AAF Presentation: Facebook is a living room, Twitter is a cocktail party

Earlier this year, I was invited by the American Advertising Federation of Spokane to give one of the three speeches for their first-ever Pika Kucha style event. They modified the format slightly, asking for 20 slides for 30 seconds each and a presentation to go with them. I knew almost immediately what I wanted to talk about: a theory that I’d been working on for a while. Namely, what exactly the proper metaphor for many Read more…

When repetition isn’t respect: Why cross-posting is a counter-productive social strategy.

One of the things I love about working and living in social media all day, every day is that it’s a loose network of self-creating, self-moderating, communities of choice. Everyone who is on a social network chooses to be there. Reasons are their own, but the networks that make up “social media” build, thrive, and die on the emergence of community. This emergence is a big part of the power of social networks. Each one Read more…

Soulfire : Creative Snowballing

I don’t remember where I first met Christina Deubel – I am fairly certain it was at a Twitter meetup, where I first noticed another tall woman, and only after that realized that she was the artist I’d been admiring the works of online. Even if that wasn’t where it first was, her artwork is consistently amazing to me. She is not only an incredible artist, she is also an incredible person – wonderfully encouraging, Read more…

A Love Letter To My Pod

The word “family” has always been a flexible word. I happen to like the fact that “family” is very much a self-defined word, and every person has a slightly different context for it, but calling someone “family” is the near-universal language to share how important someone is in your life, and the details may be personal. As the oft-misquoted saying goes, blood is thicker than water, right? I’ve never been someone that fit easily into Read more…

Reading List: We Are All Our Own Works in Progress

I’ve been wracking my brain for the last week trying to figure out how to complete a poem. Right now, it’s about 10 lines long, and I have been keeping it in my “works in progress” folder. Whenever I get something new in that folder, I tend to obsess over it for a few days, trying all kinds of directions to try and “finish” the poem. That Works in Progress folder sometimes feels like it’s Read more…

The Power of Your Story

In a system where data-driven is the lifeblood of business, of corporations, of education, of communication, a story provides personalized color and context. It is less stripped-down, less numerically based and less “big picture important” than the data-driven approach. The story fills in the data that humanizes numbers. We are all a collection of labels — the things we identify as what makes us “us” — but those labels are nothing more than chapter headings. Read more…

Reading List: “No” Is A Complete Sentence

In my wanderings around the web, I often find myself in themes and topic areas that end up tying together in interesting ways. This is a compilation of the blogs, books, and reading around a particular topic and my thoughts connecting them. Photo by Ariel G on Flickr, via Creative Commons. A question of consent and self-determination The interplay between self-determination and consent culture has been on my mind, which has been playing out in Read more…

Playing Catch-Up With Slow Time

This house does not have “history” in that deep-time, thick sense that a house hundreds of years old has. It doesn’t ooze history out of its walls and have hidden nooks and crannies with generations of stories. What this house does have, though, is a history that we know, comparatively, well. We are the 4th owners of the home. The home was built and landscaped by an arborist, who placed all of the plant life Read more…

Spring’s Creative Destruction

When we moved in to this house last year, it was at the very tail end of fruit season, and we knew there was a lot of work to be done. Now that winter is pretty solidly shaken off, we’re getting the chance to really dig in and see what’s going on. And what we’ve found is – a lot more than we expected. There are a couple of groves of chokecherries that have grown Read more…