Come to Yearly Kos
by Matt Stoller, Sun May 07, 2006 at 08:01:16 PM EDT
This week I'm going to blogging about Yearly Kos, which you should really register for if you're planning to go. Yearly Kos is the conference for the progressive blogs, and this year it's happening in Las Vegas.
It's a little known part of blogosphere history, but physical meetings have really driven the growth of this medium. In 2004, I credentialled the bloggers at the Democratic National Convention. That's where I first met a bunch of bloggers, including John Aravosis and Duncan Black. We spent four days of at a Democratic National Convention wondering what the point was. And then a few weeks later we all gathered again in New York at a performing arts space named The Tank in midtown Manhattan to blog the Republican National Convention, which apparently was a giant excuse to catch unsuspecting New Yorkers in orange nets.
Both conventions were really fun. That physical meeting space helped develop the political blogosphere, because in hanging out we began to trust each other more and that led to denser linking patterns. That's how these gatherings tend to work - communities are formed through a mixed web of interactions.
So I encourage you to come to Yearly Kos in Las Vegas from June 8-11. We're part of a movement, a resurgence of progressive energy and pragmatic political activists. We need to know each other. We need to develop that sense of trust. Yearly Kos is where that's going to happen.