Sunday, August 26, 2007

Talking Travel at the 2008 SXSW Conference…

Sheila Scarborough from Family Travel has put in a proposal for a ‘panel about travel blogging’ at the 2008 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin Texas.

Here’s what she has to say:

'One of the biggest blowouts of the year is just down the road from me in Austin, Texas: South by Southwest (SXSW.) It’s actually a three-parter conference of Interactive/tech, Film and Music.

This year, when the call went out for submissions for panel ideas for SXSW 2008, I thought….why not propose a panel on travel blogging?

Lots of people get started online by blogging about a trip or vacation; maybe I could help them and anyone else interested in writing about travel. There are also some great travel bloggers that I would kill to have on the panel with me, but I had to get through Step One.

The good news is that the SXSW organizers thought the idea had merit, so this week my panel suggestion went up for comments and votes, along with, oh, 687 other panel proposals. The “Panel Picker” process lets future SXSW attendees indicate which panels really interest them, and that weighs heavily into whether a panel is ultimately scheduled for the conference.

Yes, this is one way that people get to speak at a conference: they ask. Just be ready to stand up and talk if you ask and someone says, “OK!”

If you’re thinking about infiltrating SXSW (and there’s something for everyone, including pet lovers and crafters) then complete the quick/free registration process and vote for my panel:

Blog Highways: Travel Blogging for the Wanderer'


Sounds like a great idea to me.

Sheila’s been doing the rounds of blogging conferences this year. She attended the SOBCon07, the 2007 SXSW, and was a panelist (Finding and Following Your Passion) at BlogHer. So it’s probably a natural progression for her to consider proposing and chairing a panel on travel blogging.

But she needs our help. The more votes Blog Highways: Travel Blogging for the Wanderer gets, the more chance that it will selected. So head over, vote, and leave a comment for Sheila at the 2008 SXSW Interactive PanelPicker.

I have...

Not sure the SXSW Interactive is the right conference for you ? Check out last year's events - watch the videos and listen to the podcasts. It might just convince you to pack your bags and head for Texas next year...

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2 comments:

Sheila at Family Travel said...

Wow, Liz, thanks very much for your support! The SXSW travel blogging panel proposal seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback, which I certainly appreciate. Hope we can make it happen....

Sorry I haven't been around much; as you unfortunately know, a crashed laptop really throws off a writer's flow. :) I hope to have it all back together in a week or two.

KIWIWRITER said...

Hi Sheila,

It's a great idea and I look forward to seeing it evolve. I see Wendy put up a post about it at The Perrin Post which will give much more exposure and support..I'll keep my fingers crossed that it happens...

Am also keeping my fingers crossed that my laptop doesn't copy yours and decide to have a meltdown while I'm travelling....

Cheers,
Liz

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