It is nine more days to Pesta Blogger 2007 at Blitz Megaplex and the Indonesian blogosphere is buzzing with anticipation.Response for the gathering, Indonesia’s first national gathering of bloggers, has been so overwhelming that the Steering Committee is now planning for double the number of participants from its original plan of 200.
According to Steering Committee Chairman Enda Nasution bloggers from cities other than Jakarta are planning to send teams to the gathering. So far the 100 free places have been snapped up and is oversubscribed by more than 3 times – 358 applications, to be exact.Some bloggers, such as Aristanto and Thomas Arie Setiawan are just chuffed that they’ve received their passes to go to Pesta Blogger.
With the extra capacity of Blitz, the Steering Committee is now allocating about 200 places for representatives of blogging communities from the provinces, 50 places for the media, 30 places for sponsors(XL Business Solutions, Microsoft and Nokia), media partners (Jakarta Post, Koran Tempo and Kompas Cyber Media), well wishers and contributors, as well as another 15 spaces for group discussion leaders.
In an attempt to prevent disappointment from turned away bloggers at the door, the Committee is also allocating 100 places for those who show up on the day but who have not been registered. They can come in by paying Rp 100,000 to cover the costs of food and venue.
The Pesta Blogger now looks to be shaping up to be a much bigger event that most of us thought it would be, thanks to the sponsors and partners, as well as all those who chipped in to help.