Last night I was surprised to see how many law bloggers we have in the Denver area. Perhaps 25 descended on Katie Mullen's for an event hosted by Kevin O'Keefe of Real Lawyers Have Blogs. The networking affair was one of the most enjoyable I have attended. Why? Partly because no one seemed to be in sales mode. Instead people were enthusiastically sharing information about common interests such as blogging, blogging platforms, Webinar platforms, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other methods of communication (e.g., article writing, book publishing). Some were even talking about the practice of law.
Another factor which made the evening so genial was that many of us already knew each other from the Internet. If you listened to the happy voices around the room, you might hear: "Hey, I follow you on Twitter," or "I really like your blog."
One moment was a bit puzzling, but showed what a different world this is from even a couple of years ago. When we were first arriving, several people got out their smart phones and did something simultaneously. I asked Jim Moss who was sitting next to me what they were doing. He said they were "checking in." He cleared up my ignorance by explaining they were going to foursquare and registering their location.
He further told me that if you check in four times at the same place on foursquare, you become mayor of that location. Or something like that . . .
I took some short videos for those who were not in attendance and yet might want to get a sense of the evening:
- Pan of the room with a closeup of Kevin
- Another pan of the room, including Mark Maraia introducing himself to Kevin
- Part of a discussion with Kevin and Mark
- Interview of Kevin in which he talks about shutting down a bar with Gerry Riskin, what a small world this is, and the Denver blogging community
Thanks for a fine time, Kevin.
Note: More from the event