Event: London Bloggers

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 SpinvoxJames 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)
  • Tags
  • 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.

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