The much anticipated (at least at this blog) Blog-Fest-West (BFW) took place in San Francisco last night and it was an unqualified success, if I do say so myself. Given that I was one of the organizers, along with fellow Pajamas Media folks Nina Yablok and Ed Driscoll, I'm not exactly an unbiased source. But if the stimulating conversation, happily noshing and imbibing guests, door prize (donated by Pajamas Media) winners, and the fact that we had to kick people out at the end of the night were any indication, it seems my enthusiasm is warranted.
Billed as "The Right Side of the Left Coast," the event was an opportunity for those with right-leaning politics here in California to enjoy some like minded company for a change. Even so, I'd have to say that it was a pretty eclectic crowd. No political litmus tests for us.
So, without further ado, here's a partial list of bloggers and other folks, in no particular order, who attended Blog-Fest-West:
Roger L. Simon
Thomas Lifson (American Thinker)
And Rightly So!
Right on the Left Coast
Dreams Into Lightning
Weakness With a Twist
Debra Blackstone (webmaster for Jack Cashill)
Aaron Thies (Ad Delivery Solutions)
The View From The Turret
Cranky Greg's View
Susan & Mike
Georgianne Fastaia (Bad Fish Studios)
Several members of the 910 Group Blog (The Center for Vigilant Freedom)
Several members of the 9/11Neocons
Member of the Liberal Hawks
And, of course, the humble hosts:
This listing only includes those with related blogs and/or websites. In total, we had around 45 people. If there's anyone I missed or if I've gotten any of my information wrong, please let me know (comment here or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can update the post.
And stay tuned for Blog-Fest-West Pt. II...
Update: Darren at Right on the Left Coast blogs on BFW and Bay Area traffic. Thanks to all those who drove (and flew) in from far and wide!
Update (8/20): Read Chanman's account of BFW (and more traffic) at Buckhorn Road.
Update II: Friend and partner in neocon crime, Jeremayakovka, has a great post on BFW, including pics, appropriately titled, Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Comes to San Francisco. And we made Asher's Morning Report at Dreams Into Lightning. Couldn't have done it without the help of both these fellas, not to mention the fabulous Georgianne!
Update (8/21): SanFransanity is Humbled By the Growing Intellectual Revolution Manifest at Blog-Fest-West (and notes that "Summer of Love" organizers are becoming aware of their irrelevance). BFW organizer Ed Driscoll chimes in with Saturday Night's All Right For Noshing. Pajamas Media links to this post and several others here.
Update (8/22): Gary Wolf over at Awol Civilization, an excellent blog I discovered via BFW, opines on his weekend in politically-correct San Francisco (including taking part in the politically-incorrect Blog-Fest-West).
Update (8/30): This is way after the fact, but I just discovered another BFW post, this time from Rex Mundi at The View From The Turret. And I have to agree, it was over too fast!