As someone who's been blogging since before that was a word -- I created and maintained a personal journal-type site back in 1998, using HTML hand-coded in Notepad and uploaded to my server via FTP -- I've been there for most every change the medium has seen. But one thing that has remained a consistent strength throughout all that time is the personality that shines through in the best blogs. In a way that almost no print media offers (a few top-tier columnists excepted), blogs give you interesting looks into the lives of the people behind them. The best blogs offer something else as well: useful information or knowledge, criticism, commentary, analysis, whatever. But frequently, it's the personality that keeps you returning for more.
Tonight, five of Denver's most intriguing bloggers will be speaking on this topic during the 8 p.m. "Blogging as Self-Portraiture" panel discussion at Forest Room Five. Musician John Common, social media expert and "Dating Dad" blogger Eric Elkins, cooking blogger Michelle Lee, feminist blogger (and former Westword writer) Naomi Zeveloff and Westword music writer Eryc Eyl will share their experiences, answering questions and offering advice to those curious about the potential and pitfalls of the still-young medium.
It should be a good chance to not just see some of the real-life personalities behind the blogs you may (or should) read, but also an opportunity to hear about what they get out of it, and how you can get into it. Tickets are $5.