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Blogging a conference

Mar - 27 - 2006
Nicole C. Engard

This is the first year I was a blogger at CIL – it’s my first year as a blogger at all – what’s the point? Well I was reading everyone else’s summaries (now that mine are finished) and I saw this bullet point from Amanda Etches-Johnson and I just had to share it here because I agree 100%.

Blogging a conference makes the experience better. It just does. It certainly was a lot more work to summarize the sessions and add the linkage after the fact, but I'm glad I did it. It gave me a chance to check out the stuff the speakers pointed out as well as reflect upon what I'd heard. I feel like I really engaged with the content rather than having it simply wash over me. I hope you got something out of it too.

This really is true – every other year I come back to work and put my notes on our staff intranet – mostly bullet points and suggestions. This year I was able to write coherent summaries of each session and which got me thinking not only while I was listening, but while I was writing later on.

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