29 May, 2013  |   Comment

In the Love Zone – Collaboration

Back many weeks ago, I spoke at the Big Traveling Potluck about taking care of your internet creativity through the artistic stylings of Billy Ocean. In the meantime, I put up some sponsored posts and some meal plans, but I’m back. This is post 3 of 6 from my talk. Check out the other posts here and here. Thanks!

You'll never be a stranger, out there on your own, in the Love Zone.

This kind of work is so strange.
We consume this media in isolation, so it seems like it’s about us.

We think people’s choices were somehow affected by us
or as a result from us.

We THINK we’re social but we work alone.
And very few people get what we do.

Blogging conferences are where we get with people who understand and honor our creativity.
We have to.

Being here (remember, this is my talk from a conference ;)) is much different than the internet that lives in my head – where everyone is competition and sponsor dollars are rare treats to be wrestled over and I’m going to be famous forever.

Yes, you have friends who RT you or that otherwise stroke your ego — but that’s not collaborating.

This internet can facilitate collaboration. We can work with each other instead of against each other. Sandy from the Reluctant Entertainer is great with this – she works hard to build a community of creative collaborators, she shares her opportunities to make her efforts even stronger. Heidi from Foodie Crush is another publisher with her eyes on community.

As we forge this medium’s future together for the first time, we HAVE to be in it together. Out of all the other content verticals, parenting, lifestyle, tech — food bloggers understand this inherently.

It might be about the communal nature of a meal,
I don’t know.

What I do know, is that you won’t succeed alone.

Even Billy Ocean wrote songs for LaToya Jackson and R. Kelly.

Billy Ocean

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