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Brisbane Weblogger Meetup Group

So apparently this exists. And the group organiser, Mark Bahnisch (your hair is scary in that photo Mark) is looking for BrisVegan bloggers.

So verbs, Di, lushlife, OzBhoy, Mr Alphabet... check it out if you're interested.

And Mark if you're reading - check out this link - it's lists all of those listed on blogger as being in Brisbane. Bit of a shortcut for you.

Listening to: Monsieur Camembert - live on stage


Blogger verbs said...

Hmm...neither you nor I nor Ozzie nor Alphie are in that link...I think...maybe I didn't look close enough but I only noticed Di.

Anything involving beer is up my alley...so to speak. :)

11:15 pm  
Blogger OLS said...

*shrugs* Not sure why. I'm pretty sure that that list is how I found you (verbs) and Alphie.

It's possible I wasn't on it because it was my search (done from my profile)...


9:19 am  
Blogger mark bahnisch said...

Cheers, thanks, OLS.

My hair's much shorter now btw :) That was in August last year at Coolum.

I'd encourage you and all your blogger friends to join - if you go over to the message board, I've linked to some posts about grogblogging in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney - we so need something like this in Vegas!

12:46 pm  
Blogger OLS said...

Mark - ah yes, it may be shorter, but doesn't necessarily mean that it's any less scary! ;o)

I'm not sure if I'll join the group - I gather it's been formed to arrange face to face meetings and I'd be concerned about meeting a bunch of other bloggers en masse and thus revealing my "secret identity" and leaving myself at risk of my work colleagues finding out about this blog and consequently how much I complain about them! ;o)

You obviously don't have this problem since you are quite happy to use your (assumedly) real name and photo, and possibly the others aren't concerned either, but I'm guessing that lushlife would have the same concerns...

Lushlife? You want to add your thoughts?


5:46 pm  
Blogger mark bahnisch said...

actually, OLS, it's the shadow in the photo that makes it look scary :)

I understand what you mean about "bloglife" vs. "real life". I think it's a legitimate concern. There was some discussion about this issue in a couple of places which might be worth a look:




For what it's worth, we're all in the same boat on this one, I think so maybe we could have a secret bloggers' oath not to disclose our "real identities". In Sydney, people wore name tags with the name of their blog or the name they post or comment under and it was up to them as to whether they wanted to tell others their real name.

6:54 pm  
Blogger mark bahnisch said...

ps - yeah, it's my real name - you can google me!

7:06 pm  
Blogger Lushlife said...

Okay, well first up this opinion is entirely based on my own research, which may very well be inadequate but here goes. I don't think I have terribly much in common with the Brisbane Bloggers that have been identified by these links other than the fact that I have one.

My blog is not political, it is slightly legal but it is essentially a professional/mummy/foodie blog which could very well make it unique in Brisbane. I have searched for simliar Brisbane based ones, either I can't find them or they are not making themselves known to me. The only ones I have found are in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. I think I would have attended a blogger's meeting down there because some blogs that I read, read me.

I have always been a bit reserved and so it seems I still am despite me posting and revealing quite a bit about my life. Anyone who knows me just needs to see a couple of my posts its not hard to work out I haven't just left breadcrumbs I have left the whole loaves!

For now I am enjoying the anonymity and when it all comes to a head I will deal with it then. Until then, unless any similar bloggers to me make themselves known to me I will give a Brisbane Bloggers meet-up a miss.

As OLS said to me and I agree - one on one blogger meet-ups I would consider:)

2:14 pm  
Blogger mark bahnisch said...

Fair enough, lushlife. It might still be worth joining - one way to keep track of whether any similar blogs appear in due course.

Also, OLS, Monsieur Camembert are excellent. My sister told me they were one of the must-sees at Womadelaide last year (which I hope to go to this year, money and time permitting) and sent me the cd - very good. In the same vein, I don't know if you know Les Heulements de Leo - kind of French thrash gypsy music - brilliant gig at the Powerhouse last year.

2:36 pm  
Blogger Lushlife said...

P.S. I am sure it works both ways - there likely to be Brisbane Bloggers who may have happened upon my site and moved on never to return, on the basis that they have nothing in common with me than 1. I have a blog and 2. I live in Brisbane - now do we really need to meet in the flesh?

2:51 pm  
Blogger mark bahnisch said...

I guess it depends if you're looking for commonality in terms of specific interests or what we all have in common which is that we're bloggers.

I don't think that anyone need meet in the flesh, but if there are some people around who'd like to, then that's a good thing. It's really a matter of personal choice.

AgentFareEvader had some interesting reflections on bloggers meeting up:


As did Rob Corr at Kick'n'scream:


4:47 pm  
Blogger Lushlife said...

I have no problem with people choosing to attend a meet-up as a matter of personal choice. I would have to think just as long and hard about whether I wanted to attend my own school or university reunion too. Thats just me. Hope you get a good turnout and look forward to reading what happens.

6:47 pm  
Blogger Mister Alphabet said...

Thanks for the heads up.

1:54 pm  
Blogger verbs said...

I share lushlife's concerns, indeed I shut down my blog for a while because of this actual issue.

I have met OLS, and had no issue doing so as she knows no-one either personally or professionally whom I talk about in my blog, and vice versa. Thus there is no risk involved.

The big group situation opens this risk factor up somewhat because, well, Brisbane is quite small.

Each to their own though, and those who feel comfortable participating in such an event may as well do so.

3:05 pm  
Blogger OLS said...

Well, I bit the bullet and signed up. I still think it's unlikely that I'll actually attend any meets, but I'm sufficiently nosey that I want to know how it goes. ;o)


6:30 pm  
Blogger Shem said...

Signed up. Real name.

Another thing to be Googled for, along with "Expat American."

Don't care.

9:25 pm  
Blogger OLS said...

I probably wouldn't care if it wasn't for the nature of the work I'm doing. And I don't want to write a blog where I can't discuss what I do (currently) 12 hours a day, 5 days a week.

I am on a number of music email lists under my real name, and I maintain a travel blog under my real name, but I never discuss my work in either forum. And would never use either forum to complain about the people I come in contact with through my work.

This blog is different - I choose to discuss my work so I choose to be anonymous. There are a number of people who read who know who I am, but I choose who they are and it's an elite little group who I am comfortable enough with that I'm sure they would not break my trust by "outing" me.

Attending a group meeting like this would be different - there's no control over who will be there and even if my name is not associated with this blog, my face would be. And that's too big a risk for me take right now.

It's a personal choice. I respect the decisions of others and I hope they respect mine.


5:09 pm  

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