Why We Started it All – My Visit with The Geek Whisperers

geek-whisperersA couple of weeks back, my old buddy John Troyer and I started talking via email about social, communities, and how much of a marketing wasteland social has turned into.  A few emails back and forth, and we landed on a few key topics.  He and I worked together on the community team at VMware way back in the day.

Thing of it is, I started the VMware Communities back in the day because it was a great place for customers to talk about some of the coolest IT technology anyone had ever seen *at the time*.  There’s tons of cool stuff out there now, but what VMware did was truly impressive for the time and climate.

And so my appearance on The Geek Whisperers was born.  The Geek Whisperers are a group of three folks (John Mark Troyer, Amy Lewis, and Matthew Brender), who run a weekly podcast on the topic of enterprise marketing to the IT audience.  Loosely.  The topics wander a little, which I just LOVE.

So I went on to talk to John about why we started the VMware communities in the first place, and what became of the whole enterprise IT marketplace online since then.  We also get into how behavior and demeanor and what you posted on the old VMTN forums was self-policed by the community after a while.

And a bunch more cool topics.  A bunch.  It was a HOOT.

You can catch the episode on the Geek Whisperers website at: Geek Whisperers Episode 41

I will surely be back to talk to them all about metrics, ’cause we didn’t geek out nearly enough on that.  I think people who run around talking about mentions and share of voice and number of followers aren’t doing their organization a service, and they ought to be digging deeper.

Till next time :)


Indoor Sowing First Plants for Spring

Since it snowed this week, we moved indoors and sowed a few plants indoors.

We planted:

  • 11 flats of bunching onions (about 4″ diameter of planting space per flat)
  • 26 onion bulbs in itsy-bitsy peat pots
  • 4 Broccoli seeds in slightly larger peat pots

In the coming weeks, we’ll be planting tomatos, peppers, thyme, cilantro, and parsley indoors as well.

I’ve had this 250 watt fluorescent grow lamp forever, and used to grow all of the herbs above indoors during the winter months so I could cook with fresh herbs.  So lucky me, I had a good indoor sow lamp without investing additional money into the garden.  The wattage should be sufficient enough to grow quite a few seedlings.

Duct Tape Station at the MacGyver Class

Duct Tape Station at the MacGyver Class (Photo credit: Team Tanenbaum)

We’ve also just gone out to the hardware store and bought a bunch of materials to start building our garden enclosure.  I’ll spare you the details of everything we got, but it’s things like fence post 4x4s, nails, chicken wire, plastic netting, stakes, duct tape (’cause you always need duct tape when you go into MacGyver mode!

Until next time :)

  • Supplies Purchased to-date:
    • 3 shovels (1 square and 2 round head)
    • 1 hoe
    • 1 order of seeds
    • A ton of materials to plant posts and enclose the garden area
  • Total Spent to-date: $384
  • Total Value in Harvested Vegetables:  $0

Picks and Shovels and Clay – Turning the Soil

Oh boy this last week has been fun :)

We have been turning over the soil in our garden for the last 10 days.  We’re using shovels for the initial turnover.  We decided that it’d be our exercise program for getting in shape for spring.  Our yard is also not ready for spring so we’re out there raking, trimming, clipping, and burning leaves.  I feel like a proper back-woods guy now.

One thing I should mention…. digging in hard clay is hard work.  REALLY hard work. Secondly, we found out that we REALLY need to amend this soil with more drainage and more loamy materials rich in nitrogen and other nutrients.

Snowy PatchAbout mid-way through the week, a very unusual ice storm hit our area, and covered our (turned once) garden plot into a snowy patch of empty ground!  we were covered with snow for three days.  Note the 1/2 inch of ice at the top of this PVC pipe.  It was COLD and rained ice for probably 10 straight hours.  In case we needed reminder that it was still wintertime!!

Our plan after the ice melts is to get a rototiller, get a bunch of soil amendment materials, and till the good stuff in with the bad stuff.  Then we start building the enclosure for our veggies!!

  • Supplies Purchased to-date:
    • 3 shovels (1 square and 2 round head)
    • 1 hoe
    • 1 order of seeds
  • Total Spent to-date: $150
  • Total Value in Harvested Vegetables:  $0