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Ning is my beat. When I'm not cultivating our customer community, I'm out enjoying a hike in the woods, a cycle through the urban forest, or something else entirely.
Looks like you all had fun. So many smiles are a sure sign of success! These tips couldn't have come at a better time for me as I'm about to start integrating an offline strategy to compliment my organization's social calendar. I think it's so worthwhile to meet up in person. One more tip: designate a photographer. Doesn't have to be a pro, but try to get pics of the gathering--makes the writeup that much better (as evidenced here). And if it becomes a monthly or annual event, you can start building the history. The illustrations will become priceless and can be used to attract future participation.
1 year, 11 months ago on 3 Things I Learned from Co-Organizing an Event: SoBeer Up Manila
@ginidietrich @TonyEscobar Definitely agree with this point. I know a few writers who resist getting sucked into debates because--unless there's a factual error--they prefer to let the original post stand on its own. I go both ways as I love to get to know and show my appreciation for reader-contributors.
2 years ago on Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments
I've been known to appreciate blog comment spam now and again; haven't been hit with flirtatious Facebook requests yet. Thanks for the fresh take! Still, spambots are insidious and it aches when they attack relentlessly, wreaking havoc on servers and challenging entire systems--taking precious engineering talent away from development. Difficult but necessary work to stay three steps ahead.
2 years ago on For the Love of Spam