Creative Thursday: Conference commando!

On the way to jazz choir practice, I thought about what I like creating and when people have called me creative. One of the things people have complimented me on is the way I hack conferences, from modding conference T-shirts to posting people's tag clouds along the wall in order to spark conversations.

I _love_ going above and beyond the usual ideas of what a conference should be like. That's one of the reasons why I'm really excited about CASCON 2006: as part of the organizing team, I can try out many cool ideas!

I'd love to start a bigger conversation around that, and I'd love to share my thoughts with more people! I think it would make a great blog. I want to share tips and ideas with participants, speakers, and organizers. It'll also be a great place to post my conference reports and pictures of hacked T-shirts! ;)

I already have a name for the blog: Conference Commando. I came across the term "conference commando" in Keith Ferrazzi's book Never Eat Alone. Good stuff, and I think I've got a lot to contribute to this space.

So I'm going to make it happen! Here's what I need to do:

  • Make a logo so that it's not just a boring WordPress install. ;)
  • Set up a blog and JUST START BLOGGING! I can probably install Wordpress or something like that on some computer somewhere. Maybe Richi will let me virtualhost on his computer. I need a MySQL database. Alternatively, I could host it on, which is currently underutilized anyway. Yup, that's also a possibility...
  • Extract some of the relevant blog posts from my main blog. For example, my notes about the social computing workshop might be of interest to organizers. A review of the relevant section in Never Eat Alone would be handy for participants, and my blog entry about keynote styles would be good for speakers.

Fun! Hooray for Creative Thursday!

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