First International Jewish Bloggers Convention
Last night in Jerusalem I attended the First International Jewish Bloggers Convention. There were 200 people in the room and up to 1300 on webcast! Apparently the Jewish blogging world is quite large.
Some of the highlights were:
Benjamin Netanyhu spoke – briefly – about his blog, and then about why he should be Prime Minister.
Some of the most popular bloggers talked about how they grew their blogs (most of them accidentally it seems).
Bloggers talked about how blogging can have an impact on Jewish life, attitudes toward Israel and encouraging aliyah.
A representative of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about the importance of branding Israel in order to change American public opinion of Israeli culture and society.
It was a fascinating event. Bloggers who knew each other only online met in person and acquaintances suddenly discovered they had blogging in common. And everybody starting thinking about how blogging about Judaism, Israel, or their personal experiences can have a far-reaching impact.
UPDATE: Haaretz reports on the convention.