A Meeting of Bloggy Minds


Zac Whittenburg perhaps tweeted it best:


Zachary Whittenburg ‏trailerpilot In full effect: deep-fried pretzels and real talk with dancinbranflake artintercepts danceadvantage mariasmovers + 4dancers.#DUSAconf


What kind of blew my mind about my dinner dates last night, aside from the fact that some of the best bloggers nationwide were sitting around a table together over fried dough, was the fact that most of us had only met face-to-face an hour prior at the Dance/USA's opening reception at City Hall.


You would think we were old friends.  


On the other hand, this diverse panel (ahem, brilliantly constructed, if you ask me) comes not only from all parts of the country but all parts of the blogosphere, and we found as many things out-of-common as in.


I think the most revealing moment in our deep-fried conversation was when Catherine Tully asked us each to say "What do you WANT out of blogging? What's your goal?". Our answers are as individual as we are, and that's what makes the community of dance bloggers so fascinatingly awesome.


Collectively, the goal of our panel discussion on Friday is to take some of the mystery out of blogging, and to help others in starting, maintaining, or improving their blogs, or just figuring out if it's something that's worth the time and energy required to do it right. That, and, how cool is it to get these leading voices in dance writing in a room together?!?


So that begs the question:

What do YOU want to hear from us about?



Lauren Warnecke

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.