In 2010, a trio of bloggers organized Blog Bash in an effort to provide a free meal for bloggers venturing to Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Six years later, Blog Bash has evolved into one of the most anticipated events surrounding the conference.
Still Going Strong in 2015
On February 26, 2015, Blog Bash will return to National Harbor, Md. The 2015 event will bring some exciting changes that we look forward to unveiling in the coming days — including a new location for Blog Bash and a theme for the evening, which is a subject close to the hearts of all who blog.
However, Blog Bash will still be the same great celebration and networking event that recognizes the hard work of bloggers and those who support work of the conservative blogosphere.
Still Organized by Bloggers for Bloggers
Blog Bash also remains a volunteer-driven event organized for bloggers by bloggers. Original Blog Bash co-founders, Melissa Clouthier and Ali Akbar, return this year as hosts. They are joined by two of 2014′s hosts — Julie Germany and Erik Telford — to help plan the festivities. Long-time Blog Bash volunteer and attendee, Adrienne Royer, will serve as the director. She’s been the one hovering in the background for the past few years holding a clipboard and drink tickets.
You won’t want to miss the annual blogger family reunion so make sure to save the date for the evening of Thursday, February 26, 2015!
In the mid-nineties I was lucky enough to be present and help out with the beginnings of the online conservative movement, but wasn’t able to continue with it for various reasons. Three years ago, when I found out the Blog Bash organizers needed a DJ, I jumped at the chance, because I knew firsthand all the slings and arrows bloggers take, and I wanetd to be able to give something back to them for all the hard work they do with my new business. It was an honor to finally meet people like Ed Morrissey, Michelle Malkin, and Mary Katherine Ham.
The next year, when I DJed the 2011 Blog Bash, I was able to help the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part I set up to show their movie previews. Working with them was fascinating and gave me some opportunities I would not otherwise have had.
For last year’s event, after I learned Andrew Breitbart was going to be attending, I was inspired to play the alternative-eighties music that he was known to enjoy (and who doesn’t love eighties music, anyway?) Sure enough, in the middle of the party Andrew noticed what I had been spinning and came up to the DJ booth to talk music. What fun it was to talk about something with Andrew that he was so passionate about! He mentioned that in another life he would have loved to be a DJ and told me a story about a New Order concert he once attended. I played “Crystal” for him by request. That conversation was a highlight of my life, and I wish he was going to be with us in person this year.
Also, we had the great guys with Madison Rising perform. I was happy to help them with their sound too. If you haven’t heard their music, I really encourage you to check them out!
I DJ for weddings, all kinds of parties and events, and even karaoke in the Washington, DC area. I play all genres of music, but have an affinity for eighties and lounge music. Please contact me so that I can help make your event fun and a big success! And come to me at Blog Bash and say hi!
The last time many of his friends saw Andrew Breitbart was at Blog Bash 2012, where he accepted the “Changing the Narrative” award for his outstanding work in new media. This was one of his last public appearances before his untimely death, and he left bloggers and those for whom he had paved the road to new media with some encouragement that they won’t soon forget. Below is never-before-seen footage of Andrew at Blog Bash 2012.
Remember Brett Kimberlin? The hack who has threatened multiple people and families in the conservative movement and has destroyed so many lives? Well, he’s back, folks. This time, he and his gang of evil conspirators are threatening Blog Bash and the bloggers who will attend. The Blog Bash staff have been monitoring online chatter from Kimberlin and his buddy Neal Rauhauser for weeks; they’ve tried hacking into personal Twitter and Facebook accounts and are determined to stop Blog Bash from happening. Yesterday, the venue received a call from a man named “Neal.” Here’s a bit from a piece Ali wrote earlier today:
He called to gather information about Blog Bash, knowing that all of us will be in one room for the first time ever. He tried scaring them. This is harassment and nothing short of a threat.
Brett Kimberlin is dangerous and we’re taking the threat seriously. His nexus is directly attacking our First Amendment rights — the ability to peacefully assemble and speak the truth.
They’re trying to put pressure on our venue to drop the largest gathering of center-right bloggers and our allies. The work we all do as bloggers is groundbreaking.
You can read the rest of his article here. 7 days until Blog Bash, where we’ll continue to defy Brett Kimberlin and his cronies by continuing to make an enormous impact on Washington, the media, and the country. These threats won’t stop the good work bloggers are doing. We’re living out Winston Churchill’s famous words when he said:
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
James O’Keefe’s organization, Project Veritas, which is responsible for such feats as discovering abuses in ACORN that resulted in their federal defunding, has gone undercover once again; this time, they’ve tackled the issue of gun control. Asking police officers in New York what to do in the “couple minutes” between when you call 911 and the police arrive, a majority of officers replied: “You’re on your own.” Firearms, apparently, have gone out of style in New York; “make a lot of noise,” and “lock yourself in a bedroom and call us” seemed to be common responses to the reporter’s question. Of, of course, if those fail you, “some people have a dog.”
After Vice-President Biden advised people to “go buy a shotgun” rather than an “assault weapon,” and then proceed to stand out on their balconies and “fire off a couple rounds,” the reporter called the New York City License Division’s Rifle and Shotgun Section to ask some questions about the VP’s advice. “That would be a menace,” the operator replied to a question regarding whether it would be acceptable to follow Biden’s advice and “fire off” a couple shots on the balcony. “You’ll be arrested.”
The largest center-right invitation-only party at CPAC is filling up fast– that #darnfirecode restricts the attendees to a certain number. Hundreds of credentials for Blog Bash have been given to CPAC media-credential-approved bloggers. Today is the last day that you can apply for your Blog Bash credentials; if you are approved for media credentials at CPAC and you haven’t applied for Blog Bash, make sure you do so today!
Click here to apply for Blog Bash credentials. Do it quick, before the link magically disappears.
Countless hours have been put into planning the biggest party at CPAC; individuals from all over the country are working together to make it a success and ensure that bloggers have a jammin’ time. Here’s your chance to take a look “behind the scenes” and recognize the staff of this year’s event.
Bill Murphy, 2013 Director
Adrienne Royer, Communications Director
Abby Alger, Operations Manager
Elyssa Giordano, Media Relations Coordinator
Jeff Duntez, Blogger Relations Coordinator
Bethany Bowra, Website Coordinator
Madeleine McAulay, Social Media Coordinator
John Eakin, Registration Coordinator
Emily Zanotti Skyles, Community Outreach Consultant
“From experienced communication veterans to youthful emerging leaders, each of them are dedicating tireless hours to ensure that bloggers have the most memorable experience at the unofficial kick-off event of CPAC.”
Blog Bash is pleased to announce that Virginia Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte will be attending this year’s event.
Chairman Goodlatte had this to say about attending Blog Bash: “I am proud to support the ever-growing movement of citizen journalists. These are people who have dedicated their time and money to shedding light on truth during a time when investigative journalism is being pushed to the wayside by a media culture too often driven by the ‘gotcha-question.’ I look forward to meeting the bloggers at Blog Bash who daily swim against the current.”
“This is a guy who thinks about things bloggers are thinking about,” said Ali A. Akbar, President of National Bloggers Club.
Chairman Goodlatte joins a growing list of featured guests, including Katie Pavlich, Rep. Tom Price, Anita Moncrief, Brandon Darby, Dana Loesch, and more.
Tea Party News Network is leading an effort to raise $75,000 to provide free internet access for CPAC attendees. Rumors were floating that attendees would be faced with the choice of having no internet access during the conference or paying a fee of $250 to access the internet over the three-day conference.
“The venue change has provided great anxiety for everyone, and bloggers not having free or affordable WiFi would have proved to be nothing short of a disaster. Activists from across the country who rely on these citizen journalists would have had less coverage of the largest gathering of conservatives at a time when we are all calling on more communication, not less,” said Ali A. Akbar, President of the National Bloggers Club.
This is a huge relief to bloggers and members of the National Bloggers Club, who have been approaching us to ask for a solution. A huge thank-you goes out to Tea Party News Network for spearheading this effort to lend a hand to the thousands of bloggers that attend CPAC every year; paying $250 for internet access is just a wee bit out of most bloggers’ budgets, and this will lift that burden from them.
For security reasons, in order to be admitted to Blog Bash, you will be required to have your application to attend confirmed, be on the RSVP list, and you MUST have your Photo ID ready for identification.
Failure to adhere to this policy will result in you being turned away at the door by security... and that would be seriously embarrassing.