Printed 2017/08/21 06:04PM

How To Live Blog an Event


As the euphoria of SQLBits X sadly begins to fade, I wanted to take a moment to share with you my experience of Live Blogging the keynote of Europe’s largest SQL Server conference.

To be honest this was not something that I had planned to do but when I received an email from Chris Webb (Blog|Twitter) inviting me to be part of the Blogging/Tweeting panel for SQLBits there was only ever going to be one answer, “absolutely”! To be given an opportunity to author magic alongside community champions such as the likes of Jamie Thomson (Blog|Twitter) and Jen Stirrup (Blog|Twitter) is a privilege. Not to mention the hoards of Twitterati also in attendance, needless to say it’s a bloggers Wrestlemania (i.e. a very BIG deal).

This was my first attempt at Live Blogging an event. I had certainly not expected it to be easy but I did underestimate just how tough it would actually be. I want to share with my fellow bloggers what I did to prepare and what I learned from the experience.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

In order to successfully Live Blog an event you absolutely have to bring your A game. There are no second chances when publishing content live. Of course your readers understand this and the odd little typo here and there is not going to cost you in a big way but it will still cost you. It’s all about being professional so make sure you are ready to deliver.

Weapon of Choice

To live blog an event you’re going to need a device or two to get the job done.

Monkey Wrench

Fortunately there are number of tools available to help the aspiring live blogger.

Further Reading

Fancy having a go at Live Blogging your next event or want to find out more. Take a look at some of these excellent resources.

There’s no doubt that Live Blogging an event is an incredible amount of fun and hard work but it’s something I would suggest every blogger try their hand at. Share your Live Blogging tips and experiences in the comments.

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