Cherishing the Old, Bringing in the New

Today was my first day as Executive Director of Coastal Sound Music. Good timing, great networking and a little bit of luck secured this contract and it provides me with the opportunity to once again work deeply with an arts organization. If you love choral music, I hope you’ll connect with us on Facebook and YouTube.

I am fortunate that my new appointment gives me the flexibility to continue my research, writing, teaching and consulting in social media. I’m still keenly interested in the changing ways we build online communities and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with my students at Douglas College, Simon Fraser University and Ridge Meadows College. I’ll also continue to work with a handful of private clients one-on-one and I look forward to celebrating their success.

There will be some changes around Beachcomber Communications. My plan is to simplify and consolidate my own efforts. I’ll keep you posted if I decided to do anything radical!

For me, the crux of social media has always been the people and the community they create. My new position at Coastal Sound Music is an amazing opportunity for me to contribute to something I believe in and enjoy. Singing in a group creates an instant community. I’ve been part of the organization as a singer, a volunteer and contractor for many years and I’m excited to start my leadership role today.

If you have a few minutes to spare, I invite you to watch the Coastal Sound Music Adult Choir singing A Blessing. This traditional song has a lovely message to start the New Year. (And , yes, that’s me in the back row on the right far right.)

WordCamp Victoria 2012

What  a treat to be invited to speak at WordCamp Victoria.  January 14th, 2012 will be my first WordCamp and I’m looking forward to geeking out with fellow WordPress enthusiasts at the University of Victoria. My pals Chris Burdge, Paul Holmes, Catherine Novak, Janis La Couvée, Raul Pacheco and George Plumley will be there along with a dozen other awesome experts. Will you be joining us?

My topic: Take Your BuddyPress Community from Blah to TA-DAH!
(Sorry about the rhyme. I’m trying to wean my alliteration habit and it’s manifesting as rhymes these days.)

Level: Intermediate

Description: Creating your own online community requires more effort than simply installing the BuddyPress plug-in. In this session, I will share six strategies to nurture a vibrant BuddyPress community from my book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creating a Social Network. From sparking great conversations to taking thing off-line, I’ll show you how to take your BuddyPress community from blah to TA-DAH using examples from successfully established communities.

I’m always looking for existing BuddyPress communities to showcase in my teaching. Feel free to invite me to visit your community in the comments.

Making W.A.V.E.S. in Social Networking

Dear readers,

With great delight, I announce the launch of my brand-new social media training program. It’s called Making W.A.V.E.S. in Social Networking . If you’ve ever struggled to connect with friends, fans or followers; wondered what to say to them or know that you’re using social media without a clear plan in place, this is the program for you. Join me at www.makingwavesinsocialnetworking.com to learn more.

Here’s to your success,