The L.A. Bloggers BBQ

On Sunday bloggers from the L.A. area were treated to a BBQ at the home of blogger SteveAudio that was co-hosted by Jane of FireDogLake.

Among the L.A. bloggers in attendance were TBogg, Skippy, Elton — BusyBusyBusy, John — Crooks & Liars (shamelessly promoting Crooks & Liars wearing a C&L T Shirt), Greg — The Talent Show, RJ Eskow — Night Light, Ezra Klein, Leah — Corrente, Ellen Nagler — The Broad View, Brian Linse — Ain’t No Bad Dude, Scoobie Davis, Mark Kleiman, Joseph & Alex — Martini Republic, David E,Kevin Drum — Washington Monthly and Arianna Huffington & Michael Owen — Huffington Post.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone. It was great to be amongst like minds. As SteveAudio said in his blog post about the BBQ, the guests ranged from “the professional, the amateur (most of us), the famous, in other words, bloggers of every socio-economic strata, every profession imagineable, with one common thread stitching us all together: We’re Proud Liberals.” Check out Steve’s “New Liberal Declaration of Ideals” that he felt evolved from the BBQ.

The conversations ranged from the ’04 election to the future of liberal blogosphere and everything in between. There was a chorus of bloggers stating that they were proud to be liberals, and the importance of turning that label back into the proud statement that it is.

In the fight to have our voices heard above the drone of the Noise Machine, the blogosphere has become an awesome tool and each of us recognize our part in drowning out the lies and propaganda.

Many thanks to our hosts, Steve, his wife Pam and Jane. Till we all meet again… I believe I’ve blogrolled everyone, let me know if I missed anyone!

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6 Responses to The L.A. Bloggers BBQ

  1. SteveAudio says:

    Thanks, Pamela.

    It was great having you over, and listening to what everyone had to say. Interesting gang of folks, lots of good minds.

  2. Steve

    I wish I could have stayed longer… It was an interesting gang of folks and I hope we can all get together again soon.

  3. kj says:

    Pamela, I’m happy you were able to attend the gathering. Anytime liberals and progressives can get together it’s gotta be a great time.

  4. KJ

    It was a welcomed opportunity because during the campaign, I found that local volunteers didn’t “get” the blogosphere.

  5. Marjorie G says:

    Liberal, progressive bloggers had as much group think and investment in speaking to their converted last election as now. They don’t show the courage of independence, often, when just as interested in building their own fan base and livelihood.

    Just as concerned as I was last election, as now, we’re all at cross purposes, creating many more hold-your-nose Dems and uncritical thinkers. Despite that I hang on every word they say, favoring some.

    Please tell me I’m wrong. Dare I even imagine another Kerry with the same group and growing, or any other reasonable person concerned with government? What Kerry faced about the recount, anti vs pro-war, all of it, was largely due to the imbalance of our wonder new bloggers.

    With thanks and exception for Will Pitt, describing the Al Franken meeting of their star powerful and Kerry’s re-emergence pre-primary.

  6. Marjorie

    I think that getting all the liberal bloggers on the same page is tantamount to finding cohesion within the Dem Party. Some how we must achieve this on levels. Getting everyone to listen and agree is another story. One that personally I continue to push.