Digital Renaissance Man

Posted by Connie Reece on October 31, 2020 at 10:44 pm

A group of us were gathered in the downtown San Marcos, Texas, home of online media entrepreneur Scott Gregson, following the successful Blogtoberfest 07. Laura Fitton and Chris Brogan had flown in for the day from Boston to participate in the event. John Moore of Brand Autopsy fame spoke. My business partner, Connie Reece, was there with her pink boa. And then there was whurley. He put social media, current trends, technology and its impact on people, all into perspective.

whurleyevilgeniusthumbnail.jpgwhurley is a person. whurley is a brand. whurley is a philanthropist. whurley is an open source software expert of world reknown. whurley rides a skateboard, or more accurately, a long board. Now late in the evening, whurley was playing guitar.

When I went over to get a better listen, I recognized Queensrhyche’s Silent Lucidity, and he was playing it pretty well. Everyone around him, especially Chris Brogan, was singing along. Chris was holding a laptop with the lyrics pulled up from a favorite site. I’m pretty sure it was Mac. It was the kind of after-party I’d been to in plenty of green rooms, with plenty of rock groups in my earlier days. The mood was similar, just decidedly more digital.

Brad Rollins, the newly selected Managing Editor of, an online news platform, asked if whurley, Will Hurley to the non-digitized, was some kind of latter day renaissance man? I didn’t think of it then, but later it came to me. Yes, he is. whurley is a digital renaissance man.

Recently, whurley told me that he is involved with Mark Warr and the Warr Guitar. While his being chief architect for open source for a major software company is impressive, this, like his guitar playing, really caught my attention. You have to check this out. I have this feeling that, before long, we’ll be seeing a whurley Warr Guitar performance in person. Maybe it’ll be in San Marcos, maybe in Austin, the city Scott Gregson refers to as a suburb of San Marcos, or maybe it’ll be in a city near you.

Look for our digital renaissance man to be right in the middle of it, wherever it is, whatever it is.

~Mike Chapman

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Media Snacks, Part 2

Posted by Connie Reece on October 28, 2020 at 9:54 pm

Yesterday I posted an update to my post, Got the Munchies? Have a Media Snack. I tagged Drew McLellan after the fact, when I discovered his recent post about providing a steady stream of snack-sized messages.

Now I’m tagging yet another person-one who, I’m sure, will make an interesting contribution on the topic-Valeria Maltoni, the Conversation Agent.

Drew and Valeria are two marketing conversationalists on my drastically shortened list of RSS feeds. They make me think.

And this topic made me think. When it comes to media consumption, are we becoming a snack culture? If so, how do we respond? Chris Webb has previously written about the Snack Culture and its effect on his industry, publishing.

I look forward to Drew and Valeria continuing the conversation … and how about you? What’s your take on media snackers?

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Got the Munchies? Have a Media Snack

Posted by Connie Reece on October 25, 2020 at 4:02 pm

A new new media friend, Connie Bensen, tagged me on a meme started by one of my favorite bloggers, Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang.

Jeremiah posed the original question: Do you respect media snackers? And he defined them as “folks who consume small bits of information, data or entertainment when, where, and how they want. If you want to be part of their lives you’ve got to respect them.”

Here’s my response, in the form of … a media snack.

(Note: RSS readers may need to click through to the blog to listen to the audio file.)

As mentioned in the audio, I am tagging the following bloggers: Jim Long and Geoff Livingston from Washington, D.C.; Lee Hopkins and John Johnston from “down under” in Australia; and two of the younger generation of PR practitioners, Paull Young and Kait Swanson.

Watch for their responses. And here’s your chance to answer the question — in the comments. Are you a consumer of media snacks? Do you cater to media snackers on your blog or podcast?

UPDATE 10-27-07 I am tagging Drew McLellan after the fact. I’m behind on feed reading (even with my RSS diet) and just discovered his recent post about providing a steady stream of snack-sized messages.

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Video Invitation to Social Media Workshop

Posted by Connie Reece on October 20, 2020 at 9:09 pm

Kelley Burrus aimed her new Flip video camera at me and recorded this video invitation to the upcoming Social Media Workshop at DELL. Now, if two novices can shoot a video, upload it to YouTube, then embed it on a blog … well, why aren’t you using video on your site?

That’s just one of the many things we’ll be discussing at the day-long workshop. Take advantage of the early registration pricing, and don’t forget that you can take an extra $50 off just by using CONNIE as the discount code when you register.

Starting the Conversation: A Social Media Workshop
Dell Campus ~ Austin, TX ~ November 6 ~ 8:30 to 5:30

$299 Regular price

$199 Early registration price (through Oct. 29)

$50 additional discount (CONNIE)

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Social Media Workshop in Austin Nov. 6

Posted by Connie Reece on October 16, 2020 at 11:15 am

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Dell Campus ~ Austin, TX ~ November 6 ~ 8:30 to 5:30

Many thanks to the folks at Dell for sponsoring our upcoming Social Media Workshop on November 6. I’ll be privileged to join keynoter Shel Israel, coauthor of Naked Conversations, Social Media Club co-founder and thought leader Chris Heuer, and PR/social media measurement pro Kami Huyse as presenters for this day-long workshop, which will explore how businesses can implement a social media marketing program to initiate conversations and build relationships with customers.

A quick look at the agenda shows that the day will be filled with valuable information plus interaction. The agenda will be tailored to the attendees’ needs, so if you have a specific topic you would like to see covered, let us know when you register and we will try to include it in the program or answer your questions during the breaks.

We’ve also announced special pricing for the Austin event: the regular price of $299 will be discounted to $199 if you register by Friday, October 26. If you’re a member of Social Media Club at the professional, business or corporate level, the price is just $149.

UPDATE: Early registration discount extended through Monday, October 29. Don’t delay!
But wait, there’s more! :)

Use the discount code CONNIE for an additional $50 off when you register online. (Hey, it pays to know the woman in the hot pink boa!)

This event, which will be held at Dell’s HQ campus in Round Rock (just north of Austin), will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Austin this year. In addition to the presenters mentioned above, Lionel Menchaca and the Dell Digital Media team will be on hand to share their experiences in implementing social media strategies.

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A Cause Worth Joining: Stand Up, Speak Out

Posted by Connie Reece on October 10, 2020 at 12:42 am

When my friend, the “evil genius” Will Hurley, aka whurley, called today and asked me to conspire with him on a monumental plan, I confess I was intrigued. And when he explained what it was, and said it was time to quit talking and do something to fight poverty, it was easy for me to agree.

Here’s the question: could you live on $2 a day? The fact is that over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day, with nearly half the world’s population (2.8 billion) living on less than $2 a day.

Please watch the one-minute video and leave a comment saying that you’ll join us on Oct. 16-17 to Stand Up, Speak Out. Better yet, take this material and write your own post; include a trackback to let me know you’re helping out.

“Stand Up, Speak Out” calls for people of the world to hold their leaders accountable, to foster knowledge and understanding of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to propagate global grassroots participation that positively impacts the decisions of world leaders. This is not about raising money; it’s about raising awareness.

How can I help, you ask? First, spread the word! The UN’s looking for some buzz about the event itself. I’m calling all Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and blogosphere friends and friends of friends to fire up their keyboards. Get posting, poking, and writing on walls. We’re on a tight schedule — you’ve got seven days.

If you get bogged down in legal mumbo-jumbo, whurley has given permission to reuse his content. (That’s what I’ve done here.) Just please give credit as needed. In addition to blogging:

1. Add the “Stand Up, Speak Out” campaign on Twitter
2. Add the “Stand Up, Speak Out” banner (created by Colin Grigson) to your Web site. Just cut and paste it into your home page or template directly before the tag. (Get the banner code here.)

Now, on to the actual day. There are three ways to get your hands dirty on Oct. 17, 2007:

  • Organize a local “Stand Up” event
  • Attend a pre-existing event in your area
  • Visit the Web site ( and participate in a “virtual” Stand Up

So, you might ask, why are we only spreading awareness by standing up? Love or hate the UN, we can all agree this is a great cause. I love the idea but was left wondering, what happens once everyone stands up? After all, the name ain’t Stand Up — it’s Stand Up, Speak Out. So where’s the speaking out? UN? Anyone? If we’re all going to raise awareness, shouldn’t we take this opportunity to actually make a difference? Can we finally follow through and actually speak out?

So here’s my idea. We create a BarCamp-like event in communities around the globe where groups can meet for the stand up and then make with the talking and have an open discussion/brainstorm session about improving conditions in their locale. In fact, I am one step ahead of you; I already put up the site. So go to the wiki. Add your local BarCampSpeakOut and/or Stand Up. Add your own ideas. Get things going in the comments on this post. I’ll make sure they’re added right away.

What are you still sitting there for? Get to cutting, pasting, and linking.

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BlogOrlando: Session Notes

Posted by Connie Reece on October 2, 2020 at 1:25 am


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Session Notes

Here is a PDF file of my notes from the session I facilitated at BlogOrlando this past weekend. Thank you to all who attended and participated — I enjoyed the dialogue.

I can’t say enough great things about Josh Hallett and the team of volunteers and sponsors who put together this truly outstanding event. It was a privilege to be tapped to lead one of the sessions.

If you have any questions about the session notes, please leave a comment and I’ll answer in the comments or create a new post to address them.

PDF: BlogOrlando Session Notes-Connie Reece

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