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.
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).