Hello. I'm Rex Hammock. I run a company called Hammock Publishing, Inc., in Nashville, Tenn. I've also been harping on this whole blogging thing for a long time on a weblog called rexblog.com. During the past decade or so, I've served on several ABM committees, including chairing its Smaller Publishers Committee and the Brand Extension Committee. Until I rotated off of it a couple of weeks ago, I served on the ABM board for six years.
At that time, I also agreed to chair something we're calling "the blogging committee" until we come up with a more appropriate name and figure out exactly what the role of the committee is. (I have my biases, but am open-minded.)
I've also volunteered to do some guest-blogging here at MediaPace.
As a note of transparency, my company works with several large national associations in publishing their member magazines and providing online editorial services to them. (ABM is not one of these.) And so, in addition to my willingness to serve in another voluntary role for ABM, I also have a professional interest in trying to understand the role of participatory media (I call it conversational media) in the context of associations. I believe associations have a unique opportunity to serve as neutral platforms for conversations -- they certainly do so when they host meetings. I've spent the past decade trying to encourage clients and other publishers to embrace ways to amplify the voices of those they serve, rather than view those voices as threats or competition. I hope the blogging committee and this blog can help me keep ranting on discussing that topic.
A final note: I hope this will be the longest post I make on this weblog. I hope to add short, news posts with lots of links. I don't think this weblog is where the news is -- it's out there on blogs maintained by ABM members and on weblogs maintained by those who have never heard of ABM but who are exploring new forms of B-to-B media. Let's see where this takes us.