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Bananas!! Competition, Community and Banana 2 Blogger Conference


Ever notice how often API bloggers front-page links to their fellow bloggers? Why do that? Especially in light of topics overlapping?

Don't they worry about competition? Shouldn't they get more possessive about market share?

API bloggers know community doesn't work that way, and I believe that’s why they post links to fellow bloggers. For the variety of spin but also to support one another. Online, it’s not the scoop; it’s the spin. The more varied voices, the more the topics will be talked about. And the more voices, the more we’ll be heard.

The 2nd conference of API bloggers convenes this weekend in LA. Almost sold out and with sponsors attached, Banana has a venue for the third one already slated.

Steve Nguyen of Channel APA and Joz Joz Joz of 8asians along with the other organizers are savvy business people. But also work tirelessly to build the API community. And while it may not be unified on topics, including the moniker of the conference, it is unified in becoming a stronger community, online and off.

By virtue of that, who wouldn’t listen?

About The Author

Ken Choy

Ken Choy is a community organizer and filmmaker, and producer of Breaking the Bow. He is gay, green, and gluten free.

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