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Day 3 – Say Hello to the Neighbours

Day Three: Say Hello to the Neighbours/Neighbors

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another… .

I do believe that if you are being your authentic self, social media does mimic life in that “like finds like” – you will find blogs and accounts that cover all the things you are interested in. In my case, Food: Bacon, recipes, ingredients, experiences; Drink: Whisk(e)y, Wine, Cocktails; Travel, Scotland, crime fiction, grammar,  bees, corvids, nature, sustainability, social good, life hacks, culture, Judaism, leadership, branding, graphic design, consumer goods packaging, business, social media (of course!), content,  news, media, old school letter writing, stationery…and the list that goes on.

So you have something in common with someone, start a conversation, i.e., comment on something you have read and hopefully the writer will reply. Maybe it’s just one comment and a reply, maybe it’s a conversation on a topic or better yet. over several topics. Over time. with certain people you click with, you may become one of the “regulars” that become part of daily or weekly interactions that one looks forward to. Maybe you connect over the one topic, but you may discover it could be several topics, or you may get introduced to something new. Then, if you are lucky and the planets align – perhaps there is a bloggers conference for the topic that brought you together, or holiday or work travel will provide an opportunity to meet in real life (if you are so inclined.)

So Hello Neighbours! and remember, put the SOCIAL back into SOCIAL MEDIA. It will make the experience much more fulfilling.


Monday. A word that often brings dread and loathing. It gets a bad rap.
I definitely have had my share of Monday dread as I am sure we all have, especially when not caffeinated enough.

However, I have found a reason to look forward to Mondays. Although I am unable to say exactly how I discovered it, I have dug around and can see that I have been participating in a fun (late) food lunch hour twitter chat since early spring of 2011.

#FNIchat  - the best and most delicious part of a Monday

#FNIchat – the best and most delicious part of a Monday

So what exactly is #FNIchat? It stands for Foodies Night In chat and originates in Cincinnati, Ohio every Monday at 4:-00 to 5:30  pm Eastern time, so 1::00 to 2:30 pm Pacific time. It is led by @CookingwithCaitlin. a trained chef (by a Chicago affiliate of Le Cordon Bleu), her sister Kelly, and crew.

Each week, food lovers gather on-line via twitter and have a fun hour and half or so to have chat about that week’s specific topic. It is often seasonal, e.g. summer cook outs, Thanksgiving, or can be a cooking technique or a course, and generally take two formats – fewer questions with more in-depth conversation about the topic, or a rapid fire/gut reaction response format. Both are fun, and provide a lot of learning and “favouriting” of tips and recipes to check out when there is more time.  Sometimes, there are some sponsored posts with prizes and coupons from that sponsor. So depending on the format, @FoodiesNiteIn tweets a question at regular intervals and you comment including the #FNIchat and reference to question number. Others may ask you a question or share your comment, and sometimes you can get a dialogue going, sometimes beyond the scheduled hour and half.

For me, that is actually the best part of #FNIchat.  I love the community around this weekly “meet up” and that is why I have been participating for over three years. I truly believe that social media mimics real life, and “like finds like” – you will gravitate towards those who share the same interests, views and humour – and the time spent on line together feels similar to hanging out with your friends in real life. Over three years, some of them feel like long time friends, sisters even!

Check out the FNIchat page or @FoodiesNiteIn  to find out what the upcoming topic is. Please say hello if you join in!

Do you participate in any weekly chats? Do you feel a sense of community with those you tweet with?



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