I was unabashed about writing Who's Who in Northwest Indiana Blogging last week, and was humbled to get a ton of commenting and input. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, added more blogs to the list, and offered ideas and arguments. Remember I love a good argument.
After reading Joe Porter's Annoying Blog Practices post this week though I realized that at a minimum I've got to put some photos into these long winded posts. (I selfishly linked it to my political site)
First a quick review of where we've been:
- In 2007 there were very few bloggers in the region
- When twitter arrived there were only a few users and many were hit or miss
- Even facebook was pretty slow adoption here locally
- Chris Hedges began the process of really reaching out and encouraging bloggers to work together on link strategies and carnivals
- Golden Technologies hosted the first blogger meetup and has been a solid support for many start-ups
- Kathy Sipple returned from Detroit excited about the possibility of social media as a tool for small business and announced the first official tweetup in early 2009.
- The tweetup format has ebbed and flowed, sometimes fundraiser sometimes cocktail party. Thanks to Dave Woodson and Natfinn for building NWITweetup.com and those shockingly funny videos.
- Later in 2009 the #nwindiana stream really took off, with days approaching 1,000 tweets and a ton of actual engagement not just broadcasting
- Would love to see a social media inbound marketing conference in the region
- Are you going to Social Media Day today? Here's the announcement, all are welcome.
- Would love to see tweetups diversify with more activity in LaPorte and Lake Counties, although Porter County is the center of activity currently
- Would love to see a ton more blog content creation and engagement in comments and linking, we can all help each other herein
- As small businesses start using these tools we will all have to shift our focus to reflect the successes and challenges in real business use
- Would love to see regional awards, real ones not gamed by bots, for this area
- So far none of the schools are teaching anything that I know of, and shouldn't some of you be those teachers and trainers?
- My particular passion is politics, and local politicians are just starting to scratch the surface, I just wonder how much local government will change as it is opened to social media, video, and transparent search? Who will be the first to lead that charge?