It has been six months since Laura Schroeder and I became Project Social Partners.  We were matched up by Ben and Victorio as part of the roll out of their brain child Project Social.  We were told that we would be part of a small beta group. Laura and I agreed happily.

While we did agree to participate we did not receive a planner, outline, syllabus or any other guiding documents.  So we were pretty much on our own to figure out what it was that we both wanted to get out of it.  I was really somewhat shocked to find out that Laura lived in Munich Germany.  I thought wow, this is rather international for old Central Illinois Dave.

Laura and I figured out that Skype would be the way to communicate.  We also learned that there was a seven hour time difference between Springfield and Munich. We established a target time, and we try to chat weekly.  When we talk, we talk about what is going on in our lives and what we want to blog about.

What we have done is write about the same topic and then we link to each others post.  This seems to have increased traffic to each others site.  We also have seen an increase in followers from each other’s blogs.  We both have also learned more about SEO.  We have learned what days create more traffic for our posts.  Again we are doing this,  so see what Laura’s take on the matter is here at her  blog Working Girl.

We have encouraged each other to push their personal limits.  Although I still have not yet gotten Laura to do her first video blog, but it is coming.  Laura has given birth to Jonas, who I have met on skype, and even wrote a post about. Laura has helped to validate my thoughts on things.  Sometime I feel my opinion about things is not really representative of anyone else’s, but she encourages me, having referred to me as the everyman HR guy.

Although I must say out of all of the wonderful benefits I have reaped from this endeavor the biggest and best thing is making a new and dear friend.  Laura and I have not met face to face, although she knows a lot more about what is going on in my life than most of my friends.  I have shared nearly private moments with Laura and her young baby boy.  This is no different than other acquaintances I have made on line.  It is not an unusual way to meet people, it is just another way.

And the kicker is that once you meet people on line, in second life, any way other than face to face, you always have the experience of meeting face to face for the first time to look forward to.  I guess the next step in this process is for us to introduce our spouses to each other.  My first skype call to Laura was on my wife’s computer, so I suspect this will happen at some point.

We will continue to do what we are doing, that and more, because Laura and I are both enjoying this and learning from this effort.  How long it will go on I don’t know.  This was our six month check up; we see how this thing looks after a year.

Thanks Laura it has been my pleasure!