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Re: [blog-30] Re: Some ideas for the Vancouver Blogger's Meetup

From: William L.
Sent on: Friday, June 12, 2009 5:36 PM
Hello Everyone
This is William again, and I would just like to wrap this matter up here to clear up any misunderstanding.
It would seem that my initial post has stirred up some reaction, and I would like to thank everyone who has expressed interests in the idea. But I also have to acknowledge the fact that for?a few senior members, the reaction is not all that great. So while I try and clear away their concerns with this post, I would ask that everyone to be patient. Raul and I have agreed to meet on Wednesday in regards to this matter, and I'll keep you updated about the outcome of that meeting. After all, at the end of the day, we're all still members of a meetup that he has worked extremely hard on, and if he doesn't want this group to be involved in this project, it would be extremely inappropriate for me to even use his resources to entertain my ideas.
Let me just make one thing clear though: I'm not trying to compete with the group leaders. As I look over the responses in this email thread, I get the feeling that they are generated out of fear that I'm somehow here to challenge the group leaders' authority. This is the last thing I want to do. I myself have joined the meetup, and enjoyed Raul's last seminar very much. When it comes to organizing a meet up, I can never come up with something as fun and engaging as what Raul has come up with. I understand how a post like this out of nowhere can make some members think I'm trying to surpass their seniority, but in this case, the concern is unwarranted.
Rather, the idea of these series of blogs came from a friend of mine. He is a personal trainer, and since he knows I work as an internet marketer, he started asking me how he can market his practices over the internet. I suggested a blog, but he is concerned that he won't be able to promote it very well. So I told him that all he has to do is submit an article to me, and I'll promote it. In the proccess, he'll get recognition for writing the article, and readers can also follow the link back to his blog.
I started the series of blogs as an archieve for these contents. I decided that I can either be like my co-worker, and simply promote contents for numerous blogs during his spare time, or I can start a series of blogs for these contents. Not charge a cent for promotional work, and still maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with my clients.
The idea grew even further after I attended the social media seminar at the Vancouver Blogger's Meetup. The event really opened my eyes to the power of social media. If the existing social networking sites, like Digg, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc are so useful for bloggers, why not create another community website designed specifically for bloggers and their readers? (By the way, in regards to Adobe AIR, a name?was?registered over a month ago with the root word "air" but not conflicting with any existing trademark. The name will come in full effect when the time comes, but in the mean time, it also prevents the name "air" from?conflicting with?any existing blogs or products)
I understand that not everyone would be interested. Obviously, if you would like to just work on your own blog, the way you have been doing, by all means do it. At this stage, these blogs are more for people who are looking to grow their blogs, but don't want to spend extra time or money with promotion. Again, once I meet with Raul, and everything is fine, then I will share the strategies with those who are interested.
I know that Raul doesn't want us to use the mailing list anymore, but I feel that it would be irresponsible of me to not answer the concerns raised here. But this will be the last email of this thread. I know everyone probably has something to say in this matter, but I would ask that you kindly wait until I have a chance to meet with Raul first.
Thanks everyone,

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