by Geoff Livingston
After four years and more than 800 blog posts published here on the Buzz Bin, it’s with some regret that next week’s post will be my last regular contribution to the blog. Though I may make a guest appearance here and there, this will be it.
Why, you ask? I have run out of things to say. I found last summer when I wrote the “for me, social media is dead” posts that I had run out of things to say. As we moved on to a group blog format again, Mondays were still a struggle to add something new to the conversation.
Two years ago, I ended the Now Is Gone blog for similar reasons. I feel like I am repeating myself. For example, while you may think FourSquare is a great new thing, I already blogged about it eight months ago! Yes, there’s room for continuing coverage, but… You get my point.
Though the pioneering phase is done or may be near done, it’s actually a robust time for social media. Widespread adoption is occurring and best practices within verticals continue. It’s just time for new voices here and abroad (YOU GUYS) to carry the social PR conversation.
In addition to the continuing efforts by my colleagues here, you can expect a blog post on Mondays from my able successor, Priya Ramesh. In addition to my personal efforts, I will continue to blog about nonprofit use of social media for Mashable, and on environmental issues for Live Earth.
So dear reader, though I may be a bit blue about ending such a long running personal project, let’s go out in style together next week. One more great post on social media coming your way!
Don’t Forget NewComm Forum
I would be remiss in failing to mention NewComm Forum is coming in two weeks from April 20-23. All of the best and brightest minds in PR 2.0 will be attending, including Priya, myself, Shel Israel, Shel Holtz, Beth Kanter, Kami Huyse, Neville Hobson, etc., etc. In all, 40 sessions in five comprehensive tracks including:
- Online Communications & Communities
- Social CRM
- Markets are Conversations: From Theory to Practice
- Understanding the New Media Landscape
- NewComm Essentials
Keynoters include: Jackie Huba, online marketing expert and author; Dave Carroll, singer/songwriter, “United Breaks Guitars;” Scott Monty, Ford; Jack Holt, US Dept. of Defense; Tim Westergren, Pandora; and Neville Hobson, WeissComm.
If you are thinking about it, make sure to use the “Friend of a Speaker” discount code of NCF500. That brings the full conference fee down to $995. Please use this for as many people. Additionally, there’s an offer for a One Day Pass option for just $395.