We can give Blogging 101 and Wiki 101 every single year for the next 5 years

Tris writes about controversy coming from Debbie Weil:

Somehow I don't think Debbie intended to start an international firestorm when she came to support me at my Mesh Blogging 101 workshop.  She posted right away and mentioned that she was surprised some of the questions, that they were similar to the questions we fielded a couple years ago.

I saw that she posted and left a comment.  Look I spent most of the day hanging out with Debbie including post-conference dinner, she really, really didn't mean it like it came out.  She edited that post and came out with another soon after.

All of this got the attention of BusinessWeek's Blogspotting blog, oh dear.

One of the phrases from Debbie was "Interesting, though, that they're such close neighbors and yet the "mind set" and knowledge level about blogging is a beat or two behind.". So, I was *at* most of the blogging conferences in the US two years ago. Specifically, early 2004, Will Pate and I and a ton of other Canadian folks descended on the Business Blogging Conference in Seattle. I seem to remember Debbie saying a rather naive comment at the time...

In any case, blogging and wikis are not mainstream in Corporate North America. I don't know how long it will take, but I suspect we can give Blogging 101 and Wiki 101 courses for the next 5 years at least. At this point, these tools can be a real competitive advantage if companies invest in learning about them now.

Mesh was good. In part (I'll admit it) surprisingly so. The organizers did a great job of mixing the tribes, and I think both sides benefited from it.