Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Povo blogger discussion boasts un-'Usual Suspects'

I've been bombarded with e-mails since last night's blogger panel discussion sponsored by Povo held at the posh Archstone complex in Chinatown.

"You were a great moderator, and I learned a lot from the discussion, especially about search engine optimization," comments Robert David Sullivan, managing editor of CommonWealth and frequent contributor to the Boston Globe.

While our discussion did go into specifics on topics ranging from micro-blogging, to monetizing online brands to SEO (search engine optimization), the true highlight of the evening for me was the debate between Adam Gaffin from and up-and-coming online contributor Ben Terris (the fella sitting in the chair to my right) who is working on the new hyperlocal experiment.

I felt like it was this David vs. Goliath-type moment when Gaffin calmly expressed disdain over's history of featuring content from local bloggers yet refusing to hyperlink to the original source.

Dan Kennedy over at Media Nation goes into details about the brewing media battle in Newton. While I've been vocal about some of's practices, I'm definitely curious to see how this all pans out.

Meanwhile, the above photo (shot by a LiLa Molyva from Povo) features our motley crew of panelist (from left to right):

*Sam Baltrusis of Loaded Gun
*Susan Johnston of The Urban Muse
*Scott Kearnan of Diva Divo Dance and Bay Windows
*Adam Gaffin of Universal Hub
*Rhea Becker of The Boomer Chronicles
*Jacqueline Church of Leather District Gourmet
*Carol O'Connor of Table Critic
*Jim Sullivan of Jim Sullivan Ink

Doesn't the photo above look like the lineup from "The Usual Suspects" movie? Click here for more photos from Povo.


Melissa said...

I was there too and very much appreciated the tips I picked up. I've learned the importance of leaving comments! ;)

Sam Baltrusis said...

Thank you Melissa!

We Are Not Martha said...

The event was so much fun and it was great meeting you! We will definitely be back for future events (especially if they're held in the Archstone again...pool party??).

And I will be checking your blog OFTEN, especially now that Boston has become such a hub for celebrity sightings!


Sam Baltrusis said...

Hey Sues!

I'm so glad you guys made it home safely. Martha rules! We definitely should have a Martha Stewart-inspired pool party next time.

Yummy Mummy said...

I too had a great time at the event. I am pretty new to the blogging scene so it was great to meet some of you legends! Thanks again for all the great advice!

I will be checking back often to track Mel!


Sam Baltrusis said...

Hey Robin!

Thank you so much for coming to the blogger panel on Tuesday. Your blog, actually, is quite impressive from both a design and online brand perspective.

Yes, you can still be fab and a yummy mummy!

Much support,
Sam B.

Becky said...

Great job moderating the event. I had fun and learned a lot!

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