While the 2011 North American Wine Bloggers Conference is still months away, it is also fast approaching. In keeping with the tradition of asking wine bloggers to weigh in on what should be the content for your conference, we now ask for your recommendations.
To recommend a topic or speaker, please provide a comment with details on this blog post. (You can email us if you are shy about posting here.) You can recommend one of four types of content:
Educational Sessions: These are panels or speakers who enlighten, engage, and entertain us on a specific topic related to wine blogging. You need not recommend a specific presenter but if you have one in mind – or wish to present yourself – please add that too.
Keynote Speakers: We will again have two keynote speakers at the conference and are already working on this. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for speakers, why you think they would be good, and, specifically, whether you have any connection to the speaker. (We don’t think we can get Barack Obama, even if you suggest him.)
Moderated Unconference: We will again try an Unconference, as we did the first year back in 2008, but this year it will be “moderated”. That means we will select the topics and topic leaders in advance. You’ll still have the chance to wander around the ballroom to listen or participate in whichever discussions you wish. This is your opportunity to make sure wine bloggers are discussing items of interest to wine bloggers. Let us know if you’d be happy leading the session you suggest.
Ignite Wine!: Our final session on Sunday will be a fun, entertaining program called Ignite Wine! This is where conference participants can get up and spend five minutes talking about what they want to talk about. Topics and speakers do need to be confirmed in advance. The hitch is you need to spend exactly 15 seconds on each of 20 slides you prepare. Check out this blog post on Ignite Wine and let us know if you want to present.