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September 2010 Social Media Breakfast Recap

Thanks to all who resisted hitting the snooze button this morning and came out to our September Social Media Breakfast featuring bloggers form the @TBD community network! I didn’t tweet at all during breakfast (WHAT? Wait for it… ) because I was typing notes like crazy so I could share them with you all in blog post form. If you enjoy it and would like this recap to become a regular thing, leave a comment to let us know!

Another round of thanks to our amazing hosts, @BusboysandPoets, our heads of table, and our guests! See you at the next one! But if you can’t wait to spend some more quality time with fellow social media professionals and enthusiasts…  come to SMCDC’s September 22nd event: Using Social Media for Customer Service!

Sign up on Eventbrite: http://smcsept2010.eventbrite.com

September 2010 Social Media Breakfast Recap

Speakers: Cindy Cotte Griffiths (@cindycg) and

Brad Rourke (@bradrourke)

Blog: Rockville Central (@Rockville)

Brad and Cindy were blogging before blogging was invented. They posted articles to USENET way back in the day. On Memorial Day 2007, Brad read an article in Washington Post that profiled local bloggers from blogs like “Just Stop the Pike,” which covers Silver Spring. Brad thought there would surely be a blog about where he lived – Rockville – but when he discovered there wasn’t one, he decided to start one – because it was the weekend and he didn’t have anything to do, and what else do you do over the weekend, right? Brad would regularly meet parents and other folks in the neighborhood park and talk about issues of the day, and he eventually created a space like that online for the residents of Rockville.

While Brad’s original thought was that he’d create a little online newsletter for the neighborhood, Cindy encouraged him to think more broadly and do all of Rockville.

Cindy talked to about commenting policies and the role they have played in encouraging people to participate on the blog because they know it’s a safe place where everyone is appreciated and where there is no tolerance for people who want to be nasty.

Brad and Cindy have used Twitter for three years, but they didn’t until they could feed the blog through their Twitter account and help readers find posts in that way. They explained that as more Rockville residents have become comfortable with the blog, and as they get to meet more of their readers in person… more comments are published every time and the blog is more of an extension of their local community, online.

Speakers: Jaime Fearer (@bogrosemary)

and Geoffrey Hatchard (@IMGoph)

Blogs: District Curmudgeon (@distcurm)

and Greater Greater Washington (@ggwash)

The District Curmudgeon started din March 2010 but both Geoffrey and Jamie had history that led to writing this particular blog. Like Brad and Cindy, it was civic engagement that led Jamie and Geoffrey to start their blog. As members of their neighborhood, they needed to find news about what was going on in the community. Jamie started “Stop, Blog, and Roll” in 2005, however, when she moved to Shaw she became involved with “Greater Great Washington” and joined the site as a contributor there.

Geoffrey started blogging in 2006 when he moved to the Bloomingdale Neighborhood. The name of his blog was meant to be temporary because he’d be there temporarily, so after he moved, the blog was shut down and he spent a bit of time trying to figure out what to do next. Soon, he started contributing to “Greater Greater Washington. “

For both Jamie and Geoffrey, the idea, was not to just spit out information, but to start a dialogue and to be able to respond to comments and tweets. The blog was an outlet to let things out and point out things that weren’t happening and try to affect change.

Speaker: Scott Brodbeck

Blog: ARLNow.com (@ARLnowDOTcom)

Scott started blogging in January 2010 after five years in television news in DC. He started the blog because Arlington needed a full-time online news source and despite it being such a large community, it was missing that. He saw the need and wanted to prove to himself that he could take on the challenge of producing a blog. While in TV, he produced a segment called “Meet the Blogger” and thought that what the bloggers were doing was pretty cool – so he went for it.

On ARLNow.com, Scott tries to strike a balance between community news and breaking news. He tries to curate content and not do throw-away posts. He’s at the stage where he’s trying to sell ads and make it a financially sustainable business because, for something of that scale to exist, he needs to pay his rent (story of our lives, eh?). Scott uses Twitter and Facebook – and he shared that Facebook drives THREE TIMES more traffic than Twitter to his blog. While he uses both those tools, the way he measures his success the most is by comments on the blog.

Speaker: Mandy Jenkins (@mjenkins)

Blog: TBD.com (@TBD)

Mandy share a little more about TBD.com – a local news startup launched at the beginning of August, but of course, you already knew that J TBD has a very small staff but they try to cover news all the way from Virginia, to Maryland, to DC – something they couldn’t achieve without their contributors and the community bloggers who, and I quote, “bust their butts everyday to get news to them.”  — (Personal note: Thank you to all the members of the TBD staff!)

TBD tries to gather and curate the news. The staff reads RSS feeds everyday and try to make it so that they can bring as much of everything as they can into the site, but also bring discussion around the news and content they publish. They try to make sure they are on top of what’s going on out there, everywhere, so TBD takes to social networks of all kind – Twitter, Foursquare checkins. Because there is a few of them and tons of us, they use social media to tap into the public to learn what’s going on. (Personal note: Thank you DC-area bloggers!)

Mandy closed saying, “I feel like we come to work every day not knowing what’s going to happen, but somehow they’re going to cover it. “ Respect.

Image courtesy of @mjenkins

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Meet Our September 2010 Social Media Breakfast Speakers!

Thinking about starting a blog?   Wish you existing blog had more readers or comments?  Wondering just how the city’s successful bloggers ever have the time to do such good work?

Find out all this and more as recently-launched, local news startup TBD and a few excellent DC area bloggers tell you the secrets to their blogging success. They will talk about how to get started blogging, crafting great posts, using social media to market your blog and how they fit blogging into their day (on top of full-time jobs, families and other commitments).

We have several speakers this time around, which means only one thing — more brilliant brains to pick on. But don’t worry, breakfast won’t run beyond the allotted time. Our speakers will first share their favorite pieces of wisdom with all of us and then, we will open up the floor to make sure you get the opportunity to ask all of your burning blogging questions 🙂

See you at Busboys and Poets (14th and V — U Street Metro) on TUESDAY, September 14, 2010 at 8:30am.

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Meet the speakers (and their blogs!)

Speakers: Jaime Fearer (@bogrosemary)

and Geoffrey Hatchard (@IMGoph)

Blogs: District Curmudgeon (@distcurm)

and Greater Greater Washington (@ggwash)

Jaime worked in the book industry for over 10 years, dividing that time between bookselling and academic publishing. After living in NE DC’s Woodridge neighborhood for 3 years, where she ran the blog stop, blog, and roll, Jaime decided to formalize her passion for community building and planning by pursuing a Masters in Community Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jaime currently lives in DC’s Trinidad neighborhood and is co-creator and author of The District Curmudgeon with Geoffrey Hatchard and also contributes to Greater Greater Washington.

Geoffrey’s background in geography is what brought him to Washington, DC, and it’s what has helped him develop a deep and abiding love for the city. An life-long obsession with maps brought him to DC for a job as a cartographic editor at the National Geographic Society, and he currently is employed as a geographer with the U.S. Census Bureau. Since moving into the city 6 years ago, he’s strived to stay on top of neighborhood news, leading to the creation of a neighborhood blog for the Bloomingdale neighborhood in 2006. In 2009, he moved to the Trinidad neighborhood with Jaime Fearer, co-creating their current blog, The District Curmudgeon, as a vehicle for both rants and a way to talk about how to change things in DC for the better. He also contributes to Greater Greater Washington.

Speaker: Scott Brodbeck

Blog: ARLNow.com (@ARLnowDOTcom)

Launched in January 2010, ARLnow.com is the place for the latest news, views and things to do around Arlington, Virginia. Started by Scott Brodbeck, an Arlington resident who has spent the past several years working in local TV news in D.C., ARLnow.com seeks to distinguish itself with original, enterprising, up-to-the-minute local coverage.





Speakers: Cindy Cotte Griffiths (@cindycg) and

Brad Rourke (@bradrourke)

Blog: Rockville Central (@Rockville)

Cindy and Brad have been collaborating on Rockville Central since June 2007 when Brad founded the site. Rockville Central covers the news from the second-largest city in Maryland and the county seat of Montgomery County. Designed from the start with the civic goal of being a safe space for all kinds of people to discuss issues in public life, Rockville Central has grown to be in the top five most-read local blogs in Maryland, and is read throughout City Hall and beyond.

Both very active in the Rockville community, Cindy and Brad each bring a unique sensibility to the site. Brad is an expert in civic engagement and has been blogging about public life since before the term “blog” was invented. Cindy has
worked with local nonprofits and shares her experiences about what’s special in the community through blogging, which she hopes will encourage greater public participation.

Speaker: Mandy Jenkins (@mjenkins)

Blog: TBD.com (@TBD)

Mandy is the Social Media Producer for TBD.com, a local news website and TV station in the Washington, D.C. area that launched in early August. In addition to its own reporting staff and a collection of curated local sources, TBD features posts from a Community Network of more than 150 local blogs (and counting). TBD is also active on the social web, using Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and other tools to gather, share and report news. Before moving to D.C. to work for TBD this summer, Mandy was the Social Media Editor for the Cincinnati Enquirer. She also writes Zombie Journalism, a blog on new media issues.

A special thanks to Busboys and Poets, the OFFICIAL venue of Social Media Breakfast DC!

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community — allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact. Follow them on Twitter and declare your love on Facebook.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Register for Social Media Breakfast DC -- May2010 in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Want to get more involved?

Register as a “Head of Table”! Essentially, you will be volunteering to ignite conversation at your table and let others pick your brain during the Breakfast. Don’t worry, we don’t mean this literally. Heads of Table get 50 % off!

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring any one of our monthly breakfast events, please let us know. Email us at socialmediaclubDC [at] gmail [dot] com or send a tweet to @smcdc. Thank you in advance!

July 2010 Social Media Breakfast-DC: Meet the speakers!

Even though there are two “i”s in “social media,” teamwork is the only way to run an effective social media campaign. Join us for breakfast to hear our speakers talk about cross-departmental work and share tips on how everyone, from any department, can learn to just get along and work towards the common good.

Meet our speakers! Who, this month, will share great ideas for how public relations, human resources, finance, accounting, marketing, etc. can join forces in order to produce more cohesive and successful digital campaigns and lead other organizational social media initiatives in a more collaborative way.

See you at Busboys and Poets (14th and V — U Street Metro) on TUESDAY, July 20, 2010 at 8:30am.

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Meet the speakers

Mike Kohn, LEED Green Associate, SmithGroup, @mike_kohn

Mike Kohn is successfully straddling the lines of HR, Marketing and PR at SmithGroup, a national architecture and engineering firm. A graduate of The George Washington University, Mike began working in the HR field and unofficially became a key Social Media Advocate/Enthusiast for his firm. Combining his love of human resources and his unabashed zeal for social media, he co-authored social media guidelines for his firm and helped to create and launch a Facebook fan page for SmithGroup while tweeting activities about the firm from his personal account, @mike_kohn. You can also read his blog, The HR Intern.


Brian Reilly, CPSM, SmithGroup, @reillybri

Brian Reilly is a Marketing Manager at SmithGroup, a national architecture and engineering firm, where he leads the company’s client development, marketing and PR efforts. With over fifteen years of experience, Brian has a broad interest in emerging social media opportunities for business. He has degrees from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, and an MBA from the École nationale des ponts et chaussées in Paris where he spent three years cruising the Seine and walking the Champs-Élysées. Brian lives in Takoma Park, MD with his wife Jennifer and three children. He enjoys vegetable gardening, bicycling and ultimate frisbee. He blogs at 100percentoverhead.comand can be found on Twitter @reillybri.

Erin C. Orr, CPSM, FOX Architects, LLC, @ErinOrr

Erin Orr is the Marketing Director at FOX Architects. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Marymount University, Erin has over 10 years of experience under her belt exclusively in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) industry. She has achieved the Certified Professional Services Marketer denotation and has earned 18 marketing awards at both the local and national level. With a traditional communications background she has actively engaged in digital space and served as a social media advisor for her firm, industry associations, and professionals. With her unruly obsession with social media she is actively working to build awareness and education in the A/E/C industry. These efforts include hands-on educational seminars, speaking engagements, and social media strategy and execution.

A special thanks to Busboys and Poets, the OFFICIAL venue of Social Media Breakfast DC!

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community — allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact. Follow them on Twitter and declare your love on Facebook.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Register for Social Media Breakfast DC -- May2010 in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Want to get more involved?

Register as a “Head of Table”! Essentially, you will be volunteering to ignite conversation at your table and let others pick your brain during the Breakfast. Don’t worry, we don’t mean this literally. Heads of Table get 50 % off!

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring any one of our monthly breakfast events, please let us know. Email us at socialmediaclubDC [at] gmail [dot] com or send a tweet to @smcdc. Thank you in advance!

July 2010 Social Media Breakfast DC ——— Cross-departmental work: The key to an effective social media campaign

Even though there are two “i”s in “social media,” teamwork is the only way to run an effective social media campaign. Join us for breakfast to hear our speakers talk about cross-departmental work and share tips on how everyone, from any department, can learn to just get along and work towards the common good.

This month, our guests will enjoy breakfast and think up more ideas for how public relations, human resources, finance, accounting, marketing, etc. can join forces in order to produce more cohesive and successful digital campaigns and lead other organizational social media initiatives in a more collaborative way.

See you at Busboys and Poets (14th and V — U Street Metro) on TUESDAY, July 20, 2010 at 8:30am.

Register for Social Media Breakfast DC -- May2010 in Washington, DC   on Eventbrite

A special thanks to Busboys and Poets, the OFFICIAL venue of Social Media Breakfast DC!

Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community — allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic and literary communities to dialogue, educate and interact. Follow them on Twitter and declare your love on Facebook.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Register for Social Media Breakfast DC -- May2010 in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Want to get more involved?

Register as a “Head of Table”! Essentially, you will be volunteering to ignite conversation at your table and let others pick your brain during the Breakfast. Don’t worry, we don’t mean this literally. Heads of Table get 50 % off!

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring any one of our monthly breakfast events, please let us know. Email us at socialmediaclubDC [at] gmail [dot] com or send a tweet to @smcdc. Thank you in advance!

January Social Media Breakfast Wrap-Up

Other than to say thank you to our speakers: Geoff Living (@geoffliving), Shashib Bellamkonda (@shashib), and Alex Howard (@digiphile); our Heads of Table: Andy Carvin (@acarvin), Daria Steigman (@dariasteigman), Shonali Burke (@shonali), Josh Greene (@josh_greene), and Mike Schaffer (@mikeschaffer); and our guests! …  there is not much left to say.

Our inaugural Social Media Breakfast DC (#SMBDC) was terrific!

Don’t believe me? Alex Priest did an AWESOME job recapping the event here.

A day before the Breakfast, Alex wrote a blog post version of his Breakfast presentation titled “Trends and challenges for social media in 2010.

Before leaving for the Breakfast, Geoff posted a “Get Mobile Now” manifesto on his blog.

After the event, Shashib recapped the discussion and included a Flickr slideshow with pictures of the breakfast on his Examiner blog.

One of our Heads of Table, Shonali Burke, wrote a post about the Breakfast table talk, the engaging crowd and the new friends and connections our guests were made that morning.

Thank you all! You have us COVERED!

Check out our event pictures, courtesy of Rachel Rule (@rachelrule), Social Media Breakfast Co-organizer.

More pictures from Amy D. Phillips (@amydpp).

You’ll notice, no one looks groggy 🙂

Stay tuned for the next breakfast in early February. Information will be posted on our EventBrite registration page: http://socialmediabreakfastdc.eventbrite.com

Flickr user amydpp

Social Media Breakfast is this Monday!

DC’s inaugural Social Media Breakfast (#SMBDC) is this Monday, January 25 at 8am at Teaism on Penn Quarter. We were overwhelmed by the great response and though our inaugural event is sold out, we hope many more will tune in to our live stream and join the conversation: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smbdc

Next week, we will talk about Social Media in 2010. With January practically behind us, what trends or predictions do you believe will prevail? How can we be visionaries in a space as dynamic as social media?

Without further ado, meet the speakers who will help us start 2010 on the right foot:

* Original copy courtesy of speakers’ blog sites and Google Profiles.

Geoff Livingston (@geoffliving): Geoff co-founded Zoetica, a social enterprise that provides superior communication consulting, training, and strategy to help mindful organizations affect social change. He has worked as a public relations strategist in the Washington, D.C. region for more than 16 years. Dubbed a “local blogging guru” by the Washington Post, Geoff’s award-winning book on new media “Now is Gone” was released in 2007. The book has been cited by the Wall Street Journal as a valuable resource for social media. He continues to blog about communications on the Buzz Bin. He sold his social media boutique Livingston Communications to CRT/tanaka in April of 2009. Some of his professional experiences include United Way of America, Save Darfur, the Goodwill of Greater Washington, Environmental Defense Fund, Live Earth, ChildFund International, the Campus Kitchens Project, the Philanthropy 2.0 Project, Network Solutions, Sully Erna (Godsmack lead singer), and many others.

Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib): Shashi works at the heart of Web hosting company, Network Solutions, as their first-ever ‘Social Media Swami’ (Director –Social Media). He has helped Network Solutions move into the online space to actively listen to and interact with its customers. Shashi has presented to several audiences on ” ‘Social Media Tools for Small Business’, ‘How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss’ and “Online Reputation Management – Best Practices & Lessons Learned”, at national and regional conferences. He writes a regular DC Social Media Marketing column for the Examiner and has been featured on the Washingtonian magazine’s “Washington’s Top 100 Tech Titans list,” the Washington Business Journal and other publications. Shashi also blogs about social media technology and the coolest new sites and tech-toys to check out.  Shashi lives for technology, testing new innovations and helping people with small businesses to succeed. A self-described ‘Internet junkie’ and thought leader.

Alex Howard (@digiphile): Alex is the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com at TechTarget. His work there focuses on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving his focus to security and compliance, Alex was the associate editor of WhatIs.com, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT. Alex is intrigued by technological change, taken with ideas, cooking (he was an #IronChefDC participant in December 2010), the great outdoors, books, dogs, and media, in all forms.

Talk about setting the bar high, huh?

Meet our Heads of Table:


Speacial thanks to: Andy Carvin, Daria Steigman, Shonali Burke, and Mike Schaffer, who will lead conversation at their tables after our speaker’s kick the morning off. Feel free to pick their brains while you enjoy breakfast.

Important notes:

If your plans have changed and you will not be able to attend, please let us now as soon as possible. This way, we can give our hopeful guests on the waitlist the chance to attend the event.

Don’t forget to bring $10 for breakfast. We promise deliciousness.

If you’d like to serve as Head of Table to lead discussion at your table, please let us know by Twitter mention or DM (@smcdc) or email us at socialmediaclubdc@gmail.com. We still have two spots left.

And as always, we are looking for sponsors to partner with us in order to keep food costs down. If you are interested in sponsoring this or any future Social Media Breakfast, please contact us.

See you Monday!