Yes, this blog has been quiet for a while – but I’ve been busy on Twitter (@jazspin), and I’ve been working on a number of exciting projects that truly exemplify the power and utility of the web. Watch this space. That said, it is has been nice getting out of the echo chamber for a while – there are plenty of amazing blogs out there, but there are also plenty that are bandwagon jumpers. Another testament to the fact that people respond to authentic voices both online and offline.
On a related note, I recently re-read the Cluetrain Manifesto (ten year anniversary edition). The first time I read it was online, sitting in my parent’s basement and probably signed into AOL chat talking with my friends and downloading music – it was 1999 and I was still in high school (yes, I was that much of a nerd even then). I would like to think I am perceptive enough to have fully grasped it at the time, but not so much. I did take away the knowledge that internet was going to change things forever, however, and that it was already making the world that much smaller and more connected. I also recognized the way that the web opens doors – a realization that I did not fully take advantage of until I started my first blog, an endeavor that led to a gig with AOL, and the rest is history (and fodder for archive.org).
Today, I work on the web, developing interactive campaigns and changing the way businesses operate. It has been an interesting road, to say the least. There are days when I think I have to drag people kicking and screaming into the 21st century and days when I am so inspired and excited I want to do some Tom Cruise style couch jumping. Fortunately, there are many, many more of the latter.
August 13, 2008
Maybe it is because August is vacation month for most of the world, but staying out of the blogging/new media echo chamber is pretty refreshing at the moment.
I think it is making me smarter more original.
July 14, 2008
June 25, 2008
I’ve written about Chris Guillebeau before, and he recently emailed me about his new ebook/manifesto with a textbook example of how marketing types/people with something to promote should approach bloggers (but of course he gets it, he has a blog of his own).
It is called A Brief Guide to World Domination: How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World *and other Modest Goals.
First of all, with a title like that, how could you not be interested? More seriously, it is a great and inspiring read, especially if you’ve been in a rut lately. I agree with much of his philosophy and ideas as well – I’d write more about them, but really, you owe it to yourself to go read it. Moreover, it is beautifully designed and laid out (and only 29 pages) – perfect for a break from work or a nice literary nightcap. So go check it out!
If you are an artist or writer with a blog or website (or thinking about creating one), check out his guest post on Problogger: 27 Thoughts On Blogging For The Artist. My favorite one is “If you’re thinking about SEO while writing your digital novel, you’re already screwed. Quit now.”
May 9, 2008
Global Voices Online has been one of my favorite sites for a while now. It is a nonprofit project that “seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.”
They translate and share posts written by wonderful bloggers from all the world – it is one of the most remarkable examples of citizen journalism on the web, in my opinion. The founders also started Global Voices Advocacy (which promotes free speech and defends bloggers from censorship) and Rising Voices (an outreach program that provides knowledge and resources to activists and citizen journalists in under-represented communities).
The purpose of this love-fest is to point out the upcoming GlobalVoices Summit being held in Budapest at the end of June. Now, I can only wish I was actually attending, but I’m sure it will be an amazing event – and that there will be lots of fantastic commentary on the conference blog. Here’s a quote from the site:
“The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008 will explore topics around the theme “Citizen Media and Citizenhood”, and address fundamental issues surrounding the actual and potential role of citizen media producers in the public life of the countries they live in. As the Internet and the increasing accessibility of citizen media tools offer growing numbers of people throughout the world the means to distribute information globally, how does this affect or change the ways in which people participate in public life? Can citizen media make people better citizens? How can citizen media help affect lasting social change?”
Personally, I believe that citizen media and blogging is incredibly important; after all, even the most intrepid reporter can’t cover everything, and besides, there is something very powerful about an individual or group telling their own story.