I'm off to New Orleans for the Webmaster World Search conference. It looks like the weather will be a bit warmer and more humid than I'm used to.
I'm going to be on two panels at the conference. Here are the descriptions sent to me by the conference organizers. Lemme know if there's anything you'd like to see me include in either one.
RSS Feeds and PodCasting
Generating an RSS feed for distribution can be a time consuming, but profitable venture. This session with deal with the distribution and website syndication.
Hello Mr Zawodny, your mission - should you choose to accept it - would be to talk about RSS feeds and search engines. (please notice the S on the end of search engineS...hehehe). How can we effectively take these feeds and get them listed around the web? Not just in Yahoo or Feedster, but by the general public as well. You know these new browsers like Opera have RSS readers built right in to them. I hear the ie v7 will also have a built in rss reader. What's the landscape out there for the feeds and where is it all going to (eg: the big picture in the big easy)?
Blogging for Fun and Profit
Blogging is moving into the mainstream, and this session will outline how bloggers are using this new medium for both pleasure and profit. In writing Business Blogs: A Practical Guide, Amanda Watlington and her co-author interviewed over 70 bloggers and found out how they are using blogs. She’ll be sharing what they told her.
Jeremy, could you focus on blogging in support of your career? What are the risks? What happens when your personal views run counter to your employers? How do you keep both separate and not run the risk of going over board? Or do you keep your resume polished 2x47x365? :-) I think your own personal experiences with blogging and how you handle the duality with Yahoo would be absolutely fascinating to the audience. There are many that are in the exact same position and are afraid to do it.
Drop me a comment or email if you're going to be at either session.
Posted by jzawodn at June 21, 2005 10:21 AM
Have you ever been to the area before? I've found that people who come from more gentle climes are often taken totally by surprise at what a difference the humidity really makes. You know that old saw about how it's not the heat, it's the humidity? Totally true.
Going in the other direction, I visited San Diego a couple of years ago, and I was totally unprepared for how cool it was in June. I'm accustomed to mid-June equating to temperatures in the 90's, and the humidity level close behind. I was amazed to spend a week with temperatures in the low-70's and humidity that seemed almost non-existent, despite my hotel being right on the water.
Just a few bits of advice from someone who lives fairly close and has been a few times.
1. Bourbon Street is fun for about 2 hrs. The smell is awful and will get to you after a while.
2. If someone offers to "carry you" they are offering you a ride.
3. It is extremely humid here. Think 95-100% humidity. This means when it is 85 outside it feels like it is 105 and your body feels like it is "swimming" through the air.
4. Mosquitos are fairly bad on the Gulf Coast and with all of the West Nile scares your best bet is to wear repellant at night that has DEET in it.
5. Stay away from the Tulane University area. It isn't the nicest part of town and the crime rate is pretty high.
Please provide blog coverage of the conference!
Verti Marte is a great little hole-in-the-wall "restaurant" (it's take-out only). Big selection of awesome regional food. Just north of Bourbon street.
Walking around in the swamps in Jean Batiste is pretty cool.
New Orleans in the summer...you couldn't pay me enough. Godspeed sir.
Blog coverage? Who wants blog coverage. Make podcasts! ;)
I would like to see on RSS feeds which role for SE tags can / will play in the future.
podcasts -- the biggest passing fad since the W.W.J.D. bracelets. :\
Can you talk about "Blogs as a marketing tool"?