The first #Blogchat was held on March 22nd, 2009, so tonight’s OPEN MIC #Blogchat will also be our 3rd Anniversary! Many people have asked how #Blogchat came to be, and that link explains a lot of the origin. Additionally, the inspiration for #Blogchat came from something called Plurkshops that were started on Plurk in 2008.
But beyond that, I’ve always held a belief that most people are smarter than they give themselves credit for. The core underpinning I wanted for #Blogchat was to create an environment where the discussion was created by the many, instead of the few. This is why #Blogchat has a strict ‘no experts allowed’ policy. The message is that everyone’s opinion has value, and they should feel comfortable sharing their thoughts. Because that’s how we all learn.
Thanks to everyone that has participated in #Blogchat over the last 3 years. I appreciate and love each and every one of you, and thank you for helping to create what I biasedly feel is the best chat on Twitter. Your dedication to growing the conversation every Sunday night is inspiring, and I’m looking forward to expanding the #Blogchat brand in 2012, and look for some announcements soon on how that will happen.
See you tonight at 8pm Central for OPEN MIC!
PS: New to #Blogchat? Here’s what it’s all about!