1. Political blogging panel with 3 women and 2 men was a nice twist. Plus, the audience was predominantly male. It says quite a bit that so many men care what female political bloggers have to say in person. Maybe new social media is changing things a little bit.
2. Members of the Mainstream Media (MSM) came to the panel. Interesting discussion on the “symbiotic relationship” (thanks to Jon Delano) between blogs and MSM.
3. How do I make good decisions about whom to cite on my blog? I'm at a disadvantage because there are so few primary sources covering LGBTQ issues, at least not until they are sensational. So I do rely on other blogs and count on my ongoing “off the record” dialogue with many, many folks to help me discern the credibility. I do go to the big LGBTQ advocacy groups, but the need to raise funds requires me to use a skeptical eye. Plus, the more I learn about the organizational stability of lack thereof, the more skeptical I become. Tossing me off your email distribution list for whatever reason is not going to encourage me to promote your point of view.
4. I spoke about outing/exposing hypocrisy. Several folks commented that they had no knowledge of this whatsoever. Another blogger commented that he would never touch this. I can see his point of view, but i also think exposing political hypocrisy is the job of all political bloggers. If you'd cover a politician caught in a sex scandal that wasn't gay related, you should cover those that are. It also reminded me that being a niche blogger has its ups and downs.
5. Anonymous blogs. Love 'em. Wish I knew who they were. Wish we had more openly outspoken persons to air the dirty laundry and bring about some change. Sigh.
6. We had a great turnout for our panel and it was lots of fun.