I was invited to speak to one of the Rotary Clubs in Great Falls this morning, and it was pretty fun. Despite being in the midst of a head cold, I was able to stumble my way through a brief discussion about “The Rise of Social Media.” The folks seemed pretty interested, asked good questions, and a few said that they have Facebook pages. There were even two Rotarians from Sacramento who joined in – they’re on a road trip to Glacier and just stopped in to mingle with fellow Rotarians – cool!
So I gave a little background on the start of blogging back in the late 90s/early 00s, talked a bit about the “name brand” bloggers (Instapundit, etc), the impact of 9/11 on the blogging community, and then moved into the emergence of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and such. I then highlighted some local blogs, and emphasized that successful blogs tend to be ones that are focused on a particular topic, such as photoblogging (Curtis, for example), civics and politics (ECW), community (mine!), or hobby (gardening via Amy, for instance).
I don’t know much about Rotarians – or any such fraternal order – but this description sounds pretty neat:
The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.
And speaking of having a cold: one of the most frustrating things about being sick is when you can’t smell or taste anything. It takes all the fun out of eating! BUT…how come I can STILL smell the cat food?