Saturday, October 02, 2010

My Thoughts on Blogfest Asia 2010

Before I go on with my thoughts, I would also like to invite you to share yours and your experience if you are a participant of the Blogfest Asia 2010 event from 1st to 3rd October 2010.

After not being too impressed with the overall organizing of Blogfest Asia 2010, I have decided to "cut my losses" and stopped attending the rest of the event scheduled for today (Saturday) and Sunday. I was so excited about it (when I first signed up) that I even booked myself into one of the hotels that was publicized on its blog site to make use of its shuttle services so that I can fully maximize my participation. I checked out of the hotel this morning (after mulling over the decision to do so during and after the dinner at QEII last night).

I paid for one night's room at Hotel Royal Penang that also turned out to be terrible. I didn't bother to take pictures of the room. Why waste my energy and battery juice, right? Moldy sink, stained bath curtains, super old upholstery, so on and so forth. The smelly pillows were the last straw. So I slept without a pillow. Sigh...

To cut the long story short, there were so many communication gaps and holes to be plugged, the thought of the event stressed me out. I had to email the organizers a few times to plug those holes. The shuttle service and the seeking of clarification for the same was, in fact, the starting point of my stress.

Having said that, I'm sure the organizers are doing their best, but that is not good enough. If the reason is lack of experience, well, they should have consulted people who are experienced in organizing event such as this. Bloggers are communicators and naturally, the organizers themselves are bloggers so if there are so many "missing links," something is not right. But then again, you have good communicators and bad ones. In an event like this, there is nothing a well thought-out plan cannot fix or help mitigate any potential problems. That's what, event planning, is about, after all.

So at the end of the day, I think I made the right decision by not attending the rest of the event but to do something more productive. Once again, if you are one of the participants of the Blogfest Asia 2010 event, I invite you to share your thoughts and experience. All comments welcomed.

P/S: I like Guinness so I ordered one at the bar instead of taking the free Tiger Beer. QEII serves terrible Guinness that costs MYR27 a pint. Be warned.

Related Post:
Alice Teh meets Jo Lau (This is just about the only good outcome from the event because Jo and I had planned to meet there. We will be meeting again at the Joan Hon Book Talk on October 12. Do stay tuned for my interview with Ms Hon on that day!)