The long and winding road…

Most likely because I’m heading to Boston this weekend for PodCamp Boston (5!) – and PodCamp Philly the weekend after – but I’m finding myself caught up in daydreaming memories of old friends.  Not old friends as in “I don’t talk to them any longer” but old friends that have stayed in the circle and grown limbs and branches and roots.  My life took a hockey stick turn upward in 2004 when I ‘found’ podcasting, and over six years later that community still inspires me even if we have grown and spread out.

Any amount of digging online will show that I’ve been involved in online ‘new media’ communities in full force since 1996 – even farther back if you count crazy dial up modem BBS, IRQ channels, and Lord help me – Prodigy and CompuServe groups.  Podcasting – even above blogging – holds a sweet spot in my heart as (even if I don’t normally like to admit it) I was an integral part in its formation.  I vividly remember a time where podcasting and new media and ‘radio on the Internet’ was not just unknown, but really rebellious.  We felt like pirate radio broadcasters, and when we found another podcaster or ‘podsafe musician’ we brought them into the fold and promoted the hell out of them.  It was our secret society.  We created our own celebrities.  Above all else, we looked out for each other, helped each other and learned from each other.  We were our own fans and our own support system.  Geeks were just coming into fashion and we relished the idea of becoming bigger and greater than anything that had come before.

We succeeded.  Maybe too much. [Read more…]

Channeling My Rockstar Mojo

Last night, through the connection of 3 pixels of separation, I attended a talk from Geno Church from Brains On Fire fame, hosted by New Jersey Communications, Advertising, and Marketing Association (NJCAMA).  I think it may have changed my life.  It sure as hell changed my outlook.

As my story goes, one of the very first friends I had in new media (when we still called it ‘new’ and not ‘social’) is Steve Lubetkin from Professional Podcasts / Lubetkin Communications (@PodcastSteve to all ‘in the know’).  Steve and I met one evening for the very first time at a coffee shop in New Brunswick at the first meeting of New Jersey Podcasters Association in 2005.  I feel that this history is needed here as it just goes to show the long tail of relationships, life, and business.  I value his opinion and trust what he says.

Yesterday when I randomly saw a message from Steve on Twitter saying he was going to be at a coffee shop local to me, I looked to see why he was in town and discovered he was attending a talk titled “People are the Killer App: Lessons Learned in Building Word of Mouth Movements.”  Interesting, right up my alley, but I have never heard of Geno or his blog / firm.  No surprise there, I don’t quite move in the marketing and advertising circles, and had never heard of NJCAMA either.  I am actively trying to become more connected with their community, especially since my company is doing a significant amount of business in the agency and public relations areas.  Spur of the moment decision. If Steve was going, then it was interesting and worth my time.  I went.

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Fangirls & Bucket Lists

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my bucket list, and how I’m now 38 /falls off chair/ and how I am to the point in my life where I can start putting check marks next to things I’ve always wanted to do, or people I’ve always wanted to meet.  I have the usual stuff like ‘go to Europe’ on the list, but for me it’s more of connecting and meeting people as well as going to exotic places. I don’t get tongue tied if I meet a celebrity, I don’t scream and carry on at concerts, and I’m not a crazy groupie.  With exception. Quite a few of them.  Here are some of my more memorable moments… [Read more…]