Tonight I attended a gathering of a number of bloggers from here in Knoxville and the surrounding area at Calhoun’s on Kingston Pike. Glenn Reynolds was kind enough to post links to the blogs of those in attendance. The affair was surprisingly well-attended as we overran the table set aside for the fifteen that the instigator, Rich Hailey, had told them to expect, so I’d guess there were at least 25 or more folks there. It was a very civil gathering, I thought, despite the fact that a group of that size represented almost every variation of political, social and cultural perspective imaginable. I’m pleased to have met them, and I’ve added each of their blogs to my bookmarks so that I can read them periodically and learn more about them and their respective points of view as time goes on.
I had the pleasure of dining between Dr. Helen Smith, a.k.a. Mrs. Glenn Reynolds, on the one side and Ms. Lissa Kay, with whom I worked at ClientLogic a while back, on the other. In the two hours and forty-five minutes the group spent together we made cultured conversation and behaved quite respectably. Quite an achievement, if you ask me, for a group of such potentially disruptive forces in the community. Blogging, it seems, is alive and thriving well in Knoxville. Who would have imagined?
Update: Cathy McCaughan posted pictures of the event here.