The following paragraph describes the origin and purpose of the BWB conference. From BWB official website:
Whether it’s fighting injustice , debating racism in the media, serving as a new technology underground railroad of information or celebrating our best and brightest, bloggers of color are a vital and viable part of the blogosphere who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions on a number of subjects. Their readers are willing to mobilize for change. Bloggers of color are at an inflection point in the continued development of the blogosphere.
To that end, the Blogging While Brown Conference was born. Blogging While Brown is the first international conference for bloggers of color. For the first time this new generation of activists, entrepreneurs and new media content creators will step out from behind their keyboards and meet in person.
Needless to say I wasn’t invited nor aware of the BWB conference, before today. Perhaps because I’m not among the “best and brightest” of bloggers of color? I find it interesting that the BWB conference occurred the same weekend as the UNITY ’08. In the future it would be nice to see BWB gain more clout and work with larger groups of journalists like NABJ or NAHJ. Though it’s possible the BWB doesn’t see itself as affiliated with the standard world of old media?
The founder of BWB has several videos from the conference posted on her blog. I recommend the one from the bloggers who run Black Web 2.0. Interestingly enough, Web 2.0 works the same way for black people as it does for others…shhhhh…don’t tell anyone.
I did find it interesting that many of the BWB participants were heavy users of Twitter (if you’re wondering “what the heck is Twitter?” click here). I enjoy Twitter too, though my feeds are closed to the public.
Well next year there will be another Blogging While Brown conference. If there’s not a scheduling conflict maybe I’ll attend. I see myself as a blogger who happens to be brown. Part of the concept of Naked Conversations is that a person can blog anonymously and say whatever they want because “no one wrote the official blogging rule book” it seems that BWB caters to potential weblebrities like those listed here, here, or here. The fact none of the web celebrities are brown is a good reason to continue the BWB conference.
Me, I’m just a regular guy blogging for bloggings sake. What about you?