I’m Venessa (with an ‘e’) Paech (‘like cake’). I grew up in Australia’s Northern Territory, travel the world as much as life permits, and am currently based in Melbourne, Australia.
This blog is mainly about online communities and community management. A place to put things for safe keeping and a place to find me.
I hope you’ll find content that feeds your own practices, dreams or ravings.
I hold an M.A in Creative Media with a research focus in virtual ethnography from the University of Brighton (UK) and a B.F.A from New York University in Theatre.
I managed Lonely Planet’s online community ecosystem for a number of years and am currently Senior Manager for Community & Content at ASX digital media company REA Group.
I’m the founder of the Australian Community Managers Roundtable and founder of swarm (Australia’s only national conference for online community managers).
I’m a working choreographer and sing in a band or two when they let me.
My love of technology began with tabletop space invaders, and my passion for communities was firmed via many wonderful years participating in BBS, newsgroup and IRC groups in the early 90s.
I’m a child of science fiction who believes that looking to the stars is an essential and humbling part of being human. I also believe the most impressive, rich online communities were, and still are, found in forum cultures, despite the awesomeness of more recent social networks.
You can learn more about my work on LinkedIn.
I love connecting people, weaving relationships and helping people tell their stories (particularly those whose voices struggle to be heard).
If you’d like to connect, drop me a line at nessa [dot] paech [at] gmail [dot] com, or reach out to me on Twitter @venessapaech
If you see something on this blog that interests you, inspires you or gets you worked up, please consider leaving a comment. If you’d like to suggest discussion topics, drop me a line.