Sorry Andy, another post about the GeekDinner, well kinda.
At about 17:30 today I figured I needed to get off my Herman Miller cushioned bum and unwind while summer is still here. I walked up Lions Head listening to Amplitude 10 and back down with some Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust ending up on Glen Beach just after sunset. Spectacular sunset. "Cape Town in the summertime and the livin' is easy".
The usual photos of hot woman, but no hot woman in datacentres. *grin*
Maybe we can write to them about that.
So.. I had some time to think about the GeekDinner since last night.
Mike phoned me this afternoon asking how the GeekDinner went and for some reason he was still a bit unsure if we had completely made peace after our little online food fight. He's had a bit of a bad innings with criticism of the 27 Dinner and the Blog Awards recently.
Mike.. peace. Keep up the good work. You've done a super human amount of good work for the ZA blogging community.
This is a very long build-up to my point.. which is, I think I've experienced a bit of negative and lukewarm feedback today.. a path Mike has already walked. There was also plenty of good feedback.. so I figure the people who really like something and the people who really don't like something will speak up, for the rest it's just business as usual.
I guess the yapper dogs in the peanut gallery can change the world and start their own revolution or get involved in the movement and shape it. You can't please everybody and the important lesson is that you should not expect to.
I think the essence of social media is community. You can give the ball the initial momentum but you have no way to control where it goes. Social media seems self perpetuating in some ways. Distributed effort, rough consensus and running code. A very interesting and dynamic system of how ideas rise and fall to feed conversation and inspire action.
I wanted the GeekDinner to be Inclusive and Interactive. Based on these very simple goals, I think it was a success. Thanks for showing up.
ps. My pics are here.