There are a few people who have suggested the idea that the future of digital content will be seen through the introduction of curators of both the digital and physical world. If you know what you are looking for, it’s often pretty easy to just type in your search to Google and find your answer. On the other hand, what if you don’t know what exactly it is you are looking for, but you can identify your taste or the general topic area? This is where curators come into play. They match up with your taste, and then provide you with quality content, rather than just pushing out thoughtless placeholder media.
For example, I love movies, but I do have a particular taste, and it doesn’t always match up with the rating systems you find on sites like IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes. Well recently I discovered Dan Buffa’s content on both his personal blog Dose of Buffa and a site he co-created called Film Addict, and I’m sold! His recent post about the announcement for a sequel to John Wick was what convinced me to follow up and ask him to Skype with me for my first remote Free Coffee With Felix meet-up. After finding someone with a similar taste in movies and entertainment, and someone who can actually keep my attention for more than a few minutes, I wanted to reach out to gain that next level experience from a readers standpoint. When you’re able to either listen to the tone of voice or see the facial expressions of the author of the content you enjoy so much, you can gain a much better idea of what the author is trying to convey in their writing. You’ll notice that as you read through their posts, you can hear their voice and see their expressions in their writing, and I can guarantee you it’s a much more fun and engaging experience when you feel like you’re in an actual conversation with the writer as you read through their posts.
Now, I could have just tuned into Dan’s podcast to get an idea of the voice behind his posts, but when you have a free coffee blog, use it! This also gave me the chance to get a behind the scenes look at how this all started for him. In his words, the spark that led to his debut into the writing scene started by exchanging rants between friends via email. It got to the point where he started cranking out 1,000+ word spouts about sports, entertainment, and other musings relevant to him and his friends. He soon realized that the conversations he was having among friends also resonated with multiple online audiences. After that, he just jumped straight into the blogging and content creating arena and started writing.
From social media trends, to the cultural happenings around St. Louis, to even fun chat’s like recapping about the Walking Dead season finale, the St. Louis based Twitter chat #STLChat is the place to tune in on Monday night’s. Organized by the St. Louis Social Group and founder Jimmy Alkhouri, this chat started gaining ground when it launched back in January 2011. According to Jimmy, the group was created purely for the good of St. Louis. He wanted to provide a place for people to connect, discover new opportunities, and ultimately build better relationships throughout the St. Louis community. By creating the St. Louis Social Group and hosting #STLChat Monday night’s at 8 PM-CT, Jimmy and the volunteers behind St. Louis Social Group had provided a platform for people from various backgrounds to meet each other and talk about similar interests in the St. Louis area. With technology today, we have plenty of tools to make St. Louis better and enrich our community, but at the end of the day it takes time, dedication, and in the words of my favorite fictional coach “miles and miles of heart.” Jimmy Alkhouri and the volunteers involved with the St. Louis Social Group definitely possess these sought after traits, and are a real force for good in helping create a dialog among St. Louisans of all backgrounds.
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