January 2009

"Our children now love luxuries. They have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and they love to chatter instead of exercise. Children are now tyrants not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannise their teachers."Socrates, 425BCThanks Jake....

I love Wikipedia.Not only do I use it as a predominant tool for researching assignments (take that University lecturers) but I spend hours upon hours every week reading pages for my own amusement and education. In fact, it's not uncommon for me to have ten different Wikipedia pages open at once. This week alone I've read about a conspiracy theory, a science phenomenon, US Presidential impeachments, a box office flop and my favourite sitcom.An incredible example demonstrating the power of community, collaboration, and connectivity. Today it is the eighth most popular website on the Internet.Even more remarkably, Wikipedia has run for eight years with only 23 paid employees and is completely funded through donations. Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, has recently released an appeal for donations.So. For every blog post from now until the end of January that mentions Wikipedia is in need of donations and links back to this post, I will donate $10. I know that's possibly some form of unethical link baiting, but I figure I will probably make a greater impact using your blog instead of mine.It's not going to cure cancer, but I believe it is still a worthy cause....

And so we come to a new year. And with it, perhaps a new direction of my blog.Perhaps you won't notice the change but I will. A slight diversion in what I limit myself to posting with perhaps a slight less focus on social media. While this will still remain dear to this blog and this blogger's heart, new media, Gen Y, technology, blogging and anything else that tickles my fancy will surely be covered.Also different is a new design and a change in tone to perhaps some more fun and creative posts where I can. I've been inspired lately by the readings of many random non marketing blogs. That, along with the fact most people who know me would suggest I rarely take anything seriously, will together form perhaps a more casual approach to my blogging.Should be a good year....