This series was preceded by a fun but less-well-attended series of “blogger beers” at the Dive Bar. The first one was May 14, 2009. Paul Collyer had been planning a “blogger brunch,” but the plans kept falling through, so we just got together at the Dive. The late Jeff Barnard did a nice write-up with diagrams. We had a few more of these get-togethers.
Photo of the first blogger beer by Jeff Barnard. Unlabeled are Alec and Brooks.
The real granddaddy of these meetups was the Worcester Community Media Summit, a nice chat with a bold name held January 13, 2007 at WCCA TV13. In retrospect, what community media needed in 2007 wasn’t more organization, it was more participation. I think the success of the blogger coffees is a sign that we finally have enough online writers in Worcester to have a full-blown community.