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Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012
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Connecting - MN BLog Conf 2012

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Blogging for a purpose - how to create a diverse community that connects!

Blogging for a purpose - how to create a diverse community that connects!

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  • 1. ConnectingBlogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Why Blog? Make Connections but with who? Family & Friends? Like-Minded People? Diverse people?
  • 2. ConnectingBlogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Reasons to ConnectStrengthen Family or CommunityEmpower or Build CommunityCreate New Diverse Community Blog on Purpose (you can take that several ways at once)
  • 3. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community It’s not all about you.It’s just not that kind of party.
  • 4. ConnectingBlogging for a Strong & Diverse Community The Cause What are you trying to achieve? How do you advance your goal? Leadership = Passion + Truth
  • 5. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse CommunitySpinSucks.com Gini Dietrich ADCMinnesota.org Hussein Samatar
  • 6. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community (Not exactly in the same category of leadership, but it’s mine)Politics: Not just the games of elections & power1) The art & science of human interaction (eg, “Office Politics”, “Domestic Politics”)2) The operating system of a Democratic-Republic USA 5% 12% UK 21% Liberal 7% Canada 46% 56% Conservative 3% Australia 23% 9% Germany Moderate 18% Brasil Other
  • 7. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse CommunityBuilding a Diverse Community
  • 8. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community On ClevernessDao De Ching 45 。 静 大 大 大(Peter Merel translation) 胜 直 盈 成 躁 若 若 若Great perfection seems incomplete, , 屈 冲 缺But does not decay. 寒 , , ,Great abundance seems empty, 大 其 其 胜But does not fail. 巧 用 用 热 若 不 不Great truth seems contradictory, 。 拙 穷 弊Great cleverness seems stupid, 清 , 。 。Great eloquence seems awkward. 静 大 为 辩As spring overcomes the cold, 天 若And autumn overcomes the heat. 下 讷So calm and quiet overcome the world. 正 。
  • 9. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse CommunityDon’t Be Afraid of Being Wrong! A real leader listens – and can admit when they are wrong. A strong community builds when everyone has something to add. Sometimes, that’s schooling you.
  • 10. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Building Community The best writing is just like social activism: There is something for heart and arm and brain. Appeal to the heart with passion, Convince the brain with facts, Develop a strong course of action. Nothing builds community better than shared work!Stan Rogers
  • 11. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Connection Theory The Final Piece “Technology advances when all the bits and pieces are lying around and someone, anyone really, connects them in a way that is new and useful.” This is what Burke called “The Trigger Effect” And it works for much more than technology!James Burke (BBC)
  • 12. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community More Than Just Your Blog Reductionism: Breaking a system down to its individual components. Holism: Examining a system as a whole and observing its function. Connectionism: Observing how the components interact to make a whole. A successful blog is a connected blog, part of a greater whole. Functionally – through other social media Socially – across a diverse audience Philosophically – is part of a bigger movementPay more attention to the connections than to the pieces!
  • 13. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Building a Connected BlogUnderstand the Cause – More than just youLeadership – Passion and TruthDecency – Respect and HumilityUnderstand the Whole – More than your blogAnd make use of all forms of social media to build your audience!
  • 14. Connecting Blogging for a Strong & Diverse Community Summary Blogging, like all writing, can be a tool for empowerment. A crazy world in the throes of change needs leadership! Connect, especially with those you don’t agree with (you may be amazed what you learn!) Blog on Purpose – the rest will follow.John Steinbeck

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