BlogHer politics panel went well
The BlogHer politics panel went well. To my astonishment, about 60 people showed up for the 3:30 panel. The room was actually full.
Our very able moderator, Lisa Williams of H20Town, managed to juggle five energetic panelists and a very participatory audience while making her own contributions to the discussion.
Kety Esquivel of Cross Left talked about her experiences as a progressive Christian in the blogosphere.
Fellow panelist Ann Althouse insisted that she wasn't a political blogger. I didn't challenge her on that point.
My only regret was that the discussion was more discursive than adversarial. I was hoping for a vigorous debate about the norms of citizen journalism, or the role of the netroots in '06, or the latest controversies in the political blogosphere. Instead, we focused more on our personal approaches to blogging, our subject matter, and the balance between the personal and political facets of our writing.
I thought the discussion was worthwhile. I got the impression that a lot of audience members who weren't previously involved in the political blogger might be interested in exploring further.