Posts Tagged: social media

The Years of Silence

It has been 5 years, 6 months, and 22 days since I was hit with a large shockwave that blew me off my daily blogging perch. I have struggled time and again during this past half a decade to resume a daily blogging practice to only have the silence over take my blog, my typing fingers, and more deeply my soul.

For many bloggers this past half a decade has been a time to leave their personal blogs for writing on their Twitter or Facebook or Medium or other social accounts. That has not been the case for me, as the silence has gone deeper: I quit Facebook in April 2012, I see no reason why I should write on Medium when I could write here, and my Tweeting has declined since 2011-2012 significantly.

No, the real problem that I have become silent. My whole world, internally and externally, has shrunk. And this is more than ok, it was necessary.

I have had one major cycle of quiet whole life silence in the past, where I withdrew into myself for a period of nearly four years. It was a time of reading, learning and conserving my energies before I jumped back out again.

I am not interested in discussing at length what happened in the past but finding a way forward from here. While I am not quite ready to be out and about yet, I am working steadily in the background; there are a number of background processes currently running of writing, thinking, and taking photos.

I am writing fiction stories to be published soon. And I am, also, thinking quite a bit on ideas and trends in technology and how people use it – whether I blog about it anytime soon remains to be seen. I continue to take and mostly post photos daily to Flickr and/or Instagram and/or here.

I don’t think the personal blog is dead. This one may be quiet and full of photos, but it is not dead and the background processes may very well come to the foreground soon.

Slides from my Mobile Photography session at Social Media Week Los Angeles

Wed 09.25.13 – Here are the slides from my Social Media Week LA presentation on Mobile Photography.
Master Class: Mobile Photography–Tips, Tools, and Future Opportunities

With the explosion of mobile devices worldwide, there is a connected camera phone in nearly every pocket, purse, or hand leading to billions of mobile photos taken in each year and over a billion images shared on Instagram.
Whether the mobile device is a 2 megapixel feature phone or a 41 megapixel smart camera phone, how do we improve our image taking for greatest impact? What tools are we using to share and connect with our photos right now? And what are the the opportunities and challenges to change the future with mobile photography?
This session will examine how to improve our mobile photography, the current tools, and the future opportunities for social media, creatives, brands, and developers.

Twitter, Some Recents Thoughts

Tom Hall, asked at the beginning of March,
How many Twitter follows is too many?

Not followers, but follows. The people who you are meant to be interested in.
I find myself more and more these days getting lost in Twitter trails of people I follow (a measly 361 at the time of writing), wishing I could stop, but pressing on in case I miss something. I got the junk food addiction.
So what’s the proper Twetiquette (sorry!) for ensuring you can have a life away from Twitter? ….


Reputation Online

A few weeks ago when I was in London, Vikki Chowney invited me to the Adams Street Members club for the launch of a new blog that she was involved with called Reputation Online.
I went along to the party to support Vikki and to see what the new venture was, curiosity frequently titillates this cat, but ended up being more than pleasantly surprised by the idea, conception, and execution of Reputation Online.
On my last Sunday in London, Vikki interviewed me for my opinions on how reputation, promotion, and PR differed between Los Angeles and London. As someone who has deep roots in the Los Angeles music scene and a decade plus of online content publishing, I have opinions on such things.
I think that folks wanting to conduct a good online campaign or who want increase their online reputation should take more than a few hints from the many and varied ways that folks conduct DIY music PR and promotion campaigns as much of ideas and techniques are transferable. Some of best PR and Internet Marketing folk I know are the ones who have come out of Indie and DIY music worlds, not the folks with bachelor’s degrees in Communication who have worked in corporate PR.
After spending time on the Reputation Online site, I applaud what Vikki and her team are up to and accomplishing. I love the dual OurViews (on the left) and YourViews (on the right), in which one can read the Reputation Online team’s interviews and analyses and then you can click on the “Contribute” menu item and write you own analysis or post on reputation, new media, et al.
The best part is that Reputation Online is not just for public relations professionals but for anyone, be they individual or company, who is interested in managing or growing their online reputation and presence.
Ms. Chowney and the folks at New Age Media, Bravo!

Tuttle Club, The Summer Outdoor Version

Tuttle Club, The Summer Outdoor Version
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95.

Fri 06.26.09 – This morning I had the most delightful time at the Tuttle Club London, which due to a music conference at the ICA was held on the deck of a cafe in St. James Park just across the Mall from the ICA. Being in the park, on a deck, surrounded by grass and trees on such a lovely, sunny morning was the most delightful summery thing I can think of doing in London. Esp. when said activity includes great conversations with like minded geeks.
I think the Tuttle Club LA (LB) needs to meet outside sometime this summer.