I am currently on the road visiting my sister and nephew in Portland. When I told my sister that I was coming up she said that she had a commitment on Saturday at Blanchet House and would I like to / mind going with them.
After working with the /hug project my ideas of volunteerism have shifted a little. I have to say though that volunteering in person for people who are on the fringe of society is a little frightening. We ended up serving 150 dinners in the span of an hour. It was good to see that the system that the staff had was very efficient as the room held about 40 people, and the jobs were broken down into simple chunks with someone who had done it before leading each group.
I determined not to be judgmental, the group of people who came through were quite diverse. There were obvious mental patients, there were other people who looked like they were just a little down on their luck, there were homeless and there were backpackers. Everyone was nice, they ate, moved through and went about their way.
We were only there for 90 minutes and out.
I had the distinct pleasure of helping some friends from NYC work on their project for the TechStyle installation at the Quilt museum in San Jose. Actually I just ended up doing some trouble shooting and some tech wrangling.
The woven fiber optics are connected to information from the web to create patterns.
I did for the first time get the “overqualified” feeling helping out a fellow artist. Not saying anything about their work at all, but putting myself into the role of a tech makes others look at you strange, no I am not the tech. I am an artist helping my fellows out.
Quilt and Jane are super awesome and I love them. I hope they can survive while I am in Portland for the next 4 days.
Jill dropped by from Colorado and we talked about social media. It is nice to realize you have learned a few things. What I believe about social media:
1) Twitter and Facebook work well together, but post to one and read both. I post to twitter and read facebook.
2) Kickstarter uses community to raise money, you need to start big, work your networks, and have nice give-backs. Keep in touch, show progress.
3) don’t flood your channels, foursquare to twitter / facebook is fun, but don’t put it on automatic, because every post ain’t gold
4) watch quitr, watch who signs up under twitter, right now I am not looking for followers, but I am watching signups and quits. Right now the marketing droids are looking for followers to monitize — boooring.
5) I am not broadcasting, I am attempting to start a conversation. I reply to replies and @ when someone says something interesting. If you start following on twitter, let me know you are reading (by @’ing me) and I will read your feed. Don’t be offended if I don’t follow and don’t be offended if I stop following, I won’t. I know I spout a LOT of BS and that if there is anything worth reading in what I say it is buried in BS oh yeah and I can be overly chatty at times.
6) Social media is boring, marketing is evil. Genuine is interesting, passion is interesting, depth is interesting.