FUDCon sponsored folks, take note(s).

Thanks not only to the auspices of Red Hat’s Community Architecture team but also to generous sponsors Google and Rackspace, the FUDCon Tempe planning team has been able to sponsor the travel of numerous community members to the event. For every person who’s able to travel to the event, there are always many more who aren’t. Whenever travelers are sponsored for an event, therefore, we ask them to repay that favor by helping spread information about it to the rest of the community.

If you’re being sponsored to come to FUDCon by getting help with travel fare and/or lodging, we would like to see you prepare one blog post per day about your experiences.

There are lots of ways to write a FUDCon blog entry. I know that the “daily journal” format is fairly popular, but you needn’t feel limited to producing a summary of what you did all day long. You could, for example, concentrate on one or two sessions or collaborations that were most important to you, describe what you learned, what you contributed, and (here’s the kicker!) what you intend to do in the future that connects to your FUDCon experience. Frankly, speaking as a reader, I find that type of blog to be very interesting and compelling to read.

But no matter what you choose to write about, it’s your choice. Make sure that a feed of Fedora related content from your blog is carried on the Fedora Planet, using the instructions found on our wiki page. Then make sure you tag or categorize your blog post so that it gets picked up by the Planet. (What’s that? You don’t have a blog? Never fear — visit the Fedora Blogs site and you can set one up.)

Published blogs are useful beyond just keeping the community current about FUDCon. They become part of news feeds beyond our community and can get other people interested in Fedora as well. So be descriptive and have fun with your blog entry — your readers will enjoy the time you put into it.

It’s great to be able to see so many contributors at the upcoming FUDCon Tempe event. I’m really excited about the opportunity to see old friends in a brand new venue. (It’s gonna be great not to be freezing!) But at the same time, I also want to make sure that we aren’t forgetting about all our community friends around the globe who won’t be in Tempe. Let’s all make a commitment to involve, inform, and inspire those who aren’t able to attend in person!