The Future of Twickerati – Are You Part of It?

ice-cream-van-twickenham-twickeratiHi Twickenham people, you’re all looking mighty fine today it has to be said.  But then again you always do.

Way back in May I told you that I wanted to take a step back from the blogosphere for a while or possibly even for ever. In true twickerati style I did and also did not do exactly that.  Everyone in the team (of one) certainly cut right back from those heady days of trying to update the site twice a week. It was like a very heavy but strangely pleasant weight being lifted off our collective shoulders (both of them) but we still ended up doing a smattering of ‘not-so-good’ posts anyway because in Twickenham there’s always interesting shizzle going down.  In other words, I couldn’t quite bear to give up completely on something that’s time consuming, frequently frustrating but often fun. Killing off a vibrant ‘hyperlocal’ web site felt illogical.

But this ‘limping along’ approach is far from ideal and was never going to be satisfactory for anyone – I knew that then, you know that now.  It can’t go on. So now it’s time to see if there’s a way to take things forward with a more collaborative approach and the question you’ve got to ask yourself is, “Do you want to be part of it?”  Do you feel lucky? Well do ya?

Can you help?
If you’re interested in helping out by writing content for the site then that would be great; fantastic in fact.  If you’re reading this then you should already know the ‘ethos’ of twickerati and it’s very important that you want to be part of that ethos.  How would I describe it? Pro-Twickenham, informative, entertaining (I hope), occasionally funny (yeah, whatever), frequently irreverent, not party political, not a campaigning site (unless something really needs ‘calling out’) and generally in favour of progress over stasis.

What could you do?
There are a few things we’d love to get you involved with:

  • First and foremost, the best thing you could do would be to write a couple of items each month on a range of topics – either news, features or about what’s on locally. Yes, you’d be making a commitment to deliver real copy for real publication on the interweb.
  • Bring some techie or design or other fancy-dan skills to improve things like listings (e.g. events coverage)
  • Help with more exciting ideas if there’s the will to make them work – how about audio? video?? understanding what the hell the point of Snapchat is???

A handful of regular contributors each producing something every month could make a massive difference to the website and to Twickenham. Some might even call it transformative.

And one more thing… you’d be doing all this based on a mix of community spirit, vanity, an outlet for your creativity and because it’s a much better way to spend your time than watching DIY SOS. Put bluntly, there’s no money involved unless you’ve got some good revenue generating ideas.

Interested in talking more?
Don’t be shy, no previous blogging experience is necessary, so why not come and discuss some ideas over a drink at The Fox (details to be confirmed) at 8.30pm on Thursday 19th November. Or drop an email to twickerati@gmail.com to find out more.

 

Twickenham is waiting for you!

UPDATE

Just to update people on the plan for Thursday and to manage any expectations you may have.

Initially I had expected three or four people to get in touch and that after a couple of conversations it might mean that two or three locals might be right for helping to take things forward. That was an incorrect assumption. More than a dozen people have been in contact suggesting a range of different things. Wow! It’s fantastic that so many people want to help keep the twickerati ‘ice cream van of news’ on the road but double figures is just too many people to turn into some kind of ‘editorial team’. Fear not, drinks at The Fox are absolutely going ahead as planned on Thursday but the focus will be much more about having informal conversations and seeing what might work, rather than any kind of grand editorial summit. There will be no big speech or table thumping about tomorrow’s headline. It’s a ‘getting to know you’ session if you will.

My priority is still to find a very small group of Twicker-types who will be able to generate their own ideas and produce regular copy on a range of subjects in a way that sticks to the twickerati ethos of “News, comment and ill-informed opinion”. It doesn’t mean that people with ideas for one off postings won’t ever get a look in, they will. In some cases the fit between what you’re offering and what the site needs (i.e. what I want as the Megalomaniac Editor) might be perfect. Brilliant! In other cases it might not be right at the moment, or possibly even ever. Not to worry if that’s the case. Alternatively you might have some great ideas about site design or delivery on different platforms. It’s all about finding ways to shake the hand of progress in the time-honoured twickerati tradition. In short, let’s talk Twickenham and find the flip out!

Details:
The Fox, from 8.30pm, Thursday 19th November.
Or if you can’t make it, by email afterwards.

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15 responses to “The Future of Twickerati – Are You Part of It?

  1. A very big thank you to all those people who came to The Fox last night. It was good to meet you all. Plenty of ideas to mull over and now you have the twickerati email address to talk some more about taking things forward.

  2. Just to update people on the plan for Thursday and to manage any expectations you may have.

    Initially I had expected three or four people to get in touch and that after a couple of conversations it might mean that two or three locals might be right for helping to take things forward. That was an incorrect assumption. More than a dozen people have been in contact suggesting a range of different things. Wow! It’s fantastic that so many people want to help keep the twickerati ‘ice cream van of news’ on the road but double figures is just too many people to turn into some kind of ‘editorial team’. Fear not, drinks at The Fox are absolutely going ahead as planned on Thursday but the focus will be much more about having informal conversations and seeing what might work, rather than any kind of grand editorial summit. There will be no big speech or table thumping about tomorrow’s headline. It’s a ‘getting to know you’ session if you will.

    My priority is still to find a very small group of Twicker-types who will be able to generate their own ideas and produce regular copy on a range of subjects in a way that sticks to the twickerati ethos of “News, comment and ill-informed opinion”. It doesn’t mean that people with ideas for one off postings won’t ever get a look in, they will. In some cases the fit between what you’re offering and what the site needs (i.e. what I want as the Megalomaniac Editor) might be perfect. Brilliant! In other cases it might not be right at the moment, or possibly even ever. Not to worry if that’s the case. Alternatively you might have some great ideas about site design or delivery on different platforms. It’s all about finding ways to shake the hand of progress in the time-honoured twickerati tradition. In short, let’s talk Twickenham and find the flip out!

    Details:
    The Fox, from 8.30pm, Thursday 19th November.
    Or if you can’t make it, by email afterwards.

  3. Hey. I’d be happy to write regularly and contribute. I’m local, I work in media, and I (haphazardly) write a blog of sorts at work.
    Andy Griffin

  4. upend

    happyto help if I can 🙂

  5. What about a semi-regular podcast – I could record/edit it for you. Whack it on Soundcloud, embed it in the blog (don’t panic I know what this means) for people to listen to/comment on? I’ll aim to pop down 19 Nov.

  6. Ex-Twickenham Resident

    I would like a monthly column by Alexis who as we know is not short of an opinion, scourge of the Lib Dems, humorous and in my opinion a bit of a good egg.

    Sally also could write a monthly column as she likewise is not a shrinking violet when it comes to local matters.

    • Sally

      Thank you very much. Come on ,Alexis.

    • Alexis

      My thanks to ex-TR for his or her kind words, very much appreciated but no column from me – I think my skill is as a commentator. Also to Sally for her concern about my welfare. Fear not Sally, all is well – I’ve been taking a well-earned sabbatical away from the fray.

      As to Lord True’s plans for the T Riverside: I don’t like the way he seems to be steamrollering his favoured scheme through the delivery process just as he tried to do with the ill-fated Gloriana. What brought Lourie down? Hubris. I rather hope this administration will take a deep breath, remember who brought them into power and not fall into the same hole Lourie and his LibDem chums did.

      The Lido is an interesting concept but I wonder whether the site is too constrained and parking will be well-nigh impossible if the right turn into Water Lane is closed, as proposed. Whilst there is no shortage of buses, none of them stop anywhere near the site any more, so who wants to squabble with parking attendants whilst your children shake their soggy swimming kit at you?
      I know this will be anathema to many but how about siting the proposed lido where the Gloriana boathouse was going to be built? Plenty of space, a cracking spot and a real asset to our borough – perhaps Marble Hill could be persuaded to rent out a bit of land for an adjacent car park? Just a thought!
      I will now resume my sabbatical and put on my tin hat.
      Alexis

  7. Jill Papworth

    I’m a local and a journalist so I will come along on the 19th to see if I can help.

  8. Hey, I am glad to see your comments here, but I am not *that* good at web stuff, and and fairly busy otherwise helping out with hardware.. I guess you have more knowlredge than me on that…
    What I could suggest, is to make it a more ‘forum’ type website – phpbb is a free open source forum manager, to get you started.. not as ‘pretty’ as the present site, but it can easily manage loooooong posts and subjects that go on for ages!! 🙂 It would mean a few nominated guys could easily manage it too… 🙂

    • Illiad, could you provide links to what that could look like using this technology? All I found show pages full of discussion threads which may be content rich but look very unattractive. I’m happy with the existing WordPress blog format and capabilities.

    • chantifrog, you can’t google??? there is a limit to links here… :/
      https://www.phpbb.com/about/
      an actual implementation, for wapsisquare…
      http://forum.wapsisquare.com/index.php

    • Thanks but just to say that a ‘Twickenham forum’ is unlikely in the short term although it could possibly form part of something. They’re often hard to manage and take up a lot of moderation time. Giving people the option to comment on stories will remain as having community discussion is vital.

    • There was no need for sarcasm really. Your links confirms what I had found, i,e. pages full of discussion threads. I understand that’s the point of forums but it’s probably too inattractive/geeky/overkill for Twickerati.