As March marches on, my busy meeting season approaches. Last fall, armed with iPad and Blackberry, I attempted to live-blog from a couple of sessions at the American Society of Nephrology's RenalWeek, but I never finished. I ended up tweeting from the events, and then used my tweets to help organize a coherent post later. Twitter became my notepad, in a way.
Live-blogging—writing about an event as it happens rather than after the fact—can be a valuable resource for your readers, providing them with up-to-the-minute information about important events and making your blog the go-to destination for information on a developing story. It is also rife with perils: insufficient power supplies, spotty Internet connections, and errors made in haste, to name a few.
The post includes ten tips for live blogging, along with examples from last month's top blogging topics (Egypt, Super Bowl XLV,Academy Awards/Oscars, Libya, national budget, Charlie Sheen, New Zealand earthquake, Mobile World Conference, CPAC/Conservative Political Action Conference, and Radiohead) that justify the tips. The author, Kimberly Turner (@kimber_regator), is a cofounder of Regator, as well as an award-winning print journalist.
I really enjoyed the post, and it inspired me to try live-blogging again. I may revert to my tweety ways, but I won't know until I try.