Hidden upstairs in West End pub (like an Victorian anarchist’s meeting in a Joseph Conrad story) is the monthly London Bloggers Meetup. The pub had an old world feel to it and still advertises Double Diamond beers (at least that’s what the in-pub signage said). Up the tight winding stairs and into a friendly room equipped with a plasma screen I felt like I had been transported back from the 1950s into the 21st century. I finally got to meet organiser and marketing expert Andy Bargery in person. There was more familiar attendees including Annie Mole, Rob Hinchcliffe and Spinvox‘ James Whatley.
New people I met included Improbulus who shared her emperical experience in developing a search engine-friendly blog with the rest of the group:
- Think about key words and make sure that they are in the post title and first paragraph of the posting
- Configure your domain so that your posting title is in the domain
- Include similes of words thoughout the copy (include language variation spellings like US and European English variants)
- Outbound links to high-authority sites
Improbulus also is a die-hard Psion 5 user, but I may have tempted her to shop around for a Nokia E90. Other people included Pete and Julius who blogs about event management. There were presentations from Commentag which helps sort and browse comments on a blog Wordcamp UK (which is in Birmingham) and M3: a location aware social network for mobile devices.