The “Independents Day @ SXSW”

The “Independents Day @ SXSW” panel (one of the three that are part of the ID track) that I’m moderating in March is coming together. Ev Williams and Dori Smith are new to the gang, joining Nick Finck and I. I’m really looking forward to this. It’ll be the first panel that I’ve ever been on. The scope of the panel isn’t entirely worked out yet but some of the things we’ll discuss (hopefully with a lot of audience participation) include: should independent sites rely on more than word of mouth promotion; what can an independent site do to create awareness about their project; and what happens when a site becomes wildly popular and the bandwidth bills come knocking — are there ways to sustain a site without alienating the site’s visitors and community?

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