UPDATE March 13, 2014 — Today is a sad day. After many months of discussion, we are officially pulling the plug on the 5B conference. It has become obvious that there isn’t enough interest to justify the effort it takes to put on a conference like this.
Thanks to everyone for all of your input and help in the past two years that we did the conference. We would like to have some informal gatherings of bloggers/writers who truly believe in authentic blogging and we will leave this page up as a way to organize those meet ups.
October 13, 2013
First of all, we would like to thank you for supporting the 5B: Believers in Better Beer, Bites and Blogging Conference. Unfortunately, we only received a handful of panel proposals for the 2014 conference. After talking it over with our fellow conference planners, we have decided to skip 5B for 2014 and re-visit it in 2015.
In the past few months, at least two major blogging conferences have called it quits and another one has postponed until April (maybe). Plus, we just found out that another blogging conference is planning a Cincinnati version in late January of 2014. The market is definitely getting over saturated and, as Tom speculated, perhaps a blogging conference is beginning to make about as much sense as a Microsoft Word conference nowadays.
We thank you for all of your past support and welcome any suggestions on what we can do in the future with 5B or something similar.
Cheers and here’s to better beer!
Carla and Tom
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