Northern Voice 2012

Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference
June 15th and 16th, 2012 in Vancouver, BC

Here Be Dragons (or Aliens, or Zombies). A Liveblogging Adventure

What would happen if a swarm of hungry, fire breathing dragons attacked the Northern Voice conference? Or, perhaps an alien invasion? A Walking Dead-style zombie apocalypse? A combination of all three scenarios?

This workshop-style event will test whether a room full of bloggers, podcasters, live-streamers, tweeps and Facebook addicts can do in less than an hour what radio legend Orson Welles once accomplished in 1938 with his War of the Worlds broadcast, long before social media tools were available.

At the beginning of the session, participants will vote on the scenario they want to liveblog. Then, using only their existing blogs and social media platforms, a few key scenario details revealed throughout the session and whatever details they want to add, they will see if they can they get the message out to help "save humanity" from these fantastical threats.

How will the participants interact? Will storylines converge? Will the rest of the NV conference help spread the word? Will it "go viral"?

This session is meant to be a fun, hands-on experimental workshop in personal expression -- a bit of a break from the usual seminar or panel.


Jonathon Narvey is a Vancouver-based blogger and professional writer. He is the author of "The Detective vs. The Slime Monster from Outer Space" and "A History of the Middle Eastside". He is also a big fan of RPG-gaming, classic science fiction and zombie stuff, blogging on these themes when he's feeling inspired.

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Northern Voice 2012 is a wrap! Thanks for coming out, everyone, it was a great two days.