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The Online Media Workshop Highlights, ACR Phoenix 2007

by Gini Nelson

From Gini Nelson's Blog Engaging Conflicts

Gini Nelson


Here are my notes for the presentation I made last Thursday at the ACR conference — just notes; you’ll have to go to the links for more information. (Oh, and I must confess that I may not recall all that we talked about, because we had a very lively, interactive discussion!)
October 2007 ACR/Phoenix Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs, Oh My! HIGHLIGHTS
Gini Nelson, MA, JD

This isn’t a “how to”, so much as an overview of some of what I have tried in the past 1 and 1/2 years (and I have tried alot!) and what I’m working on now.

What a blog is, what a blog’s component parts are, how to search within it, how easy it is to write a post:

Engaging Conflicts Today (emailed newsletter associated with the blog, as vehicle for professional and business development):

What’s right for you (really important question)? Static, brochure-like website? Blog (and note how many different templates there are for blogs)? Something with elements of both (and/or more)? Examples:

  • Engaging Conflicts (pure blog)
  • My Working It Out (static website with an inserted blog)
  • Handling Conflict (blog with inserted, static pages –see the testimonials linked to from the page “What they say about Gini”)
  • ___________ [Well, this is a link, but the fact is that my pure static, brochure-like website is still not created, even though I have been paying full hosting fees for more than 4 years! But it –really!– is coming soon…. And, guess what! It WON’T be a pure static, brochure-like website. It will have an inserted blog.]

Gmail and Google Apps, and some other online services

  • I am currently using 5 unique gmail accounts, and use google documents (which I can have others work on, too), and together with other applications that let me work from anywhere I can access the internet, from any computer, because the services and data are all online at Google. (I also have email accounts elsewhere, and use other online services. Yes, it can bealot to keep track of!)

Oh, no! There’s that crazy rabbit again!

What about wikis?

  • I’ve started setting one up at Engaging Conflicts Wiki
    • I just set it up… and it doesn’t have much there yet. Any ideas? Want to participate?
  • And here’s a new one sponsored/organized by the folks at the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law:

And podcasts? Videocasts?

  • I’ll be setting up podcasting at Podango, a “podcasting station” that will host your podcasts for free

Professional and business development?

  • Yugma: Free Web Conferencing (link:

And next? I’m a new resident at Second Life — look for my upcoming podcasts from there! (Hint: my name there is Genevieve Janick.)

I could go on… the web is endless and endlessly stimulating. It’s no longer a question of “should” you understand it, “should” you do something with it. You already do (who doesn’t use email?); you are using it more now than you did a year ago, most likely (are you breathing?); and it’s just a matter of time until professional and business development will not work well for most of us unless we are there. You can spend a little or a lot and everything in between, so be careful. Think about what you want to do, what resources you have (time, money and energy), use your resources focused on your priority goals, and… have fun!


Gini Nelson is a sole practitioner in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her practice emphasizes private dispute resolution, including distance dispute resolution, and domestic, bankruptcy and bankruptcy avoidance law.

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