Every week, I open a Brag Basket, so you can introduce yourself or share some good news. So speak up and add yourself or another deserving soul in the comments. We all cheer, and everyone feels great.
It lets you meet each other a bit. Reading each others’ stories brings us a bit closer to being a community.
This particular basket is open from Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2009. (I put dates so you won’t accidentally leave a comment on an old basket.)
How does it work? You write a comment on this post. You tell something great about your week, or you give plaudits to someone who did good stuff this week. Or you celebrate a terrific failure. It’s not an ad; it’s a conversation with friends. So jump in.
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Cindy and Tom Rasely says
I recently started following your site and was inspired by a post about social media. So this week I appointed myself “Social Media Marketer” for my musician husband. We decided to have fun with our centrally isolated location and launched a Facebook page for Tom Rasely Musician in the Middle of Nowhere.
Greg Falken says
Working with a group of committed people here in Tuolumne County, CA, I have submitted a proposal to the Knight News Challenge. The first paragraph reads:
The Community Access Internet Project (CAIP) provides web-based news and community information to rural areas. It draws on user-generated content and provides community education in the effective use of online media. The goal is nothing less than creating a community of digitally literate consumers and producers.
You can read the entire proposal at http://bit.ly/communityaccess and add your comments and rate the project. Changes can be made to the application until the December 15th deadline and I welcome the chance to incorporate your suggestions.
Becky McCray says
Welcome, Cindy! Congratulations on getting a great start on that page. May it be the first of many successes in social media.
Greg, thanks for sharing your project. I’m impressed with the amount of outreach you plan, and I think that will be key to your success. Good luck in the grant competition!
Greg, neat to hear about your project … I’m currently working with a small town to do something similar … be sure to consider long-term sustainability (e.g. funding/business model) to ensure it sticks around – good luck!!
Jennifer @ The Rurban Fringe
Earl Sigmund says
In order to fight a recent decline in our local chamber of commerce, I came up with a new chamber event to be held early in November which has a 2 fold purpose:
1) to spur new members to join the chamber
2) to enourage existing members to an event to meet these new members
Called “The New Member Business Fair” – anyone who joined the chamber since July 1 of this year for only $25 would get a 6ft booth table & chairs in an under utilized big room in the chamber building. Existing chamber members who registered would for free be invited to the event to meet & greet the new members and these new members would be able to showcase their goods and services at this “mini business expo”.
Well, the chamber sold out all 25 available booths for the event plus another 4 sponsor booths. The hardest part is getting the new members to attend – we are trying hard to create a buzz about the event and are hoping for a nice turnout of existing members. Any last -minute marketing advice from any of you would be more than welcome.
Becky McCray says
Jennifer, thanks for adding the benefit of your experience!
Earl, that sounds like a terrific event! Congratulations on selling out the booths, and good luck for a big turnout.