SXSW Recap

04/04/2008 at 01:20 PM ET

SxswSome of you may remember that I was scheduled to speak at SxSW in Austin, TX a few weeks ago. My panel, Independent Success: Bloggers Who Made It, also included Jill Fehrenbacher Publisher/CEO of Inhabitat,Ken Fisher, Editor-in-Chief of Ars Technica,Monish Bhatia Executive Publisher of, and was moderated by Federated Media‘s Neil Chase.

Here are some photos that audience members took. I’m third from the right.



The audience.


Independent Success: Bloggers Who Made It
Tuesday, March 11th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room A
What makes a blog a success?Not the famous giant "here’s $100 million for your startup" kind ofsuccess, but a business that’s big enough to let the founders do whatthey intended, remain independent and provide great editorial qualityand strong communities online. Meet four publishers who’ve done justthat in diverse topic areas: Tech, Autos, Design, Celebrities. We’lldig into why they’re successful, pry secret tips out of them, hearabout their failures along the way and try to use their experiences tobuild a recipe for guaranteed success. Or at least a way to improve thechances. These four have been at it for years (two of them for a decadenow) so they’ve learned plenty of lessons.


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Karen Allen on

Good Morning,
As I was reading on the site about the SXSW festival I was excited as my daughter Abby Allen is in a movie that is showing there. She plays the daughter of John C. Reilly and Lili Taylor in “The Promotion” Hope you can check it out while you are there!
Thanks! – Karen

kara stephenson on

danielle. i am a faithful CBB reader and would love to come. please email me at with the details. hope that you have fun here austin is so amazing.

Jamie on

I would love to attend. Austin is a great city and SXSW is so fun.

nona on

They spelled out that blonde girl’s whole last name, and messed up yours? For shame!

Ash on

A friend of mine was asked to speak there this year for the second time (he wrote a popular book about web design).

Mike Miner on

Hey! Steve Paikin didn’t mention nothin’! It was me me me. Does the host ALWAYS have to get all the credit?

I really enjoyed that talk.