Who are you?
Almost on a daily basis I have people reach out to me to discuss topics I’ve written about on this blog. Fabulous and fun interactions result (and I learn quite a bit) and the friends and acquaintances I’ve made — globally, I might add — has been a benefit that makes it all worthwhile. Comments? Many people that read here don’t feel compelled to leave them and instead email me directly while some are using the Skype message feature to send me an instant message.
Here’s the deal though: depending on the day or the post, I have an average of 935 unique visits and RSS feeds to/from this blog (some days it’s spiked to nearly 5,000 when the post has been a bit more provocative) and the free report Rise of the Participation Culture has enjoyed 6,500 unique visits to the Web version and close to 2,300 downloads of its PDF version in just three months…but for the most part I don’t know who any of you are!
On average 87% of my visitors are new ones (though my RSS feed list continues to grow by a dozen or so per week) while only 43% of these new visits come in via Google. I read my stats multiple times per day and find referral addresses that come in from corporate intranet sites (e.g., IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Morgan Stanley, Proctor & Gamble, Oracle) and analyst groups (e.g., Gartner, IDG, Forrester) and I, of course, can’t get to the origination pages but I’m incredibly intrigued about who is behind the click to iConnectDots.com.
Virtually every client I have had and currently have came in due to my blog or that free report. So the ROI of my effort and energy is valid, but it’s the connection with people that is the fun part of writing these posts — as well as the intellectually stimulating portion by connecting with really smart people.
But I wonder every single day: who are you? Why are you reading this blog and what sparked your interest in reading it? Are the posts too long? Too cerebral? Not deep enough? Are there not enough naked pics? (Or any!?!). So send me an email at sborsch (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment below and let me know who you are…I’d love to connect.
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About Steve Borsch
Strategist. Learner. Idea Guy. Salesman. Connector of Dots. Friend. Husband & Dad. CEO. Janitor. More here.
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.
… Not enough naked pictures, I must say! ;^)
I read your blog as really enjoy it as it provides very stimulation ideas on technological change. I like your take on things and your way to think outside the box.
I blog at Workflow Productivity [http://pascalvenier.com/blog/] and my personal homepage is http://www.pascalvenier.com
I just recently discovered your blog… I’m a research assistant for a Canadian education nonprofit, and in as few words as possible, we’re working to bring a more participatory and collaborative online environment to our board, our website, and people who have participated in our symposium dialogues (including students).
I am surprised that there are not more comments on this post. I just came accross your blog and I have already found some useful information. The url I have linked to is somthing I have just started and I hope it will someday be a portal for me to make some money off my more off beat and creative ideas. I have decided that whatever money i generate from that site, if I ever want to do that, wil go to charity. Apart from what you see on my bio there, i also have my own business in china, trading. I am hoping to learn more from your blog to improve myself on that front. For now my blog and this new website is just a hobby and a pastime. Thanks Steve. Ill be around.
I forget how I first came across your blog, but I find it very insightful. I currently take care of communications and knowledge exchange for a non-profit think tank in Toronto, Canada called The Wellesley Institute. I also have a personal interest in the web, communications and social networking.
The Wellesley Institute often endorses my ideas that come from constantly scanning my RSS reader for updates from blogs like this one… over the past year we’ve really changed the way we approach KE.
Aside from that, I like your approach to blogging and what you tend to contribute… thanks for it.
I was connected to your blog from my friend and business partner Jeff De Cagna, whose focus is on innovation (hence the connection). I like your writing and thinking and think the primer you wrote on participation culture is great. I plan on quoting it in a document I’m writing on generational diversity. I do management consulting, and my background is in the field of conflict resolution, which I used to do internationally. Like you, I just love blogs and the strange connections they generate.
Pascal, Luke, Avi, Sean and Jamie,
Your comments — and the overwhelming number of emails I’ve received — really mean a lot to me.
Avi you said, “I am surprised that there are not more comments on this post.” I sometimes think that too except that even I, a guy that knows the value of commenting and an avid user of CoComment as a management tool, have found that investing energy in comments is something I do less frequently.
I tend to post and link to another blogger’s post in order to “be in the conversation”. Though that’s clearly the whole point of comments, there is SO MUCH activity in blogging, social networking, wiki’s and other places where people can participate that commenting seems to be slowing down.
Thanks to you all for reading and commenting!