Epiphanies of Building Online Community: The Ballpark

In the late '80's, I worked in minor league ballparks. Baseball was akin to a religion for me. I was in love with the game - and what the game produced. On the field AND off the field. While game time was a jazz, an empty ballpark was romantic. It was during this time my imaginosity would be heightened as we cleaned up yesterday's event and prepared for the next … [Read more...]

Is Schooling Interfering with Education (Videos)

Many classrooms are still fact-pushing factories, in both practice and design. Below, two videos take on this point: one geared towards classrooms, another comparing public schools and public libraries. First, Scott McLeod shares this video, An Open Letter to Educators: Second, this from two years ago (!!), Public Schools vs. Public Libraries So, with two years … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Blog Like a Farmer

Reposted from May 2006 (with minor edits) I've always had great respect for farmers. They live life with a do-whatever-it-takes attitude. More than most, they understand the Law of the Harvest and the dangers of taking shortcuts. Blogs are like F.A.R.M.S. In workshops and working with new bloggers, I often use this along with an acronym. For instance, at the start of your … [Read more...]

IDLFO Talk Show on Hold

In light of recent personal developments, I've decided to discontinue my short-lived talk show on WorldWideLocalLive.com I believe there is still much potential there, and that publishing multi-media content (especially if able to capture and reproduce in various channels) is going to be a natural progression for those who have a desire to capture a larger and long-lasting … [Read more...]

Age of Conversation Keeps Getting Bigger, Better and Busy

The 3rd edition of Age of Conversation is upon us. The subtitle this time: It's Time to Get Busy.  I've been fortunate to been included in each of three issues, and still read and glean from the first two often. This year, all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Another great job by founding editors Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan (and to the support team … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Why It’s Okay to Miss the Bullseye

Reposted from November 2008In marketing, we hear a lot about target audience and get concerned whether we're hitting that target. I'll agree that we need to be aware of who we want to build relationships with most, but every relationship you build in social media can be valuable -- if building relationships and connections is what's important.Back in the day … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Wallflowers – Still an Important Piece of Conversation Space

Reposted from Sept 2008 Marcia Hersh recently ranted about feeling like a wallflower of the blogosphere anxious to get on the dance floor.  Well, Marcia - just by blogging - you're tripping the lights fantastic. It's my belief that wallflowers (and wallflower season) are an important part of the conversphere (the online conversation space). A couple of years ago, I asked (and … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Can I Read Your Blog Like a Book?

Reposted from January 2009I should be able to read you like a book.  At least I should be able to read your blog like a book.There are many similarities between blogs and books. In fact, some say you should write your blog more like a book than a journal (and I agree).I don't know about you, but when I go book shopping, there are certain things I do to … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Better Blog Engagement A-Z

Reposted from October 2008There's more to this thing called blogging than meets the untrained eye. Most folks start their blogging adventure from a soapbox, hoping someone will respond. But it takes more than a blogsite to engage in the conversphere.Here's my take on Blog Engagement A through Z:A) Analytics is more than one score- There is more than one … [Read more...]

Revisiting: Don’t Let the Door Knock You On Your Apathy

Reposted from January 2009I love a good passion. Give me hate. Give me love. Standing in the middle is what Kathy Sierra dubbed, "The Zone of Mediocrity" or what I call the Area of Apathy.There are some who still ride the fence about social media. They don't "get it" but they want to be "in it" - so they open … [Read more...]