Crowd-sourcing your blog reader

In a recent post, Michael Bertoldi laments that his blog reader is becoming a sea of sameness: “ROI, engagement, twitter, ROI, criticism, you’re not doing it right, ROI.”

This struck a chord with me.  First, I’m going to trash that post I’m writing on ROI. : )  Second, I realized I’m really getting bored with my blog reader.  I’m guessing maybe you are too so let’s do something about.

In America, we have this tradition called a pot-luck dinner.  Friends gather at a home, church or community center and bring their favorite dish to share. That way, you get to sample many different types of delicious foods even though you only brought one dish.

Let’s have a {grow} community pot-luck dinner and bring our favorite blog for everyone to sample.

In the comment section, simply provide a link to one favorite blog. The only request is that you try to cook up something new. We have all heard of Chris Brogan and Brian Solis! What is your one favorite blog you would like others to discover?

I’ll get the party started. I’ve brought the first course.

My blog for you to discover is Cyberpop by Sidney Eve Matrix at http://cyberpopblog.com/  Sidney Eve is a university professor who writes about social media, trends and research from an exciting cultural perspective. Her posts are also thoroughly documented and rich with interesting links.

Ok, time for you to share a tasty blog with our community. Thanks for coming to the party!

Art galleries come alive with new media innovations (video)

One of my hobbies is “collecting” art museums.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many of the world’s greatest art palaces and so could not miss the opportunity to visit Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and the National Gallery in Edinburgh on my recent trip to Scotland.

I’m beginning to see examples of how new media is augmenting traditional art displays. I’m a bit conflicted about adding this “showmanship” but I also recognize that combining these mediums can help display and explain art in exciting new ways, especially if your audience is digital-savvy to begin with.

In this short video I provide examples of these mash-ups. Let me know what you think about it.

And just for fun, here is a list of my top 20 favorite art museums (at least so far):

  1. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
  2. Musee d”Orsay – Paris
  3. Courtauld Institute – Paris (small but great Impressionist collection)
  4. MOMA – New York
  5. Art Institute – Chicago
  6. Uffizi Gallery – Florence
  7. Peggy Guggenheim Museum – Venice (small but what a setting!)
  8. British Museum – London
  9. Prado Museum – Madrid
  10. Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam
  11. Getty Museum – Los Angeles
  12. Vatican Museum – Rome (would put it higher but so crowded)
  13. Tate Museum of Modern Art – London
  14. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
  15. National Gallery – Washington DC
  16. Carnegie Museum of Art  Pittsburgh (big displays in a small city!)
  17. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow (surprisingly good display of Impressionists)
  18. Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille
  19. Royal Museum – Brussels
  20. Museu de Arte – Sao Paulo

If your fave is not here it is probably because I have not been there yet, with the exception of the Louvre.  I dislike the Louvre. It’s too big and too crowded. The whole experience feels like a train station to me. What museums do you enjoy and why? What do you think of the technology mash-up in the video?

Twitter strategy smack-down with Mitch Joel

Blogger and business leader Mitch Joel and I have clashed on several occasions and most recently had an opportunity air our opposing views on Twitter strategies.

Mitch advocates a more elitist view of Twitter and when he published his post Being A Twitter Snob Is A Good Thing I had a very negative reaction. I followed with my own post Bringing Down The Twitter Snobs because I really think he was missing one of the biggest values of Twitter — the opportunity to give everybody a chance to interact and create value.  So I dusted off my Mitch Joel sexy glare (above) and took him on.

Our podcast on this subject (as well as other interesting blog community strategies) just went live:

Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast – Episode #229

Our previous engagement was over ghost blogging and can be found here: The Ghost Blogging Debate With Mark W. Schaefer.

I think you will really enjoy this discussion and as always, I’d love to hear your comments on the subject!

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