SocialMediaCamp London: A Look Back At The Many Themes

Do you ever look back at past achievements and feel yourself swell with pride because, with hindsight, you now realise how well you and others did?

This morning, poking around Flickr, I came across Tom’s photo of the schedule board at SocialMediaCamp London, which was back in October. We gathered 100 attendees, many of which chose to present on a topic of their choice, kicking off interesting conversations and collaborations amongst participants. Since I didn’t get to attend every presentation, some titles still puzzle me, but here is the full list of panel/presentation/discussion topics:

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  • How to write awesome headlines – Tom Whitwell, The Times
  • Social Media as Community Activism: From International Networks to a local perspective – Salford Social Media Centre
  • Love is in the air – Jonny & Jayme, Glue
  • How/Why Moderate Masses (180,000 users) – The Sun Online
  • Social Media: How Not To Get Fucked – Girl With a One Track Mind
  • How to Replace CNN with Something Nicer: IPTV
  • How Hedgehogs can Inspire Social Media – Carl @Fellowcreative
  • Entreprise Microblogging is More Than Twitter: A First Look at Brand New Microblogging System – Communote.com
  • Lifestreaming your Life Online – Ande Gregson & Paul Kane, Sky
  • Buzz Management For Startups: How to Build Workflow so Everyone Knows What’s Going On – Jure C
  • Relationship Counselling for PRs and Bloggers – Paul Borge
  • Legal Aspects of Social Media – Victoria McEvedy
  • Digital Yoga & The New Religion of the Web – Rohan
  • One (wo)man Social Media Empire-Life! – Lloyd Davis
  • Twitter for the Environment – Carmen
  • Man Boobs, Incest, Sarah Palin and The Times: How We Do SEO @ Times Online – Mariana Bettio
  • The Social Graph: Who Owns It? What Is It?
  • DIY PR: How to Get PR For Your Startup (Please Fire your PR Firm/Agency)
  • Native To a Web of Dudes – David Thompson
  • How to Present to Big Scary Companies (And Look Like You Know What You’re Doing) – Terence Eden, Vodafone
  • Alternate Reality Games
  • Social Media For Good: Respite For Carers, A Project in Development (Discussion)
  • We’re All Chemicals: Social Objects on the Social Web, Socialising – Dan Donald
  • 6 Degrees of Separation Now – Benjamin Ellis
  • Programmer-Journalists or Journalist-Programmers (Group Discussion) – Mark Ng
  • How to Use LinkedIn To Get a Better Job
  • TV III Branding: The Management Of Television Brands in The Digital Age – Will Prestes
  • Staying Pseudonymous On & Offline
  • Scrumping 2.0: A Model for Wider Community Involvement?
  • Digital Footprint
  • If you Work in Marketing or Advertising, Kill Yourself Now – Chris Applegate
  • Data Portability – Ben Godfrey
  • The Web of Babel: Managing Languages on the Web – Chrys
  • Akoha: The Social Reality Game – Emma Persky
  • Online Reputation Management: It’s Not All Bad
  • Ideas Into Action: Developing a Toolkit for Collaborative & Community Projects – Alison
  • Print & Online Social Media: Can You Make It Work? – The London Paper
  • Measuring Engagement of Social Media Websites in the Web 2.0 World
  • Managing Online Identity & Personal Brand – Vero Pepperrell
  • 7 Secrets to Facebook Fundraising
  • Blogging Breakdown & How to Avoid It – Annie Mole
  • Social Media Bingo Session

A few presentation notes made their way on the SMCLondon blog and quite a few have been posted to Slideshare under the tag “smclondon08” so, if like me you want to reminisce, or didn’t have the chance to attend, have a look!

I can’t help but wonder what trend similarities and changes we’ll see at SocialMediaCamp London v.2.0… Want to get involved in the second SMCLondon? Drop me a line as the planning is only just beginning and we always welcome an extra pair of hands!

Kicking off 2009 with a new themeword: Impact

Nearly a year ago, I wrote about my #themeword for 2008, which was exploration. My objectives were to explore in four key areas; travel, business opportunities, new or unused skills and friendships/ relationships.

Owl photo by Aussie Flickr user AaardvaarkIn reflection, it was a good year. In fact, it was an amazing year. I could have done better in terms of travel; I did an awful job of going to new destinations to which I’d promised myself a visit! But I did well in balancing work and fun, with plenty of dinner parties and get togethers with friends throughout the year.

When I wrote about business opportunities exploration, in the back of my mind, I knew I would work for myself before the year was out, it was just a question of having the cojones to jump, so the latter part of 2008 has offered me a taster of what 2009 will bring.

So on with this year’s themeword. I’ve opted for one overarching theme, divided into three key goals, reflecting what Chris Brogan and many others have done.

In 2009

I hope that in 2009, I can use the knowledge I’ve acquired to make a difference. If I can help one business make a lasting impact on their customers, or help someone learn the true value of the communication tools I’m so grateful for, I’ll be a happy gal.

To put it into action, I want to create, lead and focus.

Create by pushing ideas beyond replicas of what’s been done elsewhere by someone else and produce something remarkable.

Lead by example in doing marketing work that is graceful, ethical and genuinely valuable to its participants.

Focus on the right things. With rivers of news and infinite numbers of social networks, with masses of potential projects, clients and events, in 2009 I will need to focus my attention, energy and abilities on the most important ones. After all, there’s only one of me!

Beyond this big picture, I’ve also got a few simple things I’ve promised myself this year, most more personal than the above.

  • Backup my digital life regularly and reliably
  • Host or go out for dinner with (non-business) friends at least once a month
  • Call my mom more regularly and book a trip to Canada before summer 🙂
  • Visit my sister in Paris when she heads there to study for a few months
  • Take (and publish) more photos on Flickr to remember important life events
  • Keep making homemade stuff like cards, liqueurs and tons of fresh cooking. It’s good for the mental health.

What’s your themeword for the year? Need inspiration? Try searching for #themeword on Twitter Search.

[Image: Owl photo by Aussie Flickr user Aaardvaark under Creative Commons]

My Omni and me

A few weeks ago, Andrew and I wanted to get a couple of beanbags so that we could slouch right in front of the TV to play Lego Indiana Jones (which was a rocking game, btw!). We ended up ordering a couple of pear shaped brown leatherette bean bags.

But by some most bizarre coincidence, two days later, via fellow blogger Tom, Andrew from Sumo Lounge offered to send me a monster-sized Sumo Omni beanbag. It was delivered to the office, leaving most of my work colleagues puzzled when I shoved this big blue bag into the back of my tiny car. (we usually carpool with a friend, but that day, he walked home…)

So this is what it’s like these days in the Pepperrell lounge. A husband, two cats, and a big momma of a mmmm… cozy beanbag.

Happy Canada Day!

It’s my duty as Canadian to post today and wish all fellow Canucks, in the homeland and abroad, a wonderful, sunny, lively Canada Day. I’ve been away from home for quite some time and won’t be doing much partying, but I may have to cook something involving maple syrup tonight.

Have a good one!

Canada Day leaves

Credits: Image by Just-Us-3 on Flickr

SXSWi 2008: "Creative Collaboration: Designers and Developers working together"

I wasn’t so hot on this panel, found there was a lot of navel-gazing and not enough direction. Also, I don’t know what world these guys live in but do they not also have to contend with marketing, business dev, crazy bosses with wild ideas? There was no discussion about how to integrate the real-life demands into collaborative processes. Nice people, but rubbish panel.

Creative Collaboration: Designers and Developers working together
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Ottawa New Year 2008

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Ottawa New Year 2008, originally uploaded by Seamus @ Flickr.

Last night, we braved the crowds at the Museum of Civilizations in Hull so that we could see the beautiful fireworks.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough to bring my camera along and my iPhone would have been pretty much useless in such a condition, so here is one shot taken by a Flickr user.

Wishing everyone a wonderful new year, filled with new experiences, exciting opportunities and lots of love.

Happy new year to you all!

Vero
xoxo

Spending Christmas with the family

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Reason #3 spending Xmas back at home is worthwhile: Talking Julie into eating an uncooked Pogo (corn dog) covered in Nutella for the measly sum of $12 in small change.

iStockphoto pricing goes up: Getting greedy, are we?

Since I started blogging, iStockphoto has been my source of images to illustrate and accompany blog entries. The images were once cheap enough that a blogger who made no revenue like myself could afford to pepper the occasional post with an image to joosh it up a bit.

Now, however, I think I’m going to have to go a different route since prices are getting jacked up for the second or third year in a row. I know if I were to complain, the answer I get would be filled with words like “artist recognition” and “inflation” but it’s still getting out of my realm of comfort. I’ll be sad to go, especially seeing as it’s run by a bunch of (apparently) lovely Canucks, but it might be time to break up now.

So what are the alternatives? Flickr images which are licensed under Creative Commons, sites like stock.xchng and photos I’ve taken myself. Any other suggestions?

Jack & Rose checking out Super Mario Galaxy

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In their professional opinion, the game rates 11 out of 10. With the exception of intro scenes, which could do with some basic anti-aliasing.

Best bit? That little blue hand that moves around the screen, definitely!

Jack and Rose: The kittens are home safe and sound

I promised everyone photos as soon as the kittens get home. I expected to have to stick the camera in the cat box, where they’d be hiding all nervous about their new home.

Rubbish! They were chilled during the whole journey home, after about 5 minutes of meowing, then once home, they explored the entire house within a few seconds. They ate, had a wee and promptly fell asleep on their little activity centre. Now they’re pouncing up and down the stairs, playing together, taking the occasional break to purr against my leg like a little engine – so it’s time to share a few of the photos we’ve taken so far.

Couldn’t ask for sweeter kittens, they’re absolutely adorable. I’m sure I’ll find time to upload a video tomorrow, but for now, time to play!

Jack and Rose sleeping in their activity centre on the first night
Jack and Vero bonding on the first night

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