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The Power of Words – Back to Blogging!

Gran Canaria - Maspalomas LighthouseOnce again, back to the grid, back to my usual regular blogging activities, after my last business trip is now completed, which, this time around, has been slightly longer than usual, since I have been away on the road for 10 days, having just returned last Sunday from participating in a couple of conference events, as well as a bunch of customer meetings and enablement workshops on Social Computing in both Barcelona and Madrid. Phew! It’s good to be back to the “normal” and usual routines, but the overall trip has been tremendously beneficial in multiple grounds. Who would have thought that this time around I actually enjoyed travelling quite a bit, eh?!? What’s happening to me?!?!

Was it because I participated presenting in some amazing Social Business conference events both in Barcelona (April 5th) and Madrid (April 7th)? Or perhaps because I also took a couple of days off, along with the weekends, to do some sightseeing and check out some of the amazing venues surrounding both wonderful cities? Or was it perhaps because of the fantastic meetings, workshops and enablement sessions I have been engaging with throughout those few days with both customers and fellow IBMers, mixing quite nicely internal and external social software evangelism activities? Or, maybe, because I finally managed to get my hands on my new favourite, shiny, object that happens to start with an “i”, for iPad 2? Or who knows, perhaps I enjoyed this trip quite a bit for the simple treat of meeting up in the carbon with some wonderful people, a few of my Twitter friends, customers and fellow colleagues, with whom it was absolutely delightful to share dinners, drinks and rather inspiring conversations!

Goodness! I have got so much to share over here with you folks from over the last 10 days that I don’t know where to start! Perhaps, one step at a time, I guess. And somehow I feel I am going to begin by tackling something I have been talking about in the last few weeks and which I think I have finally come to terms with on striking a solution that hopefully will be a win-win for everyone. Do you remember when I reflected back on the day about those dormant periods with my blogging over here? When I was basically mentioning how with all of the business travelling I was finding less and less time to blog, while on the road? Well, how about if I keep things going, but instead of creating blog entries on the usual topics you folks have been reading about all along over here, I start blogging on some lighter subjects, which also happen to be some of my areas of interest, for a while now, like travelling in general and food (Yes, another #foodie person over here! Check! hehe).

Why not, right? It could be an interesting new experiment where I can try to see how blogging on those additional topics could help me out in a couple of ways:

  1. To keep up with a regular schedule of blog posts, instead of the irregular periods of time here and there by combining both business related blog posts and some personal related ones. After all, we are all business people, professionals with a persona behind us, aren’t we, right?
  2. To help, maybe, increase my social capital with you folks sharing additional areas of interest based on places I get to visit or recommendations to fabulous restaurants I keep bumping into every so often. I know of a few of you out there who would love to read more about those, too! And maybe share a table at any of them at some point in time, too! hehe
  3. And, finally, perhaps give me also an opportunity to share one of those hobbies I have developed over the last 7 years: photography. As you folks know, I have got my own Flickr account, but it’s been a little while since I have shared a batch of pictures from the recent places I have visited, including Gran Canaria itself, where I live. So this would certainly help me get back on the schedule of posting more pictures on a regular basis. And then link to them over here with short descriptions on where I have been and all.

The good thing is that I already got a very very good example to follow. One of my old time KM mentors, and KM blogger extraordinaire, the always insightful and thought-provoking, Bill Ives, does this on a rather regular basis, when he blogs about his favourite restaurants on cities he has visited just recently, as well as sharing his travelling experiences, including some wonderful pictures, and not to mention his own art! Thus it shouldn’t be too hard, initially. But let me ask you, folks, what you would think about it? Will you stick around and find out some more what I have been up to while away from the traditional work environment? Or will you move on to something else more interesting…? 🙂

To help you decide going one way or another, how about if I also keep sharing shorter blog posts, where I can help spread the word around on those amazingly inspiring video clips, and other golden nuggets, one keeps bumping into every so often, which I think is worth while sharing across to raise some more its own visibility, maybe to inspire others into making a difference, maybe to detail how, sometimes, it’s the small things that matter, those that make us all a bit more human, after all. How about if we get this series going with this particular YouTube video on “The Power of Words“, which seems to be a spin-off of this other original brilliant piece of art: “Historia de un letrero, The Story of a Sign“:

Very touching, don’t you think? It will be another few weeks, before I am on the road again, in order to try this new experiment here in my blog on “getting more social, more personal and do business”, and see how it would go further along, but, certainly, this exercise would give me an opportunity to get back on track with my own regular blogging activities, which will resume, once again, from here onwards … So thanks a bunch for sticking around! We are back in business! 😀

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  1. The Power of Words: It is about the context!

    Even if blogging on something else, your views will put yourself (and that is – for me at least – the Knowledge Management guy) in context, so I am expecting the unexpected, these serendipitous moments; more pictures from the Canaries, you should get paid by the tourism board. Makes me dream.

    Looking forward to more reading


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