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Morning, in a short while I’ll be delivering my presentation, trying to keep everyone awake whilst I waffle on about why blogging is the best thing ever and WHY AREN’T YOU DOING IT?? Or words to that effect…

Don’t worry though, dear reader, you can view the presentation and read through some of my notes although without my dulcet tones you’ll only be getting half the ‘experience’ (the best half, granted).

Although there is a small chance my session will be recorded so you may yet be able to get the full experience, I’ll confirm that later though (and depends on whether it can be edited as well!).

Wish me luck!

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I’ll stop after this.

Business Plan. What is it and why did it prompt the new ‘revamped’ design?

There is a lot of focus (rightly) on the new look and new features (and changed features). But where now? Keep adding features for free? Really? When you are taking on Moveable Type and have been, seemingly, static for quite a while you are losing ground. Everywhere I’ve read posts from the people involved in this re-design talk of it in the immediate past. So is this the first step in a longer term strategy?

For Blogger Pro people, the people who paid for extra features, the only thing we are getting is a comments system, and a restricted one at that. Granted the amount of comment spam that hits most sites means that more of the hosted comments systems will have to start offering some form of spam protection (TypeKey anyone?) but there needs to be scope for people who aren’t (touch wood) affected by this.

I’m not bashing the new Blogger, Google, or any of the people involved but I DO get the feeling that this is only half the story. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m being too hopeful and maybe I need to remove some of the emotional attachment I have for Blogger (I mean I have a Blogger hoodie after all…) but I’m sure there is more to come, and that the technological changes under the hood that AREN’T being talked about are probably twice as important as those nice new curvy graphics on the front page.

As ever, time will tell.

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As promised.

We arrived early, to help the hostess set things up, and to start drinking as early as possible of course. We got there about 8pm, and were greeted at the door. The host and hostess had pretty much everything done, so we posed for photos and started drinking. I was going to wear a mask with my costume but decided not to…

As with any party, there are lots of silly moments, tales and discussions to recall, but none of them will really make much sense if you were there. In fact I was there, and have no idea why this happened, other than she did it to herself. Thankfully nothing got out of hand, but we were safe as there were a couple of nurses in attendance.

Of course, as with all parties, it ended up in the kitchen.. and the hall, and the living room, and the bedroom… In fact I don’t think I’ve seen as many people in a one-bedroom flat, very impressive!

We got home around 5:30 a.m. so I’m told. I feel asleep around 4 a.m. so missed that last hour or so… but all in all a great night. Now I’m off to review the rest of the pics (a couple of which certainly AREN’T getting posted here!)

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