Jimmie Bise, Blog Bash 2012's Best in Show: Podcast award winner
Last year’s winner of the Best in Show: Podcast award gave me a detailed (and entertaining) interview regarding his feelings toward Blog Bash and bloggers in general.
– How did winning affect your blogging career?
Obviously, it allowed me to refer to “The Award-Winning Podcast, The Delivery”, which does open some pretty prestigious doors. For example…actually, I probably shouldn’t be telling you this but — what? It’s just between us? Well, okay. Shortly after I won the 2012 Blog Bash Best in Show: Podcast award, I was hustled into a limo, taken to a helicopter, and flown to an undisclosed location built by a company I seriously can not mention but whose name rhymes with “Maliburton”. There, I was sworn into the Republican Insiders and Notables Organization by William Kristol, one of the Koch Brothers (I don’t remember which one. Probably Shemp), and the ghost of William F Buckley, Jr. We sipped on wine made from Chris Matthews’ tears, left over from the 2010 election, and snacked on canapés served by homeless orphans. And the membership has some pretty sweet perks: great seats at CPAC, head of the Senate Cafeteria line privileges on Taco Tuesdays, Jiffy Lube has to service my vehicle in 12 minutes or less or the entire staff is taken away in the middle of the night and shot, and I get the RNC to handle my digital marketing needs. Pretty sweet, really.
Aside from that, the award meant a great deal to me personally. It affirmed that people I respect listen to my show and think it’s pretty good. New Media can be an awfully lonely place sometimes. Feedback doesn’t flow in a steady stream. The Blog Bash award is a tangible sign that The Delivery kicks as…tail!
– How important are bloggers in the new media world?
Critical. Without bloggers, there is no new media. Early bloggers like Glenn Reynolds, Sean Hackbarth, Bruce McQuain, Jon Henke, and Dale Franks laid the groundwork on which new media has grown. Today, nearly every media outlet has at least one blog, as do most major companies and thousands of small businesses. Platforms like Twitter have sprung up that let anyone add their voices to a great, roiling public discussion that, 15 years ago, was held mostly in newsrooms and backrooms. New Media creators (and this includes not only bloggers, but podcasters, Tweeters, artists, and musicians) have helped topple governments, halted horrible legislation, forced corrupt public officials out of office, broken and/or redeemed reputations, and helped launch countless companies. New media matters and bloggers made that so.
– What has Blog Bash meant to you in the past?
Blog Bash is where I meet my friends in new media, some of whom I only ever get to see during Blog Bash. It puts the social in Social Media (Hey, how’s that for a tagline, huh? No charge. I give it to you as a give. I’m a giver). It’s also one of the rare times amateur (or mostly so) new media folks can mingle with professional writers, advisers, and politicians on an equal footing. That is a big deal, I think.
– What was your favorite part of Blog Bash?
The part where I won the 2012 Blog Bash Best in Show: Podcast award, of course. Oh, you mean besides the part where I became an award-winning podcaster? Right. Okay. Let me think…
Seriously, my favorite part of Blog Bash was as I left last year’s shindig and walked the few blocks to the Metro station to head home. I was exhausted. Like a lot of bloggers, I’m naturally an introvert. Being around big groups of people wears me out and, let me tell you, I was worn out. But I had the chance to think as I walked, about what had happened that day. I got to meet Andrew Breitbart (there’s a tale to be told later), I watched a room full of people honor their own without rancor or backbiting, I renewed valuable friendships, and met people for the first time who remain dear to me today. I felt like I was twenty feet tall and bulletproof and it’s a feeling that stuck with me for a while. I don’t think we can underestimate how much an effort like Blog Bash encourages people just like me. I don’t think we ever should.