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Social Networking Mentor

Heather Blakey has had over fifteen years experience building online communities using web based technologies. She first began to blog in 1999 when she was a columnist for Cathy Atherton’s Prairie Den and went on to demonstrate the potential of blogging. She wrote articles such as Zen and the Art of Team Blogging and worked in schools across Victoria, Australia, promoting the use of blogs to engage students and enable them to meet and be heard by people with similar interests. Global 2 is phase two of Global Teacher/Global Student, a pioneering blogging environment built by Heather Blakey, for the Victorian Education Department, in 2006.

The Wild Garden Advent Calendar, created in 2007, explored the use of web based technology and amazingly, much of it is very current. The creative work of women who Heather Blakey has mentored and guided reveals just what can be birthed in this environment.

Perhaps you still don’t know what a blog is. Maybe you don’t know a tweet from a widget or how to link to others. It could be that you simply need the hand of a creative midwife to help you realize your creative potentiality. It so happens that Heather is offering private mentoring for those who want to use blogging for educational, artistic or business purposes. You can work with Heather and become familiar with all those tools people are using. You can learn about

  • Basic blog construction using WordPress
  • Creating digital portfolios
  • Discover diverse, imaginative web applications to meet individual needs
  • Monetizing Your Blog and promoting business
  • News-gathering and Research Methodology
  • Building niche communities and online groups
  • Link-building Strategies
  • Social Media Optimization
  • And much more…
  • Contact heatherblakey at fastmail dot fm for more information

Reduce Re-use Recycle

I love what is happening at this site in Hobart. It is a wee far for a visit but happily there is a good resource at Eaglehawk in Bendigo. I have come home from there with some old concrete planters that suit my 1960’s house and will be visiting regularly to see what is on offer.

Pinterest Prompts Story Telling

Now that I am a reborn Pinterest devotee you may not get a lot of sense out of me. As a visual person I just love wandering around people’s boards, checking out what it is that constitutes a board. This board, filled with amazing abandoned and dilapidated things reminds me of a writing prompt I put on Soul Food years ago. It was the Abandoned Farmhouse. I am also thinking that A.M, who has kept us all entertained at Soul Food with her ghostly tales, would find this board quite cool. She would also come up with some great boards to support her fabulous stories

In Your Element

The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people, from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons; from Meg Ryan to Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; and from writer Arianna Huffington to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and others, including business leaders and athletes. It explores the components of this new paradigm: The diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.

Promoting Creativity

Studio Mothers has a lot of interesting ideas about creativity.

Change Makers

The internet and collaborative blogging transformed the way I worked as a teacher of writing and a chain of events led to me building and managing the Soul Food Cafe for over ten years.

In 2005 I helped build Global Teacher/Student, which has transmuted and is now Global2. The changes during the time I worked as a teacher have been extraordinary.

Here are some other  innovations that bought about massive change.

Stop and reflect and consider the things that have dramatically changed you and your creative endeavors.

Source of Ideas

‘Her Idea’ is a delightful concept. When I ran a writing program with primary school students we spent a lot of time sourcing the secret hiding places of ideas. We talked about what we know that we don’t know we know and closely examined tree roots that spread through the grounds of the school yard.

Thanks to Brain Pickings for this wonderful presentation of ‘Her Idea’.