Blogging, it’s all about conversations

Les Blogs 2.0

And talking about blogging is something I will do a lot in the near future:

Anyone has an interesting conference in Rome or Madrid coming up? We’re running out of Indian summer here.


Brussels Bloggers Meeting on Oct 7

(NL versie hieronder – version FR ci-dessous)

After the Geek Dinner (Jan 2005) and Blog Dinner (Jun 2005) in Ghent – organised by Smetty – it is now time for the Brussels connection.

I am organizing together with Bart VH the very first
Brussels Bloggers Dinner.

All you bloggers, vloggers, photo- and groupbloggers and other podcasters are kindly invited to mingle with your peers at the splendid International Press Center aka Résidence Palace. This meeting is rather casual and informal (no smoking required) and open for all Belgian-based bloggers (NL/FR/EN). It will feature some light and short presentations (topics still to be chosen – propose your own on the site!) and an equally easy-to-digest pasta meal (10 euro for pasta + water ad lib and a coffee). For those who work late or have other dinner appointments, you are still welcome to drop by around 22h and see what you’ve missed.

Subscription is required so we can plan the catering: you can add your name to the ‘WillAttend’ wiki page.

Be there or B²!


— NL (in ‘t kort)
Op vrijdag 7 oktober is de eerste Brussels Bloggers Dinner in de Résidence Palace, Wetstraat – Brussel. Een informele eet- en drinkgelegenheid waar u andere bloggers kan ontmoeten, een gezicht op de URL plakken en kletsen over van alles en nog wat. Alle details over de maaltijd (spaghetti), de locatie (gezet in 1923), de korte presentaties en inschrijvingsprocedure vindt u op de site.

— FR (en bref)
Le vendredi 7 octobre on organise le premier Brussels Bloggers Dinner au résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi à Bruxelles. Une occasion unique pour rencontrer des autes bloggeurs, pour coller un visage sur des liens et pour pappotter sur pleins de choses. Tous les details sur le repas (spaghetti), l’endroit (construit en 1923), les presentations courtes et la procédure d’inscription se trouvent sur le site!

Blog search engine frenzy

Exciting times in blog search country:

Question: can someone make a meta-blog-search-service (like an on-line Copernic for blogs) that :

  • searches all “who-links-to-me” blog search engines
  • filters out the doubles
  • creates a weighted combined ranking (a referer featured on 5 search engines ranks higher than a site only listed once)
  • can use a date parameter (“only show posts younger than 1 month”)
  • gives us some sexy graphics like Blogpulse does
  • offers its results via RSS
  • has a viral component, like e.g. a counter I can display on my blog – something like Feedburner’s Awareness API (which always makes me think of Jean-Claude Vandamme’s legendary “AWARE” theory)

Anyone aware of a service like this? Please leave a comment!

Blogging about bloggers blogging

I will not be posting an update for the ‘Belgian Popular Blogs‘ today because I haven’t had the time yet to add Technorati/PubSub scores. Since I expect this will shake up the listing in a significant way, I want to do it right.

I have had some publicity for the list through Maarten and De Standaard and of course some bloggers have taken the opportunity to take a piss at the initiative. So some clarification: I started the list because of poor Astrid Wittebolle’s article in De Morgen, where she had the audacity to list the Top-5 Belgian bloggers. The indignation afterwards (“No, I was first!”) was amusing, but I realised I probably only knew the tip of the iceberg of Belgian bloggers. Since there was no adequate top whatever, I started making one myself. The project combines some of my pet topics – social software, search engine metrics, Excel statistics – so it’s fun to do.

Some blogs are not included because it is impossible to get the right numbers. I only include blogs with their own domain name. If someone publishes on, then I don’t include that. Maybe in the future I will, but for now, I can’t get significant statistics.

The results, as I have claimed from the beginning, have nothing to do with the ‘quality’ of the blog, just the quantitative, measurable criteria like link popularity, PageRank, … My idea of what blogs are worth reading or not does not enter into the picture. For example, I believe the De Standaard blog has great value as a cross-over between traditional media and the blogosphere. But it is not featured in the Top #30, because its numbers are not high enough (yet?). When I will add blog-specific ratings (Technorati, Feedster, PubSub, BlogLines, …) it might climb up, or not. I have no idea yet.

And to end a little quote (in Dutch, sorry) about the ‘VLD-syndrome’ from, one of the good (my own personal opinion and all that) blogs I discovered by creating this list:

Dit is een kwaal waarbij je zodanig met jezelf en het kappen op je blog-genoten bezig bent, dat je het eigen publiek totaal uit het oog verliest. Je blogt om gelezen, bekeken of beluisterd te worden en natuurlijk heeft iedereen die hiermee bezig is de pretentie of het ego om te pretenderen dat je iets te vertellen hebt. Anders begin je er niet aan. Ca va de soi, non?

Geek dinner in Gent : the pictures

Exactly what a geek dinner should be like: someone blogging with a Treo 600, someone with a copy of Star Wars on his phone (no one using a phone for calling, actually), some people defending Apple, someone defending Windows (that would be me) and lots of people taking pictures.

I’ve put my pictures in a album, those who were there and also have some pictures they want to share, can upload them to the album with the “Upload” button after the last picture, or by sending them to me, peter.forret _at_

Thx to Cindy and Erwin, the Doppler crew, for organising this event, and I hope it won’t be the last!

Update 20/01: there are also pictures on the blog of Luc and Cindy.