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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

All aboard the cluetrain

This should be fun. On Saturday at 1 p.m., blogger and VCAM producer Bill Simmon will be running a workshop with graphic designer and animator Gahlord Dewald (husband of 7D calendar writer Meghan Dewald). The event is part of the weekend's South End Art Hop. Their topic? Writes Bill in an email:

All Aboard the Cluetrain:
New Media & Web 2.0 For Artists and Businesses

Gahlord DeWald and Bill Simmon introduce newcomers to the world of blogging, podcasting and other forms of online self-expression and market-building. 

The world is getting very small. Our culture is experiencing a change no less significant than the Industrial Revolution. Through the internet, people are interacting with each other in totally new and exciting ways. The fields of economics, journalism, publishing and politics have all been fundamentally changed by people’s newfound ability to easily and cheaply reach large audiences through blogs, podcasts, Google, tagging, YouTube, eBay, Amazon, and countless other powerful online tools. Whether you are an artist, a business owner, an activist or just someone with something to say, understanding these “new media” is crucial to your message.

Graphic designer and animator Gahlord DeWald and award-winning blogger and filmmaker Bill Simmon will lead a discussion about web culture and the new media revolution, with an emphasis on specific ways you can use the net to build relationships with your audience or clientele. 

The workshop will be at Gahlord's studio (Thoughtfaucet) in the building on the corner of Howard and Pine streets (4 Howard St. -- Art Hop location #12).

Cool. Too bad I won't be there. My parents are closing on their house on Friday, and I'm headed home to Michigan to say goodbye to the house where I grew up. But maybe we can repeat or continue this discussion at the blogger meetup next month?

September 6, 2006 at 03:49 PM in VT Blogs | Permalink


Or do you mean the "Clueless Train," that marvelous moving vehicle whereby everyone pretends posing is cool, the war doesn't exist, the poor can be safely hidden, and the Internet means activism? Oh yes, all aboard. Next stop: political oblivion. Wake me when we're there...

Posted by: SnarkyBoy | Sep 6, 2006 7:35:19 PM

I went to it; it was actually quite good. Attendees had specific questions they needed answered, and G&B obliged in entertaining and informative fashion.

Not sure what young Master Snark is on about, but stay pointed, pal.

Posted by: casey | Sep 10, 2006 1:47:19 PM

I stopped by also and agree with you, Casey. It was very informative. The thing I found interesting was I was reminded just how new this stuff is. It's easy to forget that a lot of people don't even know what blogs are, and don't know the first step in setting one up. Which feeds into the whole blog promotion discussion. Sometimes the blogsphere feels incestuous -- this blog refers to this blog, which refers back. Which is good, and G&B encouraged, but at some point, it will be good to figure out how to promote blogs beyond the blogsphere, especially for bloggers who don't have access to other mediums like we in print media do. Because there are a lot of people out there who aren't actively looking for blogs or reading blogs in the first place.
Anyways, thanks G&B, I would have posted at Candleblog but I'm having trouble setting up a user account.

Posted by: gadabout | Sep 11, 2006 10:54:10 AM

It's nice to have something "real-world" to tie a blog to. But it's interesting to think of some of these local businesses and artists using blogs as a marketing tool. Online journals are addictive, and it's voyeuristic fun to learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of business. Provided the personalities involved are entertaining enough, that is.

Posted by: casey | Sep 11, 2006 12:50:09 PM

Yo Snarks. Do some google for Gluetrain. That got your line dead cold. But a few years earlier, natch. ;)

Posted by: g-lo | Sep 11, 2006 5:40:58 PM

While I'm spamming an old comment line about my own presento...

Anyone here think there's room for a blog category about marketing and small business with blogo blah blah? I'm considering reviving n0d3 as a tangential leader for Thoughtfaucet.

I would have liked to talk more about practical business applications on Saturday but our audience was pretty new to it all. I could go a whole week of internet bootcamp if I had a computer lab with 10 passionate businesspeople. Of course, it would end up pricing out the small businesses in time and tempora (not to be confused with tempura). But maybe someday. Anyway. . . Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Posted by: g-lo | Sep 11, 2006 5:51:09 PM

Gadabout, I've been having spam troubles in the comments at Candleblog and so I'm personally approving user accounts. I just approved yours and you should be receiving an email telling you so. Sorry for the delay.

Thanks to everyone who showed up at the thing. I thought it was fun and I'd totally do it again and go deeper into the subject given the chance.

g-lo, nice catch on the Gluetrain thing.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Sep 11, 2006 7:04:12 PM

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