It's been quite a year. A year ago tomorrow, my mother-in-law passed (in peace and with a smile). On April 16th last year, I dove into free-agency as a freelance copywriter.
The last half of the previous decade, I helped build and organize online communities for a few Internet start-ups, several big-league sports teams and a little company in Virginia, now officially known as AOL. But with the dotcom bust, I quietly made my exit.
The next three years were devoted to different ministries and then moving around the country to assist Cindy's mom.
My first handful of clients each asked about search results and how to improve their standings. With research, I found blogging to be a great tool for businesses to engage with their customers AND to improve search results.
I find many similarities between blogging/Web 2.0 and what happened in the late 90s. By late summer of 2005, I realized that my experiences in building community, Internet conversations and connecting people all pointed to business blogs.
These days, my copywriting gigs are fewer by choice. Business blogging is keeping me plenty (crazy?) busy and its fun seeing business leaders get excited about the conversations and the tools. I like to have fun in my work and watch others do the same.
I've had the opportunity to help journalists, business coaches, advisors, distributorships, marketers, authors, salespeople and a few associations start blogging.
So what does next year hold in store? My gut is that a team of free-agents are about to come together with blogging a key ingredient. Maybe its a company, but I think free-agents stay hungry - and I'm hoping for a collaboration instead of corporation.
There's a good chance that the next post or so here will announce that this site will exist as an archive of my first year. Most of my attention is on the Converstations site. Before I do make the move, I have some redesign issues ahead. If you're not yet subscribed to it, here's the feed for Converstations.
Thanks for a wonderful first year.