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 MA in Creative Media with a research focus in virtual ethnography from the University of Brighton (UK) and a BFA from New York University.
I’m currently Senior Manager for Community & Content Strategy 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, suggest discussion topics or a guest blog, drop me a line at nessa [dot] paech [at] gmail [dot] com, or reach out to me on Twitter @venessapaech