I’ve had the chance to chat with some really interesting folks recently – individuals who are helping to shape the future of publishing. Click the images below to hear each conversation:

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In my blog at WeGrowMedia.com, I explore the history of SoHo in New York City, and how the threat of a huge public works project helped a community of artists form. Now, several decades later, little is left of that original community, as businesses have “unlocked the value” of that area. Read the post here:

What Happens When Businesses “Unlock Value” From a Community

Have a great day.
-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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Bigger is Not Always Better: Niche Communities Online

by Dan Blank on November 11, 2010

On my blog at WeGrowMedia.com, I explore the value of focusing on serving smaller niche communities online:

“The web does an incredible job of organizing and engaging small groups. What’s more, it gives a business data to measure how well they are serving that community; tools to research what their community needs; the ability to improve their product offering quickly and easily; and it removes boundaries for profitability by allowing businesses to run leaner and serve community members anywhere in the world. But the flip side of this is the traditional media model: The desire for more more more.”

Read the full story here: Publishing Success: Niche Communities vs a Broad Audience

Have a great day.
-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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From my blog at WeGrowMedia.com:

The sudden death Daniel Jezek, of an online community leader sent an outpouring of emotions and condolences from those he served. It is an incredible example of what it means to truly support a community online. One of the many notes of condolence:

“Dan’s talent created an amazing website but this place is so much more than just a website, it’s a global community working together to support a hobby, more a lifestyle for some, genius. This is an achievement that Dan’s family and friends can be truly proud of and I believe this community will strive to keep it going in a way that will honour his great work for many years to come.”

Read the full story here: How to Serve an Online Community: The Legacy of Daniel Jezek

Have a great day.
-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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On my blog at WeGrowMedia.com, I take a look at how social media is empowering businesses to connect directly with their customers. Instead of posting mission statements that don’t always connect intention to reality, businesses can show their values by providing an incredible online experience. You can read the full post here:

Intention vs Action: How Businesses Connect With Customers

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Christina Katz Interview

by Dan Blank on October 26, 2010

I had a chance to speak to writing instructor Christina Katz, who shared some incredible advice on how to become a successful writer. You can check out the video or MP3 of our chat here:

How to Become a Successful Writer: The Christina Katz Interview

Dan Blank interviews Christina Katz

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The Isolation of Information

by Dan Blank on October 18, 2010

On my blog at WeGrowMedia.com, I explore what it means for an author to build a community around their book, and how this value extends for decades, not just fiscal quarters.

In the post, I explore three metaphors & examples:

  • Why lovers carve their names into trees.
  • How books get lonely, and how the digital era can fix that.
  • What we can learn from the 30 year history of the Bruce Springsteen fanzine “Backstreets.”

You can read the post here:

How Social Media Helps Books Grow

Have a great day.
-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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Scott Gould Interview

by Dan Blank on October 11, 2010

I just posted a video interview over on WeGrowMedia.com with Scott Gould. He and I discuss what it takes to serve and grow a community, and the complex nature of leadership and ownership in that process:

Dan Blank interviews Scott Gould

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Lessons From Walt Disney

by Dan Blank on October 8, 2010

I shared a new post today on my blog at WeGrowMedia.com that explores the differences between having vision, and merely managing. Walt Disney was a visionary, and I explore these ideas by talking about a pivotal moment in his career – how he looked so far beyond the expectations set upon him by his customers and even his own company. You can read the post here:

The Difference Between Vision and Management

Have a great day.
-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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Some Recent Blog Posts You May Have Missed

by Dan Blank on October 4, 2010

In recent months, I have been splitting my focus between this blog, and one for my business at WeGrowMedia.com. In order to ensure that followers of each blog don’t miss out on anything, I’m going to begin posting links to this blog that shares everything I am writing.

Here are two recent posts:

I’ve also done two video interviews in the past few weeks:

As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me. Thanks!

-Dan
973-981-8882 | Twitter: @DanBlank | dan@danblank.com

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