I attended the Brooklyn Blogfest 2009 last Thursday night. Down in Dumbo, down by the river, at the Powerhouse Arena Bookstore. I blogged about it for Dumbo NYC. I was a blogfest virgin, and I had a great time. One thing I've learned is that to be successful, a writer needs to discover his/her niche. Pick a topic and stick with it. I'm all over the place with this blog; I write about feminist issues, but also my personal life, education, the arts, music, books, family and friends. In many ways, it has replaced my journal.
Blogs, however, are not journals or diaries. They are meant to be shared with a larger audience. The buzziest topics, according to the blogfest, are Alex from The Real Housewives of New York City (because she lives in Cobble Hill), and Trader's Joes. Who knew? After a panel discussion with real pros--- meaning they make $$$$$$$$$$, like Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, and Gothamist--- we all broke up into groups. Blogs about parenting, about the arts, about politics, green blogs, neighborhood blogs.