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Friday, December 17, 2010

North-Eastern Collective: New England Royal Court

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Okay... I finally found some time "available" in my day to do a quick blog!  I throw quotations around "available" for the simple fact that I should be sleeping right now instead of listening to Led Zeppelin and staring at my monitor. 



...But statistics say if we live to the age of 78, we'll have spent 20 years or so sleeping.  Screw them apples.




So here I am, wide awake at almost four in the morning, and I'm writing tonight about the UG group that I decided to start not even a week ago which I dubbed New England Royal Court.  At the time of this blog, there are VERY few members (three to be exact), but of course I plan on increasing that number based on persistence and effective networking.  



~But first~



To be honest with you all, I'm big on networking, and I always have been in one form or another - but not in a way that would cause too many distractions.  There have been a number of social networking sites that have hit big ranks over the last ten years - ranging from the earlier chat rooms hosted by giants like AOLYahoo, etc - all the way to current-age-full-blown social networking sites, such as MyspaceFacebook, and others - some free, some not.  All of these sites were meant to appeal to a broad range of the worlds population, and by "broad" I mean that these sites target EVERYONE, and they're out looking for YOU to join. These sites will offer as much as possible to make joining and coming back CONSTANTLY more appealing to the world's population, and in doing so, features such as applications, games, and everything else that becomes available over time all pile up... and it gets bigger, and bigger, and more enveloping... Don't get me wrong - open source is one of the greatest things to happen with the internet in awhile, seeing as how it allows anyone with a decent understanding of programming to become a "developer" pretty much overnight - that's great!  But Pandora's box is now open... and Pandora has one hell of a box.  At some point in time you will be that person that wakes up in the morning, and heads straight to the computer before you even make your way to the bathroom to brush your teeth.



...then you find yourself visiting your neighbors farm, fertilizing her crops, commenting on her corn, and then skipping over to another tab to post an update about how your phone is ringing across the room, and how you're not going to answer it.



What the hell happened?  I'll tell you what the hell happened.  When the shit piled on, the social networking aspect ceased to exist... not completely, but I have noticed that Facebook's mission statement tends to evolve every time that monster goes up a notch in waist size.



Not that there's anything wrong with that... but for whatever reason, the word "facebook" gets a red underline in text editors - Seems it's a proper noun now.... So we call it "Facebook" -- no red underline when it's capitalized..  It's like that with a LOT of giants.

Once again - nothing wrong with that.



The point that I'm trying to make here, folks - is that the UG community is perfect for me, seeing as how it creates an almost flawless balance for my networking needs, and the site is feature-rich without being an overwhelming distraction, and I'm certain that most of you good folks reading this blog agree with me wholeheartedly on that statement.





...besides.  I may have A.D.D. - who knows?  I'm 32 - they weren't handing out that badge when I was younger.  We just got our asses kicked by our elders.  No meds for speds.


...And then?



So I figured out quickly that the best way to contribute, learn, network, and express myself all in one place would be to keep active here at UG, and also by creating a group that brings networking even closer to home - which is why I decided to start New England Royal Court in the first place.  I have nothing against the rest of the world, of course, and I can always reach out and network by using the main area of this site, and this is why I'm also trying to build my friends list.  As stated earlier in this post though, networking is most effective when there aren't as many distractions, and the whole world isn't looking to be involved.  This is why I chose to localize.  New England is a region that definitely lacks representation on a larger scale, and eventually I would LOVE to see this corner of the United States GLOW!!  There is almost an "overabundance"of talent in this area (if that's even possible) - so it's only a matter of time before the ever-hardening doors of fame and appreciation are kicked in, and when that happens, we're going to permanently damage the hinges so those deserving of a place in music history will have more opportunities available to them.  I guess our mission statement would be simply:



"To make a difference".


So with that said, I am also using this post as an open invite to those of you who are in the New England area and wish to network on an effective level.  Suggesting this group to your friends and other locals is a great idea as well - growth means resource, and resource means that as a community,  we all win.  For those of you who are reading this and are not in the New England area, please feel free to send me a friend request and/or subscribe to my blog - I'm all about being heard and "over"stood, and having subscribers will help me feel like I'm not doing this for nothing.



~~Side note to readers (if you're out there) - I am going to be looking for moderators as the group grows, so if you wish to help out, feel free to message me, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Suggestions are always welcome as well - I'm open minded, and definitely not some sort of tyrant looking to run things MY way only... 


That's shit.  This is community. 

~~ I'd also like to mention that in no way am I trying to "down" Facebook or any other online community out there - Of course I have an account there, but I use it strictly for networking nowadays.  Not too long ago you would have found me on Facebook at any random time of the day playing some sort of time-and-life-draining game/app - at home AND on my mobile.  All I'm trying to say is that my time is precious to me, and I'd rather spend that time truly learning, contributing, and most importantly - NETWORKING!






Pe♫ce. - Skiilz
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