How to start an online community?

Creative commons Flickr user usnationalarchives
Creative commons Flickr user usnationalarchives

To be clear, I won’t give you any answers here. Why? Because I actually don’t really know. And I need your help in order to get this thing done. In order to grow a big and nice community for the Zero Race.

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Brasileiros – Smiling portraits

This is the monday “arty” post! During my stay in Brazil in 2005, I got the opportunity to shoot the portrait of almost everyone I was somehow connected with. I used an old Minolta camera, the settings were not perfect, so I had to change the luminosity quite a lot afterwards. But the most important is here: the smiles!

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Anonymous Postcards – Free Idea #1

[FR] The concept: L’idée est de permettre à des gens de recevoir des cartes postales de la part d’inconnus. Lorsque tu es en vacances, dans ta ville ou dans un lieu divers,  tu prends simplement une carte et tu l’envoie à quelqu’un que tu ne connais pas. En faisant ceci tu t’assure de recevoir une carte à ton tour. C’est fun et ça sert à rien.

[ENG] The concept: You register on the website, and then you receive anonymous postacards from the community. It’s totally free, fun and… useless. Once registered you receive your first user address whom you’ll have to send a postcard to. Whenever you sent it, whatever you write on it. It’s up to you. Just make it fun. It’s the anonymous postcard community!

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Free Ideas / Idées libres


Did you never have a revolutionary/lame idea? Having this sensation of owning a mind-blowing/pointless concept? Something that maybe would not change the world, but which could at least make it move a little bit? An organic bamboo laptop cover which would generate energy by photosynthesis for instance? A website where you could exchange your ipod and it’s playlist with some random stranger? A T-shirt switching party from which you couldn’t get back home with the same clothes?

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Michel’s F*** up Drawings

C’mon! I couldn’t resist to show you once more Michel’s work. I already did it on my old blog, but his pieces of art are just crazy. It can be disturbing with all these drugs, sex and choped up arms’n’heads’n’legs. But then, you see the jokes about “les vaudois”, the funny cartoon characters and you understand that this guy isn’t as F*** up as his painting.

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English or French? No! a multilingual mix

Baguette outside / Rostbeef inside
Baguette outside / Rostbeef inside*

[en] A few ago I launched this blog with the initial post in which I was talking about English as being the main and unique language of this website. I never was really 100% sure about this decision, and then I met Stephanie Booth. She’s bilingual and writes in both English and French. She convinced me not to choose either one or the other. Pourquoi pas écrire dans les 2 langues? Why not using them both? Depending on my mood or maybe the complexity of the subject (my English is far from being perfect).

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Carbon neutral & solar powered hostings in Switzerland

Copyright Creative Common, Jerry

For the moment, I’m using Infomaniak as my web hosting provider. I’ve always been very happy with their services. But every once in a while, I’m considering the fact of moving my files to a new server. A carbon neutral & solar powered web hosting.

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Nespresso Ecolaboration: Green-washing?

Nespresso Hand and Coffee (ecolaboration)
Ecolaboration Website

Nespresso just launched it’s new Nespresso Ecolaboration website where they tell us how green they are. Let’s have a closer look at the whole thing. The first time I saw the website, I wasn’t totally sure what to think? Were they  totally green-washing me, or were they actually quite good at preserving the environment?

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Networking Events in «Suisse Romande»

Copyright Creative Common, Boston Public Library - Networking Suisse Romande
Copyright Creative Common, Boston Public Library

Yeah, the first real post! As an unemployed guy, the most important thing in order to improve your visibility is networking. Ok, this is no breaking news, but with this post I want to set up a little list with some events in the Suisse Romande related to my work area (marketing, blogging, entrepreneurship). Most of them are free and in French (if not. Its mentioned). I’m sure there are some others, I’ll be happy if you could post them in the comments.

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Welcome – The initial post

Hi, I’m Yann, a Digital Project Manager. First of all, I’d like to say welcome. This is my third blog. In 2005, if started with a fotolog which allowed my to share some pictures of my daily life in Brazil. The second one did last a year and was a mix between some personal stuff (travels, parties) and some more professional topics.

This new blog will be more work oriented. Of course it stays “Yann Graf’s” blog, that’s why I will keep my freedom of tone, I don’t wanna be stuck to a certain type of themes.

While reading “279 days to overnight success” by Chris Guillebeau I understood the importance of setting a release schedule for the posts. So, I’ll post mine every Wednesdays before 11:59pm. Ok, one post a week that’s not a lot, but let’s start with this, and see how it evolves.

Uhh.. yeah… why English? My mother tongue is French, and I’m writing my post in this language. But before posting, I translate them. I want to be understood by the majority. You’ll certainly find some errors, I apologize in advance. But if someone wants to send me his corrections, I’ll be glad to update the website.

That’s it for now, see you next Wednesday! In the mean time, follow me on Twitter…