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Christian Web Conference 2009, Biola University

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image I attended The Christian Web Conference over the weekend at Biola University. It was the successor to GodBlogCon. I Met some great folks, made some new friends, and gained some new perspectives.

This was the 3rd year I’ve attended this event. The last two were part of the BlogWorld and New Media Expo in Las Vegas. I found that there were both plusses and minuses to the new/old Biola venue.

–First the plusses:

1. The location is close by (For those of us in So. Cal).

2. The cost was far less.

3. More folks attended probably because of #1 & #2.

4. Total Christian atmosphere.

5. More built-in time for mingling and networking.

6. More dialogue during classes.

7. Great mix of knowledgeable conference speakers.

8. Some good topics explored.

–Now the minuses from my perspective:

1. The classrooms were media ready but not really all that conducive to Q & A and discussions. A room with moveable seating would probably be better for some of the sessions.

2. Having the conference start at the end of a ‘short’ holiday week made it difficult for some of us with secular jobs to take Friday off.

In the last two years as part of BlogWorld Expo:

3. We were able to be exposed to some of the major movers and shakers in blogging and new media.

4. We were able to be exposed to new tech support, new programs, and apps in the exhibition hall. Both years I brought home some new stuff that I really don’t know what I would do without now.

5. Christian ‘God Bloggers’ had a presence at the conference including a booth in the exhibit area that reflected what many of us are hoping to do on the internet.

Fortunately I will be in Las Vegas on business during BlogWorld Expo 2009 in October. So I signed up for access to the exhibitions and the Keynote addresses at a minimal cost.  So I’m going to end up with the best of both blogging worlds.

–Conclusion: It was a great conference and a good time to reflect on what your doing on the internet and why—with a view towards improving and becoming all that God has called you to be and do.

I am sure that I will be attending this event in the future—hope to see you there.

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  2. Joe Chavez September 15, 2009 8:56 am

    I had wanted to attend since Biola is minutes away from my house. I had just found the conference by accident earlier in the week and it seemed like something that I really needed to attend. The timing just wasn’t right. I definitely plan on going next year.

  3. Ron Graff September 16, 2009 2:20 am

    I’m so glad that I took the time to attend this conference. I learned a lot and really enjoyed hearing from such knowledgable presenters. A big plus for me was meeting you there and deciding to finally jump into blogging. I have made a feeble start, but will continue to learn from your site how to make it work.

  4. Dr.D September 16, 2009 10:13 am

    Thanks Ron,
    Really had a great time meeting and talking with you there. If there is anything I can help you with just email me.

  5. Dr.D September 16, 2009 10:14 am

    Joe, hope to see you there next year. Always a valuable experience.