I'm just back after a ten-day business trip beginning with Blogher and ending with NCDD (Dialogue and Deliberation). In between, I attended WoolfCamp, had lunch with Gliteratica and the good folks at TechSoup, got a chance to hangout with Seth and Erin, assisted Chris Heuer with a BrainJam, co-lead a workshop on social networking tools with Kaliya Hamlin, met Juanita Brown of World Cafe and many many more extraordinary people.
I was only home long enough to unpack the suitcase, do the laundry, and hangout with my kids before packing up for our vacation! I just realized that I had bookmarked a post from Joistke with a pointer to an article called 7 Things To Do With Your Blog When You Take A Vacation. Joistke is tested Option 4, guest bloggers.
Last year, I took a vacation from my blog - not by choice - we were camping in a remote place in Maine and there was no Internet access! This year I'll be with family at the beach and to a wedding in the midwest. I'll have Internet access (possibly even broadband if I can figure out how to turn my new Treo with EVDO into a modem).
During my recent work trip, I finally met Millie Garfield who is blogging at the age 80 plus. (It must help that Steve Garfield is her son.) It's a great example of the intergenerational collaboration that Juanita Brown spoke about at NCDD.
So, if the Internet connection holds out, I might get a elder member of my extended family to be my guest blogger. After the write up in the Boston Globe about women bloggers (which included both me and Millie), my parents (in their 80s) sent an email saying, "This is all great, but what's a blog ..." Maybe the blogging will be about their learning what is a blog from real life experience. I might even try it on the VOX system where I scored a beta invite from Mena Trott during Blogher.
At blogher, I met Ryanne Hodson, read her kick-ass book on the way out to blogher, and got a brief video shooting lesson from Scoble, so I'm inspired to experiment a bit more with the medium. So, maybe this is be an intergenerational vlog.