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Just before I took off to Andalu­sia I got mail from Mihaela, ask­ing if I wanted to attend the World Blog­ging Forum 2009 in Roma­nia as a VIP guest. Yes of course! Flight and hotel room are already booked and I’m look­ing for­ward to a con­fer­ence a lot! The guest– and speaker-list con­tains a lot of pop­u­lar blog­gers who I’m glad to meet face to face, plus it’s the first time I’m going to visit Bucharest. The orga­niz­ers have invited the most suc­cess­ful blog­gers from 30 coun­tries to Roma­nia to dis­cuss the “ideas for a bet­ter dig­i­tal world”:

The most influ­en­tial blog­gers in the world: The event brings together some of the most influ­en­tial per­sons in the online media all around the world, in con­fer­ences and work­shops aim­ing to estab­lish clear para­me­ters of the devel­op­ment of the online media.

World Blogging Forum 2009

Of course this invi­ta­tion offers me a great chance to visit Bucharest for the first time — the orga­niz­ers are not only cov­er­ing all the cost, but they’ve put together a highly inter­est­ing sight­see­ing pro­gram. I’m also very curi­ous about the loca­tion: we will dis­cuss the future of blog­ging in the history-charged walls of the Roman­ian par­lia­ment build­ing. Top­ics include a wide range from “blogs and cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism” to “new media and renew­able energy”. Nat­u­rally, I feel most inclined to these three panels:

  1. How to Mon­e­tize Your Online Media
  2. The future for blog­ging – what’s next?
  3. Busi­ness and Cor­po­rate Blogging

A-List blog­gers from 30 countries

Meet me at the WBF!The list of blog­gers and speak­ers is con­stantly updated. There’s gonna be quite a mixed crowd: founders, activists, con­sul­tants, jour­nal­ists and gen­eral experts in the field of web affairs will dis­cuss dig­i­tal issues, and the all do have one thing in com­mon: a love affair with Word­Press and co. The list cur­rently includes (but is not lim­ited to) the fol­low­ing web personae:

Loïc Le Meur from USA: the founder of is one of the web world’s best-known experts. Busi­ness Week recently voted him one of the “25 most influ­en­tial peo­ple on the Web”

Ramon Stop­pe­len­burg from the Nether­lands: Ramon and I don’t just share the same year of birth. The mas­ter­mind behind also started his online pub­lish­ing career in 1998 and was voted “Inter­net Per­son­al­ity of the Year 2001″ by British Sun­day Times for his web-driven jour­neys all over the world:

Over 3,577 peo­ple from 72 coun­tries invited him over and from 2001 to 2003 he trav­elled through 18 coun­tries in total, vary­ing from Nor­way to South Africa and from Aus­tralia to Canada. In return for the offered hos­pi­tal­ity he received, he wrote exten­sive daily reports about his where­abouts, his hosts, their life and the cul­ture of the coun­try he was visiting.

Jakub Gór­nicki from Poland: Jakub is respon­si­ble for cor­po­rate devel­op­ment at and evan­ge­lizes the Pol­ish presentation-software start-up — Jakub didn’t have to con­vince me though, I’ve been using Prezi for over a year and me and my audi­ences still love the tool :mrgreen:

These good folks are just a select few — Dvorit Shar­gal, com­mu­nity man­ager and edi­tor from Israel, Andrea Vas­cel­lari, dig­i­tal strate­gist from Fin­land, Erkan Saka, social media researcher from Turkey, Emin Huseyn­zade, Barcamp-organizer from Azer­bai­jan, Wael Abbas, human rights activist from Egypt many more fab­u­lous guests from the inter­na­tional blo­gos­phere will par­tic­i­pate in the World Blog­ging Forum 2009. I’m not the only par­tic­i­pant with an Aus­trian pass­port btw: Helge is also on board.

For me per­son­ally, the event is a per­fect moti­va­tion to lever­age my Eng­lish blog — after all, inter­na­tional dia­logue is one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing facets of this ol’ blog­ging biz.

Par­tic­i­pate and/or spon­sor the WBF

WBF logoThe event is financed via spon­sor­ing part­ners (includ­ing the Roman­ian gov­ern­ment — thx, guys!). But with this illus­tri­ous round table spon­sor­ing and adver­tis­ing as well as send­ing staff to attend the con­fer­ence should be very inter­est­ing for many brands and cor­po­ra­tions (This is a “required course” for any social media offi­cer!). Take a look at the spon­sor­ship details — or if you con­sider trav­el­ling to Bucharest, check out the reg­is­tra­toin pages. Dif­fer­ent rates apply: cor­po­rate passes cost €500 each while pri­vate vis­i­tors pay €300 and blog­gers / “media folk” can apply for a free ride.

I’ll post live updates from the Roma­nia — mean­while, fol­low @wbfromania and keep up to date about the future of blog­ging. Gotta say this again: thanks a lot for the invi­ta­tion, I’ll do my best, worst or what­ever required to make us all have a cou­ple of unfor­get­table days!