SearchCowboys: a community update

Tue 8 June 2010 18:30, J-P De Clerck

SearchCowboys: a community update

It's almost a month now since I proposed to become publisher ad interim of this blog. I got in touch with all the bloggers by email, we talked about what should change and what was required to get SearchCowboys back on tracks.

Last week and this week I started calling the bloggers one by one and we exchanged ideas and got to know each other better.

I noticed that many of the people I spoke with have a strong emotional connection with this blog but that some lack the time to contribute on a more frequent basis.

This week I had less time myself and it shows. As the summer is approaching, we all have our projects to finish before we can take our much needed break.

I have made a list, after many hours of mailing and talking, of all the things that need to be done in order to provide the best value to both the readers and bloggers of SearchCowboys.

I will submit that list to the owners soon.

The community

In the mean time I invite you to email me your thoughts. I'm happy that being on this blog has made me connect with some great people.

Thanks, Dennis, Joost, Jaap, Eduard and the others. I'm glad to know you, even if we never met in "real life" and I'm sure we'll stay in touch after this.

Soon, after having submitted my findings to the owners of SearchCowboys and informing the bloggers as much as I can, my days on SearchCowboys will end and I hope that this blog and its community will get what they deserve.

Of course this is not my decision. It's that of the owners, the bloggers and, most of all, the readers and the community.

The only thing I can do is connect, analyze, report, invite, engage and hope the right things happen.

A community has a life of itself and needs to be heard, nurtured and engaged to participate. But in the end the people within a community have to decide for themselves.

I listened and keep doing so. I proposed to do it. Not for money or glory because there is none and you can't put "glory" - even if there was any - in your sandwich but because I'm naive and empathic enough to believe in people and communities.

What's next? The future will tell and I left my crystal ball at home.

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