Justin and I spoke recently with the people who manage the Blogger Program to debrief about the event, how the program was received and ways to improve it for next year.
If you read that sentence carefully, you might notice one potentially interesting fact. I do not have any official responsibility for the OpenWorld Blogger Program. They do ask me for counsel on some occasions, but for the most part, I’m an observer, just like you.
One suggestion I have made is that they start a blog or wiki to collect feedback and test out ideas before formalizing next year’s program, assuming it will be renewed. While they consider that suggestion, I’d like to collect some thoughts before they get too stale in your collective memories.
From what I personally noticed, the big orange Blogger lanyard (pictured, thanks Eddie!) and the orange Blogger ribbons were in high demand among the Oracle ACEs, many of whom have blogs. The only explanation of why I could get was that the credential got the bearer access to a table at the keynotes that had network access.
Other than that, the desire for a blogger credential seemed to be ribbon collection only, which is fine, but not very helpful when you’re evaluating success and failure points.
So, in the comments, tell us what you liked, didn’t like, would like improved about the program next year. One need area we’ve already discussed is differentiating between people attending as bloggers, i.e. getting into the show on the program’s dime, and people who blog, but are attending in another capacity, e.g. ACEs, customers, partners, etc.
To be clear, my goal is to collect these ideas and pass them along to the right people, but I cannot personally affect your changes. So, if you want T&E paid to come blog OpenWorld, feel free to say so, but know that I have no power to make that so.