Yesterday I went through a whirlwind of fun with Meetings Community Forum board in Google forums. I have been enjoying the new media space for the last couple of years. I am a closet nerd. Well not so closeted lately. Blogging (sorta) since 2003. I have been podcasting for the last 2 years: Barking Spider Ranch(podfaded), USP Talk(podfaded), NSheets(podfaded), PodShackRadio, KIVA.org to name a few I have been directly producing all for just fun. I also have been in second life after hearing Eric Rice and CC Chapman speak at the Podcast Academy at Yahoo. I also have been attending the Podcast expo and as many Podcamps, podcast Academy’s as possible. All the while having the best year EVER last year for Grass Shack Events & Media. We tripled our sales. Correlation? I don’t know….
So back to the whirlwind of fun yesterday. I really have enjoyed listening to Managing the Gray podcast. CC Chapman who does this podcast is quite an inspiration to me. He totally gets it and I wanna get it. So I am one of the MTG Sheep in he herd. CC and his company Crayon have a new marketing Meetup in Second life which I attend every Thursday at 6am. (yes its fricken early) I really enjoy listening in and being in the conversation. Because, that’s what it is all about the conversation! Talking to strangers. Don’t listen to what your parents said, talk to strangers! Build your brand! (CCisms) I decided I should start a Meetup in Second life in my office in Second Life for meeting planners and resources that put on meetinsg and conferences, experimental marketers etc. So I invited everyone on the meetings and events forum boards/ g-mail list in the MIM list and the newer MeCo list. I was immediately flamed for marketing. I also had several people stand up for me. Well the meetups have had a total of 6 people come (including friends who aren’t involved with meeting planning) I just thought this would be agreat forum to share ideas in a new fun way. Plus all the meetinsg and events going on in Second Life why wouldnt the RL meeting folks want to see what all the noise is about??? Well obviously some dont want to know.
I scheduled them for 8-9am Thursday mornings so I can attend the Crayonville meetup, go get some coffee and then be there for my meetings meetup. The few that did show I really enjoyed showing the meeting planners who did make it some of second life. We started at the Grass Shack then I took them to Crayon and showed them around. Then off to IBM and other spots of interest.
All in all I am amazed at the pushback from the forum boards. But it was so great to get all the emails and encouragement from the people who “get it”. It is so important to me to try new things – if it is a new way to present material for a conference, a new sort of scrim for staging to something like Second Life.
Sorry for the drawn out post. I would love to hear your comments. I also posted a new Podshackradio of me bantering about this a little. No interview this week. CC Chapman told me in an email that he would do an interview soon. I need to send him a voice comment for his show about all this hubub.