Here’s Me

Oh hai.

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 and Sydney.

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’m far too busy to blog regularly (that’s my excuse anyway), so you won’t find regular updates here, only sporadic reflections or analysis.

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 Community Manager for REA Group.

I’m the founder of the Australian Community Managers Roundtable, founder and co-chair of swarm (Australian National Conference of Community Management) and serve on a number of boards, including the Community Brave Foundation.

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’m turned off by anyone calling themselves a ‘guru’, especially in an arena as transient as social technologies. I think of myself as an interpreter, a participant, and (if you like big words), a paradigmatic masseuse. Nerd will do just fine too.

Bottom line, 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 <I’m more active on Twitter than most social networks, as I prefer the company and conversations in that space>.

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.

While I may occasionally write about my work as an enterprise community manager, this blog is entirely my own and is operated independently of any business or organisation. All thoughts and opinions are mine (or a wanting pastiche of Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin and Marshall McLuhan hat tips).


6 thoughts on “Here’s Me

  1. Hey venessa,
    Wondering what you think of the LP Thorn tree shut down?
    Cheers from Ruth

    Posted by Ruth | December 28, 2012, 1:03p12
  2. Hi Ruth, As you might expect, I’ve been watching with interest and concern. I’m waiting until the team there sort out what they want to do before posting any detailed commentary. I will say I feel very sad about it all. Many thousands of amazing members (and community managers and moderators) built something unique and great, and it’s extremely disheartening to watch that wink out of existence.

    Posted by venessapaech | December 30, 2012, 1:03p12
  3. There are a lot of women travelers branch members who are feeling very shut out and shut down, not to mention all the people who want to travel or who have info in their pms they want to access. A wee bit of warning would have been nice, at least! Hope the new year brings it back! Thanks for all you did when you were there. cheers from Ruth, once in China, back in Canada, missing travel.

    Posted by Ruth | December 30, 2012, 1:03p12
  4. Venessa, we exchanged a couple of emails in 2010 when I wrote an article for LP. I thought of you when the curtain came down on TT and am glad to hear you are no longer there, although you must know a lot of people who are. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water. Whatever faults it had, that was the most informative, honest travel forum on the internet. It was a community with relatively few village idiots or nasty knaves and we usually took care of them ourselves. Spammers didn’t last long. It should come back but come back with an apology to all those who spent their own time and dime giving better and more detailed information than any guidebook is capable of giving. There. I feel better for that.
    (vnrose, Chile)

    Posted by Bystander | January 1, 2013, 1:03p01
  5. Hi Venessa. Just wondering whether you have any further insight, now that TT has been open (on a limited basis and with no explanation whatever as to causes or objectives) for nearly a month. It’s a very sad state of affairs, and makes previous upheavals at TT (all of which were better explained) seem extremely minor by comparison.

    Posted by Chris Kean | January 31, 2013, 1:03p01
  6. Another one wishing that you were still at LP and fighting the community’s corner.It’s been painful to lose friends, and all the PMs that good people sent to support me through my husband’s illness and death. It was an astonishingly thoughtless decision by whoever made it.
    I’m curious to know what instigated the whole thing.

    Posted by Sarah | February 10, 2013, 1:03p02

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Venessa with an ’e’

Online community queen, social media scholar, pop culture nerd, choreographer, cat woman, lover of geekery and fine geeks.

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