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January 26, 2008

It's the Age of Conversation... so pipe up and join in!

You'll have heard about the Age of Conversation... (sure you have - it inspired my very first podcast after all).  Well the organizers Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton have just announced that they're going to run part II (or is that part 2.0?)

There are two ways that you can get involved - and two things that you need to do. 

If you're an author, writer or blogger and would like the opportunity to contribute to the next book, you need to let them know, soon.  You'll find out more here - the post includes contact details for Drew and a reminder of the agreement you'd be signing up to:

You will sign over all rights to your chapter
You understand that all proceeds of the book will be donated to Variety, the Children's Charity
You will promote the book, throughout the process, on your blog if you have one
You'll embrace the cooperative, collaborative spirit that defined Age of Conversation
You'll honor deadlines so Drew does not have to be a nag
You'll honor word counts so Gavin doesn't have to be a nag

I'm up for it - how about you?

In an additional conversational twist this year they're asking people to comment on the topic for the book.  The options are:

  • Marketing Manifesto
  • Why Don't People Get It?
  • My Marketing Tragedy (and what I learned)

Anyone can vote - again just pop over to the post on Drew's site by 31st January and follow the link to the survey. 

Vote for a most conversational blogger

Left thumb blogger Glenda Watson Hyatt has got through to round 2 - the finals - of the Canadian Blog Awards.  Her "Do It Myself" blog is in the activist category, which I think surprised her at first, but when you check out the dictionary definition you can see how appropriate a nomination it is:

an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause

Glenda writes, blogs, networks with style, generosity and good humour and she does not, will not, let cerebral palsy get in the way of a good conversation.

Voting is open until January 30th, 2008 11:59 PM PST so head on over and vote for Glenda!

(You don't need to be Canadian to vote)

When you're done... pop over to the Middle Zone

Have you been over to see the new look at the Middle Zone?  Talk about a blog that feels like a physical space.  A place where you want to draw up a chair, sit down by the fire and have a right good blether...

I might just see you there :-)

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count


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Ok, Joanna, I just took the plunge! Thanks for the challenge.

Robyn, I saw that! It's brilliant. In my view you're a conversational writer par excellence not just because you leave room for your readers but you listen, really listen, to what we say, and do, and ask, then turn it back into another part of the conversation.

I read a little snippet about your 'journey' to conversational blogging in some comments in your own blog the other day, and am so impressed at the leaps and stretches that you've taken in your writing through the medium of blogging. A story in itself - some day maybe.

I can't wait to read your contribution to the book.


I feel much less daunted taking on the challenge knowing that there are other people like you, Robert and Brad who are up for it too. I'm sure we can support each other as we go along... maybe even write up the findings of the conversations that we share...

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