ASLA Oregon LANDbytes JULY 2012 Feature:
Happy Anniversary, LANDbytes!
By Rebecca Wahlstrom
Twelve months ago, the LANDbytes publication (“ASLA Oregon Chapter's premier e-publication showcasing articles, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more!”) began with the simple goal of providing a communication platform for landscape architects across the state. Thanks to all our contributors, every month we’ve covered stories that affect landscape architects and landscape architecture on both the national and state level. If you are having trouble remembering some of these gems, click the following link for a quick walk down memory lane, http://www.aslaoregon.org/updates/articles/landbytes.
Over the past year, the Communication Committee has also added a Facebook page (ASLA Oregon), a LinkedIn group (American Society of Landscape Architects – Oregon Chapter), and a Twitter account (@aslaoregon) to facilitate dialogue. Interested? You can find the links where one can be added to our email list and/or subscribe to our RSS feed in the “Blog” section of the website (http://www.aslaoregon.org/blog). Consider using these social media outlets as a way to raise questions, have discussions, and make connections with each other. Using these sites for discussion also increases our visibility to the world outside of the LA community; every time you “like” something, comment on a discussion, or tweet, your friends and connections will see landscape architects working to create a healthier, well-designed environment.
Now that we have all these great outlets for communication, all we need is you! We need you to participate! Using Facebook and LinkedIn has become a part of many lives, so post and connect to your hearts content. Writing for an e-publication with state-wide distribution might seem daunting in comparison; so let me dispel some of the major fears so you can proceed to amaze your friends and co-workers.
-it does not have to be pages and pages of writing; brevity and clarity are prized
-if you volunteer, it does not have to be every month
-articles are due mid-month, so they can be edited and posted
-if you are interested in the subject matter, more than likely someone else is too (remember? “…articles, briefs, reviews, spotlights and more!”)
Step on up! Come on! Make yourself known to the larger community and be a part of the conversation in the upcoming year! And since you didn’t get us anything for our anniversary, we’ll consider your participation as the best present ever…really.
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