A couple weeks ago, Alissa (gelatobaby) posted on her blog about Glass House Conversations. She was hosting a conversation that week herself, and her blog post was enough for me to click over and see what the site was all about. The site is now one of my favorites. Influential people in architecture, art, and design pose intellectual questions to the internet public every week. Anyone can respond, and usually pretty good discussions develop. One of the coolest things about the site, though, is that a lot of people who respond to the questions are reasonably high-profile, so it becomes a platform for the general public (me) to have conversations with people we wouldn't normally rub elbows with. The site isn't over-populated, so people frequently respond directly to one another, resulting in a more intimate-feeling conversation.
You can read more about the actual glass house, and glass house conversations, here.
In order to post to the site, you have to make yourself a really simple profile. There's a place for your photo, name, (self-proclaimed) title, twitter handle (I don't have one- yet), and website. Your name, photo, and title appear next to any comments you make. I've gotten a fair amount of blog hits from the glass house conversations website, so that means people are looking at my profile. Cool! Self promotion!!
Last week's conversation was facilitated by Nicola Twilley, a food editor with GOOD. Halfway through the week, and the online conversation, I found an article on the GOOD site where Nicola had noted the online conversation taking place, and my participation (along with several other of the contributers.) That article was one of the absolute highlights of my week- I highly respect GOOD, and to be noted on their website was a huge rush.
The moral of this story? Get involved, engage in conversations, use your brain, and have fun. Participating in the Glass House Conversations gives me a great break from searching for a job, but it also, in some small way, acts as self-promotion. These opportunities are all around, particularly for members of the design community, if you just know where to look (or at least where to start.)