!! :)

adrienne said...

I just read over your posts about the conference. I liked the advice about remembering your core values - it's tempting to stray from that when you get caught up in the community...
I loved the poem, too!

Laini Taylor said...

Hi Kim! Great to meet you -- and look forward to seeing you again at "Portland Kidlit" gatherings! Thanks for doing these great posts.

Kim Kasch said...

I was such an avid reader/writer when I was young - I WISH Readergirlz had been around in my day - but that was back before cell phones, microwaves and even vcrs - not to mention "personal" computers. In fact, when I went to the University of Oregon, there was one computer on campus that we signed up to use.

Thanks for all the comments.