I’m pleased and more than a little relieved to pass on the news that the Moose will once again be loose next year, as the Northern Voice Personal Blogging and Social Media Conference will be back for its fifth year next February 20-21. Like some of the other organizers of years past, I have scaled back my involvement with the planning for this go-round, but happily there has been an infusion of new energy and inspiration, evidenced by the snazzy new design of the conference website.
I’ve always been proud of the contribution that educators have made to this event, both in terms of formal participation and the sheer mad party mojo, so I do hope you will not only attend but give some thought to a creative session proposal.
My good feelings about Northern Voice are tempered by news of the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan (aka Hoder). He was on a panel I moderated at the first Northern Voice in 2005. There isn’t much known for certain about the circumstances of his imprisonment, but suffice it to say that I am hoping for his safety and immediate release.