Archive for July, 2009

Making Sense of Blogging and Bloggers

Seth Godin once again hits the nail on it head on the topic of blogging and being a successful marketer. I’m paraphrasing him: “By blogging, you’re forcing yourself into part of the conversation…if you’re good, some people will read it, if you’re not, you’ll continue to blog more.” I like that – to be part of the conversation. (He was addressing an audience of entrepreneurs.)

Someone asked me recently if blogging is about old-fashioned or out-of-touch, and my answer was a definite “no”. If you have a blog as a CEO or business owner or consultant, you know the value of your blog. It’s not about tooting your own horn, it’s about sharing value and staying transparent with what you know. It’s about empowering others to think about issues that probably concern them equally if not more. 

On any issue we blog about in this space, I don’t believe we’re the only ones thinking about it, but I do believe we could possibly be the only ones who’re expressing those points-of-view at that moment in time. There’s magic to blogging, and you can only experience that magic by doing it.

They say for any successful project, 10% is the idea and 90% is the execution of the idea, and there’s much wisdom to it.

Check out Seth’s recent AMEX OPEN event with Tom Peters and Susan Sobbot.

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To Live is to Learn and to Give

Photo credit to Haribo's on Flickr.com

Photo credit to Haribo's on Flickr.com

I was reading up some SAMBA graduates’ experience today, and they made me pause. 

They brought back sweet memories of my high school years at UWC Atlantic College, where two hundred of us in their late teens were instilled with the possibilities of the sky and empowered to learn (like a sponge, soaking up all kinds of knowledge and experience available), do good work to benefit the community, support a myriad of charitable and political causes, and be the best of oneself. I don’t know how many educational institutions would call for the importance of such noble ideals in their curriculum, what I do know is that these ideals are very powerful and can induce the tears, laughters and feelings of joy, gratitude and fearlessness as they have from these SAMBA graduates.

Though armed with an eduation that focused on “calling”, I can’t say I’ve fulfilled even 50% of my calling yet. But until today, I’ve never stopped asking myself what my life goals are, plotting them out on a “roadmap” and taking baby steps one day at a time. I also take inventory of what and how I’ve achieved some of the goals and what I’d need to do tomorrow to achieve more. And in the process of doing so, I’d never forget to ask myself what I’m doing to give back—to others as well as the community and organizations I belong and am so blessed with.

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Calling all Tweeters- Are you a technocrat?!

Music Behaviors: Twitter users versus online non-tweeters

Check out Dave Rosenburg’s blog discussing new findings by the NPD Group that found Twitter users are more in tune (excuse that horrible pun!) with music, both online and off line, than non-users.

I knew I had to share it with my readers when he said this, “The underlying theme in this report is that Twitter users are slightly more connected–or perhaps more “always on” the Internet, and accordingly consume more music online. The disparity in data isn’t dramatic enough to suggest that Twitter users are completely technocrats, but it does suggest that there are low-cost ways to reach music consumers…”

Hmm…always connected, always on? I wonder if iPhone/Crackberry users also fall into this category? Are we surprised?

PS- For awesome workday tunes, log onto my favorite Pandora.com! Why not connect with me there too?