It's been really exciting to be a part of the planning for this...

The Lotusphere 2009 Blogger Program combines access to press conferences, key IBM executives, and one-time-only events designed to show bloggers a side of Lotus/Lotusphere they have never seen before.  Bloggers in the program will have special access to senior Lotus executives, an exclusive advance-look at some news items, early access to the exhibit hall, and of course lots of time to visit conference sessions and speak with customers and partners. There will be surprises along the way and lots of opportunities to network with IBMers and other attendees.
While we're not announcing the bloggers, they are certainly welcome to disclose their participation (and some of them have already).  As Erica Topolski said on the Lotusphere blog, it was definitely hard to narrow down our selections, both from within the Lotus community and in the larger blogosphere.  I think we've got a good mix coming in, and it will be interesting to see what their newly-minted "official blogger" status will do to bring more insight from Lotusphere to the world-at-large.  PlanetLotus.org, Twitter, and RSS feeds are going to be plenty busy, and I know it's going to be energizing and rewarding on both sides.

By the way, there are no IBM employees in the blogger program.  While many of us will obviously be blogging the show, this program is not about us.  I'll be there to watch, though, at some of these special sessions -- it should be really interesting.

Link: Lotusphere Blog: Introducing the Lotusphere Blogger Program >

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