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Coming up for Content Strategy Seattle: A busy couple of months

From: James C.
Sent on: Monday, August 16, 2010 10:30 AM
Howdy. I wanted to check in with a quick indication of what?s coming up for Content Strategy Seattle over the next couple of months.

Ask a Content Strategist panel on Sept. 8:
We?re back at the Watercooler, and an awesome lineup of four content strategists will answer your questions about the profession. Beginner questions or expert questions; questions from fellow practitioners, people who work with content strategists, and people who want to be content strategists.

Thanks to Tiffani Jones Brown, Patty Campbell, Vanessa Casavant, and Ariel van Spronsen for volunteering.

Spread the word: Given the panel, the discussion should be lively. If it sells out, we may livestream it. (And if anyone wants to make a promotional poster, let me know -- this might be a good chance to spread the word offline, too.)

Margot Bloomstein on Oct. 13:
We?re flying superstar content strategist Margot Bloomstein in from Boston to talk about the value of content strategy. She's spoken at SXSW and been published in A List Apart. (We're collaborating with the CS groups in Vancouver and Portland to bring Margot here for a whirlwind northwest tour.)

Want to help sponsor Margot?s visit? Would your company? Let me know. It would be great if we could make her presentation free.

Charging for Meetups:
Speaking of: A couple of people have asked if we?re going to start charging for all meetups, since we?re asking $5 for the Ask a CS panel.

The answer: No.

We'll charge sometimes, depending on effort and investment. We'll keep having free meetups. And when we do charge, we'll try to keep it around $5. The fee covers free beer, other refreshments, and miscellaneous expenditures, for the most part, but also helps us do stuff like fly people in from Boston.

Beyond October:
Since Vanessa did a great job leading discussion of, we'd like to do Site Club again in November. And this time we'd like to work with a local non-profit, arts organization, or small (cool) business that?s open to receiving content-oriented feedback -- whether they want to be in the room or just hear about it afterward. The discussion will be even better if we've got a stakeholder involved.

If you know of a place that would be interested and could implement changes they agreed with, let me know. (That event will be free, and involve a lot of socializing.)

Want to lead a content management workshop?
Larry Asher at the School of Visual Concepts wants to put on a content management workshop. Let me know if you're interested in leading it and I'll put you in touch.

That's it. December is uncharted territory. Ideas welcome.

See you next month!

James (and Scott and Vanessa)

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